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RAIC issues call for Excellence Awards
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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) issues a call for submissions every two years for its Awards of Excellence, and has recently announced its Call for Submissions for a number of awards. The Advocate for Architecture Award is for an individual who has contributed to the elevation of architecture in the public realm by means other than the practice of architecture. The award is to recognize the long-term commitment to and support for the profession of architecture in Canada, at the national, regional or local level.

The deadline for all submissions is Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:00pm EST.

Bourses 2013 de la Fondation d'architecture de paysage du Canada
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La Fondation d'architecture de paysage du Canada (FAPC) lance son programme de bourses 2013, d'un montant compris entre $2,000 (pour les étudiants) et $10,000 (pour les praticiens). Les soumissions doivent être reçues au plus tard le 30 novembre 2012. L'architecture de paysage s'efforce de trouver le juste milieu entre d'une part, les façons dont les gens utilisent la terre et en profitent et, d'autre part, la conservation et le mieux-être de l'environnement. More

Could Calgary's bow break architectural stigma?
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Architecture in Canada has come under fire in recent weeks for having more style than substance at best and being 'mostly banal' at worst. Such criticism has put a negative focus on the built environments in major cities across the country, prompting many architects to reconsider the current urban aesthetic. The Bow Skyscraper, located in Calgary, could change the negativity surrounding Canadian architecture. Standing as the city's tallest building, the $1.4 billion dollar, 58-storey structure has earned acclaim for its elegant aesthetic, with its architectural integrity not lost on either industry members or the public. "It happens to be a beautiful piece of architecture, one of the most beautiful I've ever seen," says architecture and urban affairs columnist Christopher Hume. "Not only is this city's newest office tower, the Bow Building, the tallest in town; it's also the most accomplished." More

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Local architects power Winnipeg's reinvigorated design
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Like the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, there's a compelling confluence of urban activists standing next to each other on the sidewalk of Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. To my right is a group of First Nations flood evacuees protesting (politely) against cuts to their daily living allowance. To my left, below the gleaming, mirror-polished aluminum balconies of the Avenue on Portage mixed-use development, two of the city's — and Canada's — most adventurous young architects, Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme, have gathered to guide a visiting architecture critic through nothing less than a triumph of transformative design. More

Canada digs deep at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale
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While Canadian architecture has had its moments on the world stage–think Moshe Safdie or Arthur Erickson–the prevalent feeling among a generation of up and coming architects these days is that we're stuck in a backwater when it comes to innovative building design. "It feels a little bland or a little polite," says Johanna Hurme, a founding partner of the Winnipeg-based firm 5468796 Architecture, "We are constantly trying to define what Canadian architecture is." Hurme is part of a team of three curators who organized the Canadian Pavilion's exhibition this year at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale; they call themselves the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO) and are hoping the exhibit, whose theme is 'Im/migration,' will reinvigorate the Canadian design scene by exploring the architectural potential of the immigrant experience. More

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Canadian government encourages employment for international architects
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Though the Canadian architecture and construction industry faltered along with most of the rest of the world following the global financial crisis, it has remained one of the strongest and largest in the world. The government of Canada has now extended the opportunities within the industry into the international sphere with a newly launched program helping internationally trained architects to find employment in Canada. Launched by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, the $1.9 million federally-funded Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA) Program will help architects from around the world secure work in the Canadian job market. More

No more 'soulless' glass facades in timber architecture boom
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Canadian cities, and in fact most major cities around the world, have been criticized of late for lacking soul. The modern, glass-clad aesthetic of many a modern structure, skyscraper or otherwise, has come under fire recently by more than one major architect, with Frank Gehry and Lawrence Nield leading the charge against 'zombie buildings' which lack cohesion, soul or substance. Now, timber architecture is stepping in to fill that void. While timber has always played a role in industry developments new timber engineering has led to designs for timber skyscrapers in all corners of the globe. Plans for Michael Green's Tall Wood Tower in Vancouver have earned an extended stay in the public consciousness due to the growing interest in timber design. More

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Au Canada aussi le nouveau musée d'histoire fait débat
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C'est un étonnant musée que celui des civilisations. Son architecture unique ondulée s'étalant sur 100,000 mètres carrés le long de la rivière Outaouais à Gatineau, en face de la capitale Ottawa, en a fait un des symboles reconnus et appréciés des canadiens. Créé en 1856 par la Commission Géologique du Canada, il est d'abord situé à Montréal. Le musée de géologie élargie alors petit à petit ses collections à l'anthropologie, la faune et la flore, le folklore, etc., pour devenir en 1983 le Musée national de l'Homme, et trois ans plus tard, le Musée canadien des civilisations. Aujourd'hui, il est géré par la Société (d'État) du Musée canadien des civilisations (qui comprend le MCC, le Musée canadien de la guerre et le Musée virtuel de la Nouvelle-France). More

A Montréal, des lofts industriels rendent hommage au passé
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La reconversion de site industriel est toujours un défi pour les agences d'architecture. A Montréal, IBI-CHBA architectes se lance dans la transformation de l'édifice historique Nordelec, ancienne manufacture industrielle qui a accueilli, entre autres, des activités de filature de soie et de gestion de l'électricité. Et tout le pari est là: comment faire pour allier passé et présent, traces d'origine et modernité. Au total, ce sont 1,000 logements qui devraient émerger sur quatre ailes construites en 4 phases, dont une partie concerne la reconversion des trois derniers étages des ailes existantes et l'autre partie consiste en la construction de nouvelles ailes dans le prolongement des anciennes. More

Waterloo museum hits LEED Silver
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The Waterloo Region Museum has received a Canada Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standard designation for environment design in the museum building. "Throughout the design and construction of the Waterloo Region Museum, a number of environmental features were incorporated into the building that maximize environmental benefits," said Tom Reitz, Waterloo Region Museum General Manager and Curator. Key LEED features of the building include energy savings of 34 per cent compared to similar buildings using approved calculations; water efficiency through innovative technologies such as rainwater harvesting and low-flow plumbing fixtures and water efficient landscaping. More

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Exclamation point stands sentinel over Longueuil
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Much effort is expended by architects to align their new design on a campus where the buildings already have a style and motif. But what happens when the building, or even the university, can be built without reference? Canada offers a famous example of just this, Université de Montréal architecture professor Anne Cormier pointed out. "In the modernist era," she said, "we were given the great modern architecture of Arthur Erickson at Simon Fraser University, for example." Indeed, some say Erickson's controversial 1960s buildings on a mountaintop in Burnaby, B.C., were so futuristic that they're still not in the present. More

Renzo Piano: Mes musées sont des portraits
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Renzo Piano a inauguré fin septembre, à Oslo, l'Astrup Fearn­ley Museet qui abrite les œuvres chocs de Hans Rasmus Astrup, le plus grand collectionneur scandinave. ­Retour sur la carrière prolifique d'un architecte où l'art dessine un fil rouge. Star paisible à 75 ans, Renzo Piano partage son temps entre ses trois agences de Paris, New York et Gênes. "Mon ami islandais, Gunnar B. Kvaran, m'a demandé à brûle-pourpoint combien de musées j'avais imaginés. Nous dînions pour ­fêter l'inauguration de l'Astrup Fearnley Museet à Oslo qu'il dirige et que j'ai dessiné dans cette lumière spéciale qui règne sur le port. On s'est amusé à compter sur un bout de nappe en papier." More
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