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UBC student writes 52,438 word architecture dissertation with no punctuation — not everyone loved it
National Post
There was Patrick Stewart, PhD candidate, defending his final dissertation before a handful of hard-nosed examiners at the University of British Columbia late last month. The public was invited to watch; two dozen curious onlookers saw Stewart attempt to persuade five panelists that his 149-page thesis has merit, that it is neither outlandishly "deficient," as some had insisted it was, nor an intellectual affront. Unusual? It is definitely that. Stewart's dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation.
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Nadine Blumer: Memorials are built of public discussion as much as stone
Ottawa Citizen
A memorial to the victims of communism has provoked Canadians to heated debate, while a Holocaust memorial has garnered almost no discussion at all. Without public engagement — and yes, even heated debate — memorials don't serve their purpose. Criticisms of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism have centred on its location near the Supreme Court of Canada, its sombre and massive design, and allegations of the government's pandering to Canada's almost eight million constituents who originate in former communist countries.
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Mémorial aux victimes du communisme à Ottawa : politiser l'Histoire ?
Le Journal International
Tribute to Liberty s'est vu allouer un espace de 5000 mètres carré entre la Cour suprême et le bâtiment Bibliothèque et Archives du Canada, afin d'y construire le monument commémoratif aux victimes du communisme. Si le projet a reçu le soutien du gouvernement, il soulève deux controverses majeures. La première réside dans le principe de sa localisation, trop proche d'un bâtiment censé symboliser l'impartialité de la Justice canadienne.
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How Hamilton architecture inspired star Bruce Kuwabara
CBC News
Bruce Kuwabara grew up in the North End, a few blocks from Liuna Station, where he received a lifetime achievement award from the Ontario Association of Architects recently. "Growing up in the North End gave me a lot of the ideas I have about living in community, a lot of the lessons about what to do," Kuwabara said. Kuwabara, now 66, grew up riding his bike around the bay, seeing the columns architect John Lyle designed on the High Level Bridge and the fountain he built in Gage Park. He was here when Stanley Roscoe made a huge mid-century modern statement with city hall on Main Street.
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NORR Architects has creative designs all over Calgary
Calgary Herald
Calgary has long benefited from some great architectural designs from NORR Architects Engineers Planners, with many more on the books in a diverse range of developments. Design has always been at the forefront of the firm that has been blessed with clients willing to take creative steps.
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Hôteliers et architectes : les liaisons heureuses...
Voyages d'Affaires
Les grandes compagnies hôtelières travaillent désormais avec le gotha des architectes pour construire les lieux les plus prestigieux. De Madrid à Dubaï, de Londres à Shanghaï, le phénomène s'amplifie, transformant le paysage de nos villes et l'expérience du voyageur. Cabinet RMJM. Depuis fn 2011, Abu Dhabi tient sa tour de Pise des temps modernes. Incliné à 18 degrés, le gratte-ciel tout de verre et d'acier accueille un élégant Hyatt. Dans leurs désirs de grandeur, les mégapoles émergentes organisent des mariages très réussis entre architecture et hôtellerie.
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Moving Lights
ArchPaper
Pelli Clarke Pelli's $1.89 billion Transbay Center in San Francisco, set to open in 2017, promises to catalyze the redevelopment of its downtown neighborhood, centralize the Bay Area's vast transportation network, and serve more than 100,000 rail, subway, and bus passengers a day. San Francisco–based Auerbach Glasow French (AGF) designed the lighting scheme for the four-block-long project. The goal was to accentuate the architecture and make the glassy structure glow from within. "The building wants to feel like it's filled with light," said AGF principal Larry French.
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7 choses à savoir sur Habitat 67
Journal de Montréal
Dans le cadre d'une série de reportages visant à retracer l'histoire des villes par le biais de 50 immeubles incontournables, le quotidien britannique The Guardian s'est intéressé cette semaine à l'iconique Habitat 67, la construction située aux abords du fleuve Saint-Laurent dans le Vieux-Montréal. Conçu par Moshe Safdie à l'occasion de l'Exposition universelle de 1967, Habitat 67 est un complexe immobilier de 150 appartements constitué de 354 cubes de 624 pi2 qui forment trois pyramides à l'apparence irrégulière. L'architecte d'origine irano-canadienne l'a imaginé alors qu'il était étudiant au doctorat à l'Université McGill.
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How world's fairs have shaped the history of architecture
Huffington Post
World Expos have long been important in advancing architectural innovation and discourse. Many of our most beloved monuments were designed and constructed specifically for world's fairs, only to remain as iconic fixtures in the cities that host them. But what is it about Expos that seem to create such lasting architectural landmarks, and is this still the case today? Throughout history, each new Expo offered architects an opportunity to present radical ideas and use these events as a creative laboratory for testing bold innovations in design and building technology.
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