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Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's Medals in Architecture announced
Canadian Architect
The Canada Council for the Arts and RAIC | Architecture Canada recently announced the recipients of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture. The awards celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The winning buildings reflect excellence in sustainable design, innovation and compatibility with the landscape.
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Capsule historique: Joyau de l'architecture montréalaise
Journal Métro
Construite il y a plus de 175 ans, le port toujours altier, l'Ancienne-Douane, située au 150, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, dans le Vieux-Montréal, est un joyau de l'architecture montréalaise. Sa façade principale est résolument tournée vers le fleuve Saint-Laurent, sur la place Royale, vestige d'une époque où l'édifice jouait un rôle déterminant dans l'économie montréalaise.
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Manitoba theatre centre's unique design earns recognition
Winnipeg Free Press
Don't be fooled by its post-modern, concrete-fortress appearance — it's really an intimate historic site where actors and audiences can get cozy together. And there's a plaque to prove it. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada unveiled a plaque commemorating the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre building as a national historic site.
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How KPMB became Canada's big-city visionaries of architecture
The Globe and Mail
Most people think that architecture begins with a visual trademark. Frank Gehry: scrunches. Zaha Hadid: swoops. The truth, even in today's image-driven architectural culture, is never so simple. KPMB makes good buildings, in a contemporary expression of architectural modernism, that are not easily summarized. They favour certain types of details — silky, natural-stone walls; the layering of translucent and transparent planes; poetic juxtapositions of wood, steel and glass.
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Canadian architect boosts the über-efficient home
The Globe and Mail
Architect Terrell Wong of Stone's Throw Design is certainly passionate when it comes to sustainable/green architecture. More recently, she's found a new — and related — love in the "very fledgling industry" based around the German Passive House movement, a relatively new, ultra-strict set of energy-efficiency guidelines first put to the test in Darmstadt in 1990.
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Le design de le le nouveau pont Champlain sera bientôt connu
Journal de Québec
«On le fera savoir bientôt. On y travaille. Ce sera connu dans les prochains mois», a indiqué hier Marc Brazeau, directeur général, Grands projets de ponts chez Transports Canada, en marge du Forum stratégie sur le transport tenu par la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain. Ses équipes en sont à mettre en place les tout derniers détails. Et déjà, «on a une très bonne idée [du design]» dont l'élaboration «progresse rapidement», ajoute M. Brazeau.
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How wood high-rises could save the planet
From England and Sweden to Canada and Australia, a new breed of high-rises has started to pop up on skylines and win praise from architects, developers and environmentalists in the era of climate change. The USDA is investing $1 million to coach architects and engineers about the benefits — faster construction time and cheaper manufacturing costs, besides the softer environmental impact — of building with wood.
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Algonquin building receives architecture award
Ottawa Citizen
The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence is being recognized with an award for its architectural design and innovation. Donald Schmitt, architect of the 195,000-square-foot building that was completed in August 2011, will be presented with a Design Excellence award during a ceremony in Montreal.
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L'ancien temple Wesley transformé en Maison de la littérature
Québec Hebdo
L'ancien temple Wesley, situé dans le Vieux-Québec, est en restauration. Il abritera la Maison de littérature qui sera un espace réservé à la lecture et à la littérature. Les travaux de construction de l'agrandissement débuteront d'ici quelques jours et l'ouverture est prévue à l'automne 2015.
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Architects, designers reimagine Regina
It was one image — an artist's rendering of the Travellers Building reimagined for the Regina Farmers' Market — but it sparked a discussion that even surprised the designer. "It really has generated a buzz and got people thinking design, urbanism, architecture, which is fantastic," said Brad Pickard, the architect behind the mock-up. "And who knows where it goes? The intent was just to throw an idea out there."

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Manitoba town is a design showcase
Journal of Commerce
A bold downtown redevelopment plan for the northern Manitoba town of Gillam has earned Winnipeg-based firms Calnitsky Associate Architects and Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Joint Venture the prestigious Canadian Architect Award of Merit for 2013. Gillam is a company town of about 1,500 residents and is located about 1,000 km northeast of Winnipeg.

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Vancouver architects' studio sits below their house
Huffington Post
Vancouver's Scott & Scott Architects, comprised of husband and wife David and Susan Scott, refurbished a studio on the bottom floor of their East Vancouver home. While Scott & Scott was launched in 2013, they originally didn't have their own studio, Dezeen reports. So they created one themselves. The space was previously a butcher shop and then a grocery store, Gessato reports. It was built in 1911.

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To be destroyed: MOCCA asks architects to reimagine museums and galleries
Canadian Architect
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is calling for submissions that respond to the thematic of an upcoming exhibition, entitled TBD that will be on view in Toronto. The exhibition proposes that the definition of a museum is not fixed but rather "to be determined." By asking, "What is a contemporary art gallery?" the exhibition questions our fundamental assumptions concerning the role and importance of museums in society and their associated architectural forms.
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