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Whistler Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

09:00 - 1 June, 2016
Whistler Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects , © Scott and Scott Architects
© Scott and Scott Architects

© Scott and Scott Architects © Scott and Scott Architects © Scott and Scott Architects © Scott and Scott Architects +22

@1to1Billion: Inside Canada’s Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 29 May, 2016
Opening ceremony of EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Friday, May 27th, 2016. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu
Opening ceremony of EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Friday, May 27th, 2016. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

At a scale of 1:1 billion, the geological map of the world reveals planetary scales of operation for the largest resource extraction nation on the planet whose foreign policy is borne from legacies as colony, as confederation, country, and now, as global resource empire. In its divine, legal power to separate surface rights from mineral rights, the royal domain of the government—the Crown—exercises supreme authority over 95% of its territory making it the biggest landlord in the world. Not surprisingly, its coat-of-arms, commonwealth, constitution, even its parliament building look practically the same, it shares the same Head of State—Queen Elizabeth II. As the last remaining royal monarchy in the Americas, Canada is the brainchild of Queen Victoria II, the most powerful woman in history, who grew the British Empire to unprecedented magnitude in late 19th century.

Opening ceremony of EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Friday, May 27th, 2016. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Opening ceremony of EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Friday, May 27th, 2016. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Opening ceremony of EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Friday, May 27th, 2016. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu EXTRACTION / curated by Pierre Bélanger, OPSYS. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu +13

Juniper House / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative

09:00 - 28 May, 2016
Juniper House  / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, © Yellow Camera
© Yellow Camera

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ARTlab / Patkau Architects + LM Architectural Group

09:00 - 25 May, 2016
ARTlab  / Patkau Architects  + LM Architectural Group , © Patkau Architects
© Patkau Architects

© Patkau Architects © Patkau Architects © Patkau Architects © Patkau Architects +22

Rabbit Snare Gorge / Omar Gandhi Architect + Design Base 8

09:00 - 24 May, 2016
Rabbit Snare Gorge / Omar Gandhi Architect + Design Base 8, © Doublespace
© Doublespace

© Doublespace © Doublespace © Doublespace © Doublespace +24

Marquette Residence / NatureHumaine

09:00 - 22 May, 2016
Marquette Residence  / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +22

Canada, Extraction Empire: A Report From the Edge of Empire (Outdoors, That Is)

04:00 - 19 May, 2016
Canada, Extraction Empire: A Report From the Edge of Empire (Outdoors, That Is), Installation Plan. Image © OPSYS
Installation Plan. Image © OPSYS

With the opening of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale almost upon us, architects, curators and artists have already started to migrate to the city to unlock pavilion doors and sweep out the past six months of hibernation from the previous biennale season. This year, however, one pavilion has confirmed that it will remain closed – the Canadian Pavilion will not be opening its doors. Closure of the space has been attributed to a much-needed renovation, which has been mentioned by those who have exhibited in the space, specifically Shary Boyle at the 2012 Venice Art Biennale. Nevertheless, there are whispers that the political nature of this year’s entry may have been another reason to keep the pavilion shut. That said, Canada will be present by staking claim in the Giardini with a provocative installation entitled Extraction.

Hotel de Ville Residence / Architecture Microclimat

13:00 - 18 May, 2016
Hotel de Ville Residence  / Architecture Microclimat, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +20

Rosenberry Residence / Les architectes FABG

09:00 - 18 May, 2016
Rosenberry Residence  / Les architectes FABG , © Steve Montpetit
© Steve Montpetit

© Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit © Steve Montpetit +20

Construction of the World's Tallest Timber Tower is Underway in Vancouver

16:00 - 17 May, 2016
Construction of the World's Tallest Timber Tower is Underway in Vancouver, Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia
Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia

Construction is underway in Vancouver for the world’s tallest timber tower by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-story Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia, which began construction in November 2015, will be completed in the summer of 2017. At 53 meters tall, with housing for 404 students, it will be the tallest mass wood hybrid building in the world. The structure’s two freestanding concrete cores will be completed by the end of May, after which, the erection of the mass wood structure will take place.

Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia +17

AT Office / Est Architecture

17:00 - 13 May, 2016
AT Office  / Est Architecture , Courtesy of Est Architecture
Courtesy of Est Architecture

Courtesy of Est Architecture Courtesy of Est Architecture Courtesy of Est Architecture Courtesy of Est Architecture +20

Fyren / Omar Gandhi Architect

09:00 - 11 May, 2016
Fyren / Omar Gandhi Architect, © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

© Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +29

South End Residence / Peter Braithwaite Studio

13:00 - 6 May, 2016
South End Residence  / Peter Braithwaite Studio, © Julian Parkinson
© Julian Parkinson
  • Architects

  • Location

    Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Braithwaite Studio
  • Design Team

    Peter Braithwaite, Devin Harper
  • Area

    310.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Julian Parkinson © Julian Parkinson © Julian Parkinson © Julian Parkinson +25

Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

09:00 - 5 May, 2016
Branksome Hall Athletics & Wellness Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects , © Shai Gil
© Shai Gil

© Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil © Shai Gil +25

The Active Living Centre / Cibinel Architects + Batteriid Architects

17:00 - 2 May, 2016
 The Active Living Centre / Cibinel Architects  + Batteriid Architects, © Jerry Grajewski
© Jerry Grajewski

© Jerry Grajewski © Jerry Grajewski © Jerry Grajewski © Jerry Grajewski +15

Relmar / Architects Luc Bouliane

13:00 - 28 April, 2016
Relmar / Architects Luc Bouliane, © Bob Gundu
© Bob Gundu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Relmar Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Luc Bouliane, Wes Wilson and Natasha Lebel
  • Area

    4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

McCulloch Residence / NatureHumaine

17:00 - 21 April, 2016
McCulloch Residence / NatureHumaine, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

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

New UBC Library PARC Facility / DGBK Architects

13:00 - 21 April, 2016
New UBC Library PARC Facility / DGBK Architects, © Ema Peter Photography
© Ema Peter Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    It’s located at 6049 Nurseries Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5
  • Design Team

    Robert Lange, Amy Cheung,Peter Sickert
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography © Ema Peter Photography +13