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Montreal-based LEMAY to manage a major international urban development project worth $2.4 billion in Algeria
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Montreal-based LEMAY has made history by winning a high-profile international competition launched by l'Agence de gestion et de régulation foncière urbaine de la Wilaya de Constantine en Algérie. The $2.4-billion project, will have $1.57 billion devoted to the residential sector. Algerian government officials recently confirmed the awarding of this contract to the Canadian team made up of the consortium of firms LEMAY and EXP. This was reported today by LEMAY's President, Louis T. Lemay, who added that the urban concept created by the LEMAY-EXP team was chosen unanimously by the jury of experts. Their winning proposal stood out for its excellence, its relevance, its originality and its audacity; its competitors consisted of international firms from Europe, Asia, America and Africa. More

Campagne de finacement — MAQ — « Objectif 200 000$ pour souligner 10 ans de créativité architecturale »
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« La MAQ, catalyseur de créativité architecturale depuis 2001, fait appel à vous pour continuer de bâtir une Maison de l'architecture digne du Québec et à la hauteur des talents d'ici! Depuis 10 ans, la MAQ c'est là où on expose les idées et le travail des gens de chez nous; là où le public peut vraiment comprendre ce que ça fait un architecte, comment ça pense, comment ça crée; là où le milieu prend part aux débats et découvre les projets de l'heure; là où les acteurs de l'architecture et les créateurs d'autres disciplines trouvent un lieu de convergence où discuter architecture, sujet de passion, sujet de plaisir. More

Toronto leading western world in tall building construction
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Canada's biggest city is getting even bigger, with a pace-setting number of skyscrapers set to join the city skyline. According to a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) report dubbed "Canada Rising," Toronto is leading the western world in terms of new buildings 150 metres or taller currently under construction. Toronto has 15 such buildings currently in the works. As of 2005, the city had only 13 buildings of 45 storeys or higher in total, a figure that will be more than tripled by 2015, when the currently-underway projects will bump that number to 44. More

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Canada's finished 'Twisted' skyscrapers
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The Chinese architecture firm MAD has completed the Absolute Towers after six long years of planning and construction. Located in the city of Mississauga in Ontario, the two towers stand at about 492 and 557 feet, respectively. Apartments are located on each oval-shaped floor and the levels are rotated gradually to give the towers that unique curvy outline. MAD won the bid to design the towers in 2006 and Mississauga residents began referring to the curvaceous buildings as "the Marilyn Monroe towers." The apartments in both skyscrapers have wrap around balconies that provide excellent views of nearby Toronto — this also keeps the residences shaded from direct sunlight in the summer. More

Jacques Primeau: «Quartier des spectacles, point de départ créatif»
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Depuis près de dix ans, les acteurs réunis au sein du Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, de concert avec les pouvoirs publics, soutiennent la vision d'un Quartier des spectacles qui offre une expérience urbaine unique et distinctive qui soit le reflet de l'âme de Montréal. Plusieurs étapes ont déjà été franchies avec succès pour atteindre notre objectif commun. L'aménagement, par la Ville de Montréal, en collaboration avec les gouvernements du Québec et du Canada, des nouvelles places publiques autour de la Place des Arts en est un bon exemple. Non seulement l'excellence du design a valu de nombreux prix à ses architectes Daoust-Lestage, mais ces nouveaux lieux de diffusion à ciel ouvert ont aussi permis l'émergence de nouvelles propositions artistiques audacieuses qui nous font vivre Montréal de nouvelles façons, à longueur d'année. More

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts expands to house Hornstein collection
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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has announced it will construct a new building to house Michal and Renata Hornstein's recent donation of Old Masters paintings valued at $75 million — the largest private art donation in Quebec's history. The plan for what will be the museum's fifth pavilion was announced recently and construction scheduled to be completed in 2017. When the Hornsteins donated their collection of Old Masters, paintings dating earlier than the 1800s, to the museum — they did so with one condition: that the collection be housed in a building of its own. The collection includes between 75 and 80 pieces that were collected over more than sixty years — most coming from Italy. More

Taillibert fustige le rapport
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L'architecte du Parc olympique des Jeux de 1976 a livré ses états d'âme, à Radio-Canada Sports. « Ce qui me surprend, c'est la biodiversité qu'il y a dans ce rapport. Parce que depuis les aménagements qui ont transformé le vélodrome en Biodôme au début des années 1990, on a décidé de traiter d'autres problèmes que ceux de l'homme. Je suis très surpris et dans tout ce rapport, on n'en parle très peu, lance Taillibert. Ce qui me surprend, c'est que dans ce bâtiment dont on ne parle pas (vélodrome), il y avait plus d'une demi-douzaine de sports qui se pratiquaient à l'intérieur. Ça représente très certainement plus de 500 000 jeunes par année qui pourraient pratiquer un sport très certainement », poursuit-il, au sujet de l'idée de réaménager certains espaces en plateaux sportifs. More

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Ryerson University researchers take a look at energy-saving home designs
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A redesign in home construction could lead to more energy savings, says a new research conducted by Ryerson University. According to the study, homeowners could save up to 80 per cent on energy consumption, with simple changes and installing a heat pump. Researchers are exploring the practicality of the Nested Thermal Envelope Design, a home construction design that uses zonal heating. Russell Richman, an architect professor at Ryerson University, says the design aims to insulate each room before insulating the entire home. "Zonal heating is just a house within a house, or a box within a box," he said. More

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Target aims for LEED in all its Canadian stores
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American retailer Target is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all its 124 Canadian stores opening in 2013. "By seeking to transform its portfolio to high-performing, LEED-certified sustainable buildings, Target is setting an important, positive example for the retail industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). "Target will improve environmental performance and achieve operational and utility savings. In addition, the educational materials that Target has developed for its partners are outstanding resources for teaching field teams how to implement LEED across a large portfolio of building projects." More

The new Canadian Museum of History: Whose history will it tell?
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When the Canadian Museum of Civilization emerges from renovations in 2017 to become the new Canadian Museum of History just in time for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Rocket's jersey is sure to be prominently displayed. But will the No. 9 Canadiens sweater worn by Maurice Richard in the 1959 Stanley Cup final be presented as a sacred icon for a hockey-mad Canada — or for a politically awakened Quebec? Richard was a French-Canadian hero whose suspension by an English hockey-league president in 1955 led to riots by Montreal fans that are now often interpreted as nationalist demonstrations that heralded the province's Quiet Revolution. More

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