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An alliance to build with a light touch
Toronto Star
Imagine a house that makes you feel good. A house filled with fresh air, natural light and big, open spaces. Now zoom in on skylights that close themselves when it rains; temperature, ventilation and humidity levels that change with the touch of a finger; and a light, airy basement where children can play in comfort on the warm floor. Factor in planet-friendly, energy-efficient features and you've got an "active house." Canada's first such home — part of an architectural movement that began in Europe — was built in Thorold, ON, last year by home builder Great Gulf.
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Dévoilement du projet lauréat d'Atelier TAG | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, architectes en consortium
C'est avec immensément de fierté que Diffusion En Scène, de concert avec les partenaires impliqués dans ce projet d'envergure, a procédé le 10 septembre au dévoilement du concept architectural de la nouvelle salle de spectacle à Saint-Jérôme. Rappelons que la firme Atelier TAG | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, architectes en consortium, a remporté le concours d'architecture pour la conception de la salle en juillet dernier.
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Knelman: Winnipeg has the right to celebrate
Toronto Star
It took the persuasion of three skeptical Canadian prime ministers to pave the way for the opening, at long last, of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Only one of the three — former prime minister Jean Chrétien — has confirmed he will show up for the hoopla surrounding the launch of Canada's first national museum to be created outside the Ottawa region. Architect Antoine Predock's $351 million building at this city's historic Forks location is truly a knockout. Museum CEO Stuart Murray and his team have done a great job of overcoming controversy about what is and is not in the museum.
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Vancouver grants urban design awards to 'raise the bar'
Metro News
Vancouver may be known for its sparkling high rises, but the city wants to celebrate its smaller buildings, too. Bragging rights were bestowed to the architects and developers that built the city's best houses, low-rises, towers and parks at Vancouver's inaugural urban design awards. "By celebrating the best of the best, you're really helping to raise the bar for architects and owners going, 'Oh gee, if I do something special I'm going to be recognized by the city for my desire to push the envelope,'" the city's head planner Brian Jackson said.
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Maisons paysage: L'architecture au service des splendeurs de la nature
La Presse
L'architecte de Québec Pierre Thibault lance un quatrième ouvrage, Maisons paysage, qui révèle, une fois de plus, son respect infini pour les «splendeurs de la nature». Il est devenu «un contemplatif de la beauté offerte par la nature», confesse-t-il dans l'introduction. Ses clients, qu'ils préfèrent appeler des «participants à la conception», communient forcément à ce même état d'esprit, fait de lenteur et de partage.
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Concours pour les 7 doigts de la main
Les architectes québécois ont jusqu'au 23 octobre pour déposer leur candidature afin de participer au concours pour le centre de création et de production des 7 doigts de la main. La compagnie d'arts du cirque s'installera sur le boulevard Saint-Laurent à Montréal, dans le bâtiment de l'ancien musée Juste pour rire, qui offre une superficie de plus de 4 500 m2. Il s'agit d'un concours en deux étapes approuvé par l'Ordre des architectes et dont la conseillère professionnelle est Michelle Décary. Pour la première étape, les architectes doivent présenter une équipe pluridisciplinaire (acousticien, estimateur, génie, structure, mécanique et électricité).
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University of Toronto proposes major educational and cultural addition to its downtown campus
Canadian Architect
New performance space, a new museum and new academic facilities for the study of civilizations and cultures are all part of a University of Toronto proposal that would create a dramatic new gateway to its downtown campus and a major addition to the city's cultural district. The project, recently announced by the University, would house a 250-seat performance hall for the University's Faculty of Music, the Department of History, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Institute of Islamic Studies, a research arm for the Centre for Jewish Studies and gallery space for the new Jewish Museum of Canada, a fundraising partner in the proposed development.
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À quoi ressemblera le Guggenheim d'Helsinki?
La fondation Guggenheim s'est félicitée mercredi du dépôt de 1715 projets pour construire le prochain musée Guggenheim à Helsinki. «Nous sommes très impressionnés par l'accueil enthousiaste, sans précédent, pour le concours», s'est réjoui le directeur de la Fondation, Richard Armstrong, dans un communiqué. Des architectes de 77 pays ont participé anonyment à ce concours, le premier ouvert à tous qu'organise la fondation Solomon R. Guggenheim.
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New $1.4 billion expansion will add hundreds of new suites to Dubai's Atlantis resort
Developers said they will build a $1.4 billion expanse of lavish suites and residences next to the famed Atlantis resort on Dubai's man-made palm-shaped island as part of the emirate's drive to build up tourism revenue. Investment Corporation of Dubai and Kerzner International Holdings, which will manage the 800-room hotel, said The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will feature modern architecture that allows for sky-high gardens and private infinity pools overlooking the island and water.
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Concept art of new Central Library released
CTV News
Members of the public were able to get a look at what the new Central Library will look like when it's finished. The drawings, from the architect firms of Snohette and Dialog, were released during a meeting. The new building, which will cost $245 million, will house 600,000 books, a state-of-the-art theatre, and quiet space. Michael Brown, with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation says the new library will be so many things. "It becomes a space that's about so many things and libraries, yes, they are evolving but they have always been at the centre port of our community."

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Cheticamp gets wind-friendly outdoor market with the help of Dalhousie students
The Chronicle Herald
Dalhousie University students have helped create an outdoor space in a Cape Breton community that experiences a unique phenomenon known as Les Suetes. This summer, about 10 students in Dalhousie University's architecture program travelled to Cheticamp to volunteer their time to create a wooden, basket-like structure known as a grid shell. The innovative, banana-shaped design will now be used as an outdoor community market for local vendors in the Cheticamp area.

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Saskatoon police HQ opens up
Journal of Commerce
Designed by Toronto-based CS&P Architects in association with aodbt architecture + interior design of Saskatoon and constructed by EllisDon, the 390,000-square-foot headquarters building incorporates a number of "open and welcoming" design features. The original police headquarters was constructed in 1977. Despite three major renovations, the force outgrew the building. "Police buildings are complex design challenges because they comprise so many functions," said Peter Ortved, principal in charge of the project at CS&P, whose firm has worked on such facilities elsewhere in Canada for more than 25 years.

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NCC hopes to cast Ottawa buildings in a better light with illumination plan
Ottawa Citizen
The National Capital Commission is moving ahead with plans to show some of Ottawa's buildings in a better light in time for Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017. CEO Mark Kristmanson said the agency hopes to launch the first phase of its "capital illumination plan" later this fall. Part of the plan focuses on green initiatives, such as reducing electricity use and light pollution. But the NCC also wants to enhance the "nighttime experience" of the national capital's urban landscape, Kristmanson said.
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