News Clips/ Les manchettes
Aug. 8, 2014

Inside Toronto's new Aga Khan Museum, designed by the world's leading architects
The Globe and Mail
A majestic structure in a plain Toronto suburb, the ambitious Aga Khan Museum pays tribute to an ancient culture by setting a new standard in contemporary design, Alex Bozikovic writes. If you have driven north along the Don Valley Parkway, one of Toronto's major highways, you may have glimpsed a mysterious sight as you leave the downtown. Since 2010, two handsome monoliths have been rising next to the highway in the Don Mills neighbourhood. One is a torqued box of glimmering white stone; the other, a pale limestone disc capped by a crystalline blue dome.More

Grand vision for Union Station
Winnipeg Free Press
In 1908, the headlines of the Manitoba Free Press boldly proclaimed Winnipeg's new train depot, to be constructed at the foot of Broadway, would be "the most modern railway terminal in the world." It described the building as magnificent in proportions and luxurious in its appointments, the finest in the Dominion. American architects Warren and Wetmore, who were simultaneously designing Grand Central Station in New York, would go on to create a building that stood as the gateway to the Canadian West, a symbol of prosperity and optimism in the young city.More

Comment l'architecture vint à Steve Jobs
L'architecture imaginée pour le bâtiment principal du campus 2 d'Apple, actuellement en plein travaux, n'a pas l'heur de satisfaire l'Institut américain des architectes. « Est-ce que cela doit être un vaisseau spatial ? », interroge un officiel de cet organisme, actuellement en congrès à Durban en Afrique du Sud, en compagnie de 6 000 de ses pairs. Il faut croire que la forme circulaire ne sied pas aux goûts de l'Institut, ni même aux autres architectes avec lesquels Philip Elmer-DeWitt a pu s'entretenir sur place.More

Design so good, architects buy into their own creation in Bridgeland
Calgary Herald
It's a unique seal of approval when the architect chooses to live in his or her own creation. For Jeremy Sturgess and Lesley Beale, the story extends a step further. Sturgess Architecture, with principals Sturgess, Beale and Bob Horvath, not only designed Steps Bridgeland, a condominium development expected to begin construction soon, but the very community itself.More

Les plantes conquièrent les bâtiments des métropoles
Journal L'Habitation
L'architecture se trouve face à un tournant. En temps de changement climatique et de manque de ressources, la construction écologique, la durabilité et l'efficacité énergétique deviennent de plus en plus importantes. Des architectes révolutionnent leur métier en développant des toits-terrasse verts spectaculaires, des murs végétalisés et des systèmes d'aération naturels. More

Thought buildings have to be old to get heritage status? Not in London
Metro News
The phrase is "mid-century modern architecture," and it has the potential to change the way London looks at its heritage buildings. Thanks to the work of volunteers in the community, the city could soon enter a new era of protecting its most important structures. Put simply, properties don't need to be old before they can be picked out as heritage buildings, worthy of extra protection. Many of the newer ones on a list being drawn up by volunteers were built in the 1960s or 70s.More

LEED Platinum tower first with triple-paned curtain wall
Business in Vancouver
The Exchange office tower arising in downtown Vancouver marks not only the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum office high-rise in British Columbia but also the first Canadian skyscraper encased in a triple-glazed curtain wall. Developed by global financial giant Credit Suisse of Switzerland, all 400,000-square foot of the building will be sheathed in an aluminum-framed three-pane glazing custom fabricated by Gamma, an international curtain wall supplier with an office in Delta.More

Sudbury's first architecture students get to work
CBC News
The first class of students at Laurentian University's School of Architecture are practicing their new skills in their inaugural co-operative education work placement. The school opened in downtown Sudbury last fall to its first class. It is the first architecture school to open in Canada in the last 40 years. The students will complete a total of three co-op placements throughout their degree.More

U of T's GRIT Lab set to research green roofs and solar panels
Living Architecture Monitor
The University of Toronto's Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design has launched a new research project and web application that will expand its award-winning investigation of the performance of green roofs in Canadian urban environments — and allow it to better share the results with the broader public. More

Halifax architect Omar Gandhi wins top national award
The Chronicle Herald
Water may not be as bad for buildings as we think, a Halifax architect says. Or at least Omar Gandhi is going to spend the next two years trying to find out if that's the case. Gandhi was named the winner this week of the Canada Council's prestigious Prix de Rome prize. The $50,000 award, given annually to a young Canadian architect, will fund a research project into ways precipitation can shape design.More

Hootsuite's second Vancouver office is just as cool as its first
Huffington Post
Located near their original space, HQ2 has a very west coast feel. There's the "fishing lodge" lobby with wooden panel walls, plaid covered log benches and antique fishing gear, and an entrance-way that was designed to look like Whistler Village with indoor cabins, each named after a B.C. ski run.More

Galaxy Cinemas Brantford greenest movie theatre in Canada
Brantford Expositor
Galaxy Cinemas Brantford is the greenest movie theatre in Canada. The Canadian Green Building Council recently named the local Galaxy the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified movie theatre in the country. The LEED rating system is recognized as the international mark of excellence for environmentally sustainable building practices in more than 132 countries. LEED considers many factors in its assessment, including access to public transportation, energy performance, CO2 monitoring, and waste control.More