RISE Competition Seeks Ideas to Combat Sea Level Rise in Vancouver

Downtown . Image Courtesy of SFU

How will affect Metro Vancouver and what can we do about it? Take a look at the #RISEIDEAS competition from SFU Public Square – an open ideas competition with a Grand Prize of $35,000 to find innovative ways to address sea level rise. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could take home the cash, rub shoulders with experts at the October 19 public exhibition day, and win free event tickets. The deadline for competition submissions is October 6, 2014. Check out the website for all the details.

Snøhetta Unveils Final Design for Calgary’s New Central Library

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Following two years of community engagement, Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary. Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

Kinoya Restaurant / Jean de Lessard

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Interior Designers: Jean de Lessard
Location: Montreal, QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Lausanne House / Hatem+D Architecture

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Architects: Hatem+D Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Étienne Bernier architecte
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Guilbeault

Les Elfes / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: Morin-Heights, QC,
Area: 5165.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Les Marais / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: , QC J0T, Canada
Area: 6505.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Fichman Residence / regionalArchitects

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Architects: regionalArchitects
Location: 375 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1,
Principal: Drew Sinclair
Area: 1200.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Terry Tourangeau

Screen House / Alain Carle Architecte

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Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: Wentworth-Nord, QC J0T,
Area: 5405.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Collège Saint-Louis / Marosi Troy Architectes + Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes

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Architects: Marosi Troy Architectes, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes
Location: Collège Saint-Louis, 50 34 Ave, Lachine, QC H8T, Canada
Design Lead: Martin Troy, Ali Torabi
Area: 13300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stephane Groleau

Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault

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Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
Location: Mirond Lake, Division No. 18, , SK S0P, Canada
Design Team: Pierre Thibault & Jérôme Lapierre
Area: 1650.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alain Laforest

Dunrobin Shores / Christopher Simmonds Architect

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Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: , ON,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Doublespace Photography

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

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Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary installation for the ten day festival.

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan City Hall / Affleck de la Riva architects

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Architects: Affleck de la Riva architects
Location: 7 Rue Doctor Wilfrid Locat North, Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, , QC J0K 3H0,
Area: 1560.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Au Pain Doré / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Côte-des-Neiges Road, Montreal, QC,
Area: 1500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Tula House / Patkau Architects

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Architects: Patkau Architects
Location: Quadra Island, ,
Design Team: John Patkau, Patricia Patkau, and David Shone with Mike Green, Dimitri Koubatis, and Greg Boothroyd, James Eidse, Marc Holland, Tony Mah, Henry Murdock, Ben Raimes, Thomas Schroeder, Craig Simms, Tony Wai.
Area: 4350.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Dow, Courtesy of Patkau Architects

Résidence Roy-Lawrence / Chevalier Morales Architectes

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Architects: Chevalier Morales Architectes
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Stephan Chevalier, Sergio Morales
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Chevalier Morales Architectes

Jiminez Lai and Bureau Spectacular Present: Flipping Properties

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Designed for a laneway inside the Little Portugal neighborhood of Toronto, Flipping Properties tests the boundaries between architecture and furniture. The exhibition, created by Jiminez Lai and his team, Bureau Spectacular, unravels the traditional pentagonal shape of a house to create ‘super-furniture.’ Super-furniture is defined by Lai as “too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.” The large pieces are meant to encourage dialogue on unused urban spaces in Toronto, while creating a novel way to interact with those spaces. Despite their size, the pieces can be rearranged within the laneway, allowing for a variety of assemblages to be created.  Flipping Properties opened July 11th, and will be in place until September 14th in the laneway between Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street in Toronto. Admission is free to the public. See the full gallery of exhibition photos, after the break.

Images Leaked of Major Development at Toronto’s Union Station

Looking Southeast toward the development. Image © for Hines; via UrbanToronto.ca

Details have been leaked of a major new development on the Southern edge of downtown Toronto, just East of Union Station. The scheme, uncovered by UrbanToronto and its inquisitive users, involves the connection of sites on both sides of the railway tracks, and will include three towers and a pedestrian bridge featuring a park and retail space. It is understood that Wilkinson Eyre are the architects, after BD confirmed last week that they have recently won a major competition in .

Read on for more details of the project