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, . Playing on the contrast between black exterior and wood 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

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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

Bota Bota / Sid Lee Architecture

was asked to create the architectural designs for Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, a modern twist on the traditional urban spa. This ambitious project, led by the Émond family—also owners of Balnea spa, located in Bromont-sur-le-Lac—is now up and running, following a whirlwind two-year adventure. Located at the foot of rue McGill in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota is the new name given to a ferryboat that used to link Sorel and Berthier in the 1950s and that’s been renovated into a floating Scandinavian spa. The boat’s architecture, redesign and visual identity are the fruit of a collaborative effort between and Sid Lee.

Architect: Sid Lee Architecture
Location: 358 de la Commune West, Quays of the Old Port of Montreal,
Naval engineering: Raymond Daoust
Structural engineering: Anand Swaminadhan enr.
Mechanical engineering: Blondin Fortin
General contractor: Mikado Construction
Graphics and signage: Sid Lee
Project Area: 3150 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Stephane Brugger and Sid Lee Architecture

Rennie Art Gallery and Offices / Walter Francl Architects with mgb

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The new Rennie Art Gallery and Office project is a quiet, modern insertion within an extensive heritage revitalization of a pair of masonry buildings in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The project combines a 6-story tall laneway brick building with a 3-story street-front brick building dating to the late 1880’s.

Architect: Walter Francl Architects with mgb
Location: Vancouver, ,
Project Architect: Walter Francl Architects: Walter Francl, MAIBC Project Architect; Scott Mitchell, MAIBC; Mark Ashby, MAIBC; Vince Knudsen, IA; Hazen Sise, MAIBC
Interior Architect: mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc (mgb): Michelle Biggar, BBE Interior Design, Principal; Michael Green, MAIBC AIA AAA MRAIC, Principal; Steve McFarlane, MAIBC AAA MRAIC LEED® AP, Principal; Susan Scott, Associate; Tracey Mactavish, MAIBC, MRAIC. LEED® AP, Associate
Landscape Architect: Jonathan Losee Ltd.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nic Lehoux

In Progress: Surrey City Centre Library / Bing Thom Architects

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The new Surrey City Centre Library, designed by Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects (BTA), is set to open on September 24, 2011. This new building marks the next phase of a major civic investment in the area that will continue the transformation of downtown Surrey, from sprawling suburb to the Region’s next great downtown, which began with BTA’s Central City project. Creating dynamic environments that look to the future of Surrey is nothing new to BTA. Nearly a decade ago, the firm designed the incredibly vibrant Central City, which sits down the street from the new Surrey Library. The architectural and social innovation evident at Central City—a fusion of office space, a shopping center and a university—is further exemplified in BTA’s library design.

Architect: Bing Thom Architects Inc.
Location: 10350 University Drive, Surrey, British Columbia,
Project Team: Bing Thom, Michael Heeney, Venelin Kokalov, Ling Meng, Francis Yan, John Camfield, Shinobu Homma, Robert Sandilands, Marcos Hui, Lisa Potopsingh, Harald Merk, Berit Wooge, Dan Du, Michael Motlagh, Nicole Hu
Landscape Architect: Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 82,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Cortes Island Residence / Balance Associates Architects

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The clients of this home were looking for a house that would eventually become their fulltime residence but could also serve as a getaway, vacation and gathering place in the interim.

Architects: Balance Associates Architects
Project Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Project Team: Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal; Kyle Zerby AIA, Project Architect
Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers
General Contractor: Jean Fontaine
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,850 sqf
Photographs: Steve Keating Photography

The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Central Public Library / RDH Architects with David Premi Architects

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The Hamilton Farmers’ Market and Public Library project is a major renovation and addition to an existing facility located in the city of Hamilton. The existing building is located on the south side of york boulevard at a key entry point to downtown Hamilton. York Boulevard is a major one way, east / west artery which traverses the downtown core and the city.

Architect: RDH Architects Inc. with David Premi Architects
Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ,
Project Team: RDH Team: Bob Goyeche, Partner; Tyler Sharp, Associate, project designer; Scott Waugh, Bunty Sambhi, Cara McGibbon; David Premi Architects Team: David Premi, Partner; Sam Garagello, Magdalena Kieslowski
Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
Contractor: Kemp Construction
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

Competition Finalist for the Tripode, Amphithéâtre de Tois-Rivières / Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et associés

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The purpose of this architecture contest is to “equip the city of with an open-air amphitheater capable of seating 10,000.” is a small Canadian city (population 130,407) once known as the pulp and paper industry capital of the world. Located halfway between and Quebec City, Trois-Rivières was looking to build its own venue for hosting high-volume summer festivals and internationally renowned bands, and housing its symphony orchestra during the summer. “In the early 2000s, the city of Trois-Rivières began work on a re-qualification project. The site in question (a former paper mill) is situated along the St. Lawrence River, adjacent to the harbourfront park, the city centre, the St. Lawrence River and St. Quentin Island (for outdoor activities). Such a location calls for an extraordinary construction,” explains Philippe Drolet, architect, in an excerpt from the contest catalogue. For the first phase of the contest, Sid Lee Architecture and Régis Côté et Associés banked on the project’s historical roots and awed the jury with a vision that reflects the site’s industrial past. Their competition entry was awarded as a finalist.

Bowen Island House / bai architects

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Architect: bai architects
Location: ,
Lead Design Architect: Cedric Burgers
Interior Designer: Marieke Burgers
Project Team: David Hodgson, Stefania Violante
Structural Engineer: Eric Steffensen, CA-Boom Engineering
Photographs: Michael Boland

Surface Deep Garden / asensio_mah

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Architects: asensio_mah / Leire Asensio Villoria, David Syn Chee Mah
Location: , Canada
Students: Harvard Graduate School of Design / Somkiet Chokvijtkul, Daekwon Park, Benjamin Winters, Yuan Zhan, Fred Chung, Troy Vaughn, Lisl Kotheimer, Day Jimenez, Mariela Alvarez, Benjamin Tew, Victor Perezamado
Collaborators: Adams Kara Taylor Engineering (Structure), Bryophyta Technologies / Suzanne Campeau (Moss)
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: asensio_mah, Martin Bond

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

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Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of ’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of ’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Area: 662,734 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square / KPMB Architects

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Maple Leaf Square will create a bold and energetic 24 hour sports, entertainment and residential precinct in downtown Toronto. Situated between the Toronto Financial District to the north and Harbourfront to the south, and anchored by the adjacent Air Canada Centre, the new complex will consolidate this precinct into a vital sports and entertainment district in the city.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Area: 1,135,431 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

Boustrophedon Garden / PLANT Architect

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boustrophedon: Alternating right to left and left to right –
the pattern of oxen tilling the land, or of an ancient form of writing.

The 6.1m x 21.3m Boustrophedon Garden was one of eleven “Ephemeral Gardens” made for Québec City’s year-long 400th anniversary festival in 2008, and were on show from June 16 to September 30, 2008. Gardens were intended to reflect the major festival themes including the indigenous region and its peoples, and the French settlement of Québec. PLANT Architect’s response was to draw ideas from Québec’s regional long-lot system – fundamental to creating the distinctive thin-striped pattern of agricultural development in the province – and Samuel de Champlain’s (the great explorer, and founder of Québec City) rigorous agricultural experimentation and recordings done to ensure the survival of the future colonizers of New France in the 17th century.

Architect: PLANT Architect
Location: Québec City,
Structural: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Project Team: Lisa Rapoport, Mary Tremain, Chris Pommer, Jane Hutton, Elise Shelley, Jessica Craig
Photographs: Mary Tremain, Jessica Craig/PLANT Architect

The Printing Factory Lofts / Montgomery Sisam Architects

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Architects: Chandler Graham / Montgomery Sisam Architects, joint venture architects inc.
Location: , Ontario,
Developer/Client: Beaverbrook Homes
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Novatrend Engineering Group Ltd.
Project area: 21,470 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban