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The calendar year is coming to a close, and RAIC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer RAIC News Clips / Les manchettes subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 9, 2015.

L'année 2014 tire à sa fin, et l'IRAC saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.

En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés des Manchettes l'occasion de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2014. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année !

La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le vendredi 9 janvier 2015.

20. Les bâtiments écolos de demain
Journal Métro
From Nov. 21, 2014: 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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19. An alliance to build with a light touch
Toronto Star
From Sept. 19, 2014: Imagine a house that makes you feel good. A house filled with fresh air, natural light and big, open spaces. Now zoom in on skylights that close themselves when it rains; temperature, ventilation and humidity levels that change with the touch of a finger; and a light, airy basement where children can play in comfort on the warm floor. Factor in planet-friendly, energy-efficient features and you've got an "active house." Canada's first such home — part of an architectural movement that began in Europe — was built in Thorold, ON, last year by home builder Great Gulf.
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18. Baseball stadium architecture has come a long way since SkyDome opened in the late 1980s
National Post
From July 18, 2014: Since 1993, there have been only seven times when the stadium that played host to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was not a brand-new barn. That year, of course, featured Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the now already iconic "nostalgia park" that has gone on to become the template for so many other cities' efforts to capture the traditions and heroics of eras in a game whose history spans three centuries.
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17. Arrondissement Ville-Marie — « Implantation de microbibliothèques: participez au concours de création de maquettes »
From Oct. 17, 2014: Souhaitant se doter en 2015 de microbibliothèques en libre-service, l’arrondissement de Ville-Marie lance un concours destiné à en imaginer le prototype. Grand public, étudiants et passionnés de design sont ainsi appelés à participer à ce processus de création qui mettra en valeur Montréal comme ville UNESCO de design.
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16. Time has not diminished Douglas Cardinal's passion
Ottawa Citizen
From June 20, 2014: The times they are a-changin', but they're really just catching up with visionary architect Douglas Cardinal. As he celebrates turning 80, his iconic Gatineau building, the Canadian Museum of History, is on the cusp of a major revamp — exactly the kind of revision he anticipated when designing the 25-year-old institution.
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15. How architecture shaped Winnipeg's DNA
Winnipeg's DNA Winnipeg Free Press
From Sept. 12, 2014: On one day alone in the summer of 1912, 3,500 people stepped off trains in Winnipeg. One. Single. Day. Like most structures of the early 1900s, the CPR Station, built in 1904-05, was designed by Montreal architects Edward and W.S. Maxwell with the expressed intent – "dramatic portico, richly ornamented facades, grand rotundo" — of impressing new arrivals of the wealth and grandeur of what just two decades before was little more than a prairie outpost described by one modern-day historian as a "mighty dung heap."
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14. What universities are doing to create a more exciting learning experience
The Globe and Mail
From Oct. 24, 2014: Students are in for a big surprise when they first set foot in the third-floor classroom of Middle East and Islamic history professor Gavin Brockett at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. Unlike a traditional classroom, there are no fixed rows of chairs with students eyes-front to the professor, no beige-coloured walls nor the usual shortage of electrical outlets for computers.
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13. Lemay bonifie son bassin de talents en architecture
Journal de l'Habitation
From Oct. 31, 2014: Lemay a récemment complété l'acquisition de trois filiales québécoises du groupe torontois IBI, soit DAA, Cardinal Hardy Architectes et Martin Marcotte Architectes. L'entreprise a également annoncé la formation d'une coentreprise avec le Groupe IBI en Chine. Avec cette transaction, elle se hisse parmi les chefs de file canadien en design intégré de l'environnement bâti.
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12. Vancouver Urban Design Awards showcase visionary buildings
Huffington Post
From Sept. 24, 2014: Vancouver isn't all about high housing prices and soulless monster houses. It's home to some mind-blowing architecture and visionary urban design too. The City of Vancouver handed out its first-ever Urban Design Awards this week, honouring the best projects that "enrich the overall experience of the city by carefully considering the design of public spaces, as well as the buildings that interact with these spaces."
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11. Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's Medals in Architecture announced
Canadian Architect
From May 2, 2014: The Canada Council for the Arts and RAIC | Architecture Canada recently announced the recipients of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture. The awards celebrate outstanding design in recently completed projects by Canadian architects. The winning buildings reflect excellence in sustainable design, innovation and compatibility with the landscape.
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