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2014 RAIC National Urban Design Awards announced
Canadian Architect
Cities across Canada are seeing "renewed creativity and sensitive attention being paid to the public realm," said the jury of the 2014 National Urban Design Awards. The winning projects, which range from renewed brownfield sites to improved public transit, show that "urban design in Canada is fostering a rich and interesting shared social life for communities." The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects have announced the 2014 National Urban Design Award winners as follows.
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L'IRAC — Prix nationaux de design urbain: des projets à Montréal et Trois-Rivières primés
Kollectif
Nous observons dans les villes du Canada une « créativité sans cesse renouvelée doublée d'une attention et d'une sensibilité au domaine public », a déclaré le jury des Prix nationaux de design urbain 2014. Les projets primés sont très diversifiés et vont de la réhabilitation de terrains contaminés à l'amélioration du transport public. Ils démontrent que les projets de design urbain au Canada favorisent le partage d'une riche et formidable vie sociale dans les collectivités », a-t-il ajouté.
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Winners of the Governor-General's Medals in architecture unveiled
The Globe and Mail
Where are the best new buildings in Canada? The list of Governor-General's Medals in Architecture gives a strong set of answers to that question. The 12 awards honour very simply "excellence in the art of architecture." These days, that is a difficult thing to assess. Through digital media, the design world faces a daily fashion show of new buildings, seen quickly and out of context.
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Cadillac Fairview to build massive M-U district in downtown Montreal
Commercial Property Executive
The real estate arm of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Cadillac Fairview has revealed plans to develop Quad Windsor, a new residential and commercial district in downtown Montreal. The company plans to build a total of nine buildings, including the Tour des Canadiens residential high-rise (pictured) and the Deloitte Tower office project, both of which are currently under construction.
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Architects, designers reimagine Regina
Leader-Post
It was one image — an artist's rendering of the Travellers Building reimagined for the Regina Farmers' Market — but it sparked a discussion that even surprised the designer. "It really has generated a buzz and got people thinking design, urbanism, architecture, which is fantastic," said Brad Pickard, the architect behind the mock-up. "And who knows where it goes? The intent was just to throw an idea out there."
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'The Operative Elements of Architecture — Tham & Videgard Arkitekter'
Le Courrier de L'Architecte
L'agence Tham & Videgård a obtenu une reconnaissance internationale pour son architecture à la fois pragmatique et expressive, résolument ancrée dans l'espace et le temps, tirant ses qualités de la spécificité de chaque contexte. En 2013, elle a reçu le prix international 'House of the Year Award,' organisé par World Architecture News pour le projet House Lagnö.
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Vancouver's development boom a bust for heritage
The Vancouver Sun
Cultural spaces have not done well in recent years, with the demolition of historic theatres like the Pantages and Ridge. The 1935 Hollywood Theatre is likely to fall to the wrecker's ball as well, which is why it was named No. 1 on this year's list of endangered sites. The Angel of Victory statue outside the Canadian Pacific Railway station in Gastown isn't in danger of demolition, but it is in rough shape.
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UBC partners with the City of Surrey to bolster the future of urban design in Metro Vancouver and beyond
Canadian Architect
The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at UBC is partnering with the City of Surrey to investigate innovative responses to urban design challenges facing the growing cities of the 21st century — issues such as rapid population increase, sustainable development challenges and the environmental impact of growth. Surrey has committed $240,000 over three years in funding towards SAL'’s comprehensive Master of Urban Design Program (MUD).
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Old churches seeking new vocations
The Montreal Gazette
Municipalities and religious groups of limited means are struggling to preserve what were once the cultural and communal centrepieces of their community, and often remain the grandest buildings and historical focal points of their neighbourhoods. One study estimated 340 Quebec churches have been abandoned, converted or demolished in the first 10 years of this century.
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Manitoba town is a design showcase
Journal of Commerce
A bold downtown redevelopment plan for the northern Manitoba town of Gillam has earned Winnipeg-based firms Calnitsky Associate Architects and Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Joint Venture the prestigious Canadian Architect Award of Merit for 2013. Gillam is a company town of about 1,500 residents and is located about 1,000 km northeast of Winnipeg.
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Campus renewal project in Ontario goes a step beyond lean
The Globe and Mail
Architects, construction companies and their clients normally exist in silos, waiting for the other to finish their work. Yet there's a design process that allows the three to work together, but it requires them in a sense to work in reverse. Called integrated project delivery (IPD), it has a growing number of converts, at least judging from the palpable enthusiasm at one design meeting for a new 360-room student residence and academic building at St. Jerome's University.

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CO2, climate and the case for wooden skyscrapers
E&E Publishing
It's been nearly a century and a half since steel replaced wood as the primary material of ships, bridges and other large infrastructure manufactured by the developed world. But progress is not always linear — sometimes, it doubles back. A small but committed cadre of architects, firms and government agencies are now re-examining the case for wood as a building material and finding it not just feasible, but perhaps more sustainable than conventional materials.

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Jury panel selected for urban ideas competition to reconnect Toronto's waterfront
Canadian Architect
ULI Toronto, a District Council of the Washington DC-based Urban Land Institute (ULI), has selected a panel of highly respected urban professionals to judge at their inaugural Urban Ideas Competition Awards Ceremony. In recent weeks, visionary proposals were submitted to ULI Toronto with ideas to reconnect the City of Toronto with its waterfront.

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Vancouver architects' studio sits below their house
Huffington Post
Vancouver's Scott & Scott Architects, comprised of husband and wife David and Susan Scott, refurbished a studio on the bottom floor of their East Vancouver home. While Scott & Scott was launched in 2013, they originally didn't have their own studio, Dezeen reports. So they created one themselves. The space was previously a butcher shop and then a grocery store, Gessato reports. It was built in 1911.
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