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C-Square Plaza / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative

15:00 - 22 March, 2017
Courtesy of Yellow Camera
Courtesy of Yellow Camera

Courtesy of Yellow Camera               Courtesy of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation Courtesy of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation Courtesy of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Client

    Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
  • Architects in Charge

    Marc Boutin, Mike Deboer, Sean Knight, Kurtis Nishiyama, Jodi James, Tony Leong
  • Area

    32000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016

Homeaway / Studio North

15:00 - 20 February, 2017
Homeaway / Studio North, Courtesy of Studio North
Courtesy of Studio North

Courtesy of Studio North                            Courtesy of Studio North                            Courtesy of Studio North                            Courtesy of Studio North                            +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Radisson Heights - Albert Park, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Architects in Charge

    Matthew Kennedy, Mark Erickson
  • Area

    2100.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015

Studio Bell / Allied Works Architecture

09:00 - 16 February, 2017
Studio Bell / Allied Works Architecture, © Jeremy Bittermann
© Jeremy Bittermann

© Jeremy Bittermann          © Jeremy Bittermann          © Jeremy Bittermann          © Jeremy Bittermann          +18

Juniper House / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative

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

© Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera +23

Poppy Plaza / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative

13:00 - 1 April, 2016
Poppy Plaza / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, © Yellow Camera
© Yellow Camera

© Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera © Yellow Camera +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Marc Boutin
  • Design Team

    Tony Leong, Jerry Hacker, Mike Deboer, Kristin St. Arnault, Ron Choe, Sean Knight, Mauricio Rosa, Nick Standeven
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

How Driverless Cars Could, Should - and Shouldn't - Reshape Our Cities

10:00 - 22 January, 2016
How Driverless Cars Could, Should - and Shouldn't - Reshape Our Cities

In the race to bring driverless cars from a futuristic fantasy to a present-day reality, developers have touted a plethora of advantages, from reduced traffic congestion on roads to improved safety thanks to the elimination of human error. But the potential widespread implementation of driverless cars could also have profound impacts on the form of our urban environments, fundamentally reshaping infrastructure and land use. As recently as a year ago, this new technology was seen as decades away; however, recently Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla, predicted that driverless cars will be capable of making cross-country treks within about two years, and a pilot program in the United Kingdom city of Milton Keynes plans to launch a fleet of driverless pod-taxis by 2018, matching Musk’s timeline.

The driverless car future could be just around the corner, and the normally slow-changing infrastructure of cities could be forced to apply quick fixes to adapt. At the same time, the full potential of driverless cars cannot be realized without implementing significant changes to the urban fabric. So how will driverless cars change how our cities work, and how will our cities adapt to accommodate them?

TELUS Spark / DIALOG

12:00 - 16 March, 2015
TELUS Spark  / DIALOG, Courtesy of DIALOG
Courtesy of DIALOG

Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG Courtesy of DIALOG +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    TELUS Spark, 220 Saint Georges Drive Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 5T2, Canada
  • Area

    13500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Lateral Office's 2014 Venice Biennale 'Arctic Adaptations' Exhibition To Tour Canada

00:00 - 24 February, 2015

Lateral Office's Arctic Adaptations exhibition, which was recognised with a Special Mention at the 2014 Venice Biennale, will travel make its debut in Canada at the Winnipeg Art Gallery this week before heading to Whitehouse, Vancouver, and Calgary. The exhibition "surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanising present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut" though interactive models, photography, and topographical maps of the twenty five communities of the area, as well as Inuit carvers’ scale models of some of the most recognised buildings in the territory. In addition, it proposes a future of adaptive and responsive architecture for Canada's northern territories.

Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition

01:00 - 26 January, 2015
Call for Ideas: Lost Spaces 2015 Design Competition, Courtesy of d.talks
Courtesy of d.talks

The lost spaces competition is a call for ideas to reframe how underused spaces in Calgary might be used. The aim is to address a particular challenge of public space - what to do with seemingly remnant pieces of public property. The challenge: what opportunities do lost spaces afford?

REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

REX has shared with us their competition proposal for Calgary’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition, REX was shortlisted as a finalist with an unconventional scheme that was based on adaptability, serendipity and treating the librarians as curators. By literally stacking the library’s program according to the client’s desired sequence, REX formulated six typological clusters hoisted on top an illuminated plinth. 

Check out the complete proposal, after the break. 

© REX © Luxigon © Luxigon © Luxigon +24

AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
AD Round Up: Canadian Architecture to Be Thankful For, The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat
The Crystal, extension to the Royal Ontario Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Image © Andrew Rowat

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.

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library

01:00 - 24 September, 2014
 Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary's New Central Library, © MIR and Snøhetta
© MIR and Snøhetta

Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary. Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

00:00 - 10 November, 2013
DIALOG and Snøhetta to Design Calgary’s New Central Library, Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG
Site. Image Courtesy of DIALOG

The search is over: DIALOG and Snøhetta have been selected from a shortlist of four to design a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Planned for a prime location adjacent to City Hall, the 280,000 square foot “landmark” will “strengthen the fabric of community life by weaving East Village, the original heart of Calgary, back into the story of Centre City.” Once complete in 2018, the new library will serve over 140,000 workers and students who travel downtown every day.

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Alberta Designs Modular Home for Remote Locations

01:00 - 23 October, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Alberta Designs Modular Home for Remote Locations, Render. Image Courtesy of Team Alberta Solar Decathlon 2013
Render. Image Courtesy of Team Alberta Solar Decathlon 2013

From the architect. Borealis, Team Alberta’s entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, addresses the housing needs of professionals working in remote locations. This modular house was designed in consideration of severe housing shortages and high housing costs driven by booming industries in northern Canada. Named after the iconic Northern Lights and lush Boreal forest, Borealis is designed to be sustainable and ecologically sensitive.

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary, Site Image via REX
Site Image via REX

Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of Calgary. Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village Calgary. 

BIG Unveils ‘Telus Sky’ Tower in Calgary

01:00 - 8 July, 2013
BIG Unveils ‘Telus Sky’ Tower in Calgary, Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

In an attempt to transform Calgary’s corporate-centric downtown into a walkable, dynamic community, TELUS has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of the Canadian city. Known as TELUS Sky, the 750,000 square foot tower is designed to “seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky.”

The Bow / Foster + Partners

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
The Bow / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners
© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners

© Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners © Nigel Young - Foster + Partners +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Foster + Partners
  • Design Team

    Norman Foster, David Nelson, Spencer de Grey, Nigel Dancey, James Barnes
  • Area

    199781.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs