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In search of the golden ratio in architecture
The Globe and Mail
In the quest for beauty, one of the most immutable traditions — and controversial fascinations — in Western architecture (and furniture and art and music and mathematics) is the golden section, a proportioning system first described by ancient Greek mathematicians such as Euclid and Pythagoras, but also observable in nature.
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The future of highrises? Wood, naturally
Vabcouver Sun
In the five years since B.C. increased the height limit for wood-frame buildings, new structures have been popping up all over the province. Now lumber's biggest advocates are predicting they can build higher than they ever expected. Since 2009, when the province raised the limit for wood-frame buildings to six storeys from four, 202 new five- and six-storey buildings have been approved, including 58 that are already complete.
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Des toits verts, une priorité pour l'arrondissement de Saint-Laurent
Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent
Les élus laurentiens incitent la Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), à activer les procédures d'encadrement pour l'inclusion des toits verts dans l'arrondissement. Une résolution a été adoptée en ce sens lors de la dernière séance du conseil, tenue mardi dernier, selon laquelle la demande a été faite à la RBQ d'élaborer le plus rapidement possible son guide pour la conception des bâtiments assujettis, et de communiquer la date de sortie.
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Metrolinx working on a major development proposal that would see Toronto get a new bus terminal
National Post
Metrolinx and real-estate firm Ivanhoé Cambridge are working on a major development proposal anchored around a Bay Street parking lot that would include mixed-use office space and a new bus terminal. Officials say plans are very much in the preliminary stages, but zoning review applications filed this month suggest the vision includes constructing an elevated park over the rail corridor — a first in Toronto — although that is said to be part of a later phase.
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An outlaw's vision for the Museum for Human Rights
Before and during the construction of Winnipeg's $350 million Museum for Human Rights, there was no shortage of negative reactions. Now that the museum has, in fact, been built, its architecture is bound to trigger lively debate. For instance, what does Antoine Predock, an outrageously outspoken architect from New Mexico, have against straight lines?
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Architecture matters — Designing age-friendly communities
Journal of Commerce
Age-friendly means providing features that will encourage the elderly and the handicapped to remain active. It means providing a choice between taking the easy way (an elevator or escalator) and taking the stairs to maintain and improve the abilities which they still have and provide a chance to exercise. It may mean staircases in addition to escalators and elevators in malls ensuring that there are sitting areas to rest along the way.
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The Pug Awards were tough love for Toronto architecture
The Globe and Mail
Each spring since 2005, the Internet referendum on the previous year's completed buildings has given Torontonians an enjoyable chance to express publicly their opinions about the city's newest architecture. And folks didn't have to defer to a jury of experts. Each architecturally interested citizen who wanted to take part could declare, online, his or her love, liking or loathing for recent Toronto structures (as a rule) 50,000 square feet or more in area.
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Sudbury's first architecture students get to work
CBC News
The first class of students at Laurentian University's School of Architecture are practicing their new skills in their inaugural co-operative education work placement. The school opened in downtown Sudbury last fall to its first class. It is the first architecture school to open in Canada in the last 40 years. The students will complete a total of three co-op placements throughout their degree.

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LEED Platinum tower first with triple-paned curtain wall
Business in Vancouver
The Exchange office tower arising in downtown Vancouver marks not only the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum office high-rise in British Columbia but also the first Canadian skyscraper encased in a triple-glazed curtain wall. Developed by global financial giant Credit Suisse of Switzerland, all 400,000-square foot of the building will be sheathed in an aluminum-framed three-pane glazing custom fabricated by Gamma, an international curtain wall supplier with an office in Delta.

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Grand vision for Union Station
Winnipeg Free Press
In 1908, the headlines of the Manitoba Free Press boldly proclaimed Winnipeg's new train depot, to be constructed at the foot of Broadway, would be "the most modern railway terminal in the world." It described the building as magnificent in proportions and luxurious in its appointments, the finest in the Dominion. American architects Warren and Wetmore, who were simultaneously designing Grand Central Station in New York, would go on to create a building that stood as the gateway to the Canadian West, a symbol of prosperity and optimism in the young city.

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Début de la reconstruction du Musi-Café à Lac-Mégantic
Bone Structure
Monsieur Yannick Gagné, propriétaire du Musi-Café de Lac-Mégantic, a procédé au lancement officiel des travaux de reconstruction du nouveau Musi-Café au coeur du nouveau centre-ville de Lac-Mégantic, de Mme Colette Roy Laroche, mairesse de Lac-Mégantic, de M. Marc-André Bovet, président-fondateur de BONE Structure, et de plusieurs invités et représentants des médias.
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    Inside Toronto's new Aga Khan Museum, designed by the world's leading architects (The Globe and Mail)
Design so good, architects buy into their own creation in Bridgeland (Calgary Herald)
Grand vision for Union Station (Winnipeg Free Press)

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