Front to Back Infill / Colizza Bruni Architecture

© Peter Fritz

Architect: Colizza Bruni Architecture Inc. / James Colizza & Anthony Bruni
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 111 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Fritz

New Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and Concert Hall / Provencher Roy + Associés Architects

© Tom Arban

Architects: Provencher Roy + Associés Architects
Location: , Canada
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 59,000 sqf
Photographs: Tom Arban

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, is pleased to announce that its new 59,000-gsf. Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of and Canadian Art and Bourgie Concert Hall will open to the public on October 14, 2011. Increasing the MMFA’s total exhibition space by 20%, the new Pavilion features 18,953 nsf. of gallery space, which doubles the previous display area dedicated for the presentation of the Museum’s collection of historical and contemporary and Canadian art.

Station BLÜ / Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement

© Stéphane Groleau

Architect: Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement
Location: St-Tite-des-Caps, Quebec,
Client name: Station BLÜ
Project Manager: Alexandre Blouin
Project Team: Isabelle Beauchamp, Pascal Mailloux, Sophie Marquet, Guillaume Martel-Trudel, Jonathan Trottier, Alexandre Blouin
Structural/Mech./Elect. Engineer: Genivar
Contractor: Construction Marc Drolet
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

780 Brewster / Lemay associés

© Claude-Simon Langlois

Architects: Lemay associés
Location: Montréal,
Client: Groupe Mach
Project Team: Louis T. Lemay (Partner in Charge), André Cardinal (Architect, Senior Partner, Project Manager), Pierre E. Leclerc (Senior Architect, LEED AP), Sandra Neill (Associate Designer), Chantal Ladrie (Designer), Marie-Élaine Globensky (Graphic Design And Signage)
General Contractor: Construction TEQ inc.
Engineers: Bouthillette Parizeau & Associés (electro-mechanical engineering) and les Consultants Gemec inc. (civil/structural engineering)
Sustainable Development: Lyse M. Tremblay, architect, LEED AP
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 12,000 sqm
Photographs: Claude-Simon Langlois

Centre Communautaire Scientifique / FGMDA

© Isabelle Laurier

Architect: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes (FGMDA)
Location: Whapmagoostui/Kuujjuaraapik, , Canada
Project Team:  Alain Fournier, architect, Project Manager; Carolyne Fontaine, architect; Felix-Antoine Thibault, Mathieu Fournier
Engineer: Genivar et Cima+
General Contractor: Verreault
Project Area: 395 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Claude Tremblay, Carolyne Fontaine et Isabelle Laurier

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation / CEI

© Ed White Photographics

Architect: CEI Architecture Planning Interiors
Location: Penticton, British Columbia,
Landscape Architect: Site 360 Consulting Ltd.
Text: Architecture Planning Interiors
Project Cost: $27,600,000
Project Area: 6,780 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Ed White Photographics

re:CONNECT Open Ideas Competition

Courtesy of City of

re:CONNECT open ideas competition invites the citizens of Vancouver, to join with local and international designers to ignite discussion and dream new possibilities for the future of the Viaducts and the City’s broader Eastern Core. The utility and necessity of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts has been an issue of polarized debate since they were reconstructed in their present form in the late 1960s. As the first piece of a larger freeway system that was planned but never realized, they stand as a symbol of an era of city-building that thankfully never more-fully materialized.

The future of the viaducts should be contemplated in the context of the broader Eastern Core of our city, which includes the strategically important industrial lands of the False Creek Flats. How we connect the downtown and Eastern Core is crucial to how our city functions and its economic future. More information on the competition after the break.

Refurbishment and Extension of the CRÉVHSL Head Quarters / Briére, Gilbert + Associés

© Guy Tessier et Christian Perreault

Architects: Briére, Gilbert + Associés
Location: Québec,
Project Team: Émile Gilbert (Architect), Martin Brière (Architect), Melinda Hart (Architect)
Associates in Charge: Émile Gilbert, Architect, Martin Brière, Architect
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Guy Tessier & Christian Perreault

House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: , Ontario,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,300 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Modernism in Miniature: Points of View

Project for the Centrosoyus Palace, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret

On view at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) from 22 September to 8 January 2012, Modernism in Miniature: Points of View explores the encounter between photography and architectural model-making between c.1920 -1960.

Curated by Davide Deriu, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London, the exhibition focuses on model photography as a distinctive genre. It proposes an inextricable link with the so-called ‘model boom’ and the explosion of mass media, where miniatures reached out to a wide public and, in some cases, acquired a cult status that has endured to this day. More information on the event after the break.

Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Flashback: One of Archdaily’s goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We’ve created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990′s and the early 2000′s.

Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects
Location: , Canada
Partner in Charge: Michael Taylor
Project Team: Mike Lafreniere
Project Year: 2004
Project Area: 275 sqf
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

Sanctuaire Mont Cathedrale / Pierre Cabana

© Richard Poissant, Pierre Léveillé

Architects:
Location: Quebec,
Project Year: 2010
Project Manager: Pierre Léveillé
Engineer: Comtois, Blouin & associate
Designers: Pauline Tremblay & Pierre Léveillé
Photographs: Richard Poissant, Pierre Léveillé

Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul Laurendeau

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Architect Paul Laurendeau shared with us his competition proposal for the Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Playing on the contrast between black exterior and interior, the stadium’s simple form makes it stand out from its context. More images and brief project description after the break.

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

Photo by David Hilowitz - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhilowitz/

USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.

Cedar House / Omar Gandhi Architect

© Greg Richardson Photography

Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
Location: ,
Clients: Dr. Lynda Earle and Dr. Andy Blackadar
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1000 sqf addition
Photographs: Greg Richardson Photography

Bing Thom and the Surrey City Centre Library: How architects are using Facebook and Twitter for public design

Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Facing an abbreviated schedule for the information-gathering phase of the Surrey City Centre LibaryBing Thom Architects (BTA) turned to for real-time public input. The result was spectacular!

in November 2009 Bing Thom, winner of the 2011 RAIC gold medal, was commissioned to build a $36M, 80,000 square foot library in the Vancouver suburb. Funds for the library project, from Canada’s Federal Infrastructure program, mandated that the money be used by strict deadline or be lost. But with little time for standard due dilligence , BTA launched a library websiteFacebook pageYouTube presenceTwitter account, and RSS feed, inviting public comment. The sites were populated with images of the project and invited users to publish their own images and text regarding their ideas for the future library in an online “ideasbook.”

The respondent group was more diverse than the crowd that usually shows up for public forums. The largest percentage of the library’s 487 Facebook fans, for example, are under 25. The second largest are women, age 35-44.

Check out FASTCO Design’s coverage of Bing Thom’s use of social media in the design of the Surrey City Centre Library.

CCA 2011-2012 Exhibitions and Public Programs

© Lynne Cohen

Among the exhibition highlights this coming fall at the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture) is Imperfect Health, which premieres on October 25th, 2011 and will be on view until April 1st, 2012.

Imperfect Health, the latest in a series of thematic investigations produced by the CCA, examines how architects, urban and landscape designers are critically responding to society’s increasing concern with health issues. Presented in the main galleries of the CCA, the exhibition is curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator. More information on the events after the break.

Cassie Campbell Community Centre / Perkins+Will

© Lisa Logan Architectural Photography

Architect: Perkins+Will
Location: , Ontario
Project Area: 165,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Lisa Logan Architectural Photography