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National Holocaust Monument / Studio Libeskind

13:00 - 10 October, 2017
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Studio Libeskind's Canadian National Holocaust Monument Opens in Ottawa

14:00 - 3 October, 2017
Studio Libeskind's Canadian National Holocaust Monument Opens in Ottawa, © Doublespace. Courtesy of Studio Libeskind
© Doublespace. Courtesy of Studio Libeskind

The Studio Libeskind-designed Canadian National Holocaust Monument has opened to the public in Ottawa, honoring “the millions of innocent men, women and children who were murdered under the Nazi regime and recognize those survivors who were able to eventually make Canada their home.”

Located on a .79 acre site across from the Canadian War museum, the cast-in-place concrete monument evokes the form of the 6-pointed star of David, deconstructed to create an “experiential environment” laced with symbolism throughout.

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Call for Papers: "Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods"

16:00 - 22 August, 2017
Call for Papers: "Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods", International Making Cities Livable
International Making Cities Livable

Join us in Ottawa to share your achievements and learn from others how we can best promote healthy, sustainable, equitable 10-minute neighborhoods. We shall discuss the best neighborhood models for encouraging walking, biking and public transit, high-density human scale mixed use, places to foster daily social life and community, opportunities for daily contact with nature, and equitable neighborhood planning.

RAIC Honors Roger du Toit with Posthumous 2017 Gold Medal

12:00 - 4 March, 2017
RAIC Honors Roger du Toit with Posthumous 2017 Gold Medal, WaveDecks, Toronto. Image Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto
WaveDecks, Toronto. Image Courtesy of Waterfront Toronto

Canadian architect, landscape architect and urban designer Roger du Toit has been posthumously awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2017 Gold Medal. The influential designer, who passed away in 2015, amassed a rich, diverse portfolio throughout his 45-year career, including Toronto’s CN Tower, Regina’s Wascana Centre, and 45 projects across 25 Canadian university campuses.

His RAIC Gold Medal, recognizing a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian Architecture, will be accepted by his widow Sheila du Toit and two sons at the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa in May.

Wascana Centre. Image Courtesy of Wascana Centre Authority Roger du Toit. Image Courtesy of Sandy Nicholson Aerial View of the CN Tower, Toronto. Image Courtesy of City of Toronto Water's Edge Promenade. Image Courtesy of DTAH + 11

Allan Teramura Named 77th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

08:00 - 21 January, 2016
Allan Teramura Named 77th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where Allan Teramura gave his investiture speech. Image via Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where Allan Teramura gave his investiture speech. Image via Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

On January 15, 2015, Allan Teramura, FRAIC, was named the 77th President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The Ottawa architect is a principal at Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects, and has advocated for healthier, sustainable Aboriginal communities in Canada.

4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

10:30 - 15 May, 2015
4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts, Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will
Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Solar study for Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will + 11

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

01:00 - 28 December, 2014
ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture Chosen to Design Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism, © ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture
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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 Ottawa. 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. 

Dunrobin Shores / Christopher Simmonds Architect

01:00 - 30 August, 2014
Dunrobin Shores / Christopher Simmonds Architect, © Doublespace Photography
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Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

00:00 - 12 May, 2014
Libeskind Selected to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord's Winning Proposal. Image © Government of Canada

Daniel Libeskind’s “elongated Star of David” has been announced today, the architect's 67th birthday, as the winner of an international design competition for Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Selected from a shortlist of six, the winning "Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival" monument is expected to be constructed in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets sometime next year. 

Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument

01:00 - 4 March, 2014
Adjaye and Libeskind Among 6 Proposals Unveiled for Canadian Holocaust Monument, Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada
Team Lord. Image © Government of Canada

David Adjaye and Daniel Libeskind are among six interdisciplinary teams competing to design Canada’s National Holocaust Monument. Planned for an empty, triangular site adjacent to Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, the monument designs are currently undergoing public review before a final decision that will be made by an international jury of design and art professionals this spring. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.  

Review the proposals, after the break...

Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design

01:00 - 19 February, 2014
Winona House / 25:8 Research + Design, © Lorne Shawn Blythe
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The Beaver Barracks Community Housing / Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
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Glebe Residence / Batay-Csorba Architects

01:00 - 9 December, 2013
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The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation

00:00 - 7 December, 2013
The Bank of Canada to Receive Controversial Renovation, Via Flickr CC User. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Via Flickr CC User. Used under Creative Commons

In this interesting report in the Ottawa Citizen, Maria Cook exposes the plan to renovate the Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Building in Ottawa. The existing building, which features a public atrium complete with a tropical garden, is being extensively remodeled to improve security and building performance, although arguably at great cost to the design. Cook exposes how the bank turned down a prestigious design award in 2011 as it was already at that point privately considering the changes, and explains how its privileged position - related to the government but not controlled by it - effectively means that the bank has nobody it has to answer to who might stop these plans. You can read the full article here.

Stacey-Turley Residence / Kariouk

01:00 - 6 December, 2013
Stacey-Turley Residence / Kariouk, © Christian Lalonde
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ottawa, Canada
  • Architect in Charge

    Paul duBellet Kariouk
  • Design Team

    Chris Davis, David King, Sarah McMurtry, Dimitar Mehandjiev, Adam Paquette
  • General Contractor

    R.K. Porter General Contracting Inc
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Shortlist Announced for Canadian Holocaust Monument

01:00 - 5 November, 2013
Shortlist Announced for Canadian Holocaust Monument , Ottawa site of future National Holocaust Monument. Image Courtesy of Canadian Architect
Ottawa site of future National Holocaust Monument. Image Courtesy of Canadian Architect

Daniel Libeskind and David Adjaye, along with four other shortlisted teams, are competing to design the National Holocaust Monument in Canada. Planned to be built in a prominent site in the heart of Ottawa, near the Canadian War Museum, the $4.5 million monument is expected for completion in 2015. 

The jury, made up of internationally renowned art and design professionals, a representative from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council and a Holocaust survivor, chose the following six teams as finalists:

The Hintonburg Six / Colizza Bruni Architecture Inc.

01:00 - 27 September, 2013
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Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates

01:00 - 1 August, 2013
Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates, © John Kealey
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ottawa, Canada
  • Senior Design Associate

    Chris Davis
  • Design Associate

    Sarah McMurtry, David King
  • General Contractor

    Westboro Homes (Nicholas Heins)
  • Landscape

    Empire Enterprises (Brad Beerwort)
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs