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Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme

00:00 - 5 July, 2014
Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme, Courtesy of CCA
Courtesy of CCA

On view at the CCA from 19 June to 14 September 2014 and curated by architectural historian David Gissen, The Mound of Vendôme revisits one key episode of French history when the Commune de Paris in 1871 voted to demolish the Vendôme Column, abolishing all allusions to the Napoleonic era. To protect the surrounding architecture during demolition, a radical landscape was erected on Place Vendôme. Informed by the methods of experimental history, Gissen’s ongoing research project and installation at the CCA traces the provocative history of the column and mound, while arguing for its historicisation and reconstruction. 

Revised Design Unveiled for Toronto's Mirvish+Gehry Towers

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Revised Design Unveiled for Toronto's Mirvish+Gehry Towers, Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc.
Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc.

Frank Gehry and Developer David Mirvish have revealed the latest design iteration in their embattled plan to build a set of mixed-use skyscrapers in Toronto. The new design reduces the number of towers, from three to two, however the remaining towers are taller than before, with one at 82 stories and one at 92.

The buildings will house apartments, a new art gallery and space for OCAD University as previously planned, but the decision to use two towers instead of three means that three of the five existing buildings can be retained - including the Princess of Wales Theatre, and two designated heritage warehouses - sidestepping some of the criticisms of the previous scheme.

Read on after the break for Frank Gehry's take on the design

Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc. Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc. Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc. Courtesy of Mirvish Enterprises, Gehry Partners, LLP and Projectcore Inc. +7

Campos Leckie Studio: Adapting Materials Across Contexts

00:00 - 2 July, 2014
Campos Leckie Studio: Adapting Materials Across Contexts, Vancouver, BC Based Architects Campos Lecki - The Zacatitos 03 House. Image © John Sinal
Vancouver, BC Based Architects Campos Lecki - The Zacatitos 03 House. Image © John Sinal

In the following interview, presented by ArchDaily Materials and originally published by Sixty7 Architecture Road, Canadian firm Campos Leckie Studio defines their process for designing site-specific, beautiful architecture that speaks for itself. Enjoy the firm's stunning projects and read the full interview after the break. 

We asked Michael Leckie, one of the principals of Vancouver-based Campos Leckie Studio, about the importance of discovery in design and the textural differences between projects. Your website states that your firm is committed to a rigorous process of discovery. How do you explain that to clients?

Process is extremely important in our work. When we meet with clients we do not immediately provide napkin sketches or an indication of what form the work will ultimately take on. Rather, we focus on the formulation of the ‘design problem’ and the conditions that establish the basis for exploration and discovery. These contextual starting points include the site, program, materiality, budget, as well as cultural reference points. This is challenging for some clients, as our culture generally conditions people to expect to see the final product before they commit to something. 

Zacatitos 02. Image © John Sinal Zacatitos 03. Image © John Sinal Zacatitos 04. Image © John Sinal © John Sinal +17

University of Windsor CEI / B+H

01:00 - 1 July, 2014
University of Windsor CEI / B+H, © Tony Hafkenscheid
© Tony Hafkenscheid

© Tony Hafkenscheid © Tony Hafkenscheid © Dan Reaume © Tony Hafkenscheid +10

House In The Beach / Drew Mandel Architects

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
House In The Beach  / Drew Mandel Architects, © Shai Gil Fotography
© Shai Gil Fotography

© Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography © Shai Gil Fotography +8

Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG

01:00 - 22 June, 2014
Edmonton Airport Offices and Control Tower / DIALOG, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban
  • Architects

  • Location

    1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AB T9E 0V3, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Stephen Boyd
  • Area

    8410.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +11

Blantyre House / Williamson Chong Architects

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Blantyre House  / Williamson Chong Architects, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu

© Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu © Bob Gundu +19

The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design

01:00 - 11 June, 2014
The Gambier Island House / Mcfarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design , Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)
Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gambier Island, Sunshine Coast F, BC, Canada
  • Design Team

    Steve McFarlane, Michelle Biggar, Josie Grant, Daniel Marcotte, Lydia Robinson, Tomas Machnikoski
  • Area

    1700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb)

Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) Courtesy of office of mcfarlane biggar (omb) +15

Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Behind the Living Wall: An Interview with Birgit Siber, © Richard Johnson
© Richard Johnson

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Green, or living, walls have begun popping up and growing across commercial interiors everywhere over the last decade. To understand how a living wall functions, and how to design one, we went straight to a pioneer in the profession: Ms. Birgit Siber of Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The synthesis of natural systems and building systems had been in her mind since her days as a student, but the major break came in 2000, when her team constructed a massive living wall for The University of Guelph-Humbar. To understand how architects are closing the gap between interior and exterior via the living wall, read the full interview after the break.

© Steven Evans © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Doublespace Photography +8

Thunder Bay Courthouse / Adamson Associates Architects

01:00 - 3 June, 2014
Thunder Bay Courthouse / Adamson Associates Architects, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +27

Sorel Residence / NatureHumaine

01:00 - 26 May, 2014
Sorel Residence  /  NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

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

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

01:00 - 23 May, 2014
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre  / DIALOG, © Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography © Nic Lehoux Photography +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Osoyoos, BC V0H, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Bruce Haden
  • Project Architect

    Brady Dunlop
  • Area

    1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Glacier Skywalk / Sturgess Architecture, © Robert Lemermeyer
© Robert Lemermeyer

© Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer © Robert Lemermeyer +12

Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada

Daniel Libeskind’s “elongated Star of David” has been announced today, the architect's 67th birthday, as the winner of an international design competition for Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Selected from a shortlist of six, the winning "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival" monument is expected to be constructed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets sometime next year. 

Great Gulf Active House / Superkül inc

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Great Gulf Active House  / Superkül inc, © Torben Eskerod
© Torben Eskerod
  • Architects

  • Location

    Thorold, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Project Architect

    Wendy Wisbrun
  • Area

    3290.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Torben Eskerod © Torben Eskerod © Torben Eskerod © Torben Eskerod +8

Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Stealth Cabin / Superkül inc, © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bracebridge, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Project Architect

    Anya Moryoussef
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +12

PoolHouse / +tongtong

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
PoolHouse / +tongtong, © Colin Faulkner
© Colin Faulkner

© Colin Faulkner © Colin Faulkner © Colin Faulkner © Colin Faulkner +15

Mineral Springs / Superkül inc

01:00 - 6 May, 2014
© Shai Gil
© Shai Gil
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dundas, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Andre D’Elia, Meg Graham
  • Area

    1000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +10