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Dec. 12, 2014

Passing of distinguished architectural patron James Stewart (1941-2014) announced
Canadian Architect
It is with great sadness that the family of James Drewry Stewart, Ph.D, D.Sc(H) announces his passing on December 3, 2014, after a courageous and determined battle with Multiple Myeloma. Jim exited this life with the same panache as he lived his whole life, with a Celebration of Music in his home known as Integral House, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues from near and far. Born in Toronto, Jim was encouraged in his studies by his artistic mother, Vera and his father Kenneth, a Professional Engineer. More

U.S., Canada and Mexico agree to recognize architect credentials
A tri-national agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials.More

Mobilité nord-américaine accrue pour les architectes
Le Canada, les États-Unis et le Mexique ont conclu une entente facilitant la mobilité des architectes en Amérique du Nord, après plus de dix ans de négociations. Les critères d'admissibilité incluent l'obtention d'un diplôme reconnu par le Conseil canadien de certification en architecture, le National Architectural Accrediting Board ou Acreditadora Nacional de Programas de Arquitectura y Disciplinas del Espacio Habitable.More

NAC faces front with new entrance on Confederation Square: Ottawa invests $110 million
Ottawa Citizen
After 45 years, the National Arts Centre is finally getting a dramatic new look. The federal government is spending $110 million to transform and modernize the 50-year-old building. The renewed building will include upgrades to the facility inside but the most visible highlight of the renovation will be a new entrance off Elgin Street. The new entrance will finally give the NAC a presence on Confederation Square.More

Ottawa modernise le Centre national des Arts
Journal Métro
Le gouvernement fédéral investira 110,5 millions de dollars afin de moderniser l'architecture du Centre national des Arts (CNA) à Ottawa. La ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, Shelly Glover, et le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird, député d'Ottawa-Ouest-Nepean. Une fois rénové, le Centre, qui a ouvert ses portes en 1969, sera entièrement accessible pour les personnes à mobilité réduite.More

Architect proposes high-rise high school for New Westminster
The Vancouver Sun
A New Westminster architect is urging the school district to take a page out of the City of Vancouver's book and build up, not out, when constructing its new high school. The B.C. Education Ministry committed to the replacement of New Westminster Secondary late last month. Local architect Robert Billard noted in a recent blog that the space constraints on the current site, where the new school will be built, are significant because of the presence of the Massey Theatre and a graveyard. More

Pont Champlain : un projet banal et archaïque, dit Roger Taillibert
Huffington Post
« C'est un projet d'image soviétique. Je me suis posé la question si c'était pas le dernier pont qu'on faisait en Mongolie. » L'architecte Roger Taillibert ne mâche pas ses mots quand vient le temps de commenter le projet retenu par Ottawa pour remplacer le pont Champlain. Le pont que propose l'architecte français, il le dit tout en courbes, tout en finesse, avec ses huit mâts inclinés et ses haubans qui évoquent les voiles d'un navire. Une référence au navigateur Samuel de Champlain. D'ailleurs, l'architecte ne s'en cache pas : il souhaite que le nouveau pont conserve le nom de celui qu'il remplace.More

Designers draw inspiration from Japanese style to loosen up 'stiff' Montreal
The Globe and Mail
How do you carve out a radical career in Montreal? Emulate the Japanese, apparently. Perhaps that's unfair. Stéphane Rasselet, principal of the Montreal architecture studio Naturehumaine, has cultivated a singular style since launching his practice with partner Marc-André Plasse (now with Snohetta in New York) 11 years ago. His clean, graphic, residential design — characterized by looming windows, juxtaposed materials and oddly angled footprints squeezed into tight plots — pushes the envelope for functional, bare-bones modernism.More

The good, the green and the giant of timber buildings
A series of multi-storey wooden projects are rising across the globe, and now the White House has again demonstrated its strong government support through a competition initiative. The United States Department of Architecture (USDA) has formally launched a Tall Building Competition in support of sustainable forestry and to demonstrate the viability of building with wood.More

Calgarians mourn passing of local philanthropist, influential architect and 'titan of urban ideas'
Calgary Herald
One of Calgary's most influential architects and proponent of urban design died recently, sparking condolences and tributes from family, friends and local politicians. Peter Burgener, an award-winning Calgary architect and founding partner of BKDI Architects, died after a long battle with cancer. "He was a titan of urban ideas and he loved Calgary and it showed with his works," said Ward 7 Councillor Druh Farrell.More

5 hot talents to watch in Quebec's design and architecture scene
The Globe and Mail
Quebec's design and architecture scene is among the most dynamic in Canada, supported by a robust manufacturing sector and a cultural willingness among both clients and distributors to experiment. Who is doing the best work right now? Globe Style spotlights five hot talents to watch, from a master in the medium of concrete to the maker of impossibly sculptural seating.More

New images of proposed $850 million downtown galleria released
Edmonton Journal
New images of the proposed Galleria project were released recently, coinciding with the start of consultation on the downtown cultural and academic campus. The renderings suggest what the University of Alberta building and glass canopy could look like, even though the team is still in the process of hiring an architecture firm for detailed design planning.More

3-D print a whole house? How the future looks to one forward-thinking architect
The Globe and Mail
The operatic curves of baroque architecture are enthralling to visitors of Europe's 17th-century cathedrals, palaces and grottoes. But in a modern world obsessed with efficiency and expediency, enthralling isn’t good enough to justify the mountain-high price tag and years of manual labour required to erect such structures. Which is why Benjamin Dillenburger's designs are such a revelation.More