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The Hullmark Centre in Toronto's North York a solid architectural citizen
The Globe and Mail
When it comes to residential skyscrapers, Toronto could use more haute couture. A high-fashion high-rise, especially when raised at a key intersection or other conspicuous place, can be an exclamation point in an otherwise prosy cityscape. It can express the importance of a given spot on the urban map. That said, effective city building only occasionally requires the services of a grand architectural couturier.
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Terminal welcomed the world to Victoria
Peninsula News Review
At the dawn of the 20th century, Victoria was a city on the move. As Canada's Pacific gateway, its natural advantages included a mild climate and impressive central harbour. As refined capital of a booming province, its position held great promise for it to profit from trade and tourism routes throughout the British Empire and the world. However, its poor shipping connections with the Pacific terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver impeded future growth.
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Un «Habitat 67» sur les stéroïdes
Journal Métro
C'est gros. C'est très gros. Mais c'est surtout un des complexes immobiliers les plus audacieux à avoir été imaginés ces dernières années par trois acteurs d'envergure: Sid Lee Architecture, le constructeur Montoni et le Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ. Son nom: L'Espace Montmorency. Son emplacement: À un jet de pierre de la station de métro Montmorency, à Laval.
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Quebec developer heads major Paris tower project
Daily Commercial News
Paris City Hall has given the go-ahead, issuing the construction permit, for the Tours DUO project, a major development designed by architect Jean Nouvel located on the edge of the Seine. The development includes a trademark pair of towers that are meant to create "a strong architectural identity, a location in the fast-changing ZAC (joint development zone) Paris Rive Gauche district, along with top-level environmental and energy standards," a release explains.
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Ottawa récompense les artisans du design urbain
Radio-Canada
Londres, Paris et New York sont souvent reconnus pour leurs cachets urbains. Récemment, c'était au tour des designs ottaviens d'être à l'honneur. La Ville d'Ottawa a souligné le travail des architectes et urbanistes de la capitale, en décernant les Prix de l'esthétique urbaine. Chaque deux ans, ils sont remis aux projets qui se distinguent par leur esthétisme et l'excellence de leurs design urbain.
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Some thing old, something new...
Toronto Star
Architect and condo developer Gary Switzer sees a bright future for Yonge St. in its neglected past. Switzer has a "personal passion" for restoring neglected old buildings and incorporating them into modern condo projects. That's why the company he founded in 2009, MOD Developments, is now spending tens of millions — he refuses to say exactly how much — on two major restorations: the 110-year-old Bank of Commerce building on Yonge St. north of Queen St., and a retail revival at Yonge and St. Joseph St.
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Manitoba legislature is an architectural enigma
Journal of Commerce
In the early 20th century, Winnipeg was one of the fastest growing cities in North America and Manitoba's population was expected to top one million by 1922. It's no wonder the province demanded a legislature commensurate with its bright promise. However, in 1920 the province received more than it bargained for — an architectural triumph of stone and marble, coupled with an array of enigmas, many based in the traditions of Freemasonry and worthy of the attentions of any real-life Indiana Jones.
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Ottawa firms win big at Ontario housing awards
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa builders stepped into the winners' circle five times at the recent Ontario Home Builders' Association Awards of Distinction. The 24th annual awards, held in Huntsville, ON, honour builders from across the province in 39 categories ranging from production, custom and multi-unit architectural design to on-site sales presentations. In the architectural design category, Minto Communities took the prize for the most outstanding high or mid-rise condo suite for a 20th–floor unit in its Rideau tower at Lansdowne Park.
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Vancouver Art Gallery releases design for new $350 million gallery
Metro News
The Vancouver Art Gallery has finally unveiled its grand plans for a new museum made of stacked, wooden boxes that evoke images of Jenga or an inuksuk, a design intended to stand out from the homogeneous glass towers that have come to define the downtown peninsula. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, the new museum at Larwill Park would be nearly double the size of the old courthouse six blocks away at Robson and Howe where the gallery is squeezed for space.
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