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RAIC Awards of Excellence call for submissions
Canadian Architect
Architecture Canada issues a call for submissions every two years for its Awards of Excellence; categories are as follows. Advocate for Architecture: This award celebrates an individual who has made a public contribution to architecture in Canada. Candidates may be found among clients or patrons, educators, public servants, architects, allied professions and others.
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Toronto designer named head of RAIC
Journal of Commerce
Toronto urban design consultant Ian Chodikoff has been named as the executive director for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) by its board of directors. Mr. Chodikoff is a widely respected architect, urban designer, educator and former editor of Canadian Architect magazine. He is also a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC). Currently, the director of Fora Strategic Planning, an urban design consultancy in Toronto, Chodikoff will assume his RAIC duties later this November.
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Ian Chodikoff nommé nouveau directeur-général de l'IRAC
Le conseil d'administration de l'Institut royal d'architecture du Canada (IRAC) a le plaisir d'annoncer la nomination de Ian Chodikoff, FRAIC, à titre de directeur général. M. Chodikoff est un architecte, un concepteur urbain et un enseignant très respecté. Ancien rédacteur en chef du magazine Canadian Architect, il est actuellement directeur de Fora Strategic Planning, une société de conseil en design urbain établie à Toronto.
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Frank Gehry: A prodigal son looks to leave his mark in Toronto
The Globe and Mail
For architects, place matters deeply. And Frank Gehry, the world's most prominent architect, has his home base and crucible in Los Angeles. He's lived there since 1947; his work has been shaped by Southern California's cultural and physical surroundings. But when I recently asked Mr. Gehry a question about Toronto, the place where he was born, he responded with an outpouring of thoughts and memories.
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Capsule historique: Le Dominion Square, un joyau architectural
Journal Métro
Le Dominion Square est l'un des plus remarquables immeubles construits à Mont­réal dans les années 1920. Commandé par un groupe d'investisseurs montréalais et érigé en 1928-1929, il est conçu par la célèbre agence d'architectes Ross et Macdonald. Au moment de sa construction, c'est le plus vaste immeuble de bureaux du Canada. L'édifice jouit d'une double façade: l'une donnant sur la rue Sainte-Catherine, l'autre sur le square Dominion (aujour­d'hui Dorchester), dont il prend le nom.
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New Vaughan library to serve diverse community
Daily Commercial News
Designed by ZAS Architects Inc. and being built by Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd., the 36,000-square-foot Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) facility will be an integral part of the campus on Major Mackenzie Drive. "The campus is the centre of civic governance," says VPL Chair Margie Singleton. "Having a library at that location is philosophically essential. But there is also a proven need.There has been a lot of development in the northern portion of the city. The library needs to grow with the community."
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Winners announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver's 'NEXT BIG ONE' Competition
Arch Daily
Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter has unveiled the winners of "NEXT BIG ONE," an open call for design solutions to high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. Project teams were challenged to propose a solution that "can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence."
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Hawaiian tower offers mix of luxury, history
Calgary Herald
Vancouver architect James Cheng considered both the little and the big elements in designing Honolulu's 36-storey luxury tower, the Waiea, overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park. That meant everything from where to park a surfboard to the interpretation of the folklore of Hawaii's beginnings in the design of the stunning building. "There were lots of little twists and turns to make things work better," said Cheng, whose credits include the Shangri-La, Vancouver's tallest building, and the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
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Come take a tour of Stephen Bronfman's family farmhouse in the Laurentians
Montreal Gazette
Oranges, yellows and browns on Stephen and Claudine Bronfman's rolling property in La Conception in the Laurentians outshine their greyish gabled home with its old barnwood exterior, sloping zinc roof, and simply framed square windows. A long, thick stone wall runs through the home's west side and supports an adjacent greenhouse and outdoor kitchen.
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Animation Gatineau voit grand
À deux ans du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne, des entrepreneurs proposent un projet ambitieux pour revitaliser le centre-ville de Gatineau, intitulé Animation Gatineau. Ce projet est détaillé dans un document de près de 70 pages, destiné à la Ville de Gatineau, à Développement économique-CLD Gatineau, à la Conférence régionale des élus de l'Outaouais (CRÉO), à Tourisme Outaouais et à Vision centre-ville.
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Historicist: Space-age living, ahead of its time
In the 1960s and 1970s, an era of staid, Bauhaus-inspired rectilinear boxes, architect Uno Prii designed rental apartment buildings defined by swooping curves and space age forms and shapes. They have been hailed, in some quarters, as "whimsical," "flamboyant," and "exuberant" expressions of 1960s optimism. Prii's designs, of which 250 were built across the Toronto area, have been praised by some for their "rejuvenating" qualities and for their "playful whimsy."

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10 lost Toronto buildings we wish we could bring back
For every preserved historic building in Toronto there have been many more lost to short-sighted planning or indifference. The mindset has changed in recent years — high-profile architects like Frank Gehry must bend their designs to incorporate protected structures and beloved neighbourhood edifices (sometimes) get gentrified--but there are still egregious losses and cases of unfortunate neglect (see Walnut Hall, George St. in general).

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New version of LEED brings big changes to material selection
Journal of Commerce
A rush to register LEED projects under the expiring 2009 version is expected to occur as the deadline for LEED Version 4 (LEED v.4) lands on the North American construction industry June 2015. It includes significant revisions impacting the materials and resources sections. "We expect there will be a scramble to register projects under the old system," said Veronica Owens, a green building specialist with B.C.'s Light House Sustainable Building Centre.

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The Wandering Architect: One student's lessons learned from working abroad
Many people possess itchy feet, but surely none more so than my 21-year-old self, an aspiring architect from the U.K. with a perpetual hankering for travel and exploration. The combination of a naïve but inquisitive mind, and a growing appreciation for urban environments different from my own, meant that when I reached my interning year I was open to anything — at home or abroad.
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George Brown College opens Green Building Centre
Toronto's George Brown College officially opened its new Green Building Centre on November 10. The applied research facility will train students in green energy, advanced construction systems and computer-enabled, efficient buildings. It will also create space for industry partners to conduct full-scale development projects focused on construction practices that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.
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