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Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition, Courtesy of d.talks
Courtesy of d.talks

The lost spaces competition is a call for ideas to reframe how underused spaces in Calgary might be used. The aim is to address a particular challenge of public space - what to do with seemingly remnant pieces of public property. The challenge: what opportunities do lost spaces afford?

The Linear House / Green Dot Architects

01:00 - 23 January, 2015
The Linear House / Green Dot Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team

    Saied Mahboubi, Titka Safarzadeh
  • Area

    155.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +13

Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition

01:00 - 18 January, 2015
Canadian Team Takes First in Tirana Architecture Week's "Lost Architecture" Competition, © Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen
© Naiji Jiao & Seven Xiru Chen

Presented by the Ministry of Culture of Albania and Tirana Architecture Week 2014, "Lost Architecture - [En]Visioning New City Squares" attracted international entries from students and practitioners under the age of forty alike. Designers were invited to submit proposals for the improvement of Pyramid Square in Albania's capital, Tirana, and tasked with reflecting the city's rich history and evolving identity.

Amongst the proposals received was one from a Canadian team comprised of architect Naiji Jiao and landscape architect Seven Xiru Chen, whose entry “The Pyramid Park" was awarded first place. Read more about the winning entry after the break.

Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Drolet Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

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

Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
Maison De Gaspé / la SHED architecture, © Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

© Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet +17

Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage / Kariouk Associates

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Cross-Laminated-Timber Cottage / Kariouk Associates, © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde
© Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ladysmith, QC J0X, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Paul duBellet Kariouk
  • Senior Design Associate

    Chris Davis
  • Design Associates

    Sarah McMurtry, Adam Paquette, David King
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde © Photolux Studio/Christian Lalonde +15

Patisserie À La Folie / Atelier Moderno + Anne Sophie Goneau

01:00 - 11 January, 2015
Patisserie À La Folie  / Atelier Moderno + Anne Sophie Goneau, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +10

Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre / Cohlmeyer Architecture

01:00 - 8 January, 2015
Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre / Cohlmeyer Architecture, © Bob Matheson Photography
© Bob Matheson Photography

© Bob Matheson Photography © Bob Matheson Photography © Bob Matheson Photography © Bob Matheson Photography +18

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

01:00 - 7 January, 2015
Barsa Taberna / +tongtong, © Lisa Petrole Photography
© Lisa Petrole Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6, Canada
  • Area

    3000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography © Lisa Petrole Photography +11

ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture Chosen to Design Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism

01:00 - 28 December, 2014
ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture Chosen to Design Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism, © ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture
© ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture

ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture has won a nation-wide competition to design Canada’s national memorial to the victims of communism in Ottawa. Select from six finalists, ABSTRAKT’s provocative design superimposes 100 million singular pixel-like memory squares, each representing the fingertip of the lives lost, on a folded triangular concrete plane. 

“As the most prolific communist murderer Joseph Stalin famously said: 'One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic’… This 'statistic' takes main stage in our design by realizing its sheer enormity, thus raising awareness that every human life is unique and precious,” stated ABSTRAKT. 

Closse Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
Closse Residence /  NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +21

Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On

01:00 - 22 December, 2014
Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver's Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On, The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson
The need for "body heat" to reactivate the abandoned site led to a high density, and ultimately to the development's 43 and 32 storey towers. Image © Bob Matheson

Officially opened in 2010, the Woodward’s Redevelopment project designed by Vancouver based Henriquez Partners Architects and situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), was a contentious proposal from the time of its inception, and has continued to be so in the almost five years since its completion. Yet as the large-scale mixed-use complex, and its role in the community, nears the first of many milestone anniversaries, it offers us a chance for critical reflection and allows for perceptions and understandings to be gathered and assessed.

What has made Woodward’s an interesting case study, however, is the project’s attempt to act as a model for responsible development with respect to the regeneration of its surrounding urban and community context. Yet there has also been much criticism, with fears over rapid gentrification and claims that it has displaced some of the community’s most at-risk residents. For managing partner Gregory Henriquez, however, it was seen as an opportunity to introduce a place of inclusivity into the neighbourhood and as a chance to “share a portion of the wealth created in real estate development to support the greater good.”

© Bob Matheson The umbilical-cord-like "rebirth stair" is a defining feature of the development's public space. Image © Bob Matheson © Paul Worchal © Bob Matheson +8

OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

01:00 - 19 December, 2014
OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec, Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
Aerial. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Shohei Shigematsu
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© OMA / Luxigon View from Grand-Allée. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Exterior Stair. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie Atrium Stair: View from B1. Image © MNBAQ, Idra Labrie +13

New Halifax Central Library / Schmidt Hammer Lassen + Fowler Bauld & Mitchell

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
New Halifax Central Library / Schmidt Hammer Lassen + Fowler Bauld & Mitchell, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +26

ATRIUM - Groupe Dynamite / Ædifica

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
ATRIUM - Groupe Dynamite / Ædifica, © François Descôteaux
© François Descôteaux

© François Descôteaux © François Descôteaux © François Descôteaux © François Descôteaux +8

REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

REX has shared with us their competition proposal for Calgary’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition, REX was shortlisted as a finalist with an unconventional scheme that was based on adaptability, serendipity and treating the librarians as curators. By literally stacking the library’s program according to the client’s desired sequence, REX formulated six typological clusters hoisted on top an illuminated plinth. 

Check out the complete proposal, after the break. 

© REX © Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon +24

Prince Philip Residence / Thellend Fortin Architectes

01:00 - 12 December, 2014
Prince Philip Residence / Thellend Fortin Architectes, © Charles Lanteigne photo
© Charles Lanteigne photo

© Charles Lanteigne photo © Charles Lanteigne photo © Charles Lanteigne photo © Charles Lanteigne photo +15

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners, © Ben Rahn/A-Frame
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame +17