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Architecture firm chosen for new Emily Carr University in Vancouver
Metro News
The architecture firm behind Canada's first purpose-built opera house has been chosen as the designer for the new $134 million facility for Emily Carr University, the B.C. government announced. Diamond Schmitt Architects — which designed the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts opera house in Toronto — working with Vancouver-based Chernoff Thompson Architects, is part of the design team selected as the preferred proponent to enter into final negotiations to build a new facility for Emily Carr University of Art + Design, which has outgrown its current Granville Island campus.
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'Blanc papier' : une maison tout de bois blanc vêtue à Longueuil
Le Courrier de l'Architecte
L'architecte Jean Verville a conçu, en 2013, une maison unifamiliale dans la banlieue montréalaise. «Cette architecture est dominée par le blanc, des pleins et des vides. (...) L'intérieur, d'une blancheur immaculée, est morcelé par des ouvertures qui cadrent l'environnement et, par la même occasion, créent de magnifiques tableaux aux couleurs changeantes», explique-t-il à Lucie Lavigne, journaliste pour le site LaPresse.ca, dans un article.
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New version of LEED brings big changes to material selection
Journal of Commerce
A rush to register LEED projects under the expiring 2009 version is expected to occur as the deadline for LEED Version 4 (LEED v.4) lands on the North American construction industry June 2015. It includes significant revisions impacting the materials and resources sections. "We expect there will be a scramble to register projects under the old system," said Veronica Owens, a green building specialist with B.C.'s Light House Sustainable Building Centre.
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10 lost Toronto buildings we wish we could bring back
BlogTO
For every preserved historic building in Toronto there have been many more lost to short-sighted planning or indifference. The mindset has changed in recent years — high-profile architects like Frank Gehry must bend their designs to incorporate protected structures and beloved neighbourhood edifices (sometimes) get gentrified--but there are still egregious losses and cases of unfortunate neglect (see Walnut Hall, George St. in general).
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Rêve contemporain à Greenfield Park
La Presse
Michelle Masse et Jérôme Fradette rêvaient d'une maison contemporaine. Avec l'aide de leur architecte, ils ont plongé dans l'aventure de création et de construction d'une propriété épurée et ouverte sur leur bout de nature, dans Greenfield Park, près de Saint-Lambert, sur la Rive-Sud. Histoire d'architecture.
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Light matters: 7 ways lighting can make architecture more sustainable
ArchDaily
Sustainable lighting design offers various well-being and environmental benefits in addition to economic advantages for clients and users. Although daylight provides a free lighting source, for most spaces the amount and time of daylight is not sufficient and electrical lighting is necessary. A focus on sustainability becomes essential for minimizing energy consumption and improving the quality of life.
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Historicist: Space-age living, ahead of its time
Torontoist
In the 1960s and 1970s, an era of staid, Bauhaus-inspired rectilinear boxes, architect Uno Prii designed rental apartment buildings defined by swooping curves and space age forms and shapes. They have been hailed, in some quarters, as "whimsical," "flamboyant," and "exuberant" expressions of 1960s optimism. Prii's designs, of which 250 were built across the Toronto area, have been praised by some for their "rejuvenating" qualities and for their "playful whimsy."
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Sketches of George Lucas Museum look like they belong in outer space
Huffington Post
The sketches of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Chicago museum show a flowing white building topped with a hovering ring. The newly unveiled architectural designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were drawing a range of reactions, from snide comments to forthright admiration. "It looks like a palace for Jabba the Hutt. I was wondering what planet we are on," Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti, who's challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the mayor's race next year, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George opens
Canadian Architect
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, has officially opened, further positioning B.C. as a leader in wood innovation and design. Designed by Michael Green Architecture, construction of the 29.5-metre, six-storey high WIDC began in 2013 with 13 different B.C. companies working collaboratively and employing about 250 staff throughout the province.
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Lemay bonifie son bassin de talents en architecture
Journal de l'habitation
Lemay a récemment complété l'acquisition de trois filiales québécoises du groupe torontois IBI, soit DAA, Cardinal Hardy Architectes et Martin Marcotte Architectes. L'entreprise a également annoncé la formation d'une coentreprise avec le Groupe IBI en Chine. Avec cette transaction, elle se hisse parmi les chefs de file canadien en design intégré de l'environnement bâti.

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Committee tasked to create plan for development of Halifax core
The Chronicle Herald
Halifax's long-awaited regional centre plan is back on the table as a city hall committee begins work on the planning document. After a number of setbacks, the development plan for the city centre is expected to begin taking shape over the coming months. When complete, the centre plan will replace a mishmash of antiquated and conflicting planning rules with a simplified land-use bylaw that paves the way for development on the Halifax peninsula and in Dartmouth within the arc of the Circumferential Highway.

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Toronto's new jewel: Beauty and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre
Huffington Post
Ancient and modern, traditional and forward-looking, stark and ornate, spiritual and practical: Contrasting adjectives aptly describe the brand-new Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Adjacent to the Centre, its white Brazilian granite façade reflected in pools of water, is a state-of-the-art museum. Both structures highlight the diversity and depth of Islamic history and culture and offer a place that serves both the global, diverse Ismaili Muslim community and the Toronto community at large.

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New building for York University's Lassonde School of Engineering
OAA
York University's newest addition to its campus is an iconic and ambitious building that will redefine engineering education in Canada. A $60 million project, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence is a space designed to cultivate renaissance engineers — a new breed of engineer that possesses a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship.
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Urban schools look to rooftops for space
Sourceable
As cities scramble for land in the congested built environment, schools across the globe are exploring multi-storey buildings where rooftops are utilized for sports and recreational space. Tian Tai No.2 Primary School, located in an old crowded county of the Zhejiang province, is but one example, with a 200-metre running track installed on its roof. LYCS Architecture, which led the design, wanted to "focus on the relationship between architecture and the venue, the venue and the city, between form and function."
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