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Dec. 19, 2014

RAIC President's Award for Media in Architecture open for submissions
Canadian Architect
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada invites entries for the 2015 President's Award for Media in Architecture. The deadline for submissions is 4:00pm on January 8, 2015. The RAIC has recognized excellence in architectural reporting since 2007, and this award recognizes storytelling about buildings and cities that promotes understanding of architecture and the role of architects in the daily life of Canadians. Previously by nomination only, the award is presented every two years.More

Winning design for victims of communism memorial features 100 million 'memory squares'
Ottawa Citizen
The federal government has chosen a design by an international team as winner of the competition for a major new memorial on Wellington Street to victims of communism. ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture, led by Toronto architect Voytek Gorczynski , was chosen from among six finalists for the new memorial, which bears the unwieldy official name Memorial to the Victims of Communism — Canada, a Land of Refuge. Janusz Kapusta and Andrzej Pawlik complete the winning team.More

Projets d'exception à Québec salués par les Mérites d'architecture 2014
Beauport Express
L'intégration du patrimoine bâti à la trame urbaine a été soulignée par la Ville de Québec et le ministère de la Culture, avec la remise de 21 certificats d'excellence à des projets d'exception célébrés lors du gala des Mérites d'architecture 2014. Cette année, les constructions devaient avoir été complétées avant le 31 juillet 2014 pour être admissibles. Parmi les 139 candidatures reçues, le jury composé de sept experts avait à choisir celles qui se distinguaient autant pour leurs qualités architecturales que pour leur contribution à l'embellissement du territoire.More

B.C. a hub for sustainable architecture and design
The Vancouver Sun
Modernist architect Charles Eames famously said: "Beyond the age of information is the age of choices." In B.C. it appears local architects and designers are taking the information we have on building sustainably and are making choices that are establishing this province as a global leader in green building. "In North America, half of energy consumption and half of green house gas emissions are related to the building and the operating of buildings," says Michael Green, of Michael Green Architecture, the face of "tall wood" — building highrises with timber.More

New Halifax Central Library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen opens in Canada
Design Boom
Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has completed Nova Scotias "new halifax central library," which has been conceived as an open and accessible cultural hub. working alongside local firm Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, the institution is sited on a prominent location at the heart of Halifax's downtown.More

Aboriginal student centre set for completion in 2015
The StarPhoenix
Sitting between the Arts Tower and the Murray Library on the University of Saskatchewan campus, a spiralling edifice, the vision of famed aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal, is slowly rising from the ground. The 1,884-square-metre building is the Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Student Centre, home to the Indigenous Students' Council and the Aboriginal Students' Centre.More

Le gros lot pour des architectes montréalais
Journal Métro
Participer à une compétition d'architecture est un couteau à double tranchant. La gagner peut offrir une visibilité [et une crédibilité] enviable. La perdre, en revanche, peut transformer de nombreuses nuits blanches en véritable deuil. C'est la réalité auquel faisait face une jeune équipe d'architectes montréalais et espagnols en s'inscrivant à la quatrième édition d'une éminente compétition d'idées américaine baptisée Architecture at Zero.More

MAD Architects transforms urban block in Rome with green residences
Design Boom
After four years of design development, MAD Architects has received approval from the city of rome for their scheme to revamp 71 via Boncompagni. As a reflection of modern architectural development, the renovation replaces the building's heavy and closed existing façades with visually light curving curtain walls, while retaining the original structure. The envelope thus serves as an expressive element for the building while functioning to produce open and luminous living spaces complemented by garden covered balconies.More

Architecture comes in through the front door
The Globe and Mail
Never underestimate the power of a well-designed entrance. Not only does it point a person in the right direction — generally to elevators that get them home — it sets the mood. A good entryway is a landscaped garden that calms the frazzled urban nerves; a bad entryway is a messy, brambly forest that confuses and agitates and, over time, it can diminish a unit owner's quality of life.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

U.S., Canada and Mexico agree to recognize architect credentials
ArchDaily
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

Winner of the Canadian National Memorial to Victims of Communism
Archinect
ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture was chosen to design Canada's future National Memorial to Victims of Communism in Ottawa... The team was selected out of six finalists at the end of the two-phase national design competition held this summer. The memorial will pay tribute to the more than 100 million people around the globe who suffered or perished under communist dictatorship, as well as educate the public about the heavy consequences caused by communism.More