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Featured letters: City should abandon idea of front garages in mature neighbourhoods
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I am optimistic the recent public hearing about front garages in mature neighbourhoods will result in no further consideration of this ill-conceived idea. Pedestrian-oriented streetscapes are vital to the vibrancy of any city neighbourhood. It has taken far too long for basic urban open-space principles espoused by visionaries such as Jane Jacobs and Ken Greenberg to embed themselves in Prairie cities in general and in Edmonton's policies in particular. More



Implementing IPD: A 'win-win' solution in construction
Canadian Architect    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), with its constituent organizations, is holding a conference from Nov. 8-9, 2012 in Toronto examining the topic of integrated project delivery, or IPD, and how this new project delivery method can benefit the construction industry. More

RAIC issues call for Excellence Awards
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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) issues a call for submissions every two years for its Awards of Excellence, and has recently announced its Call for Submissions for a number of awards. The Advocate for Architecture Award is for an individual who has contributed to the elevation of architecture in the public realm by means other than the practice of architecture. The award is to recognize the long-term commitment to and support for the profession of architecture in Canada, at the national, regional or local level.

The deadline for all submissions is Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:00pm EST.
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Textile Museum of Canada announces 2012 signature fundraising event
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The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) will present its signature fundraising event and gala, BMO Financial Group reDesign 2012 in the Oval Square of the Shops at Hazelton Lanes, Yorkville. Developed by the TMC, the second annual reDesign event supports creativity, ingenuity and reuse to produce stellar art and design objects. Forty leading Canadian artists, designers and architects including Thrush Holmes, Jeremy Laing, David Dixon, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Barr Gilmore, and Comrags have been invited to reimagine and refurbish identical Eames-style chairs, generously provided by MORBA, to be sold at this year's silent auction. reDesign is a cornerstone of the TMC's annual fundraising activities. More

Urban umbrella opens in Toronto
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A pedestrian-friendly alternative to clunky wood and metal scaffolding that turns sidewalks into narrow, dark tunnels around construction sites is making its Canadian debut. A pair of Toronto construction projects are said to be the first use of Urban Umbrella's metal and plastic design outside of New York City. The new scaffolding — made of recycled steel and resembling an unfurling umbrella — is being installed on Yonge Street next to the downtown site of Ryerson University's new student learning centre. The Urban Umbrella also is being adopted by developer Great Gulf for its One Bloor condominium project at the corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street. More


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New 'green' design methods revolutionize building industry
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If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today. Most of the buildings you see now will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but the majority of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones. "If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80 per cent of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, said in an interview. More

L'architecte sympathique
Le Journal de Québec    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Il se qualifie comme étant «le messager» de cette firme d'architectes. Qu'à cela ne tienne, François Moreau sera désormais relié à celui qui aura «imaginé» l'amphithéâtre multifonctionnel de Québec. L'architecte de formation de 47 ans m'a reçu dans les bureaux d'ABCP, firme dont il est coactionnaire avec huit autres de ses pairs. Les locaux qu'occupent ABCP au 4e étage d'un édifice de la rue Saint-Paul sont sobres, à aires ouvertes et très lumineux. Il est le cadet d'une famille modeste de quatre enfants. Il est né, a grandi et fait ses études à Québec. Marié depuis 28 ans, ce père de trois garçons qui a jadis milité pour le retour de l'École d'architecture de l'Université Laval dans le Vieux-Québec est très fier du nouveau mandat de la firme. More

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London, Ontario's first LEED platinum office building almost done
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London's first LEED platinum office building wraps up construction at the end of November. And despite facing many unusual challenges, the build will come in on budget, says its coordinator. Alex Shivas, coordinator of land and facilities for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, says a needs assessment begun in 2005 led to the decision to build a new head office for the organization. "We knew that long term and to be cost efficient it was better to go to new building," the authority members decided, he explains. But little did they realize just how challenging developing a new space would be. The goal was to build a LEED (Leadership in energy and environmental design) certified facility that would reflect the authority's values and become an example for others in the area. Federal shovel ready grants intended to kick start the economy after the 2008 recession seemed like an ideal way to help fund the vision of a state-of-the-art facility. "We applied for everything," Shivas recalls. "Didn't have success." More

Un bâtiment de Saint-Laurent obtient la cote LEED Or
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Le US Green Building Council (USGBC) a décerné la cote LEED Or à la première tour du complexe résidentiel Place des Nations, située dans le quartier Bois-Franc. L'organisme a déclaré lors de la divulgation des résultats: « Le projet Place des Nations, Phase 1, a obtenu un taux si élevé au test de l'étanchéité à l'air, qu'il devient le bâtiment le plus performant en Amérique du Nord ». Inauguré en 2012 par le promoteur immobilier Sotramont, l'immeuble résidentiel à vocation multifamiliale de cinq étages comprend 34 unités. Le complexe comporte deux autres tours pour lesquelles le constructeur espère également obtenir la certification LEED Or. More



Sustainable Building Symposium in Edmonton
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Alberta's premier green building event, the Sustainable Building Symposium, is shaping up for another great event. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 7, 2013, and spend the day with other architects, engineers, builders, building owners and managers, green product experts and governments reps involved in Alberta's sustainable building industry. Keep an eye out for announcements about the keynote speakers — industry leaders who will challenge, inform and excite. More



Centre for Digital Media / Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership Architects
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The design of this building is a vessel for emerging technology set within an industrial context of the Great Northern Way Campus. The concept is inspired by two themes or dialogues — technology and regionalism. This building seeks to express the program through a weaving and folding gesture in the architecture. The program is stacked with academic / retail at the ground floor and three levels of student housing above. A singular ribbon, folding and bending, collects these uses to engage the street as the catalyst marker on the site. The wrapping gesture is directional to reflect the orientation of the student housing and to minimize solar heat gain on the east and west elevations. The folds cascade down the facade opening itself and presenting the lobby entry at the west corner of the building. More


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Unbuilt Calgary: Maverick mentality should extend to city architecture
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Calgary is architecturally conflicted. While we are entrepreneurial in spirit and often described as 'maverick' by our Canadian peers, those characteristics aren't often translated in our buildings and urban design. It appears, however, that we come by it honestly. As detailed in Stephanie White's new book, Unbuilt Calgary, young Calgary architects like Gordon Atkins and W.G. (Bill) Milne struggled to break free of, first, the post-CP corporate colonialism, and then post-war suburbanism, where all things (mainly roads) led to the downtown core. More



Trois architectes choisis pour définir les contours du futur centre aquatique
L'union L'ardennais    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Les architectes ont été choisis pour la prochaine étape du futur centre aquatique. Sur 29 candidats, trois ont été retenus pour dresser un « avant-projet sommaire ». Doucement mais sûrement, le projet du prochain centre aquatique avance du côté de la communauté de communes. Lors de la dernière séance du conseil communautaire le 16 octobre, les noms des trois architectes sélectionnés pour la deuxième phase ont été annoncés à la suite de la réunion du jury le 25 septembre dernier. Ce ne sont pas moins de 29 dossiers de candidatures qui ont été reçus par le jury en charge du centre aquatique. « Les 29 candidats ont simplement présenté leur parcours. On voulait que chacun ait des références lors des cinq dernières années, c'est-à-dire des projets concrets récents », souligne Daniel Fontaine, troisième vice-président à la communauté de communes. More
 
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