News Clips/ Les manchettes
Oct. 31, 2014

Inuit architecture showcased in prestigious Venice Biennale
Indian Country Today
For the first time in the 14-year history of the International Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Nunavut flag flew at the entrance to the Canadian Pavilion, an Inukshuk floating at the entrance of "Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15." The exhibit, curated by architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White, from Toronto-based design firm Lateral Office, coincides with the 15th anniversary of the territory's creation.More

Calgary's changing skyline could dwarf Calgary Tower in 2024
Global News
In a few years, the Calgary Tower could be walled out of sight on the city's skyline, not just by the Bow, but by other taller buildings. A local graphic designer has released a new image showing how downtown will look in 2024. The pictures show buildings that are under construction, already approved or still just proposed. Calgary's skyline keeps changing because of the strength of the energy industry, which is fueling the real estate market.More

Lemay bonifie son bassin de talents en architecture
Journal de l'habitation
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.More

Toronto's new jewel: Beauty and pluralism at the Ismaili Centre
Huffington Post
Ancient and modern, traditional and forward-looking, stark and ornate, spiritual and practical: Contrasting adjectives aptly describe the brand-new Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Adjacent to the Centre, its white Brazilian granite façade reflected in pools of water, is a state-of-the-art museum. Both structures highlight the diversity and depth of Islamic history and culture and offer a place that serves both the global, diverse Ismaili Muslim community and the Toronto community at large.More

Une modeste bibliothèque chinoise couronnée
La Presse
Construite grâce à un investissement équivalant à 185 000$, une modeste bibliothèque en banlieue de Pékin, en Chine, a remporté un prix international créé cette année par l'architecte canadien Raymond Moriyama. Cette récompense est assortie d'une bourse de 100 000 $.More

Ottawa Votes: More urban than suburban, rural responses to architecture questions
Ottawa Citizen
Supporting policies to improve architecture is "far more" popular with urban council candidates than their suburban and rural counterparts, according to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The institute posed five questions about design quality, the environment and heritage to the city's 124 candidates for council. Only 39 council candidates responded, 31 of them from urban wards, according to the institute.More

Architects cite durability as most important green building product attribute
Glass on Web
Awareness of PPG IDEASCAPES brand continues to accelerate among architects — Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and "green" building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of U.S. architects commissioned by PPG Industries. For green building products, architects mentioned environmental product declarations (EPDs) and independent product certifications as the most important product attributes, following product durability, representing an upward trend from the 2008 and 2012 surveys.More

Committee tasked to create plan for development of Halifax core
The Chronicle Herald
Halifax's long-awaited regional centre plan is back on the table as a city hall committee begins work on the planning document. After a number of setbacks, the development plan for the city centre is expected to begin taking shape over the coming months. When complete, the centre plan will replace a mishmash of antiquated and conflicting planning rules with a simplified land-use bylaw that paves the way for development on the Halifax peninsula and in Dartmouth within the arc of the Circumferential Highway.More

MEC moves into new green headquarters in East Vancouver
Vancity Buzz
Canada's leading outdoor retailer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, has relocated their Vancouver headquarters into a next generation green building in the False Creek Flats in East Vancouver. Designed by Vancouver firm Proscenium Architecture & Interior, it features displays of glass, wood and steel that showcases the beautiful natural surroundings, making this 112,000-square-foot "base camp" one of a kind. Built with high-tech lighting and air-control systems, it makes the space an estimated 70 per cent more energy efficient than conventional Canadian office buildings.More

What universities are doing to create a more exciting learning experience
The Globe and Mail
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.More

3-D printing, architecture at the AIBC 'Shifting Perspectives' conference
Journal of Commerce
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia recently held its annual conference in Vancouver, this year entitled "Shifting Perspectives." One of the new and innovative technologies showcased at the conference as 3-D printing, the merging of digital printing and real-world materials in three dimensions. Wendy Fok, the creative director of WE_Designs, walked conference delegates through the different capabilities of 3-D printing, which has gone from making simple plastic-based objects to creating complex structures and even wood and cement based creations.More

Winners of Montreal's annual Luminothérapie competition announced
Canadian Architect
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership recently announced the two works to be presented for the fifth annual Luminothérapie event, from December 10, 2014 to February 2, 2015. Visitors to Montreal’s Place des Festivals will be dazzled by a giant kaleidoscope called Prismatica by the Toronto architecture firm RAW Design, the first Luminothérapie competition winners from outside Quebec. Meanwhile, the Quartier’s eight video projection sites will be lit up by a digital carnival called Fascinoscope devised by Lüz Studio, a Montreal-based visual design studio.More

Waterfront designed as condo buyers' backyard
Toronto Star
Bernardo Fort-Brescia, who has brought his creative vision to some of the most iconic waterfronts in the world, has unbridled enthusiasm for the potential of Toronto's East Bayfront. "I was dying to do something in Toronto!" says the Peruvian-born, Princeton- and Harvard-educated architect, founder of Arquitectonica, an international firm with headquarters in Miami.More

A terra cotta tale for Halloween
Canstar Community News
It's nearly Halloween and I know no Wolseley tale of terror. I can, however, recount a story from the other side. The other side of Portage Avenue, that is. It's a story of disguise and let's say costume change... or, for the macabre, of "head cloning." It's a story that links two Winnipeg landmark buildings and it starts with a frightful event. On May 25, 1953, shortly after noon, a terra cotta rosette fell from the cornice — the decorative top edging — of the 13-storey Union Tower Building at 191 Lombard Ave. at Main Street.More

Gehry realizes Louis Vuitton's curved glass dream
Commissioned by LVNH chariman and CEO Bernard Arnault and designed by Frank Gehry, the design museum has been built on the site of the Jardin d'acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne public park in Paris. In a statement, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be "principally associated with artistic creation in all its forms" and its structure is no exception.More

In Calgary, exploring the cultural side of 'Cowtown'
The New York Times
The sculpture and building are in downtown Calgary, a place of young men in good suits, grand old banks repurposed as restaurants, and LEED-certified oil company headquarters. Things there are under enthusiastic construction: a new central library, a new National Music Center, a new riverbank neighborhood. And it's also a place where black, white and iridescent blue magpies suddenly appear, nonchalant as pigeons, and where a human "Habitrail" of overhead glass walkways — at least 57 of them, 10 miles' worth — foretell the long and frigid winter.More