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2 winners of 2015 RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award announced
Canadian Architect
Two British Columbia projects that demonstrate new ways to use wood and steel have garnered the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture award for 2015. The Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George is a centre of excellence at the University of Northern British Columbia. It aims to show that tall timber buildings can be economical and safe, and celebrates wood as a beautiful and sustainable material. The architect is Michael Green, FRAIC, of MGA | Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver.
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Will wooden skyscrapers stand the life cycle test?
Sourceable
Architect Michael Green predicts that the future will see wooden skylines, with structures reaching as high as 30 storeys. Green also believes the greatest barrier to wooden building is education as opposed to engineering — he himself works from a 105-year-old, seven-storey wooden building office in British Columbia, Canada.
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West Coast Modernism put in context
North Shore News
The West Coast Modern House charts the development of residential Vancouver architecture from the post-war period through to contemporary practice. The book features over 50 homes designed by seminal West Coast architects such as Ron Thom. Arthur Erickson, Barry Downs and Fred Hollingsworth. Bellerby, a curator and gallery director for over 30 years, spoke to the North Shore News about some of the extensive research involved in putting the collection together.
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Surrey Civic Centre architects honoured with OAA design award
Journal of Commerce
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is presenting Kasian and Moriyama & Teshima Architects with the 2015 Award for Design Excellence for the Surrey Civic Centre in Surrey, B.C. "Already we are seeing how powerful the new city hall has become as a catalyst for the creation of a new 'downtown Surrey' — new development is underway and a dynamic urban center is emerging," said Michael McDonald, Kasian project design principal.
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Prix d'innovation en architecture
Voir Vert
Deux projets de Colombie-Britannique proposant de nouvelles façons d'utiliser le bois et l'acier ont remporté le prix d'innovation en architecture 2015 de l'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada (IRAC). Le prix d'innovation en architecture souligne une innovation architecturale exceptionnelle. Les domaines d'innovation possibles comprennent la recherche et le développement, l'application d'une nouvelle technologie et l'adaptation d'une technologie existante.
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Famed architect Moshe Safdie returns to Canada for Toronto waterfront project
Toronto Star
In town to celebrate his first residential project in Canada since Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie is unfazed by the familiarity of it all. "Every city thinks its problems are unique," says the Israeli-born, Montreal-raised, Boston-based architect. "But when you work internationally, you realize that their issues are generic issues. Cities everywhere are intensifying. That means congestion. The growing difficulties of commuting are a global phenomenon."
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UTM's innovation centre shows the fine design line between good and great
The Globe and Mail
Big dreams, and then smaller ones. This has been the rhythm by which Canadian universities have been built over the past four decades, and you can read this history clearly on the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. It was first conceived in the sixties as a concrete megastructure, but it emerged as a collage of architectural visions, Brutalist concrete colliding with sleek stainless steel and townhouses that look trucked in from a nearby subdivision. The latest addition, the Innovation Centre, announces itself with a flash: Its façade is wrapped in a screen of vertical aluminum fins painted a brilliant white.
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Martin Tanguay Architectes: des garderies d'ici... à celles du Nunavik
La Presse
La garderie Les Boischatouilles 2 se remarque de loin. Impossible de la manquer quand on longe le boulevard Sainte-Anne, à la hauteur de Boischatel. Avec son revêtement moderne et ses touches de couleurs vives, le bâtiment rénové ne laisse rien deviner de son passé de jumelé des années 70. Derrière cette transformation plutôt extrême se cache une firme de Québec, Martin Tanguay Architectes (MTA), qui cumule les contrats les plus diversifiés, de la rénovation d'une résidence de religieuses à la mise aux normes de l'incinérateur de Québec, en passant par des garderies et des logements... au Nunavik!
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Signs of life emerge on Vancouver's once-stagnant downtown corner
The Vancouver Sun
The dingy, plus-sized marshmallow of a complex that for decades squatted atop Pacific Centre at Granville and Robson streets is officially gone, replaced by a glistening new mixed-use building that became home to its first round of occupants earlier this month. Cadillac Fairview's airy new complex was designed by local architect James K. M. Cheng — known for Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim and Shangri-La, among other developments.

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'Design empathy' builds inclusive spaces for people with autism
The Globe and Mail
Architects and designers have been thinking about issues of this kind for decades. The idea of "universal design" was formalized in the 1960s, with the ambition to make places accessible to people with physical disabilities. That school of thought, today known as inclusive design, has grown to address a wider range of needs and experiences. And a growing set of laws, including Ontario's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, is pushing employers and institutions to ensure their practices and facilities are inclusive.

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Winning design announced for new Toronto Islands ferry terminal
The Globe and Mail
If all goes according to plan, Toronto's waterfront could get "a great green living room for the city." That is how the winning design for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park — by KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants — was described by Donald Schmitt, who headed the jury of the design competition. The winning proposal, which the design team dubbed Harbour Landing, combines the two functions of terminal and park into one structure.

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Tree House development to take root in Toronto
Daily Commercial News
Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture, which has quickly made a name for itself in architectural circles, has teamed up with three developers on a low-rise townhouse development in Toronto, its first project in the city. The firm, which was founded in 2007, is collaborating with Symmetry Developments, Engine Developments and Fortress Real Developments on The Tree House project in the emerging Birch Cliff neighbourhood.
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