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UBC Quantum Matter Institute / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

19:00 - 19 September, 2018
UBC Quantum Matter Institute / PUBLIC Architecture + Communication  , © Martin Tessler
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Sechelt Water Resource Centre / PUBLIC

09:00 - 17 June, 2018
Sechelt Water Resource Centre / PUBLIC, © Martin Tessler
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Our Readers Respond: The Cádiz Castle Renovation is, in Fact, Good

09:30 - 18 March, 2016
Our Readers Respond: The Cádiz Castle Renovation is, in Fact, Good, via Leandro Cabello | Carquero Arquitectura
via Leandro Cabello | Carquero Arquitectura

When we began these bi-weekly round-ups of readers' comments back in October, we did so with one key aim: to encourage open, democratic debate with a very low barrier for entry - the type of internet-enabled debate that many architecture critics and publications have given up on. This week, we got a taste of just that kind of rational, professional debate as our readers picked apart the popular opinion in the wider media that the renovation of Cádiz Castle was "a perfect example of how not to restore an old castle." Alongside debates on whether architecture is a form of art and what the AIA should be doing about sustainability, read on to see what our readers had to say after the break.

AD Readers Debate: Calatrava's WTC Hub, the AIA's Sustainability Role, and the Render as a Contract

12:00 - 6 March, 2016
AD Readers Debate: Calatrava's WTC Hub, the AIA's Sustainability Role, and the Render as a Contract, via WTC Progress
via WTC Progress

The past two weeks in architecture have provided plenty to talk about in thanks to some big news stories, such as the opening of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and some hotly-debated articles, such as Lance Hosey’s critique of the AIA’s sustainability leadership. As a result, it’s been a busy couple of weeks in our comment section - read on to find out what ArchDaily readers had to say.

When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It

09:30 - 29 February, 2016
When It Comes to Sustainable Design, Architects Still Don't Get It, Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, which won the RAIC's Green Building Award last year. Image © Martin Tessler

In the face of global doomsday predictions, sustainability has become one of the most crucial aspects of the 21st century, now playing a huge role in everything from politics to the way you dispose of your trash. Fortunately, most architects understand sustainability implicitly, and have adopted it into their lives and work. Or have they? In this article, originally published on Common Edge as "Why Architects Don't Get It," green building expert Lance Hosey highlights the failures of the architecture community in reaching their stated sustainability goals, and argues for a new conception of architecture in which good design and sustainable design are integrated.

A few years ago, the American Institute of Architects, the self-declared “voice of the architecture profession,” announced that "AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education." Why? Because “sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention.” Hooray! If sustainability is “mainstream” now, and knowledge about it is no longer necessary “to maintain competency” and “to advance and improve the profession”—the purpose of continuing education, according to the AIA—then the profession must have met its environmental goals, and there’s nothing left to improve. Mission accomplished.

If only.

Perkins+Will's CIRS Building Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

06:00 - 2 April, 2015
Perkins+Will's CIRS Building Wins RAIC's Green Building Award, A pre-existing ‘desire line’ that cuts through the site was retained.. Image © Martin Tessler
A pre-existing ‘desire line’ that cuts through the site was retained.. Image © Martin Tessler

Perkins+Will's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia has been announced as the recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's 2015 Green Building Award. Granted by the RAIC and Canada Green Building Council, the award celebrates stellar architectural designs adhering to responsiveness to occupants' well-being and environmental responsibility. The CIRS achieved LEED Platinum status and is a regenerative structure, implementing ingenious strategies to sustain net-positive energy, net-zero water, and net-zero carbon in both construction and operation.

Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will's Wood Expert

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will's Wood Expert, IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann - Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller
IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann - Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Wood. The United States is the largest producer of the natural resource in the world. But yet we rarely see it in commercial, high-rise construction. So we asked a wood expert -- Rebecca Holt at Perkins+Will, an analyst for reThink Wood's recent Tall Wood Survey -- to tell us about its potential benefits.

AD: Why is wood a material architects should use in taller buildings?

There are lots of reasons to consider wood – first it has a lower environmental impact than other traditional choices like concrete and steel. Wood is the only major building material that is made the by sun and is completely renewable.

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break.

SFU UniverCity Childcare / HCMA

01:00 - 21 June, 2013
© Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler
  • Architects

  • Location

    Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    HCMA
  • Electrical Engineer

    MMM Group
  • Area

    530.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Earth Sciences Building / Perkins + Will

01:00 - 16 March, 2013
© Martin Tessler
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Peter Busby, Aneta Chmiel, Maginnis Cocivera, Paul Cowcher, Anna Espinoza, Jana Foit, Jeremiah Deutscher, Joerk Gravenstein, Herman Kao, Jon Loewen, Teresa Miller, Soren Schou, Eric Stedman, Julie Wong
  • Area

    15794.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will

01:00 - 13 March, 2013
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability / Perkins + Will, © Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Peter Busby, Martin Nielsen, Maginnis Cocivera, Sebastien Garon, Brian Gasmena, Jörk Grävenstein, Horace Lai, Blair McCarry, Z Smith
  • Supporting Team

    Chessa Adsit-Morris, Clayton Blackman, Loren Cavallin, Imu Chan, William Dahl, Jeremiah Deutscher, Jeff Doble, Robert Drew, Benjamin Engle-Folchert, Bob Greig, Rebecca Holt, Ivan Illic, Herman Kao, Teresa Miller, Sarah Moran, Angelique Pilon, Roselyn Rheaume, Max Richter, Sören Schou, Nathan Shuttleworth, Ray Sun, Kathy Wardle
  • Construction Manager

    Heatherbrae Construction
  • Structural Engineer

    Fast + Epp
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

    Stantec
  • Civil Engineer

    Core Group Consultants
  • Area

    5675.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects

00:00 - 26 July, 2012
Sauder School of Business / Acton Ostry Architects, © Martin Tessler
© Martin Tessler

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  • Architects

  • Location

    The University of British Columbia, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
  • Category

  • Client

    UBC Property Trust
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs