News Clips/ Les manchettes
May. 24, 2013

Festival of Architecture hits Halifax
Journal of Commerce
Architects from across Canada are poised to converge in Halifax June 5 to 8 for this year's Festival of Architecture. The event is being hosted by Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in partnership with the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA). The theme of this year's conference, only the second to be held in Nova Scotia, is The Value of Beauty — Integrity in Architecture.More

Visite libre à Montréal avec l'architecte Maxime-Alexis Frappier
Journal Métro
Montréal est-elle une ville de design? La question revient périodiquement dans l'espace public depuis que la métropole a été décrétée comme telle par l'UNESCO, en 2005. «Plein de belles choses ont été réalisées [à Montréal], mais maintenant, il faut que nous soyons meilleurs», témoigne l'architecte Maxime-Alexis Frappier, une des stars montantes de l'architecture contemporaine au pays. Métro l'a rencontré, en plus d'aller se rendre compte, sur le terrain, des petites choses qui rendent la ville belle.More

Winnipeg's tallest highrise to go up at Graham, Garry
CBC News
Winnipeg's skyline is in for a major change, after developers announced plans for a new highrise to go up in the downtown area. Fortress Real Development recently announced plans to construct a mixed-used tower at Garry Street and Graham Avenue. "We want to make sure that the building is just iconic and becomes the post card shot," said Jawad Rathore, the president of the development company.More

Espace Danse Québec dans le Quartier des spectacles
Radio-Canada
La danse fera bientôt son entrée dans le Quartier des spectacles. Le gouvernement du Québec donne son feu vert à la transformation de l'édifice Wilder, rue Bleury, à Montréal. Le Wilder qui était à l'abandon depuis 10 ans, réunira sous son toit les principaux acteurs du milieu de la danse à partir de 2015. Les travaux de rénovation et d'agrandissement du bâtiment devraient commencer cet automne pour que les Grands Ballets canadiens puissent y emménager deux ans plus tard.More

Architects dream up low cost fix for housing issues
OAA
Architects David Cole and Louise McKillop were visiting schools on the strife-stricken Ma Sot border between Thailand and Burma when they hit their first design challenge. How to create a school building for a community that doesn't own land — a school that might need to be relocated just months or weeks later?More

More green roofs top Toronto buildings
Daily Commercial News
The roofs on Toronto buildings are becoming more green, according to the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. The 2012 results showed that Toronto experienced a 33 per cent growth in the installation of green roofs across the city. Last year, the Toronto Metropolitan Region installed 338,310 square feet of green roofs, which is up from 227,657 square feet in 2011. More

Transports Canada, Ville de Montréal + Mission Design — « Intégration de la qualité architecturale pour la construction du nouveau pont Champlain »
Kollectif
L'honorable Denis Lebel, ministre des Transports, de l'Infrastructure et des Collectivités, ministre de l'Agence de développement économique du Canada pour les régions du Québec, et ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales, a annoncé que le gouvernement du Canada travaille de concert avec la Ville de Montréal pour veiller à la qualité architecturale du nouveau pont pour le Saint-Laurent.More

The Avenue on Portage / 5468796 Architecture
Arch Daily
The Avenue on Portage revives two historic commercial buildings from the turn of the century located one block west of Winnipeg's most famous corner, Portage and Main. Once major retail destinations in the city, the Avenue and Hample Buildings experienced a slow decline, becoming blights to the street and downtown. In 2010 our client purchased the site to develop the derelict properties into 75 rental apartments and 22,500 square feet of commercial space.More

Enseignement de l'architecture: Des changements en vue
Le Nouvel Observateur
La tour Montparnasse est sans conteste un lieu tout désigné pour parler d'architecture. C'est justement là que l'Ordre des architectes a présenté ses propositions pour "ajuster" la formation en France. Même si les écoles revendiquent des taux de placement à "plus de 80 pour cent" pour leurs diplômés (ce qui laisse la balance sur le carreau), il reste que le secteur est fortement marqué par la crise des dernières années.More

Hospital uses power of architecture to promote healing
The Globe and Mail
Gerry Latham has worked in a lot of hospitals in her 40 years as a nurse and administrator. She has seen the strain that old hospital buildings put on nurses, who spend too much of their time walking from one supply room to another, and on patients, whose already frail health is tested by living in rooms with one to three other patients, by the noise of the hospital, by infections. Experiments in hospital design are not unusual in North America, as the never-ending demand for new health-care facilities fuses with the green movement in architecture.More

The Ontario Association of Architects Awards Gala puts the spotlight on open and inviting designs
OAA
The annual Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Celebration of Excellence Awards showcased the best in architectural design and innovation by Ontario architects. 15 new buildings in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Tel - Aviv, Waterloo, Sequin Township, and Vancouver were distinguished in this year's "Design Excellence" category. Entry criteria were expanded to include projects designed by Ontario architects located outside the province. "Opening the awards to national and international projects reflects the global impact Ontario architects are making," says OAA President, Bill Birdsell.More

A new approach to green homes
Constructech
Green homes have long been discussed as a means to save homeowners energy and money. Technological features such as the remote monitoring of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), and more all contribute to a homeowner minimizing their home's carbon footprint. However, while many homebuilders across North America have been taking advantage of such technology in homes, net-zero energy homes, for the most part, have primarily remained in the conceptual phase.More

Landscape architect Douglas Olson speaks on the Nature of Cities
Canadian Architect
Can we design urban landscapes so that they respect and protect biodiversity? As Saskatoon sprawls in all directions, planning with nature in mind has become an urgent issue. Great Places is pleased to support a free public lecture entitled "The Nature of Cities" by renowned landscape architect Douglas Olson of O2 Planning + Design. Olson will bring a lifetime of regional and international experience to bear on the challenges of creating a city in tune with its natural surroundings.More

One World Trade Center reaches full height
DesignBuild Source
Installation of the silver spire on top of the One World Trade Center is now complete, making the new building in New York the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. After pieces of the installation were transported to its roof, the hoisting of the spire and subsequent completion of the installation was met with applause by workers watching from the ground.More