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As 2012 comes to a close, RAIC would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the RAIC News Clips / Les manchettes, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

20. The best in Ontario wood design celebrated
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From Nov. 9, 2012: A select group of the province's architects, engineers and project teams received Wood Design Awards at the 12th annual Ontario Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto. The awards recognize people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy and innovation are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction sectors across the province. "These are exciting times for wood design," said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project. "Ongoing technical advancement in the forest product and construction industries, alongside creative design thinking, is giving rise to an incredible new generation of wood buildings." More

19. New 'green' design methods revolutionize building industry
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From Nov. 2, 2012: If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today. Most of the buildings you see now will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but the majority of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones. "If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80 per cent of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, said in an interview. More

18. Vienne: 2 faces contrastées pour une barre de logements au plus près du métro aérien
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From Sept. 14, 2012: L'agence Artec a imaginé un immeuble de logements intergénérationnels, aux 2 faces très contrastées. Il est situé dans la banlieue viennoise de Stadlau, sur une parcelle de terrain longeant un virage de la ligne de métro U2. Il s'agissait ici pour le cabinet d'architectes Artec de lutter au nord contre les nuisances liées au passage de la ligne aérienne U2 au plus près du bâtiment. Mais le challenge était aussi d'exploiter au mieux, à l'extérieur comme à l'intérieur, la lumière et la vue côté campagne au sud. More

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17. West Toronto RailPath gets National Urban Design award for Scott Torrance Landscape
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From Sept. 28, 2012: Construction of Toronto's West Toronto RailPath included using a combination of asphalt, concrete, corten steel and some gravel on its shoulders. Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. and Brown and Storey Architects got a Certificate of Merit from Architecture Canada|RAIC, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in the Civic Design Project category of the 2012 National Urban Design Awards. More

16. Unbuilt Calgary: Maverick mentality should extend to city architecture
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From Nov. 2, 2012: Calgary is architecturally conflicted. While we are entrepreneurial in spirit and often described as "maverick" by our Canadian peers, those characteristics aren't often translated in our buildings and urban design. It appears, however, that we come by it honestly. As detailed in Stephanie White's new book, Unbuilt Calgary, young Calgary architects like Gordon Atkins and W.G. (Bill) Milne struggled to break free of, first, the post-CP corporate colonialism, and then post-war suburbanism, where all things (mainly roads) led to the downtown core. More

15. No more 'soulless' glass facades in timber architecture boom
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From Oct. 26, 2012: Canadian cities, and in fact most major cities around the world, have been criticized of late for lacking soul. The modern, glass-clad aesthetic of many a modern structure, skyscraper or otherwise, has come under fire recently by more than one major architect, with Frank Gehry and Lawrence Nield leading the charge against "zombie buildings" which lack cohesion, soul or substance. Now, timber architecture is stepping in to fill that void. While timber has always played a role in industry developments new timber engineering has led to designs for timber skyscrapers in all corners of the globe. Plans for Michael Green's Tall Wood Tower in Vancouver have earned an extended stay in the public consciousness due to the growing interest in timber design. More

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14. Swansea landmark building to become centre of design excellence
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From Oct. 5, 2012: Work has started on the redevelopment of one of Swansea's much-loved buildings as Swansea Metropolitan breathes new life into the city centre with the creation of a world-leading centre of design excellence. Swansea Council's Cabinet agreed last year to sell the historic former Central Library building on Alexandra Road to Swansea Met for it to be revamped into an international Institute of Sustainable Design. Swansea Met is investing nearly £8 million in the scheme. The project will involve the refurbishment and repair of the original building and its architectural features, as well as the creation of extra space and an exhibition area. The project is expected to be completed by September 2013. More

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13. University of Ottawa opens new academic facility
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From Nov. 9, 2012: The Faculty of Social Sciences Building at the University of Ottawa has opened. The 16-storey tower creates a new gateway and focal point for the downtown campus and provides 275,000 square feet of learning and student space. The building, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with KWC Architects, features extensive classroom, student study and collaborative space on the lower five floors and connects with the renovated Vanier Hall via multi-level bridges that span a five-storey skylit atrium. The upper floors house seminar, office and research space for faculty, graduate students and staff. "Designed to efficiently occupy a marginal site at the edge of this dense urban campus, a new academic crossroads has been created," said Donald Schmitt, Principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects. More

12. Will we ever reach the Pinnacle? Skyscraper boom crashes to earth
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From Nov. 23, 2012: When Boris Johnson inaugurated The Shard, the Mayor hailed Britain's tallest skyscraper as 'a symbol of how London is powering its way out of the global recession.' But The Shard has yet to secure its first tenant whilst six other landmark additions to London's skyline may now never be built, developers have warned, as a mania for ever-taller buildings comes crashing to earth. A sluggish property investment market has brought plans to build six ambitious new testaments to the capital's supposed economic self-confidence juddering to a halt. Construction of 100 Bishopsgate, a 172 metre skyscraper, planned to be the tallest in the City of London, is among those which have been postponed or cancelled, a BBC investigation found. A lack of advance tenants has frustrated the builders. More

11. Reaction mixed to Gehry's 'unfinished' Toronto vision
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From Oct. 19, 2012: After famed architect Frank Gehry called Toronto's architecture "banal," it came as little wonder that some were critical of Gehry's plan to redevelop a stretch of King Street West with a complex consisting of three distinctive tall condo towers that would include arts and cultural features. Following the unveiling of the mixed-use condominium and arts complex development, which calls for three 80-plus-storey towers and a street-level base that art mogul and landowner David Mirvish said would be "scupltures for people to live in," some went so far as to liken the plan to "garbage," a critique that Gehry adamantly rejects. More
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