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RAIC weighs in on Canada Post's move to community mailboxes
Canadian Architect
Canada Post needs to deliver excellent design if it goes ahead with a controversial plan to replace door-to-door service with community mailboxes, says the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The RAIC, who advocates for a liveable built environment, says group mailboxes will affect the urban landscape and quality of life of Canadians.
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Ville de Québec: Les Mérites d'architecture 2013
Par ce concours, la Ville de Québec et le ministère de la Culture et des Communications veulent mettre en valeur les projets architecturaux réalisés pendant l'année par les architectes, les entrepreneurs et les propriétaires de Québec. Les Mérites d'architecture récompensent les efforts qui sont faits pour améliorer l'embellissement urbain.
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Architects and the construction cycle
Journal of Commerce
The construction industry requires many different players to run efficiently. Most non-construction people, no doubt, assume that the role of an architect is directed primarily, if not exclusively, to the design of new buildings and the spaces in and around them, as well as helping with the restoration and reuse of old, listed or existing buildings.
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24-storey tower OK'd for old Winnipeg pumphouse
CBC News
A City of Winnipeg committee has approved a developer's plan to build a 24-storey apartment complex over the decommissioned James Avenue pumping station. The city's downtown development committee OK'd the project, after hearing from several people opposed to it. The developer was previously granted a variance to height restrictions in the area to allow the 24-storey complex — which is to include a parkade and a grocery store — at James Avenue and Waterfront Drive.
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Droits de la personne: Le musée des controverses
La Presse
Le Canada comptera un nouveau musée national en septembre 2014. Toujours en chantier, l'imposante structure qui domine la ville de Winnipeg a déjà réussi à soulever mille et une controverses. C'était sans doute inévitable de la part du seul musée du monde entièrement consacré à la sensibilisation et à l'éducation en matière de droits de l'homme.
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  Are Inefficient BIM Processes Dragging Down Your Team's Performance?

Wherever your firm may be in the adoption of BIM, if you’ve invested in tools like Autodesk’s Revit, you need to ensure that you reap the benefits. Yet, it’s difficult for project teams to recognize the flaws in their workflows. IMAGINiT’s Revit Health Check can help.

John E. Irving family donation kickstarts the Harvard Graduate School of Design campaign
Canadian Architect
The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) recently announced that John K.F. Irving '83, M.B.A. '89, and Anne Irving Oxley have donated $10 million to the School in honour of their father, John E. (Jack) Irving. This leadership gift will kickstart the Graduate School of Design's campaign efforts with support for Dean Mohsen Mostafavi's vision for the school by deepening and broadening the faculty's intellectual reach.
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Adaptable architecture
The Telegraph
A house is for life, not just for Christmas. That's what Deborah Sarnoff and Robert Gotkin must have been thinking when they bought Robert Venturi's 1969 Lieb House, an asbestos-shingled box emblazoned with a Pop Art number 9 beside the door. They spent another $100,000 having it peeled off its site in New Jersey and shipped up the East River on the back of a barge, to its new resting place in Glen Cove, NY.
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La récente transformation d'un joyau de notre architecture moderne
Journal Métro
Comme mes collègues ont réalisé, à la fin de décembre, une série de reportages sur l'état de notre patrimoine religieux, je m'en voudrais de passer sous silence la récente transformation d'un joyau de notre architecture moderne. Il s'agit de l'église Saint-Denys-du-Plateau du secteur de Sainte-Foy, à Québec, une œuvre architecturale majeure des années 1960 signée Jean-Marie Roy.
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Bamboo Kontum Indochine Cafe by vo trong nghia architects
Design Rulz
Designed as part of a hotel complex, vo trong nghia architects has developed 'kontum indochine cafe,' a dining venue which can also function as an extension of the site's banquet hall. Uniquely positioned at the gateway to the central vietnamese city of kontum, the project is defined by its bold use of bamboo, which frames panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
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Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Arch Daily
This project is the first of a series of projects for a large 455-acre site on Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. This pure box in the landscape is precariously perched off a bedrock cliff to heighten one's experience of the landscape through a sense of vertigo and a sense of floating on the sea. This strategy features the building's fifth elevation — its "belly."

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Une oeuvre architecturale remarquable
Le Fil
Les Mérites d'architecture de la Ville de Québec, qui célèbrent leurs dix ans d'existence cette année, saluent l'embellissement de la ville. Cette année, un jury de 7 personnes, dont Carole Després, professeure d'architecture à l'École d'architecture et codirectrice du Groupe interdisciplinaire de recherche sur les banlieues (GIRBa), a remis 18 prix pour récompenser l'excellence de la création architecturale à Québec.

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Architecturally exposed steel still has challenges
Daily Commercial News
Innovative techniques for the architectural expression of structural steel have come a long way but there are still many challenges, says University of Waterloo School of Architecture Professor Terri Boake. The architect recently provided an overview of the new Canadian Institute of Steel Construction guide for specifying Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) which is intended to help the design and construction professions meet those challenges.

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KPF reveals images of two-tower Turkish debut
Architects Journal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed images of its proposed new headquarters for the Ziraat Bank in Istanbul. The scheme, which features a 46-storey skyscraper and a 40-storey sister tower, will mark the Turkish debut for the global practice, which has offices in London. The project will become is centrepiece of the country's much-heralded Istanbul International Financial Centre masterminded by HOK.
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