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Unique laboratory opens at Queen's University
Canadian Architect
The Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory has opened at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the specialized lab is able to simulate conditions that materials experience inside a nuclear reactor and will advance research into next generation power plants. The central feature of the off-campus, one-storey structure is a large accelerator that generates a beam of high-energy protons. Encased in a reinforced concrete chamber, it can test the stresses, temperature and other conditions found in metallic components of an operational reactor core.
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Ernescliffe architecture with 100 years of history
The Globe and Mail
How many Toronto apartment houses have file folders thick with their own history? Or can boast a resident on par with Confederation-era poet Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (in 1935, The Globe and Mail wrote that his work was of "incalculable significance" to Canada)? How many look so handsome on their 100th birthday? Or can lay claim to one or more ghosts? A few, perhaps.
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Des installations uniques pour la LNH
Le Journal de Québec
Si Québec réintègre les rangs de la LNH, son amphithéâtre risque de faire figure de pionnier sur plusieurs points. Pas peu fier que les premiers visiteurs aient découvert l'intérieur de la bête, François Moreau, l'architecte et président d'ABCP Architecture, firme qui a conçu l'amphithéâtre en partenariat avec GLCRM Architectes et Populous, affirme que le Centre Vidéotron se démarquerait à de nombreux niveaux dans la Ligue nationale.
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Rammed earth house a first for Saskatoon
The StarPhoenix
When it came time to build his new house, architect Paul Blaser wanted something unlike anything else in Saskatoon. Having studied design across Canada and Europe, Blaser found himself inspired by the ancient ruins in Rome. Drawing from the timelessness of the structures of the past, he is constructing the walls of his Caswell-area home using an ancient building process called rammed earth.
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Steering committee confirms: Architects will design full facility
Morinville News
The Town will undertake a six-stage process for the proposed multi-use recreation facility planned for east of town. That was the word from Town of Morinville CAO Debbie Oyarzun in her presentation to Morinville Town Council in their role as steering committee during a recent meeting. The six stages encompass the Pre-Design, Conceptual Design, Schematic Design, Detailed Design, Construction Documents, Procurement and Construction, Post-Construction and Administration of the new facility.
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The home front: Looking inside modern architecture
The Vancouver Sun
Architectural tours are a great way to learn about a city you're visiting as well as the one you live in. For those with in interest in modern design, the Vancouver Modern Home Tour is happening soon, as part of Western Living Magazine's Design Week. This will be its third year and as it proved so popular last year, organizers have added an additional White Rock Modern Home Tour on the following day, with seven homes on each tour.
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Architect: Former Saint John synagogue holds potential
CBC News
Saint John's former synagogue has a lot of potential, says an architect who prepared a report on the 144-year-old building. Mike Richard says the one-time Calvinist church would make great office or assembly space. But the renovation price tag could exceed $2 million. Richard was asked by the city to do a report into the costs associated with giving the building a new purpose. The municipality purchased the synagogue site from Saint John's Jewish community with the intention of incorporating it into the Peel Plaza development.
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Álvaro Siza speaks at the University of Toronto
Canadian Architect
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal announces a presentation by Álvaro Siza at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto. This is a very rare opportunity for those interested in architecture and cities, including students and design professionals, to hear the renowned Pritzker-Prize winning architect reflect on his inspiring career and work.
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