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Canada, Australia and New Zealand sign APEC Architect MRA
Journal of Commerce
The MRA came about as a result of Canada's, Australia's and New Zealand's participation in the APEC Architect Project. All three economies maintain an APEC Architect Register of senior architects who have met a number of criteria including having at least seven years of senior experience. As a result of the MRA, an APEC Architect in Australia or New Zealand is entitled to registration in Canada as of right, apart from being assessed about any aspects of the architectural process in Canada that is specific to Canada.
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Exhibit on Arctic architecture kicks off national tour in Winnipeg
CBC News
Canada's award-winning entry at last year's Venice Biennale in Architecture — a look at Arctic buildings past, present and future — kicks off a national tour this month at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15" includes soapstone models, made by Inuit artists, of some of Nunavut's best-known buildings. Ideas for housing, arts and other projects in the next 15 years are also featured. The exhibition marking Nunavut's 15th anniversary in 2014 as a territory won a Special Mention at the Biennale, where a jury lauded its "in-depth study of how modernity adapts to a unique climatic condition and a local minority culture."
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Un concours d'architecture pour essayer de faire mieux
La Presse
En trente ans de métier, je n'avais pas vu de projet dont l'impact serait aussi déterminant et définitif sur le paysage de Québec. Pas même la transformation des berges du fleuve ou la renaissance du centre-ville. La différence est que le Phare sera incontournable, impossible à ne pas voir, d'où qu'on arrive et où qu'on aille.
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5 things to know about Ryerson's new Student Learning Centre
Metro News
Ryerson University's new Student Learning Centre, the eight-story architectural marvel perched at Yonge and Gould streets, held its soft opening recently. Here are five interesting features of the new building. The blue and white structure was designed by Zeidler Architects in Toronto and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. The latter designed both the Oslo Opera House and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. The Student Learning Centre features not one, but three green roofs, earning it a LEED Silver designation for sustainability.
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London's greenest building wins award for energy efficiency
CTV News
It's London's greenest building since it opened two years ago, but now the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) headquarters has picked up international recognition. The Watershed Centre building was ranked second in the world for its energy efficient design. "On a 30 below day the building is performing optimally today. This is where it shows its colours in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency," says architect Randy Wilson. The facility has an Energy Star rating of 98 out of 100. The mounting awards has builders and architects from around the world requesting tours.
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Parker: Architectural firms remain busy
Calgary Herald
A good barometer of confidence in Calgary's near future is the number of new projects arriving in the offices of city architectural firms. Investment is continuing in developments that may take years to complete in the hope the current blip will have been overcome by the time they come to market. S2 Architecture is so busy that partner Robert Spaetgens says it's under pressure to add more staff to help with the number of projects on its books. These include some large and exciting developments his staff is designing for a mixture of residential, office, retail, institutional and local government clients.
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Top 10 Vancouver Art Deco buildings
Vancity Buzz
Heritage Week recently concluded, so we decided to honour it by taking a look at one of Vancouver's most admired architectural styles — Art Deco. Art Deco is a jazz-age design aesthetic and architectural style that emerged in Paris between the two world wars. Early Art Deco drew heavily from ancient Babylon, Assyrian and Islamic art. In the 1920s, many of these ancient cultures were just being discovered.
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WAG to launch Canadian tour of Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15
Arctic Adaptations is a team-based project initiated and led by Lateral Office of Toronto, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The exhibition surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut.

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Could architectural 3-D printing usher a comeback for physical models?
Architecture & Design
Nearly as quickly as architects swapped their sketchbooks and pencils for CAD programs, traditional physical architectural models were also mostly replaced by interactive 3D digital versions. Because CAD programs have now evolved to include 3D modelling capabilities, architects can now design in 2D/3D synchronized modelling workflows and can produce a 3D digital building model that can be "walked through" from a computer.

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Second architects association protests memorial location
Ottawa Citizen
The Ontario Association of Architects has joined its national counterpart in urging the federal government to find a new home for a memorial scheduled to rise this year outside the front door of the Supreme Court of Canada. In a recent letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the group says the planned location would detract from both the significance of the Memorial to Victims of Communism and the prominence and "symbolic context" of existing architecture at the site.

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Elsa Lam: Ottawa's planned memorial to victims of communism is both misguided and misplaced
National Post
Ottawa's plans for a Memorial to the Victims of Communism are under fire, and rightly so. From its overly prominent site to its literal depiction of brutality, the project would be a misguided addition to our capital city's Parliamentary Precinct. The memorial was originally proposed to occupy a plaza on Wellington Street just west of Bay Street, midway between Parliament Hill and the National War Museum.
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U of M wins design contest for Cool Gardens exhibition
Winnipeg Sun
The University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture has been voted the coolest in the land. The faculty captured the top prize in the 2015 Cool Gardens international design competition for its Citizen Garden, which will be installed at The Forks this summer as part of the third annual public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installation in Winnipeg's downtown and St. Boniface.
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