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First Australian architect registers in Canada under new mutual recognition arrangement
Architecture & Design
Australia's Andrew J.D. Scott is the first architect to be registered in Canada under a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) between Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The tri-lateral agreement regarding licencing laws was made between the three countries in February this year making Scott the first to have signed under the new framework.
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Minimalist architecture goes for drama with Eaton's in Vancouver
The Globe and Mail
All around the block of a building under construction at Georgia and Granville is the busy jumble of a city: Neon signs, old terracotta buildings, black towers of the 1970s, lights, people, food trucks, noise. But the almost-completed building itself is cool, serene. The glass walls of the top three stories reflect blue sky and clouds. The rows of metal fins between the silvery windows are a study in linear geometry. Bands of large limestone tiles line the lower floors.
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L'avenir de la Maison Alcan soulève la controverse
Radio-Canada
Des urbanistes et des architectes se portent à la défense de la Maison Alcan, qu'ils perçoivent comme un trésor architectural en plein coeur de Montréal. Ils se désolent de savoir que cet édifice, qui a conservé ses façades historiques, sera défiguré par une immense tour. Dans la foulée du déménagement du siège social de Rio Tinto Alcan dans la tour Deloitte, en 2016, les nouveaux propriétaires du complexe situé à l'intersection des rues Sherbrooke et Stanley veulent en démolir une partie et construire une tour commerciale de 30 étages.
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Nominees sought for wood design awards
Northern Ontario Business
Ontario Wood WORKS! is seeking nominations for the 2015 edition of its awards program, which recognizes excellence in using wood in design. The organization, which leads a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction in North America, annually hands out awards in 12 categories.
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Jean-Sébastien Bourdages, nouvel Associé et Directeur Conception chez Lemay
Kollectif
Lemay a le plaisir d'accueillir Jean-Sébastien Bourdages à titre d'Associé et de Directeur conception de Lemay. M. Bourdages cumule près de quinze années d'expérience en architecture et design d'intérieur commercial et institutionnel. Il a rejoint l'équipe de B+H architects en Asie en 2006 et est devenu associé principal en 2010. Après sept ans passés à Shanghai, il ouvre de nouveaux bureaux à Hong Kong et devient directeur conception Asie.
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Commerce Design Montreal awards celebrate the thoughtful design of restaurants and retail spaces
The Globe and Mail
The room is long, cool and sleek: Its woodwork is dressed in black, and a grid of blond wood slats weaves across the ceiling. White tile splays light back into the room, where servers prepare lattes and serve up tarts. The space, conceived by the local architecture office NatureHumaine, is up for a design award this summer — and it is a chain bakery in Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal. I've come here, to this pleasant but decidedly unhip neighbourhood, specifically to see this Au Pain Doré.
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BC-based CEI Architecture to join global firm HDR
Canadian Architect
British Columbia-based CEI Architecture has announced it is joining global firm HDR. Leadership of the two firms cite opportunities for growth both geographically and within each firm's respective market sectors as the reasons for merging its shared commitment to design innovation in a global landscape. "Both of our firms share a philosophy of balancing quality design, technical expertise, business orientation, and customer satisfaction — specifically focusing on being market leaders in clearly defined sectors," commented Doug Wignall, AIA, president of HDR's Architecture practice.
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Convert grain elevators into people spaces, architecture grad says
CBC News
Thousands of grain elevators have met the wrecking ball but an architecture graduate with Prairie roots envisions new uses for the iconic structures. Instead of tearing grain elevators down, Ali Piwowar suggests converting them into spaces for people. Piwowar, who studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote her masters thesis in architecture on preserving the heritage of grain elevators by transforming them into community spaces.
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Wood that wows: Teeple Architects' Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
TreeHugger
Wood is the ultimate sustainable building material, and right now there is a lot of it to be used, thanks to the Mountain Pine Beetle. Steven Teeple built the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta, Canada out of big sticks of beetle-kill timber, with as many as six pieces coming together at a single point. But the real wow factor is in the connections at those points where the wood comes together; usually a connector would be made of steel.
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Montréal : 8 ArchitecTours en vedette
OAQ
À l'occasion de son 40e anniversaire, Héritage Montréal a présenté le palmarès des huit circuits pédestres ArchitecTours les plus appréciés. L'organisme en profite pour programmer à nouveau, entre le 1er août et le 20 septembre, une visite actualisée de ces différents quartiers de la métropole.
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