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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.

10. The Canadian Centre for Architecture honours the memory of Melvin Charney
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From Sept. 28, 2012: Over the course of his career, artist-architect Melvin Charney was involved in many projects that united the fields of art and architecture. His work took both a celebratory and critical perspective of the urban environment. A native of Montreal, Charney studied architecture at McGill and Yale University. Appointed associate professor in 1966, he created and directed the Faculté d’aménagement from 1968 to 1972, and the Unité d’architecture urbaine from 1978 to 1992. More

9. Série ABC: MTL: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes
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From Nov. 23, 2012: Gilles Saucier, de la firme montréalaise Saucier + Perrotte architectes, présente les projets les plus récents de la firme dont les travaux, axés notamment sur les centres culturels, ont procuré à l'agence une notoriété mondiale et lui ont valu sept prix et médailles du gouverneur général et de nombreux prix internationaux en architecture. Leur dernier projet, un stade intérieur de soccer dans le quartier Saint-Michel, fait partie d'ABC : MTL, une plateforme ouverte présentée au CCA, qui cartographie le Montréal contemporain de façons multiples et à l'aide de différentes techniques. » More

8. YWCA Elm Centre shows innovative side of green building
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From Nov. 9, 2012: Canadian architects and cities have been working to overcome recent criticism for their modern architectural efforts. With architecture in many major cities amounting to scads of glass-clad skyscrapers, architects have looked for alternatives to such buildings, which have been labeled as "style over substance" for offering a stylized metropolitan look and not much more. Many critics of Canadian architecture, however, forget the green building sector and the unique and innovative ways in which green buildings deviate from the conventional modern look and function. Toronto's highly-acclaimed YWCA Elm Centre has proven to be just such a building. The centre offers 150 beds to women and children working to overcome social factors such as having a low income while being socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. More

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7. Nick Bevanda designs newly opened Terravista Vineyards
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From Oct. 12, 2012: The original founders of Black Hills Estate Winery have opened Terravista Vineyards, a new boutique winery nestled into the natural contours of the B.C.'s Naramata Bench. Bob and Senka Tennant started Terravista Vineyards with a commitment to producing small volumes of high-quality estate-grown white wine. One of their first steps was investing in a winery facility customized to this task and infused with local flavour. Designed by award-winning architect Nick Bevanda, a partner with B.C.-based CEI Architecture, the building is uniquely sculpted to its site, using materials that make it an ideal match for the climate and landscape of the region. More

6. Toronto's glamorous Trump International Hotel is looking more and more like a disaster
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From Nov. 23, 2012: The Trump Corporation's first venture into the Canadian market may be falling apart, and not just literally. Talon International Inc. — the company that developed Toronto's 65-story Trump International Hotel & Tower — is now suing seven disgruntled investors who believe they were misled, according to a recent report from The Toronto Star. The Canadian newspaper reports that "dozens" of parties who purchased suites in the new hotel-condo complex have been trying to renege on final payments. The payments average over $500,000. More

5. Toronto condos short in stature but long on style
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From Oct. 19, 2012: You can blame them for the proliferation of tiny new condominium units and the paucity of family-sized ones in the Toronto area. And you can reproach them for the transformation of your once-quiet neighbourhood into a hive of chic bars, boutiques and dance clubs. But young, mobile, affluent, kid-free, knowledge workers — the objects of every condo supplier's desire these days — are important facts of life in Greater Hogtown, and they need places to lay their heads just like the rest of us. If the planners at Queen's Park and Toronto's city hall get their way, their digs will be in towers at important intersections and mid-rise buildings alongside arterial streets. More

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4. The new green frontier: Net-zero buildings
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From Sept. 14, 2012: The green building sector worldwide has grown at a breakneck pace. While Green Star and LEED certifications have had a huge influence on countless new developments, there is an underlying industry fear that this booming sector will bust. To avoid this, industries have been rapidly making moves towards mainstreaming sustainable building practices, which offer a greater holistic take on modern development and living. More

3. Toronto architect works on infill strategy for Saskatoon
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From Nov. 16, 2012: Walking along a busy section of 20th Street West in Saskatoon, Calvin Brook doesn't just see a streetscape — he sees a blank canvas. The Toronto-based architect has an eye not only for what streets and cities are, but the potential of what they could eventually become. "The fabric you have here is great," Brook said, looking down a streetscape dotted with empty storefronts and lease signs. "But you need the critical mass of people who would walk to coffee shops, restaurants and stores on their way to work every day. If they live right here, it's going to create a market for all these shops which they don't have right now. That improves the neighbourhood; it improves the street." More

2. The Masonic Temple is the latest heritage building to face an uncertain future
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From Nov. 23, 2012: Woe is the heritage-designated property in this city. With alarming regularity, Toronto is seeing structures that have been ignored for years suddenly whipping communities and councillors into a frenzy if someone tries to knock them down and rebuild on the land. Toronto tends to demonize the land owners, but what if it's actually the city that's failing its people? Take the Masonic Temple at Yonge and Davenport: Formerly the home of MTV Canada and vacated earlier this month by owners Bell Media, it is now up for sale. Built in 1917, the property has heritage designation and is an architectural icon, but can it be saved from simply becoming another beautiful building left to rot? More

1. Urban umbrella opens in Toronto
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From Nov. 2, 2012: A pedestrian-friendly alternative to clunky wood and metal scaffolding that turns sidewalks into narrow, dark tunnels around construction sites is making its Canadian debut. A pair of Toronto construction projects are said to be the first use of Urban Umbrella's metal and plastic design outside of New York City. The new scaffolding — made of recycled steel and resembling an unfurling umbrella — is being installed on Yonge Street next to the downtown site of Ryerson University's new student learning centre. The Urban Umbrella also is being adopted by developer Great Gulf for its One Bloor condominium project at the corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street. More
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