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Vancouver Urban Design Awards showcase visionary buildings
Huffington Post
Vancouver isn't all about high housing prices and soulless monster houses. It's home to some mind-blowing architecture and visionary urban design too. The City of Vancouver handed out its first-ever Urban Design Awards this week, honouring the best projects that "enrich the overall experience of the city by carefully considering the design of public spaces, as well as the buildings that interact with these spaces."
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Building CMHR: A lump of clay becomes reality
Winnipeg Free Press
While fundraisers and politicians got the applause for opening the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the 8,200 workers who built it have their names written on plaques inside and the memory of their creation etched in their minds forever. "It was definitely one of those projects where we needed to live it to get it done," said construction manager Rob Duerksen. Architect Antoine Predock said he originally made a clay sculpture — instead of computer drawings or models — of his design, and the museum today looks exactly as he imagined.
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For millionaire mathematician James Stewart, music will play on after his death
The Globe and Mail
In April of last year, the day before he was to leave for a three-week Asian lecture tour, James Stewart went to his barber for a haircut. "As I stood up to get out of the chair, we all heard — crack!" Mr. Stewart says as if recounting a home-run shot. "It was my left hip breaking." Doctors found the millionaire Toronto mathematician had developed multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow as well as kidneys. They gave him a new hip, and chemotherapy, to no lasting effect. His doctor, a former calculus student, tells him he has less than a year to live.
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Sur la scène architecturale, le Canada est un pays fascinant
Journal Métro
Craig Dykers n'a plus besoin de présentation dans la communauté architecturale. Récipiendaire du World Architecture Award et du Prix Mies van der Rohe de l'Union européenne, il aurait toutes les raisons de jouer au «starchitect». Son enviable portfolio compte notamment la conception de la bibliothèque d'Alexandrie, en Égypte, le nouveau pavillon muséal du mémorial pour le 9/11 à New York et le sublime Opéra et ballet national d'Oslo.
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Inside Calgary's new Central Library
Global News
The final design for the Calgary's new Central Library was revealed to the public. With significant growth over the past 50 years, the City of Calgary says the existing library is unable to support the expanding operations of the Calgary Public Library. The current Central Library is located in the heart of downtown while the new building will be built in Calgary's East Village. The multi-faceted facility will have more than half a million books to browse through, and about 240,000 square feet of usable library space — more than double the space of the existing downtown library.
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Think big, urges architect
Northern Life
Toronto-based architect Bruce Kuwabara kicked off the Laurentian University School of Architecture's yearly lecture series with a call to action to the many students in the audience. "You can create the world you want," said Kuwabara, a founding partner of KPMB Architects and recipient of the Order of Canada in 2012. The world Kuwabara wants is one with landscapes that are accessible and draw people together. "The way you want to make a city today is one that creates convergence," he said. "It's probably the most important thing architecture can do."
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Le Planétarium de Montréal — de la conception à la réalisation
Kollectif
Dans son tout nouveau bâtiment au design audacieux, le Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan intègre les critères les plus élevés du développement durable. À proximité du mat du stade Olympique et du Biodôme, le nouveau Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan complète avec ce dernier, l'insectarium et le jardin botanique le complexe Espace pour la vie. Le nouvel édifice emblématique issu d'un concours international d'architecture vise à offrir une expérience inédite de l'astronomie et marque la réappropriation du site par l'humain et la nature.
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'Verre et Architecture' : appel à projets pour la Biennale internationale du verre 2015
Le Courrier de l'Architecte
La 6e édition de la Biennale internationale du verre 2015 se tiendra du 15 octobre au 29 novembre 2015 en Alsace. Dans le cadre de cet événement, European Studio Glass Art Association (ESGAA) organise, en collaboration avec la société Glasmalerei Peters. un appel à projets par voie de concours. Intitulé 'Verre et Architecture', il est ouvert à tout artiste jusqu'au 15 octobre 2014.
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Vancouver's Maritime Museum: A stunning icon of mid-century modernism
Scout Magazine
Opened in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the most gorgeous pieces of mid-century modernist design in the city, not to mention one of the most comprehensive displays of this Pacific Northwest's storied maritime history. The site was built to coincide with provincial centennial celebrations the year before, commemorating the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858.
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New $1.4 billion expansion will add hundreds of new suites to Dubai's Atlantis resort
Canada.com
Developers said they will build a $1.4 billion expanse of lavish suites and residences next to the famed Atlantis resort on Dubai's man-made palm-shaped island as part of the emirate's drive to build up tourism revenue. Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner International Holdings, which will manage the 800-room hotel, said The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will feature modern architecture that allows for sky-high gardens and private infinity pools overlooking the island and water.

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An alliance to build with a light touch
Toronto Star
Imagine a house that makes you feel good. A house filled with fresh air, natural light and big, open spaces. Now zoom in on skylights that close themselves when it rains; temperature, ventilation and humidity levels that change with the touch of a finger; and a light, airy basement where children can play in comfort on the warm floor. Factor in planet-friendly, energy-efficient features and you've got an "active house." Canada's first such home — part of an architectural movement that began in Europe — was built in Thorold, ON, last year by home builder Great Gulf.

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University of Toronto proposes major educational and cultural addition to its downtown campus
Canadian Architect
New performance space, a new museum and new academic facilities for the study of civilizations and cultures are all part of a University of Toronto proposal that would create a dramatic new gateway to its downtown campus and a major addition to the city's cultural district. The project, recently announced by the University, would house a 250-seat performance hall for the University's Faculty of Music, the Department of History, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Institute of Islamic Studies, a research arm for the Centre for Jewish Studies and gallery space for the new Jewish Museum of Canada, a fundraising partner in the proposed development.

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Whistler museum to be one with nature
Journal of Commerce
When construction crews finish the $30 million Audain Art Museum in Whistler in fall 2015, they will have finished B.C.'s largest purpose-built museum and a structure that takes some of Canada's most prized artists back to the natural environment where they created their works — the forest. "It's a very unique building," said project architect David Shone of Patkau Architects. The building design had to accommodate flood plain conditions from nearby Fitzsimmons Creek and was formerly an old public works yard and parking area.
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10 modern architectural landmarks worth conserving for future generations
Huffington Post
The Getty Foundation has singled out 10 architectural landmarks from the 20th century worth preserving, from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago to Le Corbusier's apartment and studio in Paris to Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. The new campaign, Keeping it Modern, aims to maintain some of recent history's epic feats of building and design by offering sizeable grants to the foundations charged with looking after them. Getty recognizes these foundations as upholding models of conservation for the modern age.
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