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Time has not diminished Douglas Cardinal's passion
Ottawa Citizen
The times they are a-changin', but they're really just catching up with visionary architect Douglas Cardinal. As he celebrates turning 80, his iconic Gatineau building, the Canadian Museum of History, is on the cusp of a major revamp — exactly the kind of revision he anticipated when designing the 25-year-old institution.
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Canadian Pavilion examines move 'from igloos to internet' in Inuit communities
Dezeen
Curated by Canadian studio Lateral Office, the Arctic Adaptions exhibition explores the transition "from igloos to internet" in Nunavut, which has only been part of Canada for 15 years and remains one of the least densely populated regions in the world. Using interactive models and photography, the curators set out to question whether architecture and infrastructure can also help to shape these Arctic settlements into modern cities without sacrificing their unique identity.
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Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people"
Archinect
Is Modernism "history"? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened under the "Fundamentals" theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.
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Modern design turns organic as designers play with form and function
The Globe and Mail
Form follows function — the central tenant of modern architecture — is an idea most often employed to justify cheap, ruthlessly efficient factories and office buildings. But for everyday living, it's too rigid. A kitchen should be suitable for cooking, sure, but can't the space also reflect the more complex, less rational things that happen within: family gatherings, romance, heartbreak? Does a clinical, all-white, ruthlessly organized space really suit?
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L'architecte paysagiste Claude Cormier parmi l'équipe de conception avec l'architecte Daniel Libeskind
Kollectif
C'est une équipe multidisciplinaire qui compte l'architecte paysagiste Claude Cormier, l'architecte Daniel Libeskind, le photographe Edward Burtynsky ainsi que Doris Bergen, spécialiste de l'Holocauste à l'Université de Toronto qui a remporté le concours de conception du Monument national de l'Holocauste qui sera érigé à Ottawa, à l'intersection des rues Wellington et Booth, face du Musée canadien de la guerre.
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Des églises réinventées à Montréal: une publication pour encourager la réutilisation des églises montréalaises
Kollectif
Le Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec (CPRQ) annonce la publication de six cahiers portant sur la transformation d'églises à Montréal. Ces cahiers mettent en lumière autant de projets de réutilisation jugés exemplaires afin d'encourager la réalisation d'autres initiatives porteuses pour le développement de Montréal et la préservation de son identité.
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Editorial: Architect builds case for growth
The Chronicle Herald
Halifax architect Tom Emodi believes the city could do a lot to meet population density goals in the urban core by encouraging more homeowners to add an apartment. Emodi, principal at Teal Architects, says he is a strong supporter of greater urban density not only on peninsular Halifax but in the downtown Dartmouth area. "We realized there are many opportunities for smart, well-designed infill housing, and if you did it well and you did it thoughtfully, it would probably double the density on the peninsula," he told me in an interview.
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Le patrimoine architectural: Pour quelle ville?
Huffington Post
Après l'annulation du permis de construire du projet de rénovation de la Samaritaine, le débat sur la place qu'il convient d'accorder au patrimoine architectural et à la modernité dans la ville est incontournable. On peut toutefois regretter que les arguments échangés paraissent se limiter à la relativité des jugements esthétiques, tout comme on peut déplorer la judiciarisation excessive des décisions prises en matière d'urbanisme.
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Architect intern looks to change world bit by bit
The Hamilton Spectator
The road to becoming an architect is long, and there is an infinite amount to learn, so don't get frustrated. You will fail many, many times. But, each failure teaches you something and makes you a better designer. It's not as glamorous as it looks in movies — you'll probably work long hours and not get paid as much as many of your friends with college diplomas, but it's a career with delayed gratification. You are literally changing the world, bit by bit.
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Reimagining Winnipeg: What these fearless architects can teach the rest of Canada
The Globe and Mail
If you are a young English-Canadian architect with ambitions to design innovative buildings, the route to success can be long and circuitous. After working in the right offices and completing an arduous licensing process, you may teach, and take whatever work you can get renovating kitchens and houses. This is why too many Canadian architects are stuck in a prison of polished concrete, making beautiful buildings for the very few. The three partners of 5468796 have demolished that model.
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Architect Jack Diamond behind Montreal musical jewel
Toronto Star
Normally in the world of classical music, architects design the concert halls, including plans for the best possible acoustics, but it's up to the music director and the musicians to deal with the instruments that will be played. A striking exception to the rule is Jack Diamond, who has lately earned the global triple crown for masterminding pitch-perfect buildings for listening to serious music in Toronto, Montreal and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Innovative architecture celebrated at Prairie Design Awards
Journal of Commerce
The best designed projects across Canada's prairie provinces were recently honoured during the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2014 Festival of Architecture. The Prairie Design Awards were held in conjunction with the opening night ceremonies of the festival at the yet unfinished Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, MB. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit were handed out in four different categories.

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Museum of History partners again with iconic architect Douglas Cardinal
Ottawa Citizen
The Canadian Museum of History is again partnering with its original architect — and honouring him with a room in his name while it's at it. The announcement came on architect Douglas Cardinal's 80th birthday. This year is also a milestone for the museum, marking the 25th anniversary since the doors to the buildings opened in June 1989.

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Studio de verre au bord de l'eau
Côté Maison
Canada, au bord du lac Stoney, cette cabane de verre se démarque de ses voisines plus classiques, abris à bateaux construits en pierre et bois. Construction originale, ce cube de verre est en réalité un studio de photographe, complètement tourné vers la nature, captant les lumières de la journée avec le paysage comme toile de fond.
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