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International Architectural Roundtable, Construct Canada
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The 2012 International Architectural Roundtable, 'Teach Me a Vision: Campus Architecture as a Driver of Perception' will be taking place on Nov. 28, 2012, 8:00 am - 10:00 am at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. Held in conjunction with Construct Canada, the 11th annual event will explore how the way we learn is being revolutionized through the force of progressive and innovative campus design. Cities, regions, and even countries are capitalizing on the powerful role that iconic campus buildings can have on the way we perceive their brand, and are increasingly using their public buildings as an agent for change. More



Portraits d'une métropole en pleine évolution
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Véritable laboratoire d'idées sur la ville contemporaine, l'exposition ABC: MTL ouvre ses portes mardi au Centre canadien d'architecture (CCA). Pour l'occasion, le CCA accueille près d'une centaine d'œuvres multidisciplinaires proposant un regard inusité sur Montréal. Que ce soit en photo, en musique ou en vidéo, les œuvres présentées dressent un portrait de la ville qui va bien au-delà du domaine de l'architecture. «L'architecture est bien trop importante pour être laissée aux architectes! lance le directeur associé du CCA, Fabrizio Gallanti. Pour raconter aux Montréalais leur ville d'aujourd'hui, il fallait ouvrir les galeries de l'établissement à une multitude de points de vue et créer un récit collectif.» More

Toronto architect works on infill strategy for Saskatoon
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Walking along a busy section of 20th Street West in Saskatoon, Calvin Brook doesn't just see a streetscape — he sees a blank canvas. The Toronto-based architect has an eye not only for what streets and cities are, but the potential of what they could eventually become. "The fabric you have here is great," Brook said, looking down a streetscape dotted with empty storefronts and lease signs. "But you need the critical mass of people who would walk to coffee shops, restaurants and stores on their way to work every day. If they live right here, it's going to create a market for all these shops which they don't have right now. That improves the neighbourhood; it improves the street." More

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Un espace commercial moderne et unique
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Le développement du nouveau quartier de mixité urbaine à l'angle des boulevards Parent et des Chenaux est bel et bien entamé. Lors de la pelletée de terre officielle, les promoteurs ont dévoilé les noms des trois premiers locataires de cet espace commercial. Il s'agit de Petro-Canada, Tim Hortons et Dépanneur Beau-Soir. Pour le promoteur immobilier Odacité, ce geste lance véritable la première phase du projet dévoilé le printemps dernier. «Cette phase représente un investissement d'environ 2,2 millions de dollars. L'architecture sera très moderne et unique dans la région. On estime que les travaux seront exécutés avant la fin de l'année et que les bannières pourront procéder à leur ouverture en mars 2013. Nous sommes très fiers, car ce sont trois bannières de renom», soutient Dany Chabot, copropriétaire d'Odacité. More

Maison de l'architecture du Québec — Protéiforme: Architecture paramétrique
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Programmation, trigonométrie, algorithmes... quel impact ont les technologies informatiques récentes sur l'architecture, sa conception et sa construction? À travers les étapes du processus de conception de 11 projets élaborés par 4 jeunes pratiques québécoises et ontarienne, Architecture Open Form nous fait découvrir les nouveaux mondes rendus possibles par la modélisation paramétrique! Jadis réservés aux domaines pointus de l'aéronautique ou de l'industrie automobile, ces outils, qui nécessitaient des compétences très pointues (connaissance des langages informatiques, de la programmation et de la trigonométrie), sont devenus d'usage courant dans certains milieux de la jeune relève, en architecture, au Canada. More



Architectural illustrators use toolbox of tricks to 'manipulate' the way we look at buildings
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Vancouverites recently got their first look at the new Oakridge Centre, an ambitious plan to bulldoze the city's first mall and replace it with a mini-city of townhouses and condo towers designed to hold more than 7,000 people. For years, surrounding residents have made no secret of their aversion to seeing a forest of condo towers pierce their quiet suburb. Which might be why, on the Oakridge Centre illustrations, those NIMBYites were simply stamped out of existence. Despite being only 10 minutes from downtown, perched within a neighbourhood of more than 11,000 people and sandwiched between two of Vancouver's busiest roads, the megaproject was depicted in a quiet landscape of deciduous trees and empty asphalt. More


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Dalhousie University to build new $36 million facility
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In order to accommodate an increasing number of students arriving from outside the province, Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University is building a new $36 million residence and student services centre in the heart of the Studley campus in Halifax. The LeMarchant Street mixed-use facility includes five floors of residence rooms accommodating 300 students as well as two floors of student service-related space on the ground and podium levels. The university says the project will not only provide much-needed beds but also position key services in closer proximity to the students who use them. These services include a recruitment and enrollment centre as well as health services and counseling services. Scheduled for completion in early 2014, the project was designed by Toronto's Zeidler Partnership Architects in association with Halifax-based DSRA Architecture. Construction manager is Aecon Buildings Atlantic. More

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George Brown College builds a striking new campus of health and wellness on Toronto waterfront
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Recently, one of the first major initiatives to revitalize Toronto's waterfront, the new George Brown College Waterfront Campus opened. Overlooking the harbour of Lake Ontario, the striking 507,000 sq. ft. building focuses on the shift to Inter-Professional Education (IPE) that will transition Canada's healthcare system towards a patient-centred, team-based care delivery model. It consolidates George Brown's schools of Health and Wellness, Dental Health, Nursing and Health Services Management in one purpose-built facility. Designed by Stantec Architecture/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in joint venture, the campus creates a 'living lab' for IPE, which enables the training of students in health professions to collaborate across disciplines, allowing them to deliver holistic care and to support innovative service models and products that prioritize wellness and health promotion. More



20-storey buildings... made of wood?
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When Michael Green imagines the buildings of the future, he sees skylines built from a material that is not only cheaper and more environmentally friendly than steel and concrete, but one that has a distinctly Canadian feel. Now the Vancouver architect just has to convince the country of the benefits of wood skyscrapers, which are beginning to crop up in several countries around the world. "The hardest part of this job in advocating for these ideas is not the technical side, it's the perception side," says Green, whose portfolio includes the Ottawa airport and the North Vancouver City Hall renovation project, both of which heavily incorporate wood. More


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Creating a LEED Platinum living laboratory
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While new information from the U.S. Green Building Council indicates that the development of green schools can dramatically improve the performance of students at any age, the role the actual structure plays in the actual education of the student has been quite limited until recently. Now, in higher educational facilities across the globe, buildings are taking on a more important role than ever before. Instead of simply learning in them, students can now learn from the spaces they study in. A prime example of this is the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence located in Ottawa. Labelled a 'living laboratory' by college president Kent MacDonald, the LEED Platinum certified building aids in imparting a cutting edge education by allowing students to work in a completely holistic environment. More
 
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