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Winnipeg's architectural renaissance
EnRoute
The prairie stretches out seamlessly before me as I look through the glass walls of the new Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Past the runways, long yellow grasses ripple in the breeze and wispy clouds drift across the sky. Inside, the blue, gold and white carpet riffs on the dominant colours of the landscape. In the soaring arrivals hall, where sky-blue LEDs rim the circular skylights, I pass a mother welcoming a returning daughter.
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'Cubist tree' blooms at new UBC sciences building
The Globe and Mail
Described as "a kind of cubist tree," the new pharmaceutical sciences building at the University of British Columbia is attracting international architectural awards — and top researchers from other institutions. Featuring a design inspired by the structure of a forest, with unaligned staircases that wander between floors like branches, and atriums that draw sunlight deep into the structure, the building seems a natural fit on a campus renowned for its beautiful setting.
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Le concours de design mis de l'avant
Journal de Montréal
L'option du concours de design est la seule alternative « acceptable » pour la conception du futur pont sur le Saint-Laurent, selon un bon nombre d'architectes et d'urbanistes canadiens. Le Regroupement pour la qualité architecturale du futur pont Champlain, qui rassemble plus de quinze organismes, demande au gouvernement fédéral d'opter pour un concours international d'architecture et d'ingénierie, par souci de transparence.
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Ontario wood frame building gets a push
Daily Commercial News
Members of the building and development industry are calling for changes in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which would allow the construction of wood frame buildings of up to six storeys, increasing the limit from the current four storeys. An expert in urban planning says the move would drive construction costs down and allow for more affordable options for prospective homebuyers.
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Déclaration pour la mobilité durable et pont Champlain: L'ordre prend position
OAQ
Le président de l'Ordre, André Bourassa, présentait le 27 mai dernier le mémoire Futur pont sur le Saint-Laurent : pour un ouvrage responsable. Ce document a été remis à Transports Canada au nom du Regroupement pour la qualité architecturale du pont Champlain, qui réunit 16 organismes. Cette vaste coalition, dans laquelle l'OAQ est très impliqué, fait notamment trois recommandations pour le futur pont.
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Winners announced for Mayor's Awards for Universal Design in Architecture in Edmonton
Canadian Architect
The Mayor's Awards aim to promote awareness of the need for accessibility, services and employment for individuals with disabilities. Presented annually, these Awards recognize individuals, organizations or businesses within Edmonton that demonstrate a commitment to persons with disabilities. They are given to a project team or architect whose designs or projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities.
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Ground breaks on University of Toronto innovation complex
Daily Commercial News
The University of Toronto (U of T) Mississauga has broken ground on a $35 million innovation complex designed to help train the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects and being built by PCL Constructors Canada Inc., the four-level complex will house the Institute for Management and Innovation, a new model for business education combining management studies with key industry sectors.
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'Cloud' design envisioned for York University project
Daily Commercial News
Toronto's York University is poised to break ground on the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering, a six-storey, 15,750-square-metre building designed to embrace 21st century learning. The university said the structure's "cloud" design will be as iconic on the outside as it is radical on the inside. Innovative laboratories with the latest technology and flexible learning clusters will resemble design studios, a break from the tradition of engineering classroom environments.
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Beaupré Michaud et Associés + Lapointe Magne et Associés — « 2e phase de transformation de l'église Ste-Brigide-de-Kildare »
Kollectif
Le Carrousel, compagnie de théâtre et le Théâtre Le Clou franchissent le pas déterminant dans la mise en œuvre du Cube, Centre international de recherche et de création en théâtre pour l'enfance et la jeunesse. La première ministre du Québec, Pauline Marois, accompagnée du ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Maka Kotto, et du député de Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques et adjoint parlementaire à la première ministre (volet électrification des transports), Daniel Breton, a annoncé un accord de principe de 11M$ pour la réalisation de ce projet.
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Espace Danse Québec dans le Quartier des spectacles
Radio-Canada
La danse fera bientôt son entrée dans le Quartier des spectacles. Le gouvernement du Québec donne son feu vert à la transformation de l'édifice Wilder, rue Bleury, à Montréal. Le Wilder qui était à l'abandon depuis 10 ans, réunira sous son toit les principaux acteurs du milieu de la danse à partir de 2015. Les travaux de rénovation et d'agrandissement du bâtiment devraient commencer cet automne pour que les Grands Ballets canadiens puissent y emménager deux ans plus tard.

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Enseignement de l'architecture: Des changements en vue
Le Nouvel Observateur
La tour Montparnasse est sans conteste un lieu tout désigné pour parler d'architecture. C'est justement là que l'Ordre des architectes a présenté ses propositions pour "ajuster" la formation en France. Même si les écoles revendiquent des taux de placement à "plus de 80 pour cent" pour leurs diplômés (ce qui laisse la balance sur le carreau), il reste que le secteur est fortement marqué par la crise des dernières années.

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Winnipeg's tallest highrise to go up at Graham, Garry
CBC News
Winnipeg's skyline is in for a major change, after developers announced plans for a new highrise to go up in the downtown area. Fortress Real Development recently announced plans to construct a mixed-used tower at Garry Street and Graham Avenue. "We want to make sure that the building is just iconic and becomes the post card shot," said Jawad Rathore, the president of the development company.

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Projet ÉCOSPHÈRE — « 2e édition de la Foire de l'environnement et de l'écohabitation »
Kollectif
Le temps d'un week-end, 240 exposants, dont plus d'une cinquantaine du domaine des nouvelles technologies et de l'habitation écologique, ainsi que plus de 35 conférenciers viendront présenter au public montréalais leurs projets, visions, produits et services verts, écologiques et sains dans une ambiance de grande fête champêtre, la plus importante du genre au Québec!
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Ontario's architects gather in praise of good design
The Globe and Mail
From a Vegas-style light show at Ryerson University and a sublime pharmaceutical building at the University of British Columbia, to a beautifully composed residence on the Cedarvale ravine and another on the Scarborough Bluffs, jurors tasked with doling out Design Excellence Awards on behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects were bleary-eyed, to say the least.
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