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Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Wins 2018 RAIC Gold Medal

11:40 - 21 February, 2018
Saucier + Perrotte Architectes Wins 2018 RAIC Gold Medal, Saint- Laurent Sports Complex. Image © Olivier Blouin Photographer
Saint- Laurent Sports Complex. Image © Olivier Blouin Photographer

Gilles Saucier, FIRAC, and André Perrotte, FIRAC, founding partners of Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, have been awarded the 2018 RAIC Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada to an individual or team of individuals in recognition of “a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.”

The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria

09:30 - 2 February, 2018
The Politics of Vacancy: The History, and Future, of Toronto's Condo Euphoria, © Manuel Alvarez Diestro
© Manuel Alvarez Diestro

The City of Toronto has a long, fraught relationship with development and vacancy. The map of the initial Toronto Purchase of 1787 between the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the British Crown, which would later establish the colonial territory that became Toronto, conceives of the landscape as a single, clearly defined vacant lot anxious for development. Or, as artist Luis Jacob better described it, “signifying nothing but an empty page waiting to be inscribed at will.” Over two-hundred years later, as housing availability, prices, and rental shortages drive vertical condominium developments in the city, the politics of the vacant lot have never felt so palpable.

Top Young North American Firms Win The Architectural League's 2018 Emerging Voices Awards

12:40 - 1 February, 2018
Top Young North American Firms Win The Architectural League's 2018 Emerging Voices Awards, Bruma House; Estado de México, Mexico, 2017 / Fernanda Canales + Claudia Rodríguez. Photography: Rafael Gamo. Image © Fernanda Canales
Bruma House; Estado de México, Mexico, 2017 / Fernanda Canales + Claudia Rodríguez. Photography: Rafael Gamo. Image © Fernanda Canales

The Architectural League of New York has announced the recipients of its 2018 Emerging Voices awards, spotlighting individuals and firms “with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.”

Canada's First Ever Funicular Opens in Downtown Edmonton

16:00 - 23 December, 2017
Canada's First Ever Funicular Opens in Downtown Edmonton, © Brock Kryton
© Brock Kryton

Last week marked the opening of Canada’s first ever funicular in downtown Edmonton, a cable-mechanized incline elevator aimed at making the city’s largest green space more accessible.

New Renderings Reveal Interiors of Shigeru Ban-Designed World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Building in Vancouver

14:00 - 8 December, 2017
New Renderings Reveal Interiors of Shigeru Ban-Designed World’s Tallest Hybrid Timber Building in Vancouver, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects / PortLiving
Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects / PortLiving

A new set of renderings has been released the Shigeru Ban Architects’ Terrace House development in Vancouver, revealing the interiors of the residential building for the first time. Being developed by PortLiving, the project will utilize an innovative hybrid timer structural system. When completed, it will become the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world.

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto

14:25 - 6 October, 2017
Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Canada's Tallest Building in Toronto, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Canada’s future tallest building, The One, has broken ground in downtown Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 85-story building will become the country’s first supertall skyscraper (commonly defined as taller than 300 meters/980 feet), rising to a peak of 306 meters (1,004 feet). The tower will also take over the title of Canada’s second tallest manmade structure, behind only the CN Tower.

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.”

Ethereal Riverside Theatre and Garden To Be Canada's Newest Destination

12:00 - 23 September, 2017
Ethereal Riverside Theatre and Garden To Be Canada's Newest Destination, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, the Stratford Festival revealed Hariri Pontarini Architects’ design for their new Tom Patterson Theatre at a town hall meeting last month. According to Antoni Cimolino, the Stratford Festival’s Artistic Director, the company desires a new facility that compares to distinguished theatres worldwide. 

Canadian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Indigenous Design

14:00 - 22 September, 2017
Canadian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Explore Indigenous Design, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec. © <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcymet/6902860395/in/photolist-bvYXUp-fp97EN-foTSUx-SR5BKE-foTZTx-STS7Se-5mFADJ-foTPYa-foTUWn-foU24g-foU1pP-5mGEue-bto67V-hTBwVj-hTCbix-4M3qX-cQAYBf-4abMgJ-pEWi6U-fp9a17-fp95Eu-foTUnZ-foTSmr-fp9i4E-foTYWV-4ufRM8-dHEWaH-hTBvLA-fjwZDY-dHLkCE-6h9e1Q-hTBzZA-dHEVMn-bkXNgx-eJV6N3-fp95Xo-eggaue-yTrRiW-eJVc35-foTVZ4-dHKsSb-fp95iG-fp9fbj-bkXFTa-dHE7ea-ajyBLZ-bkXANz-dejox5-dejoD2-eJP2va'>Flickr user bcymet.</a> Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec. © Flickr user bcymet. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Canada Council of the Arts has selected Indigenous design project UNCEDED to represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Led by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, the exhibition will bring attention to and analyze the architecture of Indigenous cultures from across Turtle Island (the Indigenous name for North America). 

Inside Vancouver's Brock Commons, the World's Tallest Mass Timber Building

06:00 - 18 September, 2017
Inside Vancouver's Brock Commons, the World's Tallest Mass Timber Building, Courtesy of naturallywood.com
Courtesy of naturallywood.com

“Plyscraper,” “woodscraper,” call it what you will, but the timber age is upon us. Brock Commons Tallwood House, the recently completed student residence building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, now occupies a prominent position within architecture: the tallest building with a timber structure in the world.

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