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Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture

  • Architects: Michael Green Architecture
  • Location: British Columbia, Canada
  • Design Team: Michael Green, Carla Smith, Kristalee Berger, Alfonso Bonilla, Jordan van Dijk, Guadalupe Font, Adrienne Gibbs, Jacqueline Green, Asher deGroot, Soo Han, Kristen Jamieson, Vuk Krcmar-Grkavac, Alexander Kobald, Sindhu Mahadevan, Maria Mora, Mingyuk Chen and Seng Tsoi
  • Area: 4820.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ema Peter, Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

© Ema Peter Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture © Ema Peter © Ema Peter

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

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

Hazelton Residence 1 / Batay-Csorba Architects

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Drake Devonshire Inn / +tongtong

  • Designers: +tongtong
  • Location: 24 Wharf Street, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0, Canada
  • Designers In Charge: John Tong, Eunice Lam
  • Area: 1010.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

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

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

STGM Head Office / STGM Architectes

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Counterpoint House / Paul Raff Studio Architects

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Clareview Community Recreation Centre / Teeple Architects

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

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

  • Architects: Partisans
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team: Alexander Josephson, Pooya Baktash, Jonathan Friedman, Ivan Vasyliv, Ariel Cooke
  • Photographs: Jonathan Friedman / Partisans

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

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KPMB and West 8 Selected to Redesign Toronto Ferry Terminal

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

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York House Senior School / Acton Ostry Architects

  • Architects: Acton Ostry 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: Michael Elkan

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548 Stradbrook Condominiums / 5468796 Architecture

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Vancouver Island Regional Library / Low Hammond Rowe Architects

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

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

  • Architects: Studio JCI
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Structural Engineering: LMS Engineering
  • Area: 392.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tom Arban

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