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Feeling good on Common Ground: The Venice Biennale in Architecture
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The 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture recently opened its doors to the public, welcoming crowds to see what's new and hot in architecture. The Biennale is a major international event, the equivalent of the Architecture Olympics, showing cutting edge work from all around the world. It reveals shifting aesthetics, changes in design, technology and building materials etc. But I believe the single most important reason to take note of this year's Biennale is its theme, Common Ground. Director David Chipperfield says he chose the theme "to encourage my colleagues to react against the prevalent professional and cultural tendencies of our time that place such emphasis on individual and isolated actions. More

Canadian pavilion: Migrating landscapes at the Venice Biennale
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The migrating landscapes organizer, the curating entity created by the synthesis of jae-sung chon and 5468796 architecture, designed the Canadian pavilion at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice. Reflecting the Canadian spirit of openness and acceptance of all cultures, 'migrating landscapes' explores the themes of 'settling-unsettling' as a global community is more attuned to migrating from their origins, and the consequent question of culture and identity. More

Conférence: Mardis verts: « Bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque: modernité, efficacité, durabilité »
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Gagnant d'un concours d'architecture approuvé par l'OAQ, ce projet comporte un important volet d'efficacité énergétique. Inaugurée en 2010, la bibliothèque de l'arrondissement Saint-Hubert, à Longueuil, comporte notamment des puits de géothermie, un système de climatisation par volets ouvrants motorisés, un toit végétalisé et un système de captation des eaux de pluie. Les concepteurs de la bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque ont décroché le prix Architecture 2011 des bibliothèques et centres d'archives du Québec. More

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Un grand jour pour Québec
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Cette fois, c'est du concret: Le chantier est ouvert et les plans sont dévoilés. Québec aura son nouvel amphithéâtre en septembre 2015. «L'architecture rappelle une congère sculptée par le vent», dit le maire de Québec, Régis Labeaume, à qui j'ai parlé en après-midi. «L'amphithéâtre n'est pas monumental, mais il nous ressemble. Il laisse entrer la lumière et ses lignes sont douces, à l'image de Québec», ajoute-t-il. Construit au coût de 400 millions à deux pas du Colisée actuel, le nouvel amphithéâtre comptera 18 482 sièges pour un match de hockey. Des rideaux acoustiques suspendus à des ponts roulants permettront différentes configurations. More

Toronto condos short in stature but long on style
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You can blame them for the proliferation of tiny new condominium units and the paucity of family-sized ones in the Toronto area. And you can reproach them for the transformation of your once-quiet neighbourhood into a hive of chic bars, boutiques and dance clubs. But young, mobile, affluent, kid-free, knowledge workers — the objects of every condo supplier's desire these days — are important facts of life in Greater Hogtown, and they need places to lay their heads just like the rest of us. If the planners at Queen's Park and Toronto's city hall get their way, their digs will be in towers at important intersections and mid-rise buildings alongside arterial streets. More

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Le Cirque du Soleil dans le vieux Colisée?
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Le Cirque du Soleil a été approché par des hommes d'affaires et des architectes de Toronto et de Pittsburgh à l'été 2011 pour occuper au rabais l'ancien Mellon Arena. Devant l'objection des Penguins, le groupe d'investisseurs a abandonné ses démarches avec le Cirque du Soleil... laissant à d'autres villes l'idée de doter le Cirque d'un centre d'entraînement dans un amphithéâtre abandonné. Le plan énumère les avantages à loger le Cirque dans un aréna vacant. Volume, superficie, hauteur: Tout joue en faveur d'un amphithéâtre. Les dimensions d'un aréna sont les mêmes que celles requises par les tentes mobiles du Cirque. La firme artistique gagnerait temps et argent en ayant accès à de telles installations, plaide le document. More

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When green aspirations lead to greenwash
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In its early days, greenwash was perceived as a duplicitous and manipulative action. To portray a building or product as environmentally responsible when it is not or to add a 'green sheen' to something in order to benefit from the greater reputation currently associated with eco-products undermines legitimate green efforts. With environmental certification standards at their peak, it is not taken lightly when a designer or builder sells something as being green and then fails to back it up those claims. Fortunately, both the industry and the public's consciousness surrounding green matters have progressed to the point where green sheen is becoming harder and harder to spin. More

David Oleson wins Landmark Award for Yorkville Park from the American Society of Landscape Architects
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Toronto Architect David Oleson has been honoured for his work on an iconic mid-town park. The American Society of Landscape Architects has given the Landmark Award to The Village of Yorkville Park, the beloved mid-town park located between Cumberland and Bloor Street. The park is famous for its 650-tonne fragment of the Canadian Shield affectionately known as 'the rock.' The Landmark Award recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located. More

Toronto Society of Architects Urban Affairs forum: Ontario Place Revitalization
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The vision exhibited in the Ontario Place Revitalization Minister's Advisory Panel Report offers a new direction that will bring Ontario Place into the 21st century and over time create a new iconic public space that will celebrate its connection to the waterfront of Lake Ontario. The TSA is hosting a forum to discuss the ideas contained in the panel's report and recommendations for next steps that the government must take to ensure the success of this revitalization project. More

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Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. begins building its own new office
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After renovating its Cardiff Boulevard head office at several junctures over the past 20 years, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. has opted to build a new 5,000-square-metre facility in Mississauga, the first phase of a two-phase project. Designed by the IBI Group Architects to accommodate future expansion, the three-storey building on Derrycrest Road will serve as the headquarters for the employee-owned company's construction operations. More

Reaction mixed to Gehry's 'unfinished' Toronto vision
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After famed architect Frank Gehry called Toronto's architecture 'banal,' it came as little wonder that some were critical of Gehry's plan to redevelop a stretch of King Street West with a complex consisting of three distinctive tall condo towers that would include arts and cultural features. Following the unveiling of the mixed-use condominium and arts complex development, which calls for three 80-plus-storey towers and a street-level base that art mogul and landowner David Mirvish said would be "scupltures for people to live in," some went so far as to liken the plan to 'garbage,' a critique that Gehry adamantly rejects. More

Cornell releases preliminary renderings of NYC Tech Campus
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To celebrate the start of a seven-month land use review process, Cornell has released preliminary renderings of the first academic building planned for Cornell Tech — the new world-class technology and entrepreneurship campus in New York City that was masterplanned by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The modern campus strives to rethink academic workspace, prioritize environmental performance, and exploit the unique urban condition of Roosevelt Island. In May, Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis, was appointed as architect of the first landmark building, which will set the stage for the carbon positive campus. More
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