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Pursuit of excellence a 2015 RAIC goal
Daily Commercial News
Samuel Oboh is 2015 president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He joined the RAIC as an international associate in 2001 and helped establish its Alberta chapter in 2006, serving as its president in 2007-2008. Oboh was elected to the national board as regional director for Alberta and Northwest Territories from 2011 to 2014 and is a member of the College of Fellows.
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Architects break down work barriers
Journal of Commerce
Architecture is a global profession, explains the executive director of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), and a major agreement between Canadian, U.S. and Mexican architectural regulatory authorities now allows architects to work across North American borders. The recently finalized Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for the International Practice of Architecture allows qualified architects from each country, who satisfy requirements of the agreement, to be granted a credential that will lead to a license to practice architecture in the host country.
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8 projets québécois sur mon radar en 2015
2015 sera une année particulièrement chargée sur le plan architectural au Québec, notamment dans les domaines sportif et culturel. Pavillons muséaux, agrandissements de bibliothèques, conversions d'églises, nouveaux centres sportifs… Les amateurs d'architecture québécoise seront indéniablement servis. Voici d'ailleurs huit projets qui mériteront certainement le détour au cours des prochains mois et qui risquent fort bien d'attirer l'attention à l'échelle nationale, pour ne pas dire internationale.
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Second recycled shipping container development planned for Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Vancouver architect Anthony Boni is excited about his new project. Although he has done a variety of projects in the past, from homes to museums to commercial buildings, this one is a first, not only for the principal of Boni Maddison Architects but also for Canada. Boni is working with the Downtown Eastside–based Atira Women's Resource Society to build the country's highest residential building using shipping containers. "It's a prototype. I mean, this hasn't been done before at this scale," Boni told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.
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Dawn of something new: How architecture is changing along with the North
The Globe and Mail
As Arctic communities undergo profound growth and change, artists and architects are responding in radical ways. They are creating enduring structures that actually reflect the ever-changing environmental and cultural context of the North. Sandhornoya, a remote island in northern Norway, just above the Arctic Circle, has the kind of epic, sublime landscape that would have inspired Turner or Bierstadt. A white sand beach unfurls around an inky blue inlet, a black, jagged mountain knifes up through a scruff of green brush. The landscape is mystical on its own, but until September, 2015, it is even more fantastic.
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Architecturally unique 26-storey origami Waterfront Station office tower deemed 'too tall'
Vancity Buzz
City of Vancouver planning officials have deemed a proposed 26-storey Waterfront Tower "too tall" for a site next to downtown Vancouver's Waterfront Station. The tower at 555 West Cordova Street is a project by Cadillac Fairview, which also owns and manages the historic 1912-built CPR Station, and designed by internationally renowned Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with input by local firm B+H Architecture.
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L'Hôtel de glace ouvre ses portes au public
La Presse
L'Hôtel de glace soulignera en force sa 15e année d'existence avec une galerie spéciale nommée «L'Espace 15e anniversaire», qui va faire honneur aux bâtisseurs et aux artisans de l'architecture de glace. Une suite spéciale a été conçue par l'architecte québécois Philippe Lupien. «L'Hôtel de glace se transforme en machine à voyager dans le temps: les gens vont découvrir différentes périodes de l'histoire dans différentes cultures. Quinze ans, c'est un tout petit espace-temps à l'échelle de l'univers, donc on l'a éclaté plus largement sur différentes phases», explique le président-directeur général de l'hôtel éphémère, Jacques Desbois.
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MAD Architects transforms urban block in Rome with green residences
Design Boom
After four years of design development, MAD Architects has received approval from the city of rome for their scheme to revamp 71 via Boncompagni. As a reflection of modern architectural development, the renovation replaces the building's heavy and closed existing façades with visually light curving curtain walls, while retaining the original structure. The envelope thus serves as an expressive element for the building while functioning to produce open and luminous living spaces complemented by garden covered balconies.

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Aboriginal student centre set for completion in 2015
The StarPhoenix
Sitting between the Arts Tower and the Murray Library on the University of Saskatchewan campus, a spiralling edifice, the vision of famed aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal, is slowly rising from the ground. The 1,884-square-metre building is the Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre, home to the Indigenous Students' Council and the Aboriginal Students' Centre.

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Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism
ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture was chosen to design Canada's future National Memorial to Victims of Communism in Ottawa... The team was selected out of six finalists at the end of the two-phase national design competition held this summer. The memorial will pay tribute to the more than 100 million people around the globe who suffered or perished under communist dictatorship, as well as educate the public about the heavy consequences caused by communism.

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Historic Saskatchewan Wheat Pool building getting facelift
Viterra is looking to give Regina's oldest standing department store building a facelift. The former C.W. Sherwood Department Store and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool building, now occupied by Viterra, is slated to receive a $4.6 million heritage restoration, and the company is hoping the City of Regina will chip in. The 1913 building on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Albert Street, built in the Gothic Revival style, stands out for its glazed terracotta facade, gargoyles, ornamental iron details and windows.
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My Montreal: Architect Talia Dorsey of The Commons Inc
Montreal Gazette
Talia Dorsey sees the city as a complex set of constantly interacting systems. Her role as an architect, she says, is to find opportunities for strategic design within these systems. Walking along the street one day she saw the St-Henri post office building for sale: a public asset of high architectural value, in a strategic location, up for grabs because of immediate financial need. What's more — there was no public conversation about it. Her firm, The Commons Inc, launched The Civic Assets Project last year, which recognizes, maps and assesses instrumental sites in Montreal — both public sites like libraries, schools and hospitals, and private assets like cafés and clubs — and seeks to ensure their civic potential is met and protected.
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