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City of Ottawa to ask feds to move Victims of Communism memorial
CBC News
Ottawa city council voted to formally ask the federal government to move a national memorial for victims of communism away from a location next to the Supreme Court of Canada. In a vigorous debate, council approved the motion 18-6 to ask the federal government to respect their own long-term vision for the Parliamentary and judicial precincts, which outlined the importance of completing the judicial precinct with the future construction of a Federal Court building.
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Pressions pour changer le site du Monument aux victimes du communisme
La Presse
La controverse entourant le choix du site pour l'érection du Monument commémoratif aux victimes du communisme à Ottawa est loin de s'éteindre. Plusieurs architectes et urbanistes viennent d'intervenir directement auprès des responsables du Monument, le groupe Hommage à la liberté, leur demandant de reconsidérer l'emplacement retenu qui jouxte la Cour suprême du Canada.
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Upcoming Lecture: The Long Term Vision and Plan for Ottawa's Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts
Urban Forum
Since Queen Victoria selected Bytown as Canada's capital in 1858, the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts facing Wellington Street have become the symbolic — and physical — heart of the country. This forum examines the history of the area, the key principles of its layout, and the pivotal role of a long term master plan to accommodate its evolving needs. How is the district planned to reflect our democratic institutions and practices? What development pressures has the area confronted in the past? What are the current issues and opportunities facing the Parliamentary and Judicial Precincts?
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6 teams shortlisted for Canadian Canoe Museum
ArchDaily
Six teams have been shortlisted for a chance to design the new Canadian Canoe Museum, as part of its relocation to the Parks Canada Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site on the Trent-Severn Waterway in southern Ontario. Selected from 90 international submissions, the competing teams are now expected to refine their ideas before presenting them to the public. A winner will be announced in the Fall.
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13-storey timber tower to be built in Quebec City, will be tallest in North America
Treehugger
The province of Quebec has a lot of trees and forests, and a nascent Cross-Laminated Timber industry. Now Quebec City's Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district is getting a 13 storey tower constructed of mostly CLT, 12 storeys of apartments on top of a concrete podium. Designed by Yvan Blouin, the building is a condominium being marketed as the Origine; it will be interesting to see what the market acceptance will be like. The interior renderings don't show any exposed CLT, which is a shame; it is lovely to look at. Perhaps the fire authorities are not yet convinced that it doesn't have to be protected by drywall.
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'Industrial-strength' modernism gets some push-back
The Globe and Mail
In 1994, Halifax architect and Dalhousie University professor Brian MacKay-Lyons, fed up with the theory-ridden architectural education then fashionable, stormed off with some first-year students to his farm on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. There, the students and their teacher conducted a project-based studio that sought to restore hand-work to its premodern dignity and rejoin poetry and practicality.
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Edmonton Arena District is the fastest growing arena district in the history of such mega-projects
Edmonton Journal
Something remarkable and historic is happening on the formerly derelict north edge of downtown Edmonton. North America's most successful arena districts in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio, saw related development around their new arenas, such as hotels, condo towers and officer towers, but things didn't take off nearly so fast as is now happening in the Edmonton arena district.
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Architect Frank Gehry to be honored with J. Paul Getty Medal in L.A.
My News LA
The J. Paul Getty Trust announced recently that it will award the third annual J. Paul Getty Medal to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry during a dinner at the Getty Center on Sept. 28. "There have been very few individuals in all of history who have changed the course of architecture, and Frank is one of them," J. Paul Getty Trust President and CEO James Cuno said. "He effectively reinvented architecture with his use of new technologies in the design of beautiful and iconic buildings. And architecture will never be the same as a result."
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'Zoom in on Architecture', à la pinacothèque de Munich
Le Courrier de l'Architecte
L'architecture contemporaine est dans un état de transformation radicale en matière de responsabilité. La photographie d'architecture joue un rôle essentiel en tant qu'outil de communication et de présentation entre les architectes, les clients et le grand public. L'urbanisation mondiale et les problèmes croissants engendrés par les migrations et les inégalités sociales sont devenus des sujets de prédilection pour de nombreux photographes, relatant ainsi l'évolution d'une réalité et ses effets sur la vie, de travail et les conditions de vie de l'humanité. Le travail de ces photographes ne se focalise pas seulement sur la représentation des structures mais également sur les approches de structures urbaines et sur leur évolution dans le temps ainsi que sur les habitats individuels.
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