Exhibition: The Mound of Vendôme

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On view at the CCA from 19 June to 14 September 2014 and curated by architectural historian David Gissen, The Mound of Vendôme revisits one key episode of French history when the Commune de Paris in 1871 voted to demolish the Vendôme Column, abolishing all allusions to the Napoleonic era. To protect the surrounding architecture during , a radical landscape was erected on Place Vendôme. Informed by the methods of experimental history, Gissen’s ongoing research project and installation at the CCA traces the provocative history of the column and mound, while arguing for its historicisation and reconstruction.

Montreal’s Mirabel Airport Terminal to be Demolished

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The owners of the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport have confirmed that, after a decade lying vacant, it will finally demolish the airport’s sleek black terminal building. When it was completed in 1975, Mirabel was the world’s largest airport, but it quickly became unpopular with airlines as it was simply too far from Montréal, and was re-purposed as a testing site and cargo airport. Now, with the terminal building requiring $15 million in emergency repairs, owner Aéroports de Montréal have announced that it is “irreparably obsolete” and are seeking tenders for its demolition. You can read the full story at CBC News.

Chez Carl / Jean De Lessard

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Interior Designers: Jean De Lessard
Location: 3000 Boulevard René Lévesque, Verdun,
General Contractor: Castle Reno (Paul Cantwell)
Area: 1,229 sqft
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Coleraine Duplex / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Coleraine St, , QC H3K,
Area: 3135.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Revival of the Casino of Montréal / Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux + Provencher Roy Architectes

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Architects: Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux, Provencher Roy Architectes
Location: Casino de Montréal, Montreal, QC H3C,
Architects In Charge: Yves Dagenais, Jean-Pierre Le Tourneux, Claude Provencher
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau, Marc Cramer

8th Ave / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: 8 Ave, Montreal, QC H8Y,
Area: 1630.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Bicom Communications / Jean De Lessard

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Architects: Jean De Lessard
Location: , QC, Canada
Area: 4500.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Allez UP Rock Climbing Gym / Smith Vigeant Architectes

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Architects: Smith Vigeant Architectes
Location: Rue Saint-Patrick, , QC, Canada
Architect In Charge: Daniel Smith
Design Team: Daniel Smith, Karine Renaud, Anik Malderis, Étienne Penault, Cindy Neveu, Mélanie Quesnel, Stéphan Vigeant
Area: 1,220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Stéphane Brugger

Le St-Jude / Thomas Balaban Architect

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Architects: Thomas Balaban Architect
Location: Saint Denis Street, Montreal, QC,
Architect In Charge: Thomas Balaban, Justin Boulanger, Naomi Frangos, Maxime Lefebvre, Julia Manaças, Elliott Sturtevant, Jennifer Thorogood
Area: 1570.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect

Alexandra Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Avenue Alexandra, , QC H2S,
Area: 3,300 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Lajeunesse Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

“Pierrefonds Library” Winning Entry / Chevalier Morales Architectes

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Chevalier Morales Architectes, in collaboration with DMA Architectes, has won the competition for the design of the Pierrefonds Library in Quebec. The project called for a complete renovation of the existing building to achieve LEED Gold certification and a 2,316 square meter extension that would include new document management technologies. The team’s building design was inspired by Pierrefonds’ old master plans as well as the economic pragmatism of shopping malls.

Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau

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Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau
Location: Montreal, QC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

SoupeSoup / Henri Cleinge

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Architects: Henri Cleinge
Location: , QC,
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Henri Cleinge

Connaught Residence / NatureHumaine

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Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams, Courtesy of NatureHumaine

Stacked House / NatureHumaine

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

‘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.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Pavilion 5 Finalist Proposal / Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

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Just as layers of history accumulate through time to offer varying perspectives on culture and environment, Saucier + Perrotte’s design for the Fifth Pavilion of the Museum of Fine Arts is composed of a series of mineral strata that form a home for the Hornstein collection of art. Floating gently above street level, each marble stratum is superimposed to produce a sculpted volume containing the collection and defining a space dedicated to the next generation of art lovers. Their proposal was recently announced as a finalist in the competition