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Vancouver's Waldorf Hotel: When does preserving heritage go too far?
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The Waldorf Hotel is not easy to find. In fact, its operators freely touted it as a cultural hub in the "middle of nowhere." It was the spot where serial killer Robert Pickton spent 25 years cruising for victims and, despite a $1.6 million renovation to spruce its dive bar image, after two years the operators had started asking for rent forgiveness. Thus, when the structure was recently picked up for a tidy sum by one of Vancouver's many builders of glass condo towers, locals assumed that its death warrant was signed. More

Lemay & associés: Architectes sans frontières
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La créativité québécoise a permis au Cirque du Soleil, en dépit des pertes d'emplois annoncées récemment, de faire sa marque partout dans le monde. C'est également par la créativité que la PME Lemay et associés, une firme d'architecture qui s'est transformée en boîte multidisciplinaire, est en train de devenir elle aussi un joueur de classe mondiale. More

'Flying Saucer' condo project scheduled to land
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Construction is scheduled to get under way in Winnipeg in March on a two-storey circular condominium project dubbed the 'Flying Saucer.' Designed by Winnipeg-based studio 5468796 Architecture Inc., the estimated $4.5 million development, called 62M, will be lifted up on 35-foot stilts. Its circular design is spatially efficient and will provide each unit with a view. More

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Urban gardens a green alternative to derelict lots
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The U.S. is still reeling from the bursting of the housing bubble, and the impact of that bursting is particularly notable in urban centres, where dwellings are more concentrated and large numbers empty homes or homes in poor repair can lead to neighbourhoods in decay. In Philadelphia, however, work is underway to ensure land that once contained homes or on which homes were to be built actually serves a greater purpose. More

L'Ordre des architectes déconseille à ses membres de répondre à l'appel d'offres
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L'Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) déconseille vivement à ses membres de répondre à l'appel d'offres que Diffusion Momentum et la Ville de Victoriaville ont lancé pour dessiner le futur lieu de diffusion culturelle. La raison? « Elle est simple. Il ne s'agit pas d'un concours puisqu'il ne nous a pas été présenté, » déclare Frédéric Dubé, président du comité des concours de l'OAQ. More

Unprecedented era for steel tech innovation
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The steel fabrication industry is going through unprecedented times, with technological leaps changing operation methods in short order. A walk through the product exhibit aisles at last November's Fabtech 2012 — North America's largest metal fabricating show — is proof of how fast that pace is, cites Zoran Radonich, president of Pittsburgh Steel Group based in Mississauga. More

Catalogue des Concours Canadiens — « Pan American Games Pavilion: Des idées, du vinyle et des jeux panaméricains à Toronto »
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Les jeux panaméricains auront lieu en 2015 à Toronto. Les athlètes de plus d'une quarantaine de pays des Amériques seront réunis, un an avant les Jeux olympiques de 2016 à Rio de Janeiro. Le secteur de la ville choisi pour ces jeux se trouve à l'est du centre-ville, prolongeant le renouveau urbain déjà engagé depuis plusieurs décades dans le quartier du marché Saint-Laurent et le quartier de la distillerie. More

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Ottawa to receive $15 million to construct 'innovation complex'
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The City of Ottawa will receive $15 million from the province to establish an 'innovation complex' at the Bayview Yards site near Mechanicsville. The proposed development around this transit node will include a business incubation and acceleration space, with complementary governmental, private sector and non-profit agency use, including Invest Ottawa, the City's primary partner in economic development with a focus on entrepreneurial development, foreign direct investment, and business retention and expansion. More

Vision Montréal réclame un concours international de design
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Les élus de Vision Montréal souhaitent faire adopter une déclaration demandant à Transport Canada de lancer un concours international d'architecture pour le design du nouveau pont Champlain, « compatible avec le processus de réalisation en PPP. » « La Ville de Montréal offre son entière collaboration à Transport Canada dans l'élaboration de la formule du concours international d'architecture », peut-on lire dans la première version de la motion de Vision Montréal. More

Grow Op exhibition presents new approaches to landscape architecture and urban design at the Gladstone Hotel
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The Gladstone Hotel launches Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place in April 2013. The only exhibition of its kind in Canada, this four-day tour de force exhibition presents indoor conceptual landscape installations in the rooms of the Gladstone Hotel's second-floor gallery. Landscape designers and artists are invited to create highly conceptual landscapes inside seven rooms (approximately 100 square feet each) and throughout the gallery hallways and spaces of the Gladstone. More

Êcole d'architecture de paysage (U. de Mtl.) — « Lancement d'un nouveau programme de Maîtrise »
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L'École d'architecture de paysage de l'Université de Montréal lance son tout nouveau programme de Maîtrise en architecture de paysage. Chef de file dans le développement et la transmission de connaissances liées au paysage et au design des milieux extérieurs, l'École d'architecture de paysage demeure la seule à offrir des formations universitaires de langue française dans ce domaine au Québec et en Amérique du Nord. More

Espace pour la vie — « Visite du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan par Cardin Ramirez Julien + Aedifica »
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Il y avait de la fébrilité dans l'air, alors que le directeur général d'Espace pour la vie lançait le décompte final avant l'ouverture au grand public du Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, le 6 avril 2013. Une ouverture très attendue qui fera d'Espace pour la vie le plus grand complexe en sciences de la nature au Canada, une destination incontournable. More

How exactly does 3D printing work?
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A Dutch architect recently announced plans to construct a house using 3D printing, a technology that has been around for decades but has only entered the public consciousness in the last few years. Janjapp Ruijssenaars, who works with the Amsterdam-based architecture studio Universe Architecture, recently announced his plans for Landscape House, a looping infinity building that he expects will be completed in 2014, according to the Guardian. More
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