Cabane 217 / Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes

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Architects: Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes
Location: Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Quebec,
Contractor: Constructions Richard Cliche
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

University of Toronto Instructional Centre / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , Ontario, Canada
Design Principal: Andrew Frontini
Architectural Team: Alan Mortsch, Alice Wong, Larry Silva, Claudia Bader,
Interior Design: Diana Shams
Area: 150,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Brittain, Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Inhabitable Sculpture / Jean-Maxime Labrecque

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Architects: Jean-Maxime Labrecque
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frederic Bouchard

The Mississauga Public Library Project / RDH Architects

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Architects: RDH Architects
Location: Mississauga, , Canada
Architect In Charge: RDH Architects
Design Team: Tyler Sharp, Bob Goyeche, Graham Gavine, Sanjoy Pal, Marnie Williams, Scott Waugh, George Agnew
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of RDH Architects

Venice Biennale 2014: Lateral Office to Represent Canada with Nunavut Exhibition

Rendering of Arctic Adaptations exhibition at Venice Pavilion © , 2013

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15″ as winner of a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in ArchitectureLateral Office of Toronto will organize and curate an exhibition designed to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Canada’s largest but least populated northern territories, known for its pristine arctic wilderness and Inuit lifestyle.

Read more about Canada’s contribution to the Biennale after the break.

The Drift House Proposal / The Open Workshop

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With shelters and settlements in northern currently undergoing a housing crisis due to decadent construction and energy costs, the corresponding ramifications on overcrowding and deprivation have resulted. What the Drift House aims to do is hybridize the intelligence of tradition and technology of both housing systems to offer direction on future constructions in the Arctic. Designed by Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop, this housing prototype for northern climates proposes a series of snow fences that passively utilize snowdrift to form a new dwelling type by calibrating the snow fences with differential mesh openings and height. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Curatorial Opportunities’ Program at the CCA

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Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, culture, the various disciplines, information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competences. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture. For the third year,  the CCA (Canadian Center for Architecture) offers two curatorial opportunities with the generous support of the Power Corporation of : the Young Curator Program and the Curatorial Internships Program. More information after the break.

Iceberg / ATOMIC3

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Architects: ATOMIC3
Architectural Design: Appareil Architecture
Lighting Design:
Sound Design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Interactive Systems Design: Philippe Jean/Les Ateliers Numériques
Technical Coordinator Set: Guillaume Simard
Technical Coordinator Sound/Light/Interactive System: Alexis Rivest
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Doyon, Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia,
Design Team: Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
Area: 15,794 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Martin Tessler

Toronto Union Station: Go Transit Roof Proposal / Zeidler Partnership Architects

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As the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ at ’s Union Station, the renovation of the train shed roof covering the passenger platforms and tracks which connects GO Transit’s Union Station Bus Terminal to the station building delivers part of the “The Move” promise, Metrolinx’s twenty-five year regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, their train shed roof was recently awarded with a 2012 Canadian Architect Award. Most of the 8.6-acre train shed roof is being refurbished, and the central portion is being removed and replaced with a new glass atrium to celebrate the station. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

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Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: , British Columbia, Canada
Design Team: Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
Area: 5,675 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Martin Tessler

Carling Residence / Tact Architecture

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Architects: Tact Architecture
Location: Georgian Bay, , Canada
Project Manager: Michael Krus
Design Team: Michael Krus, Prish Jain, Barry Hajder
Engineers: Jain and Associates, Soscia Engineering Limited
Contractor: Pegah Construction Ltd
Area: 3600.0 ft2
Year: 2010
Photographs: Terence Tourangeau

2013 Mellon Lecture

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Taking place this Thursday, March 7th, at 6:00pm, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) will present the first 2013 Mellon Lecture, a free event, featuring Japanese architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founding partner of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto will present his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings. For more information, please visit here.

BLUE Communication Office / Jean Guy Chabauty + Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau, Jean Guy Chabauty
Location: ,
Designers: Jean Guy Chabauty and Anne Sophie Goneau
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

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Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Susan Scott, David Scott
Area: 100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

The Beaumont House / Henri Cleinge

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Architects: Henri Cleinge
Location: , Canada
Design Team: , Michel Lefebvre
Structural Engineer : César Zelaya
General Contractor: Bâtitu
Area: 3200.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Cramer

Cedarvale Ravine House / Drew Mandel Architects

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Architects: Drew Mandel Architects
Location: Toronto, ,
Design Team: Drew Mandel, Allison Gonsalves, Jowenne Poon
Structural Engineering: Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd.
Builder: Samaryn Homes: Amnon Sarkozi, Andrej Paulik (site supervisor)
Area: 3250.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Drew Mandel Architects

City Design Panel Endorses BIG’s Mixed-Use Vancouver Tower

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A BIG step forward for Vancouver’s latest mixed-use tower making international headlines, as the 497-foot tall Beach and Howe proposal has received an “enthusiastic endorsement” from the city’s design panel.

Commissioned by ’s real estate mogul Ian Gillespie of Westbank, the Bjarke Ingles Group-designed tower promises to add a foreign twist to Vancouver’s skyline and create a new identity for an undefined section of town at the fringe of the city’s area. The 700,000 square foot complex – which contains shopping, social housing and market rental apartments – was praised by the panel for anchoring itself on a nine-story podium that occupies the disused, interstitial spaces found between the Granville Street Bridge’s entry and exit ramps.

More after the break…