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AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie

Habitat 67, designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie as the Canadian Pavilion for the World Exposition of 1967, was originally intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie explored the possibilities of prefabricated modular units to reduce housing costs and allow for a new housing typology that could integrate the qualities of a suburban home into an urban high-rise.

Reflecting on the project’s significance in “A look back at habitat ’67” Safdie stated that “Habitat ‘67 is really two ideas in one. One is about prefabrication, and the other is about rethinking apartment-building design in the new paradigm.” [1]

Photo by Ian Korn via flickr.com/photos/iankorn via ethel-baraona.tumblr.com © Jade Doskow via studio3postindustrial.wordpress.com

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'Archaeology of the Digital' Exhibition

Curated by architect Greg Lynn, the 'Archaeology of the Digital' exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture is currently on display until October 13. Conceived as an investigation into the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, the exhibit features four seminal projects that established bold new directions for architectural research by experimenting with novel digital tools: The Lewis Residence by Frank Gehry (1985–1995), Peter Eisenman’s unrealized Biocentrum (1987), Chuck Hoberman’s Expanding Sphere (1992) and Shoei Yoh’s roof structures for Odawara (1991) and Galaxy Toyama (1992) Gymnasiums. Videos of conversations with the architects can be viewed after the break.

BESTIE / Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects
Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

University of Ottawa / KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • Architects: KWC Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team: Halsall Associates, Goodkey Weedmark, Morrison Hershfield
  • General Contractor: Aecon
  • Area: 25299.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Jasper Place Branch Library / HCMA/Dub Architects

  • Architects: HCMA/Dub Architects
  • Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Area: 1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gerry Kopelow, Courtesy of HCMA

© Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

  • Architects: DIALOG
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Principal In Charge: Alan Boniface
  • Project Architect: Vance Harris
  • Intern Architect: Adrian Politano
  • Structural: Equilibrium Consulting Inc
  • Landscape: Hapa Collaborative
  • Geotechnical: Horizon Engineering
  • Kitchen Design: Modulnova
  • General Contractor: Treeline Construction
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Kristopher Grunert

© Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert © Kristopher Grunert

BIG Unveils ‘Telus Sky’ Tower in Calgary

In an attempt to transform Calgary’s corporate-centric downtown into a walkable, dynamic community, TELUS has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of the Canadian city. Known as TELUS Sky, the 750,000 square foot tower is designed to “seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky.”

Updated Renderings Released for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have released updated renderings of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform Toronto's downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin. 

The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish's collection of modern art.

More renderings after the break...

Richmond Firehall No.2 / HCMA

  • Architects: HCMA
  • Location: Richmond, BC, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: HCMA
  • Area: 840.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of HCMA

Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA Courtesy of HCMA

SFU UniverCity Childcare / HCMA

© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects: HCMA
  • Location: Burnaby, BC
  • Architect In Charge: HCMA
  • Electrical Engineer: MMM Group
  • Area: 530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Martin Tessler

© Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler © Martin Tessler

Chambord Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams
  • Architects: NatureHumaine
  • Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: NatureHumaine
  • Area: 1800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Pavilion 5 Finalist Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Just as layers of history accumulate through time to offer varying perspectives on culture and environment, Saucier + Perrotte’s design for the Fifth Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is composed of a series of mineral strata that form a home for the Hornstein collection of art. Floating gently above street level, each marble stratum is superimposed to produce a sculpted volume containing the collection and defining a space dedicated to the next generation of Montreal art lovers. Their proposal was recently announced as a finalist in the competition

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban

Polar Securities Office / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Alex Lee © Alex Lee © Alex Lee © Alex Lee

The Bow / Foster + Partners

  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Architect In Charge: Foster + Partners
  • Design Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Spencer de Grey, Nigel Dancey, James Barnes
  • Area: 199781.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

Clear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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Chinguacousy Park Redevelopment / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil