Public Art Sculpture Mirage / Paul Raff Studio

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Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Paul Raff just unveiled a permanent sculpture at the opening of the Waterfront Underpass Park on August 2. Suspended overhead of pedestrians, large scale mirror-like surfaces create an illusory appearance, which bends light rays to produce a displaced image much like a mirage.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

“Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” Exhibition

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Opening September 12, the Design Exchange in Downtown will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November 9, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Sherbourne Common Pavilion / Teeple Architects

© Shai Gil

Architects: Teeple Architects
Location: Sherbourne Common, Waterfront, Ontario, Canada
Completion Date: April 2011
Gross square Footage: 227 sqm
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, Fraic)
Project Manager: Bernard Jin
Design Team: Mark Baechler, Allan Wes Wilson
Photographer: Shai Gil

Evergreen Brick Works / Diamond Schmitt Architects

© Tom Arban

Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Location: ,
Structural Engineers: Hallsall Associates
Construction Manager: Eastern Construction
Heritage Preservation: E.R.A. Architects
Site Area: 11,743 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Patio House / rzlbd

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Architects: rzlbd
Location: Toronto,
Structure: Ali Saeed
Project Manager: Amin Sheivari
Construction: Maxamin Corp.
Living Area: 2,000 sqft
Completion: 2012
Photographs: BorXu Design

  

House 1 / Kyra Clarkson Architect

© Steven Evans Photography

Architects: Kyra Clarkson Architect – Kyra Clarkson, Christopher Glaisek
Location: 154 Rhodes Avenue, , ON,
Completion Date: May 2012
Area: 1,800 sqm (1,260 above grade)
Landscape Architect: Elise Shelley Landscape Architect
Contractor: Collaborative Ventures Inc.
Photographs: Steven Evans Photography

The Weston Family Learning Centre / Hariri Pontari Architects

© Tom Arban

Architects: Hariri Pontari Architects
Location: , , Canada
Client: Art Gallery of Ontario
Built Area: 3,250 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban, Lisa Logan 

Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank

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Taking place at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in , the Columbia Building Intelligence Project Think Tank organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). With the theme of ‘Vectored Resources,’ their seventh Think Tank in Toronto on March 8th from 1-5:3opm will involve rethinking the future of the building industry into four 60-minute sessions followed by roundtable discussions. The discussion panels for this event include Materials and Processes, Assemblies and Systems, Design and Development, and Development and Policy. For more information, please visit here.

St. Johns Rehab / Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farro​w Partnership Architects

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Architects: Montgomery Sisam Architects + Farrow Partnership Architects
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Structural Engineers: Halcrow Yolles
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: MMM Group
Engineers: Vertech Design Inc.
Completion Date: November 2011
Site Area: 23 acres
Total Gross Floor Area: 48,300 sf
Photographs: Tom Arban

   

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition: Metrics or Memories? Installation / nkA

nkA, 150_W Residence / © Peter A. Sellar

Big Enough? Architecture Exhibition held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, now until July 8 features architecture firms Altius Architecture Inc., nkA and who created new installations which explore the idea of what is big enough. In addition, artist Surendra Lawoti presents a photography installation. The Metrics or Memories? installation by nkA seeks to illustrate the potential qualitative returns should we choose to shift focus from the metrics of space to the optimization of spatial experience. More architects’ description after the break.

PLANT Receives Honorable Mention for NPS Roof Garden

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PLANT Architecture has recently been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the City of Toronto’s Urban Design Awards. Held every other year, the awards acknowledge the contributions design has on the local milieu. PLANT’s revitalization of the Nathan Phillips Podium Square (part of Toronto’s iconic City Hall by Viljo Revell) introduces a greenscape to the podium previously occupied solely with a vast hardscaped plaza.

New Commitments for Environmental Transparency

© 2010 2030, Inc. / Architecture 2030

An increasing trend towards sustainable construction within the building industry has resulted in a steady stream of “green” products into the marketplace. It is not uncommon to see products labeled with numerous claims that are certified by previously unheard of governing bodies. Industry leaders recently gathered in at Greenbuild to focus on avenues to increase the transparency of such claims made in the marketplace, and develop an integrated information source to reduce confusion and increase reliability.

© 2010 2030, Inc. / Architecture 2030

Some of the players that are beginning to influence the conversation include the US Green Building Council and the US Forest Service, both of whom are advocates for increased regulation and standardization of Environmental Product Declarations. Architecture 2030 has also introduced a new initiative aimed at the reduction of dependency of fossil fuels in the building life cycle,  reductions in greenhouse gas embodies products, and an overall reduction in energy consumption to carbon-neutral by 2030. With the latest update to the AIA 2030 Commitment, these new initiatives mark an increasing awareness of the overall building life cycle costs and their impact on our environments.

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

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USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.

Thomas L. Wells Public School / Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

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Architects: Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Location: Toronto, , Canada
Project Team: Barry Sampson, Seth Atkins, Geoffrey Thün, Ian Douglas, Yves Bonnardeaux, Mauro Carreño, Gregory Reuter, McMichael Ruth, Andria Vacca, Colin Ripley, Jason Lee
Contractor: Struct-Con Construction
Project Year: 2005
Project Area: 6,108 sqm
Photographs: Tom Arban

Block 24E / KPMB Architects

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Block 24E combines residential building forms of different heights with street-related retail bases to activate the southern portion of Spadina Avenue, one of ’s most important north-south arterials. It anchors the CityPlace development as it transitions from east to west and forms a gateway on Spadina to create a more inviting pedestrian experience. Beyond activating the precinct, its formal silhouette will make a significant statement in support of the Mayor’s and the City of ’s agenda to create a City Beautiful.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 662,734 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square / KPMB Architects

© Tom Arban

Maple Leaf Square will create a bold and energetic 24 hour sports, entertainment and residential precinct in downtown Toronto. Situated between the Toronto Financial District to the north and Harbourfront to the south, and anchored by the adjacent Air Centre, the new complex will consolidate this precinct into a vital sports and entertainment district in the city.

Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Project Area: 1,135,431 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Arban

The Printing Factory Lofts / Montgomery Sisam Architects

© Tom Arban

Architects: Chandler Graham / Montgomery Sisam Architects, joint venture architects inc.
Location: , Ontario,
Developer/Client: Beaverbrook Homes
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: Novatrend Engineering Group Ltd.
Project area: 21,470 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Arban

Panel Discussion with Chris Pommer, Michael Awad and Samantha Sanella

Chris Pommer will be speaking on a panel with Michael Awad and Samantha Sanella this weekend. The discussion will center on building downtown culture, in the context of the Revitalization of Viljo Revell’s archetypal City Hall and Square. Join the discussion – and check out the Outdoor Art Exhibition – NOON ON SUNDAY, 10 July 2011, in the City Hall Rotunda. (The Podium Roof Garden is in full bloom, too, so bring your lunch and enjoy the sun up there.)

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