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RAIC Gold Medal call for submissions
Canadian Architect
RAIC | Architecture Canada's Gold Medal is the highest honour that it can bestow in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture and is not to be construed as a competition. The award is given in recognition of a significant body of work deemed to be a major contribution to Canadian architecture, and having lasting influence on the theory and/or the practice of architecture, either — through demonstrated excellence in design; and/or, excellence in research or education.
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Built to last: Generations-old buildings that stand tall across Canada
Huffington Post
Even though Canada is poised to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2017, it's still a baby compared to other countries. We just don't have the same bounty of historic buildings as, say, Europe, but Canada does boast some stellar examples featuring savvy design and strong roots to our past. Here are a few highlights of this country's finest historic buildings still standing tall and worth a visit.
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Les bâtiments écolos de demain
Journal Métro
À quoi ressembleront nos résidences et nos lieux de travail dans quelques années? Difficile à dire. Ce qui est certain, c'est que les bâtiments de demain feront plus qu'abriter des gens. Les constructions écologiques exploiteront les énergies renouvelables et seront comme des «forêts» au cœur des mégapoles. Métro s'est penché sur quelques projets de bâtiments au design futuriste.
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B.C.'s best buildings reflect history, memories
CBC News
The results are in for a contest seeking out the "best" building in British Columbia. The Architecture Foundation of B.C. opened the contest to nominations in April, asking people to submit buildings they had an emotional attachment to, not just those with architectural merit. The contest received over 400 submissions, which people were able to vote for online. A panel of judges met to choose the top contender in each of four regions, and People's Choice Awards were also given to the buildings with the most online votes.
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My Montreal: Architect Danny Pearl of firm L'OEUF
Montreal Gazette
In the mid-1980s, Montreal architect Danny Pearl was learning about the environmental footprint of development. At the time, he was finishing his architectural degree at McGill, and the most interesting aspect of his studies for him was the myriad social issues inherent in design. For nearly thirty years, alongside partners and associates at his firm L'OEUF, Pearl has been developing and practising an integrated approach to building design: one that deeply considers how design impacts people and surrounding ecosystems.
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How these Toronto architects are advancing the artistic application of wood
The Globe and Mail
Imagine you're an architect. You've just won $50,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts for your "exceptional artistic potential." You've got two years to spend it. What would you do? What wouldn't you do? Study the effect of mass movements in the Earth on the growth of trees? Interview the world's authorities on manufactured wood? Perhaps. Yet that is precisely what the small Toronto practice Williamson Chong went for after winning the Professional Prix de Rome in 2012.
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Exposition Franck Gehry — Centre Pompidou
Art Actu
Mondialement reconnu pour des bâtiments, les créations emblématiques de Frank Gehry ont révolutionné l'esthétique de l'architecture, son rôle social et culturel et son inscription dans la ville. C'est à Los Angeles que Frank Gehry initie sa pratique. Il côtoie, dès les années soixante, la scène artistique californienne. La rencontre avec les œuvres de Robert Rauschenberg et de Jasper Johns, ouvre la voie à la reconfiguration de sa pratique architecturale.
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Staples: Huts could give Edmontonians warm feeling inside
Edmonton Journal
How to make Edmonton a better city in the winter? Make it a warmer city. "Winter is the majority of our year," says University of Alberta industrial design student Danielle Soneff. "I'd love to be warm more than usual." It's hard to imagine many will disagree with Soneff's proposal to be warmer in winter. The good news is Soneff also has a practical plan to help: the construction of unheated warming huts. Soneff is heading up a U of A project that will see the first few warming huts built in Edmonton this winter. Eventually, with a few design tweaks, new city bus and LRT shelters could be also turned into superior warming huts, welcome shelter from the cold and wind.
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Louisiana architecture students building, learning in Cheticamp
CBC News
Dalhousie University has teamed up with three architecture schools in the U.S. to design and build structures in Cape Breton and learn from each other while they do it. Professor Geoff Gjertson and students from the University of Louisiana Lafayette were in Cheticamp last month to meet with students from Dalhousie University's Faculty of Architecture and see the structure they built this summer for the Cheticamp Farmers' Market.
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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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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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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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Dormir dans un cube
La Presse Blogue
Les architectes de la firme tchèque Atelier 8000 viennent de placer bien haut la barre de l'innovation. Dans le cadre d'un concours (pour créer un chalet de ski en Slovaquie) ils ont conçu cet hôtel en forme de cube. The Rock semble s'être écrasé sur terre comme une météorite en plein milieu des Tatras. Le building en équilibre (dans la neige l'hiver) compte cinq étages, dont deux de chambres.
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