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The NSA Muscle: Conversations Exploring Pioneering Projects in Digital Architecture

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
Screenshot. Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture
Screenshot. Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture

The NSA Muscle, an interactive inflatable structure built in 2003 that responded to touch and presence by changing its shape, is the latest subject explored in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's series on pioneering projects of digital architecture. Joining a roster of influential names including Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry and Chuck Hoberman, this e-book recounts a conversation between Greg Lynn and the author of the project Kas Oosterhuis of ONL [Oosterhuis and Lénárd]. The 'breathing' structure was covered by a grid of 'muscles' that contracted and relaxed in response to external stimulus, combining commercial pneumatics and virtual control technology in new ways to prototype an new kind of interactive architecture.

Discover the story by downloading NSA Muscle for free after the break.

Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 30 October, 2014
Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics  / Teeple Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +29

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 27 October, 2014
Cossette V7  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Evan Dion © Scott Norsworthy +17

Port Hope House / Teeple Architects

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Port Hope House  / Teeple Architects, © Scott Norsworthy
© Scott Norsworthy

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy +22

OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River , Courtesy of OS31
Courtesy of OS31

UK architects OS31 have recently won a competition to design RAW:almond, “the first ever outdoor dining restaurant on a frozen body of water.” The temporary restaurant has set up for business in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the last two years, and for 2015 the organizers held an international open competition for the winning design. This year’s design establishes itself as an expressive frame that appears to float across the ice like a frozen jetty. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.

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Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
Paris Block Paris Annex / Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects, © Ed White
© Ed White

© Ed White © Ed White © Ed White Courtesy of Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    53 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4, Canada
  • Design Team

    Gair Williamson, Jenny Chow, Brian Liston, François Marchand, Julien Leger
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Ed White, Courtesy of Gair Williamson Architect + Ankenman Marchand Architects

Ecological Densification Four Townhouses / SHAPE Architecture

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
Ecological Densification Four  Townhouses / SHAPE Architecture, Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture
Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Project Team

    Nick Sully, Hanna Teicher, Matthew Traub
  • Sustainability

    Canadian Green Building Council Sustainable Project Award, Designed to LEED Platinum guidelines, Energuide 86
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For, The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat
The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate the occasion we've rounded up some of Canada's best architecture. Our five selections represent five Canadian cities, each with a unique architectural sensibility. We begin in Toronto with the Royal Ontario Museum addition by Studio Daniel Libeskind, a striking intervention using prisms of glass and steel fused to a 102-year-old museum structure; next we go to Montréal for Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie, an interlocking modular housing project designed for the World Exposition of 1967; to Calgary for Santiago Calatrava's understated Peace Bridge, a stunning glass-encased red lightning bolt spanning the city's widest waterway; then to Winnipeg's Old Market Square Stage by emerging firm 5468796 Architecture, a chameleonic performance space wrapped by a mesh curtain of steel cubes; and finally to the outskirts of Vancouver for the Richmond Olympic Oval, a masterpiece of engineering and the centre of attention during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Enjoy, eh.

Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects, © Merle Prosofsky Photography
© Merle Prosofsky Photography

© Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography +8

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize, The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio
The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be "transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness."

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was "impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions." The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library - Interior. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio +12

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

01:00 - 10 October, 2014
LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects, © Marc Cramer
© Marc Cramer

© Marc Cramer © Marc Cramer © Alexandre Chabot © Affleck de la Riva +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenue de l'Esplanade, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Project manager

    Gavin Affleck
  • Design architect

    Gavin Affleck
  • Project team

    Steven Leather, Brigitte Boudreau, Alexandre Cassiani, Federico Carbajal, Serge Gascon and Melanie Morris
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Discovery Centre for the Mont-Tremblant National Park / Smith Vigeant Architects

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Discovery Centre for the Mont-Tremblant National Park / Smith Vigeant Architects, © Stéphane Brugger
© Stéphane Brugger

© Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, 3824 Chemin du Lac Supérieur, Lac-Supérieur, QC J0T 1P0, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Daniel Smith
  • Design Team

    Daniel Smith, Anik Malderis, Julien Gouin-Charbonneau, Karine Renaud, Cindy Neveu, Stéphan Vigeant
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Street House / gh3

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
Street House  / gh3, © Raymond Chow
© Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Team

    Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
  • Photographs

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 5 October, 2014
Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects, © Ben Rahn / A-Frame
© Ben Rahn / A-Frame

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame +19

Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto

01:00 - 30 September, 2014
Confirmed: Wilkinson Eyre Designs Large-Scale, Transit-Oriented Development for Toronto, Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge
Courtesy of Ivanhoé Cambridge

Developer Ivanhoé Cambridge has confirmed plans for a major, multi-phased office and transit development in the heart of Toronto’s financial core, just east of Union Station. Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, following an international competition, the two-tower development will rise on both sides of the railway tracks and connect via an elevated public park. The South tower will include a major new GO Bus Terminal serving Union Station and will be topped with commercial retail.

More on the development, after the break.

Borden Park Pavilion / gh3

01:00 - 29 September, 2014
Borden Park Pavilion / gh3, © Raymond Chow
© Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Project Team

    Pat Hanson, Diana Gerrard, Louise Clavin, Byron White, Joel Di Giacomo, Raymond Chow, Kamyar Rahimi, Simon Routh
  • Area

    245.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver. Image Courtesy of SFU
Downtown Vancouver. Image Courtesy of SFU

How will sea level rise affect Metro Vancouver and what can we do about it? Take a look at the #RISEIDEAS competition from SFU Public Square – an open ideas competition with a Grand Prize of $35,000 to find innovative ways to address sea level rise. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could take home the cash, rub shoulders with experts at the October 19 public exhibition day, and win free event tickets. The deadline for competition submissions is October 6, 2014. Check out the website for all the details.

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
 Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library, © MIR and Snøhetta
© MIR and Snøhetta

Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary. Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”