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Canada's 1st centennial building to be honoured
Remi Network
The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust in Charlottetown, P.E.I., which operates as Confederation Centre of the Arts, has received the 2015 Prix du XXe siècle for its contribution to national heritage. The honour promotes public awareness of outstanding Canadian architecture and landmark buildings of the 20th century. The National Trust for Canada, in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), will present the award at a gala, taking place on June 5 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.
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Key NCC committee to consider design of victims of communism memorial
Ottawa Citizen
An influential National Capital Commission committee will weigh in on the design of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism, moving the controversial project one step closer to completion. The memorial's design will be presented to the NCC's advisory committee on planning, design and realty, NCC spokesman Jean Wolff confirmed. The 11-member committee of experts chaired by Larry Beasley, former director of planning for the City of Vancouver, advises the NCC board on design proposals affecting federal lands in the National Capital Region.
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Fred Hollingsworth: Canada's answer to Frank Lloyd Wright
The Globe and Mail
Fred Hollingsworth, one of the Canadian architectural greats renowned for his wariness of commercial architecture, started his career as an aviation expert with a curious wariness of commercial aviation. Mr. Hollingsworth had his pilot's licence by age 19 and went on to fly across North America in the cockpit of his own Cessna to visit architectural clients. Yet in 1964, when he and then-partner Barry Downs each won the illustrious Massey Gold Medal for their architecture, he refused to take a commercial flight to Ottawa to attend the ceremony.
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14 visions pour un stationnement emblématique sur Dalhousie
Radio-Canada
Y a-t-il une façon de construire un stationnement à étages sur la rue Dalhousie dans le Vieux-Port de Québec qui serait plus qu'un endroit où garer la voiture ? C'est ce qu'ont tenté d'imaginer 14 étudiants en architecture de l'Université Laval dans le cadre de l'exposition Parking-sculpture ou sculpture-parking ? L'exposition originale est présentée du 5 au 10 mai au Musée de la civilisation de Québec. C'est l'architecte et professeur à l'Université Laval Jacques Plante qui a lancé le défi à ses étudiants. « On ne peut plus se permettre de construire des stationnements multi-étagés comme ceux qu'on pouvait voir derrière les centres commerciaux », lance d'entrée de jeu Jacques Plante.
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What is bringing 1,000 architects to Hamilton?
CBC News
Professional architects from all over the province are descending on Hamilton for a week of tours and professional development. It's the annual convention of the Ontario Association of Architects, and the first time the group has come to Hamilton. They are set to explore Hamilton's architectural history, but also some new project and some of the urban renewal efforts changing some of the city's neighbourhoods. "Hamilton really stands out as a way to shine in terms of urban renewal," said OAA president, Ottawa-based architect Toon Dreessen.
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Toronto's waterfront vision comes into focus
Toronto Star
"Two more years until it's 50 since Habitat — so unbelievable," said Moshe Safdie, the Canadian-raised and internationally renowned architect. Safdie was on Toronto's waterfront recently to help break ground at Monde, by builder Great Gulf. The 40-storey condo is the first to get underway in East Bayfront (the stretch between Jarvis and Parliament Sts.) and the first housing project Safdie has designed (in conjunction with local firm Quadrangle Architects) in Canada since his iconic Habitat at Expo '67 in Montreal.
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Le nouveau musée Whitney de New York mettra l'art américain à l'honneur
Journal Métro
Le nouveau musée Whitney, conçu par l'architecte Renzo Piano, ouvrira ses portes le 1er mai avec une grande rétrospective d'art américain, des années 1900 à nos jours. Ce projet, en développement depuis 2008, devrait servir d'ancrage culturel pour le quartier très en vogue du Meatpacking District de Manhattan. Situé entre la Highline et le fleuve Hudson, ce bâtiment affiche une forme asymétrique qui fait écho à l'ambiance néo-industrielle du quartier.
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Architecture: 3 ways we can make the most of our cities' unused nooks and crannies
The Globe and Mail
The bottom of a highway overpass. An empty field under a rail line. A parking lot next to a bus stop. If you're going to transform the contemporary city, these spots are not obvious places to begin. And yet a recent ideas competition turned the attention of almost 300 designers to just such marginal places. "These are the kind of spaces in between that are often overlooked," explains Amery Calvelli, a co-founder of the non-profit d.talks, which ran the Calgary-based Lost Spaces Found competition.
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L'entrepreneur pourrait provenir de l'extérieur de la région
La Presse
Le futur bâtiment de Revenu Québec, dont la construction sera amorcée prochainement sur le boulevard Mellon, dans le secteur Arvida, pourrait être construit par une entreprise de l'extérieur de la région. Contrairement au contrat en architecture, lequel doit être octroyé à une firme possédant un bureau au Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, il n'existe aucune règle du genre pour l'entrepreneur général. La Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI), mandataire du projet, a accordé le contrat pour la réalisation des plans et devis à un consortium formé de la firme Les architectes associés et Groupe Lemay.
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MIT named world's top university for architecture
Dezeen
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the world's best university for architecture, according to new global rankings. Although London's Royal College of Art was named the best overall art and design school in the QS Worldwide University Rankings, MIT was singled out for its performance in architecture, where it ranked in first place.
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