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Álvaro Siza's archive
CCA
Álvaro Siza: "It is my desire that so many years of work can become useful in many ways, as a contribution to the research and debate on architecture. I initiated some conversations, I listened to recommendations, and I have now formed my own idea on the way my archive should be organized, and how and where to locate it. I have chosen to donate to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, an institution of unequaled experience and prestige and with a sustained series of activities (exhibitions, publications, research, relations with other related institutions and large visibility)."
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$500 million Vancouver condo tower heavily promoted in Asia
Times Colonist
With its twisted sculptural design, the "iconic" $500 million Vancouver House is being marketed across Asia as a symbol of Vancouver's future. The 52-storey Westbank project alongside the north end of Granville Bridge is slated to open in 2018 and is being aggressively marketed in Asia, with up to half of the owners expected to buy from outside Canada.
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Shored up: How Toronto's waterfront redevelopment is going right
The Globe and Mail
On Unwin Avenue in Toronto's port lands, the ground looks like a blank canvas: It's largely a scrubland of asphalt and sumacs, punctuated by a power plant. The skyline of downtown shimmers like a mirage, but it's just four kilometres away. From here, it's clear why governments see this area of the waterfront as ripe for development, and why the public agency Waterfront Toronto was created in 2001 to make that happen.
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Bâtiments patrimoniaux: Québec réclame plus de pouvoirs
La Presse
La Ville de Québec réclamera plus de pouvoirs pour contraindre les propriétaires de bâtiments patrimoniaux à les entretenir. «Un des enjeux, c'est que la Ville n'a pas tous les pouvoirs qu'elle voudrait pour intervenir sur des propriétés privées, des bâtiments patrimoniaux qui sont en état de détérioration», observe la conseillère municipale Julie Lemieux, responsable du dossier patrimoine. «Quand c'est du domaine privé, c'est assez difficile pour nous d'intervenir.»
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Team of architects for Lucas museum includes Aqua Tower designer
Chicago Sun-Times
One is known for a pair of sleek, curvy Canadian skyscrapers nicknamed after an American sex symbol. The other is one of Chicago's own architectural stars, known for her wavy 82-story Aqua Tower on the Near East Side. So when he learned that Beijing-based Ma Yansong and Chicago's Jeanne Gang would team up to design George Lucas' new interactive lakefront museum, Dirk Denison had one thought: These are the "Star Wars" creator's architects.
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L'architecture canadienne se distingue dans le ciel planétaire
Jounal Habitation
Souvent portés à apprécier les réalisations des pays voisins, les Canadiens constatent de plus en plus qu'ils ont de belles constructions qui sont dignes des plus belles réalisations internationales. En témoigne le prix Emporis Skyscraper Award pour le meilleur projet de gratte-ciel décernée en 2012 aux Absolute World Towers de Mississauga.
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Skyscrapers: 2014 mid-year trend forecast
Sourceable
According to data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Australia is home to 11 of these completed projects, with 35 more tall buildings scheduled to be completed in the country by the end of 2014. Urbanization is bringing about a sky-high built environment in order to intensify cities and house a growing population.
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A modern cottage, like a wedge in the wilderness
The Globe and Mail
If the designer you've picked for your home is Toronto architect Steven Fong, your conversation (and the resulting scheme) probably won't stay within the bounds of the usual. The architect has called his building "a hillbilly Farnsworth House." He thinks of his work as a response to the famous glass and steel wilderness retreat that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe fashioned (1945-1951) for Edith Farnsworth, a Chicago doctor. Like that formal masterpiece, the French River bunky is geometrically simple and completely modern.
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Canada leads the way for green roof wind standards
Canadian Newswire
Canada is leading the way with the first standard test method for wind uplift for vegetated roof assemblies. Xeroflor, inventor of the pre-grown vegetated mat, is part of this significant effort as a member of a research consortium led by wind expert Dr. Bas Baskaran of the National Research Council of Canada. Test results will be used to develop the first wind uplift standard of this kind.
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U of T's GRIT Lab set to research green roofs and solar panels
Living Architecture Monitor
The University of Toronto's Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has launched a new research project and web application that will expand its award-winning investigation of the performance of green roofs in Canadian urban environments — and allow it to better share the results with the broader public.

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Halifax architect Omar Gandhi wins top national award
The Chronicle Herald
Water may not be as bad for buildings as we think, a Halifax architect says. Or at least Omar Gandhi is going to spend the next two years trying to find out if that's the case. Gandhi was named the winner this week of the Canada Council's prestigious Prix de Rome prize. The $50,000 award, given annually to a young Canadian architect, will fund a research project into ways precipitation can shape design.

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Hootsuite's second Vancouver office is just as cool as its first
Huffington Post
Located near their original space, HQ2 has a very west coast feel. There's the "fishing lodge" lobby with wooden panel walls, plaid covered log benches and antique fishing gear, and an entrance-way that was designed to look like Whistler Village with indoor cabins, each named after a B.C. ski run.

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