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,
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 , 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.

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,
Location: Montreal, Canada
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 Toronto, )
Project Type: Boathouse with seasonal residence – rural
Project Year: Fall 2007
Photographs: Peter Fritz Photography

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

nkA, 150_W Residence / © Peter A. Sellar

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition held at the Harbourfront Centre in , 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: Vancouver,
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, André Lavoie, 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,

La Maison Symphonique de Montréal / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects, Aedifica
Location: Montreal, Québec,
Project Team: A.J. Diamond, Gary McCluskie, Matthew Lella, Michael Treacy, Earle Briggs, Eric Lucassen, Jessie Waese, Cynthia Carbonneau, Marcin Ludwik Sztaba, Gary Watson
Acoustic Consultants: Artec
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: Cicada Design
Photographs: Tom Arban

Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Westboro Village, Ottawa, Ontario,
Project Name: Fraser Residence
Project Type: Urban Infill – Single Family Home
Completion Date: January 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds Architect

CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: Hamilton, Ontario,
Structural Engineer: RJC Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Consultant: Cobalt Engineers
General Contractor: Ellis Don
Project Area: 165,000 square-feet
Project Year: 2011
Photos: Peter A. Sellar

SMEC Soccer Complex Winning Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects

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The mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, recently announced the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer center at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte & Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms. The daring and creative project is one more step toward the completion of this long-awaited project, which will provide Montrealers with access to a sports center that is not only functional but boasts a modern design meeting the highest standards of quality. This public building, a testament to the talent of our local architects, will be incorporated into the SMEC, one of the largest parks in Montréal. More images and project description after the break.

Vancouver Chinese Evangelical Church / Acton Ostry Architects

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Architects: Acton Ostry Architects Inc
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Size: 32,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects

Warming Huts v.2012 Competition Winners

FIVE-HOLE by Gehry Partners

Warming Huts v.2012, an arts and architecture competition on ice in , Canada, recently announced the winners which demonstrate a collection of varying interpretations of shelter.

Frank Gehry will design a hut made from large blocks of ice entitled, FIVE-HOLE. The blocks are slated to be shipped from especially for Gehry’s project. Three huts were chosen from over 40 other entries in the open design competition. The winning designs, WIND CATCHER, Ice Pillows, and ROPE Pavilion represent Norway, Czech Republic and New York respectively. The fifth and final hut, entitled HOTHUT, came from a call to University of Manitoba Architecture students who competed in teams for the final coveted spot. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.