With 2013 coming to a close, RAIC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide RAIC News Clips / Les manchettes subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Friday January 10, 2014.
L'année 2013 tire à sa fin, et l'IRAC saisit cette opportunité pour souhaiter à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels de l'industrie, de joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.
En jetant un regard rétrospectif sur l'année écoulée, nous souhaitons offrir aux abonnés des Manchettes l'occasion de passer en revue nos articles phares en 2013. En d'autres termes, au cours des deux prochaines semaines, nous allons vous proposer les 20 meilleurs articles de l'année !
La publication de votre bulletin d'informations reprendra normalement le vendredi 10 janvier 2014.
20. New Toronto library: Great architecture, great view
Aug. 30, 2013: Toronto's newest library, its 99th, is set to open in November. The Fort York Library, an unusual, modern building with what looks like a crazy tilted roof, offers a rare view of its namesake, Fort York. It's a historic site we rarely see unless stalled in traffic high up on the Gardiner Expressway.
19. 6 GTA buildings among 12 recipients of Governor General architecture awards
Feb. 8, 2013: Six Greater Toronto buildings will be recognized by the Governor-General at a ceremony honouring "outstanding achievement" in recent Canadian architecture. The structures, built in Toronto and its surrounding suburbs, are among 12 recipients of the Governor General's Medals in Architecture.
18. David Mirvish and Frank Gehry versus heritage warehouses
Nov. 22, 2013: For over a century, four warehouse buildings have watched their stretch of King Street West evolve from an industrial centre into an entertainment district. Whether those buildings stay, or are demolished to make way for the Mirvish+Gehry development, the fate of 266, 276, 284, and 322 King West spotlights the often agonizing choice between preserving heritage structures and erecting new landmarks in their place.
17. In with the old, in with the new at Quebec City gem
Oct. 25, 2013: A sweeping $500,000 renovation of Le St-Pierre, a darling boutique hotel in the Old Port of Quebec City, has preserved the best of the fine old structure and bestowed a fresh new look. It wasn't easy. The building is nearly 200 years old, built when rue St-Pierre was the Wall Street of Lower Canada and Le St-Pierre was the headquarters of what is believed to be the settlement's first insurance company, Quebec Fire Insurance Cie., founded in 1820.
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16. Is this the greenest building in Canada?
Feb. 15, 2013: If "green" is a journey to architecture that regenerates and repairs the environment around it then the Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia, is something to aspire to. It is a building that nearly lives and breathes. The four-storey structure practically pulses with life compared to its cold, clammy, inanimate cousins.
15. RAIC honours His Highness the Aga Khan with 2013 Gold Medal
Nov. 15, 2013: The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced His Highness the Aga Khan as the 2013 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal. The selection of His Highness marks the first time in more than 30 years that a non-architect has been chosen to receive the Gold Medal, and recognizes the Aga Khan's extraordinary achievements in using architecture as an instrument to further peaceful and sustainable community development around the world.
14. Winners of the 2013 Air Canada En Route Hotel Design Awards announced
Sept. 6, 2013: The Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards celebrate the best Canadian-designed hotels around the world. The award-winning projects show that no matter where you go, Canadian interior designers and architects are there to make you feel at home. Air Canada's enRoute, in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, Architecture Canada | RAIC and IIDEX Canada, invited Canadian architects and interior designers to submit new and extensively renovated hotels.
13. Winnipeg's architectural renaissance
May 31, 2013: The prairie stretches out seamlessly before me as I look through the glass walls of the new Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Past the runways, long yellow grasses ripple in the breeze and wispy clouds drift across the sky. Inside, the blue, gold and white carpet riffs on the dominant colours of the landscape. In the soaring arrivals hall, where sky-blue LEDs rim the circular skylights, I pass a mother welcoming a returning daughter.
12. Op-Ed: The so-called NIMBYs have it right on infill
Sept. 27, 2013: While most are open to, even thrilled by, the novelty of large scale changes to the public realm, changes that have a direct bearing on one's domestic space are very unsettling. Major changes in the dimensions or character of houses can have dramatic effects on how one enjoys life in a fundamental way — daylight in one's kitchen in the morning, the ability to garden on one's property, and so forth.
11. Ground set to break on new Globe and Mail building
Daily Commercial News
Oct. 4, 2013: Developer First Gulf is poised to break ground in October on the 500,000-square-foot Globe and Mail Centre, a 17-storey office tower set to transform Toronto's downtown east side. The building, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will be the new home of Canada's national newspaper and anchor the emerging St. Lawrence neighbourhood as a hub of urban activity and corporate offices.
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