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How architecture shaped Winnipeg's DNA
Winnipeg Free Press
On one day alone in the summer of 1912, 3,500 people stepped off trains in Winnipeg. One. Single. Day. Like most structures of the early 1900s, the CPR Station, built in 1904-05, was designed by Montreal architects Edward and W.S. Maxwell with the expressed intent – "dramatic portico, richly ornamented facades, grand rotundo" — of impressing new arrivals of the wealth and grandeur of what just two decades before was little more than a prairie outpost described by one modern-day historian as a "mighty dung heap".
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When star architects team up with upstart designers, these beautiful objects happen
The Globe and Mail
"Collaboration" is the sort of utopian word you don't often hear from architects. Like an auteur, storyteller or artist, an architect is the creative driver of a project — keen to be seen as a lone wolf or creative genius. There is no "architect" in team. Teamwork, of course, is a buzzword these days in the creative world, with open-plan office spaces, Ikea hacks and musical sister acts at the peak of their popularity.
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Aga Khan Museum will prove to be of historic significance
Toronto Star
The $300 million Aga Khan Museum on Wynford Dr. — highly visible from the Don Valley Parkway — is more than a stunning architectural and cultural addition to Toronto. It represents a historic turning point for Canada — sending a bold political and social message of peace and pluralism to the world at a time of fraught relations between the West and Islam/Muslims. The museum offers the beauty and diversity of Islamic cultures and civilizations through the ages. The museum was planned for London but ran into bureaucratic hurdles.
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New restaurant/office development for East Village
Calgary Herald
Village-style retail space with restaurants along the ground level and unique office space above is planned along the RiverWalk area near the Bow River in the East Village neighbourhood. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation announced that the development on 10,872 square feet of land by Calgary's XYC Design + Development will take place immediately east of the historic Simmons Building. Kate MacGregor, president of XYC Design + Development, who also works as an architectural designer with nArchitects in New York City, said the M2 parcel is "a highly visible site, and even though it's small, it will have a huge presence in East Village."
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La Ville d'Ottawa, Groupe Germain Hospitalité, Développement McGill et EBC redéveloppent la Cour des arts, un projet de 100 millions$
CNW
Le consortium formé par Groupe Germain Hospitalité, Développement McGill et EBC a été sélectionné par la ville d'Ottawa pour la réalisation d'un immeuble à usages multiples très avant-gardiste de 23 étages qui fera partie intégrante de l'agrandissement de la Galerie d'art d'Ottawa et du redéveloppement de la Cour des arts. Combinant un Hôtel Le Germain de 120 chambres, 82 résidences, un théâtre et une galerie d'art, ce projet représente un investissement de 60 millions$ du secteur privé et de 40 millions$ de la part du secteur public (Ville d'Ottawa et Université d'Ottawa).
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Concept art of new Central Library released
CTV News
Members of the public were able to get a look at what the new Central Library will look like when it's finished. The drawings, from the architect firms of Snohette and Dialog, were released during a meeting. The new building, which will cost $245 million, will house 600,000 books, a state-of-the-art theatre, and quiet space. Michael Brown, with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation says the new library will be so many things. "It becomes a space that's about so many things and libraries, yes, they are evolving but they have always been at the centre port of our community."
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Saskatoon police HQ opens up
Journal of Commerce
Designed by Toronto-based CS&P Architects in association with aodbt architecture + interior design of Saskatoon and constructed by EllisDon, the 390,000-square-foot headquarters building incorporates a number of "open and welcoming" design features. The original police headquarters was constructed in 1977. Despite three major renovations, the force outgrew the building. "Police buildings are complex design challenges because they comprise so many functions," said Peter Ortved, principal in charge of the project at CS&P, whose firm has worked on such facilities elsewhere in Canada for more than 25 years.
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Cheticamp gets wind-friendly outdoor market with the help of Dalhousie students
The Chronicle Herald
Dalhousie University students have helped create an outdoor space in a Cape Breton community that experiences a unique phenomenon known as Les Suetes. This summer, about 10 students in Dalhousie University's architecture program travelled to Cheticamp to volunteer their time to create a wooden, basket-like structure known as a grid shell. The innovative, banana-shaped design will now be used as an outdoor community market for local vendors in the Cheticamp area.
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Caroline Cayeux abandonne son projet de grand théâtre
Courrier Picard
Caroline Cayeux y a tellement cru. Ce projet phare d'un probable ultime mandat de maire n'est plus que désillusion. C'est hier que l'annonce fracassante est tombée dans son bureau de l'hôtel de ville. « C'est une décision difficile à prendre mais nous sommes contraints d'arrêter la construction du nouveau théâtre du Beauvaisis », a lâché le maire de Beauvais et présidente de la Communauté d'agglomération du Beauvaisis, très déçue. Cela faisait huit jours que dans les couloirs de la mairie, on se préparait à cette épreuve.
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2014 Sydney Design Award Architecture winners
Sourceable
Over 120 design projects were selected as finalists with 2014 attracting a record number of nominations. The awards aim to celebrate "courage in design from both commissioners and creators" across a multitude of design disciplines. The awards featured 16 categories and a series of "best of" awards in architecture, landscape and interior and urban design categories. The awards are part of the global design100 awards program which was founded in Melbourne and now has a presence in New York and London, with further plans to expand to Chicago, San Francisco and Asia.

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Ottawa architect says government 'stealing' site for communism memorial
Ottawa Citizen
A prominent Ottawa architect is accusing the federal government of "stealing" the site that's been chosen for the new Memorial to Victims of Communism. In an open letter to Stephen Harper, Barry Padolsky urges the prime minister to find a "more appropriate" location for the memorial, to be built on a 5,000-square-metre property on Wellington Street, next to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Forget 'traditional': How builders are crafting modernist homes for the modern family
The Globe and Mail
How do you buy a modern house in Canada? Mostly, you can't. For two generations, the single-family houses offered by builders have been "traditional" — dressed with details that evoke some historic model, whether a Victorian mansion, an Arts and Crafts cottage, a Tuscan hill town, or some odd combination of the three. Yet Canadians have become more engaged with contemporary architecture in the past decade, and this paucity of design has begun to change.

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L'Écran par Alain Carle Architecte
Kollectif
La contrainte contextuelle de ce projet situé au bord d'un lac a permis de poursuivre l'exploration des possibilités d'un travail axé sur des considérations perceptuelles. De faible profondeur, le présentait plusieurs contraintes de marge de recul (abords de lac, de ruisseau, de rue, etc.). L'aire constructible était donc plutôt étroite et irrégulière, ce qui offrait toutefois l'occasion de concevoir un projet hors des préceptes types de la résidence « de style ».
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