The design intent of Lemay Associés for the Stinson Transport Center in Montreal was to achieve a seamless weaving of the project into the surrounding urban fabric. They then did thus through the introduction of a new dialog element: an interface which will serve as a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding industrial sector. Characterized by simple and contemporary volumetrics, the project is based on functional principles which give it its geometric singularity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The sports center’s concept by Côté Leahy Cardas Architects rests on the alteration of the site on which it will be implemented. A site which has been metamorphosed from an industrial field (a quarry) into a landfill and will now be transformed into a park and environmental complex. By its shape, and its feature, its adaptability to the site, by its suggested trails and visual links, the project expresses the whole transformation, the evolution towards a huge environmental park, opened on research and experimentation. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Driven by the desire to find safe, carbon-neutral and sustainable alternatives to the incumbent structural materials of the urban world, Michael Green, Principal at Michael Green Architecture, has shared with us this highly-anticipated feasibility study, The Case for Tall Wood Buildings. The 200-page document encourages architects, engineers and designers to push the envelope of conventional thinking by demonstrating that wood is a viable material for tall and large buildings and exposing its environmental and economic benefits.
Co-author Michael Green explains, “To slow and contain greenhouse gas emissions and find truly sustainable solutions to building, we must look at the fundamentals of the way we build – from the bones of large urban building structures to the details of energy performance. We need to search for the big picture solutions of today’s vast climate, environmental, economic and world housing needs.”
Conan Library and City Hall of Ville de La Malbaie / acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium
Architects: acdf* + Bisson + Desganés Architectes in Consortium
Location: Ville de La Malbaie, Québec, Canada
Costing: 6.5M $
Area: 2,040 sqm
Client: Ville de La Malbaie
Team: Jonathan Bisson, Normand Desgagnés, Benoit Dupuis, Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Caroline Lajoie, Matthew Belaen, Hugo Blanc, Sabrina Boivin, Antonio Di, Bacco, Jacques Dion, Angélique Dufour, Michelle Dufour, Luis Arias Duque, Yolande Jeanson, Julie Lapointe, Jean-Philippe Parent, Chloé Barabé-Pépin, Joan Renaud, Émilie Turgeon
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau
Today the world celebrates its most precious resource: water. Countries world-wide suffer from water shortages so extreme that they cannot produce enough food to support their basic needs. In an effort to protect the World’s largest source of surface fresh water, the City Design Practice of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is gaining international support in their pro bono pursuit to create a 100-year vision that will environmentally protect and economically revitalize the entire U.S. and Canada Great Lakes region, a vision known as The Great Lakes Century.
“The availability and quality of fresh water to sustain a radically urbanizing world is unquestionably a core issue of our time and requires holistic environmental thinking at an unprecedented scale,” said Philip Enquist, SOM partner in charge of urban design worldwide.
Continue reading for more information on this important cause.
Winners of the National Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes have been announced! This nation-wide, open ideas competition is the main process for creating Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, entitled Migrating Landscapes. Themed around migration and cultural identity, entrants comprised of young Canadian architects and designers, ages 45 and under, where invited to reflect on their migration experiences and cultural memories, and design dwellings onto a new landscape that would be showcased through a series of seven regional exhibitions across the country. Together with the Winnipeg-based Migrating Landscapes Organizer (MLO), the jury has selected 18 winners out of 26 finalists to represent ‘Team Canada”. Continue after the break to review the winning competitors.
Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes
Location: Kirkland (Québec), Canada
Client: Pfizer Canada inc.
Project Architect: Anik Shooner
Team: Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux, Paolo Zasso, Julie Morin, Kristi Ante, Marlène Bourque, Marc-Antoine Chartier-Primeau, Mylène Deschênes, Shahinda Eldessouki, Pierre Gervais, Jean-François Jodoin, Vincent Lauzon, Josiane Mac, Isabel Noël, Annie Paradis, Harvens Piou, Gaétan Roy, Isabel Roy , Michel Tessier
Engineers: Bouthillette Parizeau et Associés, Marchand Houle et associés, SDK et Associés
Photographs: Courtesy of Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes
Mjölk Architects shared with us their winning entry, titled ‘Polar Hen’, to an international arts and architecture competition in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Their design consists of a pump with a sprinkler connected to a compressor and a generator creating a very fearsome creature which lays ‘ice eggs’. The Warming Huts v.2012 was an open competition endorsed by the Manitoba Association of Architects. More images and brief architects’ description after the break.
Taking place at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, the Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). With the theme of ‘Vectored Resources,’ their seventh Think Tank in Toronto on March 8th from 1-5:3opm will involve rethinking the future of the building industry into four 60-minute sessions followed by roundtable discussions. The discussion panels for this event include Materials and Processes, Assemblies and Systems, Design and Development, and Development and Policy. For more information, please visit here.
Architects: Les Architectes FABG – Éric Gauthier
Location: 201 rue Berlioz, Verdun, Québec, Canada
Client: Arrondissement de Verdun
Design Team: Marc Paradis, Dominique Potvin, Jaime Lopez, Steve Montpetit
Cost: 1.4 M $
Photographs: Steve Montpetit
In 1995, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza packed a few changes of clothes, some poetry books and a single sketchbook as he set forth to Peru. These few items were all he needed to record and interpret his voyage, allowing him to integrate his investigations into his architecture. More than a half a century earlier, Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi ventured into the peaks of Macchu Picchu were he captured a famous series of portraits of the ancient Inca ruins. His project was more political, it acted as a re-appropriation of the site by its locals, but the tools of Chambi and Siza are the same: the production of images to define a reality.
The Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) presents Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi – Álvaro Siza at work – an exhibit featuring thirty-five original sketches by Álvaro Siza alongside the historic 1920s photographs by Martín Chambi, now on view at in the CCA’s Octagonal Gallery until April 22, 2012. Continue reading for more information.
The Sustainable Cities Symposium, put on by the faculty of environmental design, in partnership with the Development Studies program, at the University of Calgary, will explore global challenges and opportunities in addressing sustainable development. It will provide insights into planning and design solutions in different cities and serve as platform for discussions, experience sharing and networking. Economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity dominate the global discourse with people being at the center of our vision of a more sustainable world. The event takes place on March 14 and goes from 5:30pm-8:00pm. For more information, please visit here.
The Architecture Foundation of BC promotes big ideas that recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance the knowledge and practice of the design of sustainable buildings in British Columbia. They are inviting participants of this competition to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas that will challenge the concept of the regional house and the way we live. Geographically, they have selected the City of Vancouver to be the focus of the competition for the ’100 Mile House’. More information on the competition after the break.
Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farrow Partnership Architects
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Structural Engineers: Halcrow Yolles
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: MMM Group
Landscape Engineers: Vertech Design Inc.
Completion Date: November 2011
Site Area: 23 acres
Total Gross Floor Area: 48,300 sf
Photographs: Tom Arban
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes shared with us their proposal for a cultural center in Verdun, Canada, which was named as a finalist in the competition. The strategy unites the disparate elements of the program by covering them with a unique material that reinforces the monumental character of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Greg Boothroyd, Michael Cunningham, Joanne Gates, Samantha Hayes, Maureen Kwong, Thomas Lee, Davis Marques, Patrick O’Sullivan, John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, David Shone
Model Makers: Oliver Birett, Anike Duffner, Gregory Graemiger, Julianne Heinrich, Craig Simms, Christian Schulte, Jan Rasche, Tokimi Ota
Photographs: James Dow