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4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

10:30 - 15 May, 2015
4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts, Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will
Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Solar study for Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will +11

Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects

12:00 - 14 May, 2015
Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +18

Drake Devonshire Inn / +tongtong

12:00 - 30 April, 2015
Drake Devonshire Inn / +tongtong, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig

© Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig © Nikolas Koenig +29

  • Designers

  • Location

    24 Wharf Street, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0, Canada
  • Designers in Charge

    John Tong, Eunice Lam
  • Area

    1010.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Classics: German Pavilion, Expo '67 / Frei Otto and Rolf Gutbrod

07:00 - 27 April, 2015
AD Classics: German Pavilion, Expo '67 / Frei Otto and Rolf Gutbrod, © Frei Otto
© Frei Otto

The pivotal turning point in the late Frei Otto’s career – capped by last month’s Pritzker announcement – came nearly fifty years ago at the Expo ’67 World’s Fair in Montreal, Quebec. In collaboration with architect Rolf Gutbrod, Otto was responsible for the exhibition pavilion of the Federal Republic of Germany, a tensile canopy structure that brought his experiments in lightweight architecture to the international stage for the first time. Together with Fuller’s Biosphere and Safdie’s Habitat 67, the German Pavilion was part of the Expo’s late-modern demonstration of the potential of technology, pre-fabrication, and mass production to generate a new humanitarian direction for architecture. This remarkable collection at the Expo was both the zenith of modern meliorism and its tragic swan song; never since has the world seen such a singularly hopeful display of innovative architecture.

Form-finding study model. Image © Frei Otto Inside the German Pavilion during Expo '67. Image © Frei Otto © Frei Otto Nighttime inverted the flow of light through the canopy wells. Image © Frei Otto +5

STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

14:00 - 22 April, 2015
STGM Head Office  / STGM Architectes, © Stéphane Groleau
© Stéphane Groleau

© Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau © Stéphane Groleau +12

Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

18:00 - 20 April, 2015
Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

© Steve Tsai © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. +22

Clareview Community Recreation Centre / Teeple Architects

14:00 - 18 April, 2015
Clareview Community Recreation Centre / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  +23

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award

17:30 - 17 April, 2015
Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture's Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects' origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

Bar Raval / Partisans

16:00 - 16 April, 2015
Bar Raval / Partisans, © Jonathan Friedman / Partisans
© Jonathan Friedman / Partisans

© Jonathan Friedman / Partisans © Jonathan Friedman / Partisans © Jonathan Friedman / Partisans © Jonathan Friedman / Partisans +21

John M. Harper Branch Library & Stork Family YMCA / Teeple Architects

12:00 - 16 April, 2015
John M. Harper Branch Library & Stork Family YMCA / Teeple Architects, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +25

KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal

18:00 - 15 April, 2015
KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal, Courtesy of West 8
Courtesy of West 8

KPMB Architects, West 8 and Greenberg Consultants have been announced as winners of a competition to revitalize Toronto's Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbor Square Park. The winning proposal, "Harbour Landing" envisions a terminal embedded within the surrounding park and topped with a lush public green space that expands the waterfront park. 

"The vision for the area will result in a welcoming gateway to the Toronto Islands – one of the City's most unique and cherished parks – with amenities and infrastructure to support the approximately 1.3 million visitors who use the ferry each year," said competition organizers, Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto in a press release. 

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum / Teeple Architects

10:00 - 14 April, 2015
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum  / Teeple Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  © Tom Arban  +29

York House Senior School / Acton Ostry Architects

14:00 - 12 April, 2015
York House Senior School  / Acton Ostry Architects, © Michael Elkan
© Michael Elkan

© Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan © Michael Elkan +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    4176 Alexandra Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 2V6, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Mark Ostry, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
  • Project Lead

    Susan Ockwell, ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP
  • Area

    3345.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

548 Stradbrook Condominiums / 5468796 Architecture

10:00 - 11 April, 2015
548 Stradbrook Condominiums / 5468796 Architecture, © James Brittain Photography
© James Brittain Photography

© James Brittain Photography © James Brittain Photography © James Brittain Photography © James Brittain Photography +17

Vancouver Island Regional Library / Low Hammond Rowe Architects

14:00 - 4 April, 2015
Vancouver Island Regional Library / Low Hammond Rowe Architects, © Sama Jim Canzian
© Sama Jim Canzian

© Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian © Sama Jim Canzian +16

Perkins+Will's CIRS Building Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

06:00 - 2 April, 2015
Perkins+Will's CIRS Building Wins RAIC's Green Building Award, A pre-existing ‘desire line’ that cuts through the site was retained.. Image © Martin Tessler
A pre-existing ‘desire line’ that cuts through the site was retained.. Image © Martin Tessler

Perkins+Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia has been announced as the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2015 Green Building Award. Granted by the RAIC and Canada Green Building Council, the award celebrates stellar architectural designs adhering to responsiveness to occupants' well-being and environmental responsibility. The CIRS achieved LEED Platinum status and is a regenerative structure, implementing ingenious strategies to sustain net-positive energy, net-zero water, and net-zero carbon in both construction and operation.

Courtyard House / Studio JCI

20:00 - 28 March, 2015
Courtyard House  / Studio JCI, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Structural Engineering

    LMS Engineering
  • Area

    392.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Photographer Chris Forsyth on the Montreal Metro, Going Underground, and Overlooked Architecture

12:00 - 27 March, 2015
Photographer Chris Forsyth on the Montreal Metro, Going Underground, and Overlooked Architecture, Jean-Drapeau Station. Image © Chris Forsyth
Jean-Drapeau Station. Image © Chris Forsyth

Montreal-based photographer Chris Forsyth doesn't see his city the way others do -- that much is evident from his body of work, which includes rooftop photos of the Montreal skyline, nocturnal shots taken from the arm of a crane and now, images from the underground. The Montreal Metro Project is Forsyth's latest series, documenting the often overlooked architecture of the urban subway since October 2014.

Composed of 68 stations, each designed by a different architect between the 60s and 70s, the Montreal Metro system is as diverse and idiosyncratic as the city it underpins. Forsyth captures the stations empty of passengers, highlighting their architecture and reframing them in a manner rarely experienced.  ArchDaily spoke to Forsyth about the series and the creative process behind it. Read his responses and view selected images from The Montreal Metro project after the break. 

Lasalle Station. Image © Chris Forsyth Radisson Station. Image © Chris Forsyth De La Savane Station. Image © Chris Forsyth Jarry Station. Image © Chris Forsyth +6