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Edmonton architecture scene shares spotlight of global award
Edmonton Journal
While Canada's new global prize for architecture was awarded to a humble library in rural China last October, Edmonton is now sharing the spotlight. An organizer of a lecture on the Moriyama RAIC International Prize hopes in addition to highlighting the involvement of Edmontonians in the prize, the event will encourage local architects to aspire higher.
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Heritage Hotel Viger jewel in a $250 million plan to revive eastern Old Montreal
Montreal Gazette
A long neglected and derelict part of Old Montreal could rise again as a thriving hub of the city with a $250 million development project to restore the grand château-style Gare-hôtel Viger and develop almost seven acres of the old city. As part of the three-phase project in eastern Old Montreal, new buildings will also house condos, rental units, shops, markets and offices, covering more than 1 million square feet.
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Local architects pick their favourite Edmonton buildings
Edmonton Journal
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Illumination Series lecture will highlight Edmonton's involvement in Canada's architecture scene. In advance of the event, the Journal asked three local architects about Edmonton’s architectural gems: Samuel Oboh, an Edmonton architect and the incoming president of the institute; Vivian Manasc, senior principal and architect at Manasc Isaac; and Donna Clare, an architect at Dialog designing the new Royal Alberta Museum.
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Bois et architecture: 7 exemples inspirants
L'utilisation du bois en architecture s'est avérée très timide ces dernières années au Québec. Et lorsque ce matériau a été sélectionné par nos architectes, on l'a souvent fait pour des raisons esthétiques plutôt que pratiques. C'est le constat qu'avait présenté en septembre dernier l'ex-président de l'Ordre des architectes, André Bourassa, en marge du second Forum franco-québécois Bois & Forêt de l'Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers (OIFQ).
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Architecture focus: Frank Gehry
Yahoo! News
Architect Frank Gehry designed some of the world's most recognizable buildings, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, to the Stata Center at MIT. His Dr. Chau Chak Wing for the Business School for the University of Technology, Sydney, opened Monday in Sydney, Australia. Nicknamed the "brown paper bag," it is the architect’s first design to be built in Australia. Here's a retrospective look back at Gehry's previous work.
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Calgary music centre hitting the right note
Journal of Commerce
Under construction since 2013 and scheduled for completion in 2016, the two-tower, five-storey complex has a number of complex connections and features. One of those features is a curved-end steel bridge, which spans over 4th Avenue SE to link the towers known as the Main Building with the King Edward Building. Apart from the engineering details, which included complicated connections and unique load transfers, the challenges included a cold snap, a small lay down area and ensuring the steel arrived on time, said Walters executive vice-president Peter Kranendonk. Allied Works Architecture, a firm with offices in Portland, Ore. and New York, is the lead architect.
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Next-generation wood pushes to greater heights
The Globe and Mail
By design, a new mid-rise building in Prince George, B.C., breaks many conventions of commercial construction. At 29.5 metres, its height alone makes the Wood Innovation and Design Centre the highest contemporary wood structure of its type in North America — a record soon to be broken by others. The $25.1 million centre also stands out for its embrace of engineered wood: thick panels, columns and beams of so-called mass timber, sturdier and more fire-resistant than lightweight wood frame construction.

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Deerfield Hall in Mississauga wins architecture award
Daily Commercial News
The University of Toronto's new Deerfield Hall at the Mississauga campus was the recipient of an architectural award at the Ontario Concrete Awards, but that accolade could have just as easily included the word construction. "It is called the architectural merit award but I think it is really about the construction team's ability to technically achieve the architectural end through resourcefulness and commitment," says Andrew Frontini, principal, design director, Perkins + Will Canada, the architectural firm for the project.

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Ottawa's NAC slated for 'ambitious' revamp
Daily Commercial News
Ottawa's National Arts Centre (NAC) is about to undertake a project that is designed to transform and revitalize the landmark facility, with capital funding from the Government of Canada. "The new atrium and entrance will be warm and inviting, and will embrace the nation's capital for the first time," says NAC president and CEO Peter Herrndorf. "Visitors have often remarked to me that it's unfortunate that NAC turns its back on the city. With this new design, we will finally face the city and its most important square (Confederation Square)." The project is being undertaken by a team that includes Diamond Schmitt Architects, electrical and mechanical engineers Crossey Engineering Ltd., and structural engineers Fast + Epp.

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Harvard GSD to host exhibition exploring the architecture and symbolism of national libraries
National libraries, often monumental in scale and "dominated by nationalistic ambitions and overwhelming architectural details," will be the subject of a new exhibition opening later this month at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries seeks to examine why national libraries are amongst the most symbolic icons of modern day countries.
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Video: Iconic new building rises on Yonge street
Ryerson University's new Student Learning Centre is set to open on Yonge Street soon, after two-and-a-half years of construction. The eight-story building was designed by Norwegian architecture firm snøhetta, and occupies the corner of Yonge and Gould streets, where Toronto's iconic music store, Sam the Record Man, once stood. The learning centre is distinctly shinier than Sam's was, especially considering it doesn't feature the sign that Ryerson once agreed to display on it.
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