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3 Civic Plaza aims to take the suburb out of Surrey
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One of the highest points in the Lower Mainland, the site of the new Bing Thom-designed library and the city hall designed jointly by Kasian and Moriyama & Teshima is part of a brave new experiment in city-building. It's currently a construction zone bordered by the SkyTrain and built on the bones of the kind of suburban retail and commercial real estate that still surrounds it. But in a few short years, developer Sean Hodgins of Century Group hopes it will become a new urban village. In fact, his 3 Civic Plaza — the biggest mixed-use project south of the Fraser and flanked by the library and city hall — is the first substantial residential response to Surrey's new urbanization plan spearheaded by Mayor Dianne Watts: two towers on a podium that will contain a hotel, office space and a residential building, and complement the city's plans to densify, increase walkability and improve public transit access. More

DCYSA Architecture — La firme devient maintenant NEUF Architect(e)s
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Après plus de 40 ans, DCYSA devient NEUF architect(e)s. Fondée à Montréal en 1971, la firme d'architecture s'est toujours renouvelée et diversifiée. Ces dernières années, une nouvelle génération d'associés s'est jointe aux fondateurs afin de contribuer au succès de la firme. Dans le prolongement de son évolution, mais tout en restant fidèle à sa culture d'entreprise, DCYSA a décidé de faire peau neuve en dévoilant sa nouvelle identité (et ses nouveaux locaux!) à l'occasion d'un cocktail dînatoir. Si l'image de la compagnie change, ses valeurs demeurent. More

Calgary's skyline heading higher with tower taller than The Bow
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Calgary's skyline will again be redefined in a few years, with a new downtown skyscraper designed to stand even taller than the Bow. Brookfield Properties submitted this week plans for a 56-storey, 247-metre tower to rise on the site of the former Herald building, along with a 178-metre similarly styled tower on the same block. A stylized box whose edges curve and taper upward to its crown, it won't outshoot the Norman Foster-designed Bow for iconic architecture. But it will, by 11 metres, lay to rest the Encana/Cenovus highrise's bragging rights as tallest building in Western Canada. The project, variously called '225 Sixth' and 'Brookfield Place' in the development permit, replaces Brookfield's proposal for a simpler square tower at 1st Street and 7th Avenue S.W. More

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Le Musée des Beaux-arts lance un concours d'architecture
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Le Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM) invite les architectes québécois à participer à un concours en vue de la construction d'un cinquième pavillon, qui abritera notamment les 75 tableaux de maîtres anciens donnés à l'institution par Michal et Renata Hornstein le printemps dernier. Les œuvres seront exposées dans ce nouveau pavillon de 2800 mètres carrés, qui sera situé sur la rue Bishop, selon un fil continu, allant du Moyen Âge à l'art moderne. « Le pavillon 5 permettra d'exposer les collections internationales du MBAM, uniques au Québec et exceptionnelles au Canada, dont la section des maîtres anciens, qui sera considérablement enrichie grâce à la donation Hornstein », a dit Nathalie Bondil, directrice et conservatrice en chef du Musée. More

Winnipeg's Met Theatre set to reopen
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Winnipeg's Metropolitan Theatre is finally ready to reopen and embrace the next chapter in its 93-year history. After spending the past 25 years shuttered and with an uncertain future, the newly-named Metropolitan Entertainment Centre will open its doors for an exclusive, invitation-only evening gala. Vacant since 1987, the Met was purchased in 2006 by the Canad Inns hotel chain, which had considered some type of entertainment venue featuring a Manitoba rock and roll hall of fame. Canad Inns has invested $20 million to return the building to its former glory. "I think the ingenuity of this is that the main portion of the Met really has been restored to the grandeur of a bygone era," Canad Inns CEO Paul Robson said. More

Gare Viger: Transformation annoncée dans les prochaines semaines
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On compte à Montréal une bonne centaine de grues, de nombreux projets sur les planches à dessin et des chantiers à tous les coins de rue, ou presque. Et pourtant, la gare Viger, un des plus impressionnants édifices de Montréal, est encore et toujours placardée, abandonnée, délabrée. Désolant. Et tout de même étonnant, non? Des centaines de nouvelles constructions voient le jour chaque année, la plupart sans aucun cachet ou souci architectural, et cette magnifique gare-hôtel construite il y a plus de 100 ans par le Canadien Pacifique demeure vide. Même s'il s'agit d'un important témoin patrimonial d'une époque où Montréal était une plaque tournante du pays. More

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Quinze certificats sont remis cette année
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La Ville de Québec et le ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec ont remis 15 certificats lors du gala des Mérites d'architecture 2012 au Palais Montcalm, dont un prix Hommage décerné à l'architecte et grand bâtisseur de la ville de Québec, monsieur Michel Gallienne. Quant aux réalisations primées, elles touchaient aussi bien des résidences que des commerces, des édifices publics et des enseignes. Les constructions devaient avoir été complétées avant le 14 juillet 2012 pour être admissibles. More

Planning for all people encourages mixed-use growth
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Future city development should reflect the needs of drivers and non-drivers alike in order to avoid 'planning failures' like the Peanut Plaza in Don Mills, said a panel of urban design experts. The Construct Canada panel, made up of architects Clifford Korman, David Butterworth and city councillor Shelley Carroll, encouraged the audience of peers attending the trade show to build projects accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, as well as drivers. Though it was constructed in the 1960s, Peanut Plaza is still considered a culturally vibrant community hub situated near schools, residences and recreational facilities. More

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Marianne McKenna of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada
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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recently invested Marianne McKenna of Toronto, Ontario, as an Officer of the Order of Canada. A founding partner of the award-winning practice of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), Marianne McKenna, O.C., has designed and directed a diverse range of internationally acclaimed projects in the spheres of culture, business, education and science. One of her notable achievements is the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, a project spanning 20 years that includes the elegant and acoustically mastered Koerner Concert Hall, which has been described as the 'jewel in the crown of Toronto's Cultural Renaissance.' More

De nouvelles berges pour Montréal?
Ordre des Architectes du Québec    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Open Line Studio, une initiative de design urbain visant à redessiner les berges de différentes villes en utilisant le logiciel Betaville, est à la recherche de participants montréalais. Jusqu'ici, Toronto, New York, Palerme (Italie), Busan (Corée du Sud) et Istanbul (Turquie) ont constitué des équipes qui auront pour mission de redessiner les berges urbaines afin de les rendre plus attrayantes et plus accessibles. Pourquoi pas Montréal? Le logiciel libre Betaville permet de développer des projets urbains en 3D, que ce soit à l'échelle d'un pâté de maison, d'un quartier ou d'une ville. More

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