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Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition

Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter has unveiled the winners of "NEXT BIG ONE," an open call for design solutions to high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. Project teams were challenged to propose a solution that "can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence."  

A jury comprised of leading architects and professionals from Architecture Research Office (Stephen Cassell), Perkins + Will (Susan Gushe), Bing Thom Architects (Eileen Keenan), Scott & Scott Architects (David Scott), and the City of Vancouver (Doug Smith) evaluated the projects. Entries were evaluated based on three key criteria: the exemplification of innovation in disaster design, promotion of community resiliency before and after disasters, and compliance with multi-hazard parameters for worst-case disaster scenarios.

Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

The NSA Muscle: Conversations Exploring Pioneering Projects in Digital Architecture

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

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy

Cossette V7 / Teeple Architects

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Evan Dion © Scott Norsworthy

Port Hope House / Teeple Architects

© Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy © Scott Norsworthy

OS31 Designs Pop-Up Restaurant on a Frozen River

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

  • Architects: Gair Williamson Architect, Ankenman Marchand 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

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

Ecological Densification Four Townhouses / SHAPE Architecture

  • Architects: SHAPE Architecture
  • 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

Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture Courtesy of SHAPE Architecture

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

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

© Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography © Merle Prosofsky Photography

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

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

LaSalle Waterworks Building / Affleck de la Riva architects

  • Architects: Affleck de la Riva 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: Marc Cramer, Alexandre Chabot, Affleck de la Riva

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

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

  • Architects: Smith Vigeant 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: Stéphane Brugger

© Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger © Stéphane Brugger

Street House / gh3

  • Architects: gh3
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Project Team: Pat Hanson, Diana Gerard, Louise Clavin, Raymond chow
  • Photographs: Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow

Moore Park Residence / Drew Mandel Architects

  • Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Design Team: Drew Mandel, Jowenne Poon, Rachel Tameirao, Jasmine Maggs
  • Area: 2880.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ben Rahn / A-Frame

© Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame © Ben Rahn / A-Frame

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

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

  • Architects: gh3
  • 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: Raymond Chow

© Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow © Raymond Chow