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La SHED Wins RAIC's Emerging Architectural Practice Award

12:00 - 7 March, 2016
La SHED Wins RAIC's Emerging Architectural Practice Award, © Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has selected La SHED Architecture as the recipient of its 2016 Emerging Architectural Practice Award. The small, nine-person office in Montreal is known for designing "fresh, contemporary houses inspired by the informal qualities," says the RAIC. It was founded in 2011 by University of Montreal graduates Renée Mailhot, MRAIC, Sébastien Parent and Yannick Laurin.

“This is a recently created firm that has developed a coherent and consistent body of high-quality architectural work in a rapid time frame,” said the five-member jury. “It has achieved this while often working within limited budgets.” 

AIPH International Green City Conference

18:00 - 2 March, 2016
AIPH International Green City Conference

AIPH and Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) invites all those with an interest in making our cities healthier and happier to join them in Vancouver, Canada on 16-18 March 2016 for the AIPH International Green City Conference, sponsored by TD Canada. The event will be held in conjunction with the AIPH Spring Meetings, the ELCA Board Meetings and the Landscape Canada Summit. The conference will give delegates a chance to see innovations in urban green infrastructure and planning on a global scale. 

BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto

14:00 - 29 February, 2016
BIG Designs Moshe Safdie-Inspired Habitat for Toronto, Courtyard. Image © BIG
Courtyard. Image © BIG

BIG has unveiled plans for a new residential development on downtown Toronto's King Street West. A "ziggurat" designed to "create communities," as The Globe and Mail says, "Toronto 2.0" features two "pixilated" towers likened to Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67

gb1 / gauleybrothers

15:00 - 26 February, 2016
gb1 / gauleybrothers, © Matderome
© Matderome

© Matderome © Matderome © Matderome © Matderome +13

Du Tour Residence / Architecture Open Form

11:00 - 22 February, 2016
Du Tour Residence / Architecture Open Form, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

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

2016 Venice Biennale Exhibition to Examine the 2000 Irving Trial and the Architecture of the Holocaust

06:00 - 22 February, 2016
2016 Venice Biennale Exhibition to Examine the 2000 Irving Trial and the Architecture of the Holocaust, Back Sectional Elevation of The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room
Back Sectional Elevation of The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room

In 2000, in a trial held in London, the notorious British Holocaust denier David Irving sued an American historian and her publisher for libel. He posited that the Holocaust didn't really happen – "was the planned and systematic murder of six million European Jews an elaborate hoax?" The battle over the meaning of the architectural evidence took centre stage. Ultimately, forensic interpretation of the blueprints and architectural remains of Auschwitz became crucial in the defeat of Irving, in what remains to date the most decisive victory against Holocaust denial.

The Evidence Room Isometric (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room Plaster Cast of Gas Hatch from Auschwitz Gas Chamber, Copied From Photo by Omer Arbel. Image © Omer Arbel Interior Perspective of Auschwitz Gas Column in The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room Interior Perspective of Gas Chamber Door in The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room +14

International Garden Festival Announces 2016 Winners

04:00 - 22 February, 2016
International Garden Festival Announces 2016 Winners, Cyclops / Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Image © Craig Chapple
Cyclops / Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Image © Craig Chapple

The International Garden Festival has announced the five designs selected to be displayed at the 17th edition of the Festival at Les Jardins de Métis / Redford Gardens in Grand-Métis, Canada. The five winning gardens, selected from 203 projects submitted from 31 countries, will join previous years’ winners in the larger display of interactive spaces created by more than 85 landscape architects, architects, and designers.

The five winning gardens for the 2016 edition of The International Garden Festival are:

Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches

14:00 - 19 February, 2016
Whimsical Winter Stations Warm Toronto’s Beaches, In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio
In the Belly of a Bear. Image © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Studio

Seven winter stations have been erected along Toronto’s beaches adding color and refuge to the shoreline during the winter months. Part of the annual Winter Stations design competition, this year’s theme was “Freeze/Thaw,” which asked participants to respond to “the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.”

Four professional designs and three student designs were built this year, transforming existing lifeguard stations into vibrant installations. A community fire place was also designed and implemented by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. The installations will stay open until March 19, 2016. View images of each winter station after the break.

Golf Welcome Pavilion at Maisonneuve Park / Cardin Ramirez Julien

17:00 - 18 February, 2016
Golf Welcome Pavilion at Maisonneuve Park / Cardin Ramirez Julien, © Vincent Audy
© Vincent Audy

© Vincent Audy © Vincent Audy © Vincent Audy © Vincent Audy +15

Maison Mentana / EM architecture

13:00 - 15 February, 2016
Maison Mentana / EM architecture, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Collaborator

    Point Carré Entrepreneur général
  • Area

    3100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

5468796 Architecture's Social Housing in Winnipeg: Do We Expect Too Much of Design?

09:00 - 12 February, 2016
© James Brittain Photography
© James Brittain Photography

Architecture serves many essential functions in the fabric of the built environment, but it is the perpetual deficit of housing that some might argue is the field’s ultimate clarion call. In virtually every global city, growing populations and limited supplies of affordable dwellings are the major issues of twenty-first century life—and therefore are indications of the continued relevance of architecture in solving vexing urban predicaments. The last century offered early promise in addressing such issues with proposals to house the masses in immense slabs and box buildings, structures almost as large as their social ambition. But what became an asset of scale overlooked, or more probably misunderstood, the social degradation that such largeness elicited.

Aware of the fact that a one-size-fits-all approach to social housing rarely brings the desired outcomes of sociability, accountability, and community, Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture sought to reinvent the typology on a smaller scale. The outcome, a project in Winnipeg’s Central Park neighborhood known as Centre Village, is a 25-unit housing complex that prioritizes windows for observation and public spaces for socializing. Initially heralded as a beacon for public housing done right, the project was recently the target of vitriol in a Guardian article, claiming its secluded courtyard makes it "a magnet for drinking and drug-taking" and that its architectural vanity is to the detriment of apartment sizes and layouts. Subsequently, the Winnipeg Free Press published a response piece, "Building a better neighbourhood," and more recently on ArchDaily, 5468796 published a “letter-to-the-editor” to share their side of story and to dispel some of the negativity surrounding Centre Village. The myriad of perspectives can make you wonder: who’s right?

B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design

19:00 - 10 February, 2016
B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design , © Jared Sych
© Jared Sych

© Jared Sych © Jared Sych © Jared Sych © Jared Sych +23

Osteria Savio Volpe / Ste Marie Art Design

11:00 - 10 February, 2016
Osteria Savio Volpe / Ste Marie Art Design, © Knauf and Brown
© Knauf and Brown

© Knauf and Brown © Knauf and Brown © Knauf and Brown +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    615 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3K5, Canada
  • Principal

    Craig Stanghetta
  • Partners

    Paul Grunberg and chef Mark Perrier
  • Area

    2450.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

The SFC Bridge / Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi

13:00 - 8 February, 2016
The SFC Bridge / Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi, © Andrew Rowatt
© Andrew Rowatt

© Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt © Andrew Rowatt +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Architect

    Jonathan Berg
  • Design

    Jennifer Marman, Daniel Borins and James Khamsi (RA AIA)
  • Executive Architects

    Page + Steele/ IBI Group Toronto
  • Principal

    Mansoor Kazerouni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Lateral Office at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

08:00 - 8 February, 2016

Lateral Office’s work follows its namesake, looking horizontally at problems and solutions across various fields. Exploring the intersections of systems, environment and architecture, the Canadian firm often situates its projects in unusual climatic and topographic conditions, finding ways to consolidate multi-disciplinary problems with multi-disciplinary solutions.

Lateral Office’s exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Making Camp” looks at strategies of city planning and adapts them to the wilderness, forming new typologies of the traditional campsite. Like their previous project, Arctic Adaptations (special mention at the Venice Biennale), “Making Camp” explores the way architecture can respond to, and take advantage of nature, simultaneously preserving and using the natural environment.

The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2016

11:30 - 4 February, 2016
The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2016, Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex. Image © Alejandro Cartagena
Box House / S-AR stación-ARquitectura + Comunidad Vivex. Image © Alejandro Cartagena

Eight practices from the US, Canada and Mexico have been selected to receive The Architectural League of New York’s 34th annual Emerging Voices award - one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Each recipient was selected for being a “distinct design voice” with the “potential to influence" disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

“The 2016 ‘Voices,’ each responding to distinct geographic sites and typologies, all compellingly address the relationship between architecture and place by resourcefully synthesizing programmatic invention with computational production and the craft of building,” said Program Director Anne Rieselbach. 

LeJeune Residence / Architecture Open Form

15:00 - 2 February, 2016
LeJeune Residence  / Architecture Open Form, © Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams

© Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams © Adrien Williams +15

La Cache / Nathalie Thibodeau Architecte

09:00 - 28 January, 2016
La Cache / Nathalie Thibodeau Architecte, © Maxime Brouillet
© Maxime Brouillet

© Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet © Maxime Brouillet +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sainte-Béatrix, QC J0K, Canada
  • Designer

    Nathalie Thibodeau
  • Consultant

    Michèle Laliberté
  • Assistant Designer

    Danielle Cormier
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs