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RAIC puts 2015 election toolkit online
Journal of Commerce
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has assembled an election toolkit for its membership. The toolkit contains an issues brief and questions covering the 2030 Challenge to reduce carbon emissions, First Nations communities, design excellence, and Canada Post community mailboxes. The toolkit also contains links for members to determine if they are registered to vote, to find their electoral district, and to list candidates in their district and the respective party platforms.
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Extraordinary new condo towers aim to give Vancouver the 'wow!' factor
CBC News
A slew of innovative new condo towers are being proposed for Vancouver, as the city aims to take its arguably boring architecture to the next level. Architect James Cheng is among those working on a signature building for 1445-1455 West Georgia St. — a 50-storey tower with an 80-foot glass jewel at the base, and walls that resemble the Seattle Library. "We're saying, 'Can a building give back in a different way to the city, rather than just be another tower?'"
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Un premier édifice LEED à Lac-Mégantic
Voir Vert
À la veille du lancement de l'appel d'offres, la MRC du Granit a dévoilé le concept officiel de ses futurs bureaux institutionnels qui visera une certification LEED. « Pour nous, s'assurer d'avoir un bâtiment écoresponsable était une priorité et l'obtention de la certification LEED soulignera concrètement notre engagement », explique Serge Bilodeau, directeur général de la MRC du Granit. Le coût du nouveau bâtiment, dont les plans ont été élaborés par le cabinet d'architecture Lemay Côté en collaboration avec la firme d'ingénierie Pépin Poirier, est évalué à près de 3,6 millions de dollars.
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ULI Toronto symposium: Emerging trends and city-building
Canadian Architect
Taking place this fall at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this symposium hosted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) focuses on emerging trends and city-building. The constituent parts of the city are becoming increasingly integrated and interconnected through the whole incorporation of emerging technologies and the understanding that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
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Centre Vidéotron: Les architectes n'ont négligé aucun détail
Le Journal de Québec
Foi de l'architecte Michel Veilleux, les gens de Québec pourront se «péter les bretelles» à propos de la qualité du son de leur nouvel amphithéâtre. Le Centre Vidéotron sera «le plus performant d'Amérique du Nord». Aucun détail n'a été négligé pour offrir une expérience acoustique unique, insiste l'adjoint du chargé de projet (François Moreau) chez ABCP Construction.
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Architect Cindy Rendely brings her jeweller's eye to the 'one wood, one stone' Walnut House
National Post
Does anyone care about the doodad that attaches a stair railing to a wall? It's not a trick question — the answer is no, unless you're the architect Cindy Rendely, who recently caressed the round wall-mounted bracket in a Deer Park residence to make a point. "You can get lost in the minutiae, which I tend to do because I used to work at a much smaller scale," Rendely says animatedly, as she crouches over the railing in silver sneakers that match her sweater and specs. Rendely is referring to her previous career as a goldsmith, metal artist and jeweller.
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Renowned architect: 'Home should not be a show piece'
CBC News
What makes a good home? It's a question the renowned Montreal architect Avi Friedman has pondered his whole life. Avi Friedman's parents had to build a home in a new country after the second world war. Growing up in that humble home shaped Avi's career. Friedman went on to become a professor of architecture at McGill University. He dedicated his career to affordable housing. The design magazine Wallpaper once named him as one of the 10 people who will "most influence the way we live," along with the guy who founded Ikea.
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$21 million Waterloo County courthouse transformation in Kitchener complete
Waterloo Region Record
With the same scissors used to cut the ceremonial ribbon in 1965, Waterloo regional officials celebrated a multi-million dollar renovation of the former county courthouse recently. The $21 million transformation at 20 Weber St. E. in Kitchener has been underway since 2014. Regional Chair Ken Seiling spoke about heritage. "People refer to this actually as a heritage building, even though it was built in 1965. It's a prime example of the architectural style of that time and to be able to refurbish and bring it back to some of that splendour that it had when it opened in 1965, we're pleased we were able to do that," Seiling said at the official opening.
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Relationships and 'adaptive reuse' drove Curtner
Daily Commercial News
It is telling that when Quadrangle Architects principal Les Klein is asked to name the most notable structures that his partnering co-founder, the late Brian Curtner, was involved with, Klein starts to discuss the relationships, not the edifices, that Curtner built during his career. Curtner died recently at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer, leaving a legacy of important urban structures in his home base of Toronto.
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