Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre / Cohlmeyer Architecture

© Bob Matheson Photography

Architects: Cohlmeyer Architecture
Location: , BC,
Area: 3100.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bob Matheson Photography

Barsa Taberna / +tongtong

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Architects: +tongtong
Location: St. Lawrence Co-Operative Day Care Inc., 4 Market Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1M6,
Area: 3000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Lisa Petrole Photography

ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture Chosen to Design Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism

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ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture has won a nation-wide competition to design Canada’s national memorial to the victims of communism in . Select from six finalists, ABSTRAKT’s provocative design superimposes 100 million singular pixel-like memory squares, each representing the fingertip of the lives lost, on a folded triangular concrete plane. 

“As the most prolific communist murderer Joseph Stalin famously said: ‘One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic’… This ‘statistic’ takes main stage in our design by realizing its sheer enormity, thus raising awareness that every human life is unique and precious,” stated ABSTRAKT. 

Closse Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Rue Closse, Saint-Lambert, QC J4R,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Inclusivity as Architectural Program: A Reflection on Vancouver’s Woodward’s Redevelopment Five Years On

Officially opened in 2010, the Woodward’s Redevelopment project designed by Vancouver based Henriquez Partners Architects and situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), was a contentious proposal from the time of its inception, and has continued to be so in the almost five years since its completion. Yet as the large-scale mixed-use complex, and its role in the community, nears the first of many milestone anniversaries, it offers us a chance for critical reflection and allows for perceptions and understandings to be gathered and assessed.

What has made Woodward’s an interesting case study, however, is the project’s attempt to act as a model for responsible development with respect to the regeneration of its surrounding urban and community context. Yet there has also been much criticism, with fears over rapid gentrification and claims that it has displaced some of the community’s most at-risk residents. For managing partner Gregory Henriquez, however, it was seen as an opportunity to introduce a place of inclusivity into the neighbourhood and as a chance to “share a portion of the wealth created in real estate development to support the greater good.”

OMA Tops Out on Beaux Arts Museum in Quebec

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Architects: OMA
Location: Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 5H8,
Architect In Charge: Shohei Shigematsu
Year: 2016
Photographs: MNBAQ, Idra Labrie, / Luxigon, Provencher-Roy,

New Halifax Central Library / Schmidt Hammer Lassen + Fowler Bauld & Mitchell

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Fowler Bauld & Mitchell
Location: , NS, Canada
Prime Consultant Architect: Fowler Bauld & Mitchell
Area: 15000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adam Mørk

REX Cantilevers Stacked Library Entry Over Downtown Calgary Site

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REX has shared with us their competition proposal for ’s New Central Library (NCL). Though Snøhetta and DIALOG ultimately won the competition, was shortlisted as a finalist with an unconventional scheme that was based on adaptability, serendipity and treating the librarians as curators. By literally stacking the library’s program according to the client’s desired sequence, formulated six typological clusters hoisted on top an illuminated plinth. 

Check out the complete proposal, after the break. 

ATRIUM – Groupe Dynamite / Ædifica

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Architects: Ædifica
Location: , QC,
Area: 9800.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: François Descôteaux

Prince Philip Residence / Thellend Fortin Architectes

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Architects: Thellend Fortin Architectes
Location: Montreal, QC,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Charles Lanteigne photo

The Bibliothèque du Boisé / Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes

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Architects: Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy, Eric Pelletier architectes
Location: , QC,
Presented by: Lemay
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yien Chao

Garden House / LGA Architectural Partners

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Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
Location: , ON, Canada
Area: 2800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ben Rahn/A-Frame

SSENSE / Humà Design

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Architects: Humà Design
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Grotto Sauna / Partisans

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Architects: Partisans
Photographs: Jonathan Friedman

Competition Entry: Saucier + Perrotte Designs Glass Pavilion for Montreal Botanical Garden

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Conceived as a natural extension of the existing pathways at ’s Botanical Garden, Saucier + Perrotte architectes’ proposal for the “Espace Pour la Vie Glass Pavilion” competition was envisioned as an immersive glass shelter “eroded” within a lush landscape. The architects, who were also responsible for designing the garden’s 2001 First Nation Garden Pavilion, were among the competition finalists. You can learn more about their proposal, after the break. 

ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Launch Virtual Spaces Competition

Have you ever wanted to see your un-built or fantasy project brought to life through the lens of a headset? We’ve teamed up with IIDEXCanada and Invent Dev for the ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, which aims to find the best un-built and fantasy projects. Designers and architects can submit images of renderings of their un-built and fantasy projects across three square-footage categories. The winners will have their designs developed into virtual spaces by Invent Dev and exhibited using virtual reality headsets at IIDEXCanada 2015 in Toronto. Winners will also be featured on ArchDaily and flown to the 2015 awards ceremony.

IIDEXCanada and The Buildings Show are North America’s largest annual exposition, networking and educational event for construction, design, and real estate professionals.

Learn more and find out how to enter the competition after the break.

US, Canada and Mexico Agree to Recognize Architect Credentials

New York-based architect Richard Meier’s 180-meter “Reforma Tower” planned for Mexico City (click image for more)

A tri-national agreement between the , Canada and Mexico will now allow architects to work across borders in North America. As reported by the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in conjunction with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (), representatives from the architectural regulatory authorities in all three countries have agreed to mutually recognize architect credentials.

Le 205 / Atelier Moderno

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Architects: Atelier Moderno
Location: , QC, Canada
Year: 2014
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau