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Halifax looks forward to the opening of its very own library of the future
The Globe and Mail
Halifax's new $57.6 million gleaming glass library of the future is to open later this fall — a 129,000-square-foot building in the city's downtown with a unique cantilevered rectangular glass box on the top, suggesting a stack of books. Fully accessible, culturally sensitive, environmentally sustainable and architecturally stunning, with elegant angles and lines, it is the first piece of modern architecture to be built in Halifax in decades, and the first major central library to be built in Canada in several years.
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Renaissance du Casino de Montréal par Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux Architectes & Provencher_Roy Architectes
Le consortium MENKÈS SHOONER DAGENAIS LETOURNEUX Architectes / PROVENCHER_ROY Architectes signe la réalisation du réaménagement majeur du Casino de Montréal. Ce projet, qui s'est étalé sur quatre ans, a relevé le défi de clarifier les circulations extérieure et intérieure du bâtiment, d'améliorer la qualité des espaces de jeu, de détente et de restauration et de donner aux différents aménagements une unité thématique.
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Most beautiful university campuses in Canada
Huffington Post
From gorgeous mountain backdrops to breathtaking green landscapes, Canada is home to some of the most scenic campuses in the world. Most Canadian students at these institutions get to experience all four seasons, historic buildings and all of the country's natural beauty. Or urban atmosphere, depending on your location. Hey, if you're going to spend a minimum of 36 months behind closed doors (or outside), it better have a good view. We've rounded up some of Canada's most beautiful campuses in both scenery and architecture.
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Vancouver House: This one's big
The Globe and Mail
Once finished, by 2018, Vancouver House will be the sort of sculptural building that lands in the pages of international architecture and design books. Developer Ian Gillespie believes sales are driven by the fact that the tower is unique, and has the lustre of being a Bjarke Ingels project. Since he hired Mr. Ingels for the job, the young Danish architect's demand has soared. He and Mr. Gillespie already have other projects in the works. The tower appears to defy gravity, a top-heavy shape that ascends from a triangular base. It will be more than 500 feet tall and yet its foundation only 6,000 square feet.
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Résidence Roy-Lawrence / Chevalier Morales Architectes
Arch Daily
Located outside the village of Sutton, in Quebec's eastern townships, the Roy-Lawrence Residence is set in a vast estate very much impregnated with the legacy of a Swiss immigrant family that came to Canada in the 1930's. To this date, the surroundings of the residence are still defined by bucolic landscapes, iconic Swiss chalets and other buildings of similar nature that were erected along the years, always with a consistent touch of nostalgia.
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Vancouver designers move toward environmentally friendly lighting
Vancouver Sun
Donna Kurtz, who owns and runs Vancouver's Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design Inc with architect husband Craig Taylor, says LED lighting has been around in the architectural world for more than a decade but it's only now becoming mainstream; with fittings available at high-end design stores like Yaletown's LightForm and Gastown's Inform Interiors, as well as chains like Ikea. "I think in the architectural profession as well as the engineers we have to consider our footprint on the globe and how we’re using our energy and be more efficient," she says.
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Toronto PATH expands with new pedestrian bridge to waterfront
CTV News
Workers are installing a new pedestrian bridge across Lake Shore Boulevard this weekend as part of a plan to expand the city's PATH walkways. The bridge is lined with windows and tucked under the Gardiner Expressway, about 5.5 metres off of the ground. It connects the Air Canada Centre to the waterfront. "It actually means that we've made the waterfront all about people rather than about getting cars down there," architect John White said.
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The Pug Awards were tough love for Toronto architecture
The Globe and Mail
Each spring since 2005, the Internet referendum on the previous year's completed buildings has given Torontonians an enjoyable chance to express publicly their opinions about the city's newest architecture. And folks didn't have to defer to a jury of experts. Each architecturally interested citizen who wanted to take part could declare, online, his or her love, liking or loathing for recent Toronto structures (as a rule) 50,000 square feet or more in area.

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Architecture matters — Designing age-friendly communities
Journal of Commerce
Age-friendly means providing features that will encourage the elderly and the handicapped to remain active. It means providing a choice between taking the easy way (an elevator or escalator) and taking the stairs to maintain and improve the abilities which they still have and provide a chance to exercise. It may mean staircases in addition to escalators and elevators in malls ensuring that there are sitting areas to rest along the way.

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Metrolinx working on a major development proposal that would see Toronto get a new bus terminal
National Post
Metrolinx and real-estate firm Ivanhoé Cambridge are working on a major development proposal anchored around a Bay Street parking lot that would include mixed-use office space and a new bus terminal. Officials say plans are very much in the preliminary stages, but zoning review applications filed this month suggest the vision includes constructing an elevated park over the rail corridor — a first in Toronto — although that is said to be part of a later phase.

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La deuxième vie de bâtiments du quartier Sainte-Marie
Journal Métro
Dans le quartier Sainte-Marie, autour de la rue Fullum, de nombreuses institutions connaissent une deuxième vie grâce à leur changement de vocation. Héritage Montréal a accompagné Métro lors d'une visite de ce secteur en transformation.
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Art Gallery of Alberta celebrates 90th birthday
CBC News
One of Edmonton's most prized cultural institutions turned 90 years old recently. Dozens attended the celebration in honour of the Art Gallery of Alberta, which was first founded in 1924. Catherine Crowston, the executive director of the Art Gallery of Alberta, says it has come a long way since it first began exhibiting art nearly a century ago. "The new gallery and its new architecture has really created a kind of focal point for downtown Edmonton," Crowston said.
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Star Wars inspire un architecte pour la construction d'un immeuble de Lucasfilm
Huffington Post
Les salariés de la division Lucasfilm à Singapour ne seront pas dépaysés. Ils vont pouvoir travailler dans un immeuble à l'architecture familière: celle d'un vaisseau de Star Wars. Les bureaux imaginés par Andrew Bromberg du cabinet Aedas reproduisent le design du char des sables, moyen de transport des Jawas sur la planète Tatooine visible notamment dans le premier volet A New Hope.
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