Pfizer Canada inc Siege Social / Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes

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Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais Le Tourneux Architectes
Location: Kirkland (Québec),
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

  

Warming Huts v.2012 Proposal / Mjölk Architects

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Mjölk Architects shared with us their winning entry, titled ‘Polar Hen’, to an international arts and architecture competition in , MB, . 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.

Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank

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Taking place at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in , 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.

Conversion of Mies van der Rohe Gas Station / Les Architectes FABG

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Architects: Les Architectes FABG – Éric Gauthier
Location: 201 rue Berlioz, Verdun, Québec,
Client: Arrondissement de Verdun
Design Team: Marc Paradis, Dominique Potvin, Jaime Lopez, Steve Montpetit
Engineers: Aecom
Builder: Norgéreq
Cost: 1.4 M $
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Quartier Des Spectacles / Ædifica

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Architects: Ædifica
Location: Montréal,
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of AEdifica

   

Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi – Álvaro Siza at work

Siza sketching at Macchu Picchu, , 1995. © Andreia Soutinho

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.

Sustainable Cities in a Global World Symposium

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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.

 

100 Mile House Open Ideas Competition

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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 to be the focus of the competition for the ’100 Mile House’. More information on the competition after the break.

St. Johns Rehab / Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farro​w Partnership Architects

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Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farrow Partnership Architects
Location: , 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

   

Verdun Cultural Center / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

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Saucier + Perrotte Architectes shared with us their proposal for a cultural center in , , 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.

Beaty Biodiversity Centre – Aquatic Ecosystems Research Labor​atory / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
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 

   

Exhibition Center Of Sherbrooke / CCM²

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Architects: CCM² – Côté Chabot Morel Architectes
Location: Sherbrooke, , Canada
Project Manager: Pierre Morel
Design Team: Yan Laplante, Mathieu Morel, Pierre Morel
Engineers: SNC Lavalin
Client: The City of Sherbrooke
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Stewart Museum / Les Architectes FABG

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Architects: Les Architectes FABG  - Éric Gauthier, André Lavoie
Location:
Project team: Marc-Antoine Fredette, Dominique Potvin, FrançoisVerville
Year: 2011
Ara: 32,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Les Architectes FABG

   

Muskoka Boathouse / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architect: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, (approx. 170 km North of , )
Project Type: Boathouse with seasonal residence – rural
Project Year: Fall 2007
Photographs: Peter Fritz Photography

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition: Metrics or Memories? Installation / nkA

, 150_W Residence / © Peter A. Sellar

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition held at the Harbourfront Centre in , Canada now until July 8 features architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and rzlbd who created new installations which explore the idea of what is big enough. In addition, artist Surendra Lawoti presents a photography installation. The Metrics or Memories? installation by nkA seeks to illustrate the potential qualitative returns should we choose to shift focus from the metrics of space to the optimization of spatial experience. More architects’ description after the break.

Jameson House / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Location: ,
Co-architects: Walter Francl Architects Inc
Consultants: Yolles, Vermeulens Cost Consultants, Imec Mechanical Ltd., PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc., Claude Engle Lighting Consultant, Bridge Electric Corp., Imec Mechanical Ltd., Piers Heath Associates, Robert Lemon Architect Inc.
Client: Jameson House Ventures Inc, Pappajohns (previous client)
Year: 2004-2011
Photographs: Nigel Young / © Foster and Partners

Theatre La Licorne / FABG

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Architects: FABG
Location: Montréal,
Project Team: Steve Montpetit, , Dominique Potvin, François Verville
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,000 sqm
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

St-Hyacinthe Aquatic Centre / ACDF*

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Architects: ACDF*
Location: Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec,
Client: Ville de Saint-Hyacinthe
Consultant: Inneauve
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3600 sqm
Photographs: James Brittain,