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When "Designer" Social Housing Goes Wrong: The Failures of Winnipeg's Center Village Project

14:00 - 5 January, 2016
When "Designer" Social Housing Goes Wrong: The Failures of Winnipeg's Center Village Project, Centre Village / 5468796 Architecture + Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited. Image © James Brittain Photography
Centre Village / 5468796 Architecture + Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited. Image © James Brittain Photography

The challenges of designing social housing are complex. As Martha Thorne recently told the Guardian, "It’s not enough to make community space and say, ‘People are going to see each other’... Architects really have to understand the context from the client – the cultural context, to the bigger context, to the economics, to the future of the residents who’ll live there.” Speaking about Winnipeg's well intentioned Centre Village project designed by 5468796 Architecture, Thorne believes many of these challenges are new to architects.  

Just five years old, Center Village was designed as a community-oriented micro village for 25 families in one of Canada's poorest urban areas. Since its establishment, the complex has become a hot bed for crime; courtyards are being used by vagrants as shelter from police, while large families try to make a life within the cramp quarters of each home.

The Bergeron Centre For Engineering Excellence / ZAS Architects

11:00 - 22 December, 2015
The Bergeron Centre For Engineering Excellence / ZAS Architects, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +26

'EXTRACTION' Exhibition to Represent Canada at 2016 Venice Biennale

08:00 - 18 December, 2015
'EXTRACTION' Exhibition to Represent Canada at 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of The Canada Council for the Arts
Courtesy of The Canada Council for the Arts

Multimedia exhibition EXTRACTION has been selected through a national competition to represent Canada at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The project, led by landscape urbanist Pierre Bélanger, features work from design and media organization OPSYS, architectural firm RVTR, Ryerson University’s Ecological Design Lab, and Studio Blackwell.

EXTRACTION explores Canada’s “extractive industries and mineral lives,” delving into “the architectures, histories, and economies of Canada’s culture of resource extraction, to profile the rise of a ‘global resource empire’ where, in the words of revered political economist Harold Innis, ‘Canada has emerged as a political entity not in spite of its geography, but because of it.’”

Surrey Operations Centre & Works Yard / Taylor Kurtz + RDH

15:00 - 16 December, 2015
Surrey Operations Centre & Works Yard / Taylor Kurtz + RDH, © Ema Peter Photography
© Ema Peter Photography

© Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography +25

KL House / Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes

09:00 - 16 December, 2015
KL House / Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +15

“Impulse” Installation Turns Montreal into a Musical Playground

08:00 - 14 December, 2015
“Impulse” Installation Turns Montreal into a Musical Playground, Musical Seesaws at the Place Des Festivals. Image © Ulysse Lemerise
Musical Seesaws at the Place Des Festivals. Image © Ulysse Lemerise

The product of Toronto-based Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group, Mitchell Akiyama, Maotik and Iregular, “Impulse” is a winter installation in the city of Montreal. Thirty giant seesaws and a series of video-projections on surrounding building facades, all with accompanying music, transform the Place des Festivals into an “illuminated playground.” The project was selected as the winner of an open competition this past summer, for the sixth annual Luminothérapie event. Read more about this interactive installation after the break.

Barclay School Expansion / NFOE

14:00 - 9 December, 2015
Barclay School Expansion / NFOE, © Charles Lanteigne
© Charles Lanteigne

© Maxime Pion © Charles Lanteigne © Charles Lanteigne © Maxime Pion +23

La Héronnière / Alain Carle Architecte

03:00 - 7 December, 2015
La Héronnière / Alain Carle Architecte, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +33

Exhibition: Dutch Design Supermodels

17:11 - 6 December, 2015
Exhibition: Dutch Design Supermodels

Dudoc (Dutch Urban Design Centre) Vancouver in co-operation with the Consulate General of the Netherlands is excited to present the Dutch Design Supermodels travelling exhibit that showcases the ingenuity of design and architecture from the Netherlands. View 3-D printed scale models of a century’s worth of iconic buildings & chairs designed by great Dutch architects.

Bic Residence / NatureHumaine

05:00 - 6 December, 2015
Bic Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

Hôtel-de-ville Residence / ACDF Architecture

11:00 - 30 November, 2015
Hôtel-de-ville Residence / ACDF Architecture, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +18

Story Pod / Atelier Kastelic Buffey

11:00 - 25 November, 2015
Story Pod / Atelier Kastelic Buffey, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +13

Le 1650 / A2DESIGN

13:00 - 23 November, 2015
Le 1650 / A2DESIGN, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +16

House on Lac Grenier / Paul Bernier

09:00 - 17 November, 2015
House on Lac Grenier / Paul Bernier, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lac Grenier, Québec J0T, Canada
  • Design Team

    Paul Bernier, Anick Thibeault
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Fashion House / CORE Architects

16:00 - 16 November, 2015
Fashion House / CORE Architects, Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc.
Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc.

Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc. +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    560 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3, Canada
  • Lead architect

    Charles Gane, Principal, CORE Architects
  • Area

    283000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of CORE Architects Inc.

Monument Channel Cottage / CORE Architects

11:00 - 13 November, 2015
Monument Channel Cottage / CORE Architects, Courtesy of CORE Architects
Courtesy of CORE Architects

Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects Courtesy of CORE Architects +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Monument Channel, Georgian Bay, ON, Canada
  • Area

    2125.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of CORE Architects

North Vancouver House / Scott & Scott Architects

13:00 - 10 November, 2015
North Vancouver House / Scott & Scott Architects, Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

Shooting Range in Ontario / Magma Architecture

09:00 - 9 November, 2015
Shooting Range in Ontario / Magma Architecture, © Christie Mills
© Christie Mills

© Christie Mills © Christie Mills © Christie Mills © Christie Mills +23