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Sonja Bata to receive RAIC Lifetime Contribution Award
Canadian Architect
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) will bestow a special Lifetime Contribution Award to Sonja Bata, Hon. MRAIC, a strong advocate of design excellence and benefactor of architecture worldwide. Over the past 68 years, Bata has furthered public awareness and appreciation of design and building excellence through the organizations she has led. She and her late husband Thomas Bata also commissioned a remarkable series of architecturally significant buildings.
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Le Prix de l'IRAC pour la contribution de toute une vie décerné à Sonja Bata
L'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada (IRAC) décernera un Prix spécial pour la contribution de toute une vie à Sonja Bata, Hon. MRAIC, qui a toujours fermement encouragé l'excellence en design et qui est une bienfaitrice de l'architecture, partout dans le monde. Au cours des 68 dernières années, Mme Bata a sensibilisé le public et l'a amené à mieux apprécier l'excellence du design et de l'art de bâtir par l'entremise des organisations qu'elle a dirigées. Elle et son défunt mari, Thomas Bata, ont également fait réaliser pour leur compte une série remarquable de bâtiments importants sur le plan de l'architecture.
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Prominent architects ask for Memorial to Victims of Communism to be moved
Ottawa Citizen
A group of architectural, urban design and heritage organizations has asked the leaders supporting the Memorial to the Victims of Communism to consider moving the project. "As concerned Canadians, we urge you to find a more appropriate site for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism," the group petitioned in an open letter published online recently to Tribute of Liberty, the charitable organization behind the project. The memorial, which is to receive $3 million in public funding, has been controversial in large part because of its location next to the Supreme Court — property that in the capital's long-term planning documents had for decades been reserved for a future Federal Court building.
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Taking daylight to the next level: How daylighting analysis is changing design
Until recently, renderings were the architect's primary tool for understanding daylight in their designs — renderings, and a healthy dose of intuition. But a new generation of daylighting analysis tools, which is emerging alongside a new generation of daylighting metrics, are enabling architects to look at daylight in new ways — with important implications for design. Business as usual, when it comes to daylight, is to use rules of thumb to design, then use renderings to check the design and communicate the intent.
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Ottawa City Hall turns 25: Famed architect revisits lesser-known capital contribution
Ottawa Citizen
One night, in the late 1980s, architect Raymond Moriyama came to a vacant lot in the heart of downtown Ottawa and traced footsteps in the freshly fallen snow. He was there to envision a new regional government headquarters, where citizens felt welcome and politicians from 11 different municipalities could somehow come together as one. He had been asked to design such a building on Laurier Avenue West. It would be bounded by the Cartier Drill Hall and Lisgar Collegiate to the east and by the provincial courthouse and a former teacher's college to the west.
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35 millions pour de nouveaux espaces verts à Montréal
La Presse
Montréal investira 35 millions au cours des prochaines années pour verdir les secteurs aux abords du futur campus Outremont de l'Université de Montréal. Les citoyens du Mile-Ex et de Parc-Extension, deux secteurs négligés sur le plan de l'aménagement urbain, auront chacun droit à un nouveau parc. À plus long terme, la Ville a dans sa ligne de mire une dizaine de zones qu'elle aimerait transformer en zones vertes dans un rectangle compris entre le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Outremont, Parc-Extension, Villeray et La Petite-Patrie.
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The printed house, coming soon: Futurists see 3-D technology radically changing the way houses are built
The Globe and Mail
History is peppered with quotes that are laughable now — 1947's "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," by IBM chairman Thomas Watson, or 1911's "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value," by Marechal Ferdinand Foch of the French military — because the speaker was too mired in the day to day to extrapolate or, more importantly, to dream just a little. Those two quotes resonate today because 3-D printing — the technology that turns an on-screen schematic into a hard, three-dimensional object — may still seem like a toy that belongs with geek computer clubs or in the hands of eccentric Doc Brown-types who also tinker with old DeLoreans.
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