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How Canada's top architects designed a Pan Am district from scratch
The Globe and Mail
Take a crowd of Canada's top architects, put them in a room and ask them to design a dense city neighbourhood — working with a 1,000-page book of rules and requirements. This was how the Canary District in Toronto, which will be the athletes’ village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer, was created. Surprisingly, this city-by-committee is coming out well. The $514 million, 14-hectare complex is walkable, sustainable, contemporary but respectful of history, and economically diverse. It will efficiently house 10,000 people for Pan Am and then serve different users, in about 1,650 units, over the long term.
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New Beaverbrook library receives architecture award
Ottawa Community News
The recently redesigned Beaverbrook library has caught attention on a provincial scale, being chosen as one of four Ontario libraries to receive an award from the Ontario Library Association. Recipients of the Library Building Award, which focused on library architectural and design transformation, were announced in early June, which included the Mount Dennis Branch of the Toronto Public Library, the Central Branch of the Kitchener Public Library, the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University and the Beaverbrook Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
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Construction écologique: des mentalités qui ont la couenne dure
La Presse
Après plusieurs complications dans le dossier des écoquartiers D'Estimauville et Pointe-aux-Lièvres, la Ville repart tranquillement la machine. D'autres projets comme la Cité Verte fonctionnent, mais font face à un marché au ralenti. La construction verte a-t-elle la vie dure? De l'avis de deux spécialistes, bâtir vert n'est pas sorcier, ni même démesurément plus cher. Mais les mentalités ont du mal à changer.
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Modern architecture in cottage country makes headway with a considered approach
National Post
Charles Gane never intended to get into the cottage business. After all, the principal of Toronto-based Core Architects has more than enough on his plate. Over the past two decades, Gane and his partners have designed 150 condominium projects (50 in downtown Toronto), master planned communities, private homes, sports clubs, hotels, stores and offices in Canada and the U.S. They've also netted big-name projects overseas, including the Dubai Marina on the Persian Gulf, the flagship branch of Dubai Bank, the design of several Caribbean resorts and numerous condominium projects in Dubai.
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Grant in place to help restoration of future NCC pavillion
Ottawa Citizen
As with most buildings, a strong foundation is helping to keep the Strutt House strong. The philanthropic Getty Foundation has stepped in to assist financially in the restoration of the Strutt House, a historic building in Gatineau that is to be used in the National Capital Commission's plans for Canada's 150th anniversary. The effort to restore and preserve the home of deceased Canadian architect James Strutt has been ongoing since Strutt's daughter and Strutt Foundation member Lesley sold the house to the NCC in 2008.
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Rebuilding Hamilton, one architecture tweet at a time
CBC News
Thomas Allen is obsessed with finding out the stories we'd hear if Hamilton's buildings could talk. Allen's the man behind Rebuild Hamilton, a blog and accompanying Twitter and Instagram streams highlighting iconic Hamilton buildings and hidden gems, weaving together details he learns from research and observations he makes from the street. He does it from a premise that the city can be better, as the "rebuild" name implies.
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Professor Jill Stoner appointed new director of Carleton's Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Canadian Architect
Carleton University has announced the appointment of Jill Lahn Stoner as the new director of the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism effective July 1, 2015. Currently the associate dean of the Graduate Division and professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Stoner brings remarkable experience to the school as a well-established professional architect, a distinguished teacher and an academic administrator.
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Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper to be built in Melbourne
Dezeen
Australian firm Elenberg Fraser has won planning approval for a 226-metre-high Melbourne skyscraper that will feature a curvaceous form taken from a music video by Beyoncé (+ slideshow). The new Premiere Tower at 134 Spencer Street will boast a series of curves and bulges designed to make it as structurally efficient as possible, but that also reference one of Beyoncé's music videos.
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A Melbourne, un nouveau gratte-ciel 'inspiré par Beyoncé'
Télérama
En architecture, s'inspirer du corps de personnalités n'est pas tout à fait une nouveauté. L'emblématique « maison dansante » de Prague construite entre 1994 et 1996 par les architectes Vlado Milunic et Frank Gehry, inspirée par Fred Astaire et Ginger Rogers en est le plus marquant exemple. Mais l'inspiration trouvée du côté de la chanteuse Beyoncé (ses formes avantageuses, donc, pas ses chansons) par l'agence australienne Elenberg Fraser, c'est tout nouveau.
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