Children’s Playhouse ‘Sam + Pam’ / Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.

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Architects: Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects + Designers Inc.
Location: Pacific National Exhibition, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1, Canada
Contractors: Kindred Construction
Year: 2013
Photographs: Latreille Delage

Blue Hills House / la SHED architecture

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Architects: la SHED architecture
Location: , QC,
Area: 200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

Stacked House / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 2,518 sq ft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Hygge House / Plain Projects + Pike Projects + Urbanink

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Architects: Plain Projects, Pike Projects, Urbanink
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Landscape Architect: Liz Wreford Taylor
Landscape Architectural Intern: Shawn Stankewich
Creative Director: Marcelle Lussier
Designer: Evan Marnoch
Architectural Intern: Colin Grover
Photographs: Jen Pauls, Evan Marnoch, Dan Harper, Liz Wreford Taylor

Four Teams Shortlisted to Design New Central Library in Calgary

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Four shortlisted teams have been asked to design proposals for a new central library in the Canadian city of . Selected from 38 submissions, the competing teams of local and international architects will harness the power of platemaking to envision a 280,000 square-foot “landmark” for the East Village . The four shortlisted teams include:

Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates

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Architects: Kariouk Associates
Location: , Ontario
Senior Design Associate: Chris Davis
Design Associate: Sarah McMurtry, David King
General Contractor: Westboro Homes (Nicholas Heins)
Landscape: Empire Enterprises (Brad Beerwort)
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Kealey

Humber Centre for Justice Leadership / Gow Hastings Architects

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Architects: Gow Hastings Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario,
Design Team: Philip Hastings, Valerie Gow, Jim Burkitt, David Colussi, Dan Malka, Rich D’Alessandro, Janice Lee, Julian Ocampo
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Arban

First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

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Architects: Formline Architecture + Urbanism
Location: Vancouver,
Architect In Charge: Alfred Waugh
Design Team: Ken Wong, Adam Slavinski
Area: 1,196 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nick Lehoux

AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie

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Habitat 67, designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect at the World Exposition of 1967, was originally intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie explored the possibilities of prefabricated modular units to reduce housing costs and allow for a new housing typology that could integrate the qualities of a suburban home into an urban high-rise.

Reflecting on the project’s significance in “A look back at habitat ’67” Safdie stated that “Habitat ‘67 is really two ideas in one. One is about prefabrication, and the other is about rethinking apartment-building design in the new paradigm.” [1]

More after the break…

‘Archaeology of the Digital’ Exhibition

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Curated by architect Greg Lynn, the ’Archaeology of the Digital‘ exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture is currently on display until October 13. Conceived as an investigation into the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, the exhibit features four seminal projects that established bold new directions for architectural research by experimenting with novel digital tools: The Lewis Residence by Frank Gehry (1985–1995), Peter Eisenman’s unrealized Biocentrum (1987), Chuck Hoberman’s Expanding Sphere (1992) and Shoei Yoh’s roof structures for Odawara (1991) and Galaxy Toyama (1992) Gymnasiums. Videos of conversations with the architects can be viewed after the break.

BESTIE / Scott and Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott and Scott Architects
Location: Vancouver,
Area: 70 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott and Scott Architects

University of Ottawa / KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Architects: KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Design Team: Halsall Associates, Goodkey Weedmark, Morrison Hershfield
General Contractor: Aecon
Area: 25,299 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

Jasper Place Branch Library / HCMA/Dub Architects

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Architects: /Dub Architects
Location: , AB, Canada
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gerry Kopelow, Courtesy of HCMA

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

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Architects: DIALOG
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Principal In Charge: Alan Boniface
Project Architect: Vance Harris
Area: 3,200 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Kristopher Grunert

BIG Unveils ‘Telus Sky’ Tower in Calgary

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In an attempt to transform ’s corporate-centric downtown into a walkable, dynamic community, TELUS has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of the Canadian city. Known as TELUS Sky, the 750,000 square foot tower is designed to “seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky.”

Updated Images Released for Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

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David Mirvish, founder of Mirvish Productions, and Toronto-born starchitect Frank Gehry have released updated models of their massive, mixed-used project planned to transform ’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The Mirvish+Gehry vision will include a triad of residential towers perched on top a six-story, wooden podium inspired by the site’s industrial past and covered in a ‘cloud-like’ sculptural skin.

The towers, rising over 80 stories each, will house condos, a new OCADU campus, and a gallery space to house the Mirvish’s collection of modern art.

More renderings after the break…

Richmond Firehall No.2 / HCMA

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Architects: HCMA
Location: Richmond, BC,
Architect In Charge: HCMA
Area: 840.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of HCMA

SFU UniverCity Childcare / HCMA

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Architects: HCMA
Location: , BC
Architect In Charge:
Electrical Engineer: MMM Group
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler