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Agent Crystalline Pavilion / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

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Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool / gh3

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Edmonton, Canada
  • Architects: gh3
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5989
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Bossini, Industrias Imar, Deronde, Gabion Wall Systems, +4

St Joseph Seminary / DIALOG

Edmonton, Canada
  • Architects: DIALOG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Pyrok

Royal Alberta Museum / DIALOG

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Edmonton, Canada
  • Architects: DIALOG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  22000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Rogers Place and the ICE District / HOK

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Edmonton, Canada
  • Architects: HOK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  102195
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Irwin Seating Company, Zahner, Claro, Scoreboard

MacEwan University, Allard Hall / Revery Architecture

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© Ema Peter

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Edmonton, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  430000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ducharme, Garibaldi Glass, Legrand, Aluminum Curtain Wall Systems, Flynn, +1

Canada's First Ever Funicular Opens in Downtown Edmonton

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.

Publically funded, the $24million project features the 100 Street Funicular to transport mobility aids, strollers, and bikes, as well as a generous staircase for walking, running and lounging. Concrete sitting blocks are dispersed up the 170 steps from a promenade at the bottom. Visitors can walk along the promenade to a lookout point or ascend the stairs or funicular to the raised lookout for extensive views of the river valley.

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12 Libraries You Should Bookmark Right Now

Like a reader hooked on a bestselling thriller, the design of libraries has enthralled architects and the general public for centuries. From the classical mahogany grandeur of the world-famous Long Room at Trinity College Dublin to the post-war, brick modernism of the British Library in London, the important role of libraries in our lives has historically demanded a degree of architectural thought and consideration.

In recent times, however, that historic role has changed. With the digital age revolutionizing how we access, research, and communicate information, libraries are no longer reserved exclusively for books. Libraries today must act as ‘information hubs’, with the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of media and arts. Architects have responded to the challenge of a new era, reimagining how libraries are built, experienced, and utilized, without entirely throwing away the rule book. 

Below, we have rounded-up 12 libraries from around the world, all with architecture from the top shelf.

John Fry Sports Park Pavilion / The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc.

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Infographic: The Life of Le Corbusier by Vincent Mahé

French artist and illustrator Vincent Mahé has shared his most recent work with us -- a series of illustrations made for a special edition of Telerama magazine that depicts the life of the renowned Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier. In just eight pages, the artist highlights the most relevant facts of this unforgettable architect's life. Expressed in green and pink tones, we can see key moments that have without a doubt shifted the course of contemporary architecture, with the extreme care and clarity that Mahé's work presents us.

View the eight illustrations after the break.

Clareview Community Recreation Centre / Teeple Architects

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Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supported “Vaulted Willow” with Ultra-Thin Aluminum Shells

The Edmonton Arts Council has commissioned Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY to construct an “architectural folly” in the Canadian city’s Borden Park. The project, known as “Vaulted Willow,” aims to “resolve and delineate structure, skin and ornamentation into a single unified system” by “exploring lightweight, ultra-thin, self-supported shells through the development of custom computational protocols of structural form-finding and descriptive geometry.”

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Highlands Branch Library / schmidt hammer lassen architects + Marshall Tittemore Architects

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Edmonton, Canada

Borden Park Pavilion / gh3

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  • Architects: gh3
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  245
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Vitrum

FaulknerBrowns Propose Community Velodrome Scheme in Canada

British based FaulknerBrowns Architects have proposed plans for "one of only two velodromes in recent memory being planned" in the city of Edmonton, Canada. In a place where winters are cold and long, reaching -20 degrees celcius, the facility can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use throughout the year. Clad in Canadian timber and polished stainless steel shingles wrapping around the building like a "twisted ribbon resembling the twisted sinuous cycle track," the scheme will be only the second major indoor cycle track facility in the country.

Jasper Place Branch Library / HCMA/Dub Architects

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Edmonton, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

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  • Architects: MJMA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220000 Area:  220000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

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W12 - Real Time Control Building #3 Proposal / gh3

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Located on the corner of 84th Street NW and Jasper Avenue, on the northern bank of the North Saskatchewan River and just east of Edmonton’s downtown core, the W12 – Real Time Control Building building, playing a crucial role in punctuating open public space along the river’s edge. Designed by gh3, the building will be highly visible from the north, south and east, seen from a series of vantage points ranging from distant to near. The project is an opportunity to invest in the design of the plant enclosure while celebrating the importance of municipal infrastructure and recognizing the role infrastructure buildings have in shaping the built fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.