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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
© ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture

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. Image © Brent Eades
Via Flickr CC User. Image © Brent Eades

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
© Christian Lalonde
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ottawa, ON, 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

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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
© Peter Fritz
© Peter Fritz

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Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates

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

  • Location

    Ottawa, Ontario
  • 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

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University of Ottawa / KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects

01:00 - 13 July, 2013
University of Ottawa / KWC Architects + Diamond Schmitt Architects, Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects
Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Design Team

    Halsall Associates, Goodkey Weedmark, Morrison Hershfield
  • General Contractor

    Aecon
  • Area

    25299.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Request for Qualifications: National Holocaust Monument Competition

01:00 - 25 May, 2013
Request for Qualifications: National Holocaust Monument Competition, Courtesy of The National Capital Commission
Courtesy of The National Capital Commission

Honoring the victims and Canadian survivors of the Holocaust, the National Capital Commission, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is inviting teams of professional artists, architects, landscape architects, and other design professionals to submit their credentials and examples of prior work for the first stage of a two-phase competition to create a national Holocaust monument in Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. This monument will ensure that the Holocaust continues to have a permanent place in our nation’s consciousness and memory. The RFQ document is available now until September 4. To obtain the competition document, and for more information, please visit here.

299 Soper Place / Barry J. Hobin + Associates Architects Inc

01:00 - 7 May, 2013
Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc.
Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc.

Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. Courtesy of doublespace photography and Barry J.Hobin & Associates Architects Inc. +31

Icon: Claridge Homes Proposal / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 18 April, 2013
Icon: Claridge Homes Proposal / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Icon: Claridge Homes is set to become Ottawa’s tallest tower at 45-storeys, transforming the cityscape of the country’s capital and setting a new standard for high quality design and smart densification in the city. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, and as part of the area’s revitalization, the development will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the neighborhood. More images and architects' description after the break.