Shantih / Omar Gandhi Architect

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Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: Hunts Point, Nova Scotia,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography

York University Learning Commons / Levitt Goodman Architects

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Architects: Levitt Goodman Architects
Location: Scott Library, York University, ,
Architect In Charge: Brock James
Design Team: Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Bob Gundu, Ben Rahn © A-Frame Inc.

Oakville Residence / Guido Costantino

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Architects: Guido Costantino
Location: , Canada
Designer:
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Domenica Rodà

Update: Jardin de la Connaissance / 100Landschaftsarchitektur

© Thilo Folkerts

Established in June 2010, 100Landschaftsarchitektur shared with us the current status of Jardin de la Connaissance which is still up and thriving. With the knowledge truly disappearing into the forest, the book structures have decayed in the natural setting, but have also provided various micro-environments for a range of local creatures. Interacting with the forest, seedlings and insects have activated the walls, carpets and benches while mushrooms – those cultivated and those who have come by themselves – have made the garden their home. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: Migrating Landscapes / Canada Pavilion

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We visited “Migrating Landscapes”, the installation at the Canada pavilion for the 13th Venice Biennale. This exhibit has been organized and curated by - based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon, who joined together for this project to form the Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO). MLO invited, through a national competition, young Canadian architects and designers from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds to create scale models of ‘dwellings’ and accompanying videos that draw on cultural memories.

The installation uses pieces of unfinished wood in different sizes, a wooden landscape, where each of the participants “fit” their projects and a panel with a short video. A mix between the roughness of the wood, and the precision you can achieve with this material. My favorite? The Pickle House.

You can find more details about this exhibit in our previous article. More photos by ArchDaily after the break, and soon an interview with the curators!

Campus 54 / Pelletier de Fontenay

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The Campus 54 office building, designed by Pelletier de Fontenay, aims to create a setting where spaces for leisure, stimulation, relaxation, health, nature and ad hoc encounters would seamlessly blend into the work spaces. At the heart of this project is the notion of the campus. Planned as a multi-tenant office complex for over 4000 employees, the first challenge was to keep an intimate, personal feeling within such a large building. The strategy was to use the scale of the project as an opportunity to create the complexity and variety desired. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Movement Disorder Clinic / Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited

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Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 6,000 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Cohlmeyer Architecture

Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station / STGM Architectes

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Architects: STGM Architectes
Location: , Québec,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Beachaus II / Inhaus Development

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Architects: Inhaus Development
Location: , BC,
Architect In Charge: Chris Pardo
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 2,001 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of Inhaus Development

Films & Architecture: “Manufactured Landscapes”

is a Canadian photographer whose work is focused on industrial (and post- industrial) landscapes. His pictures were so inspiring that moved  in 2004 to record a documentary based on them. The result is an impressive film full of really powerful images that questions the limits between natural and artificial.

It seems to be a premonitory view of the current development issues, where the scale of industrialisation processes is such large that is capable to generate a whole new environment. A totally new landscape.

Let us know about your ideas of these “manufactured landscapes” and what can we do with these spaces afterwards?

Salvation Army Harbour Light / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , ON,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 86,000 sq ft
Photographs: Tom Arban

Public Art Sculpture Mirage / Paul Raff Studio

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Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Paul Raff just unveiled a permanent sculpture at the opening of the Waterfront Underpass Park on August 2. Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

The ContemPLAY Pavilion / DRS + FARMM

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The ContemPLAY pavilion project is a student-led initiative by the Directed Research Studio () of the McGill School of Architecture, in coordination with the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM), investigating new methods of practice. The project presented a unique opportunity for the students to learn through hands-on experience in an academic context. The pavilion occupies an 8.8m x 6.7m footprint with a total height of 3.7m in front of the Macdonald-Harrington building on the McGill University campus in , Quebec. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Migrating Landscapes’ represents Canada

Migrating Landscapes Alberta Regional , 2011, 35 square meters, Photographed by Ryan Archer. Courtesy of Migrating Landscapes Organizer.

Migrating Landscapes presents a distinctively Canadian architectural vision that is sympathetic with a worldwide trend towards increased mobility – not only of people, but also of cultures and, most importantly, pluralistic aspirations. As more and more people move around the globe, the issue of immigration poses challenges at all levels – challenges that this exhibition frames around the themes of ‘settling’ and ‘unsettling’. Migrating Landscapes seeks to explore these themes in a manner that highlights ’s commitment to openness, diversity and democratic pluralism.

Continue reading for more. 

“Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” Exhibition

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Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the after the break.

Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects
Location: University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler, Nic Lehoux,

Eden House / The Practice of Everyday Design

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Architects: The Practice of Everyday Design
Location: , ON,
Design Team: Antoine Morris, David Long, Melanie Morris
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550.0 sq ft
Photographs: Chris Shepherd, Courtesy of The Practice of Everyday Design

Bureau 100 / NFOE et Associés Architectes

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Architects: NFOE et Associés Architectes
Location: Montreal, QC H2Y 2W7,
Project Manager: Masa Fukushima, Rafie Sossanpour
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,015 sqm
Photographs: Stéphane Brügger