Archinect - News 2014-09-02T11:34:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/106419197/have-a-seat-at-the-urban-reef-installation-in-downtown-vancouver-canada Have a seat at the "Urban Reef" installation in downtown Vancouver, Canada Justine Testado 2014-08-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:06:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tl/tlf8otn1m8mquaal.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Meandering down a section of Robson Street on the iconic 800 block in downtown Vancouver, passers-by can sit, relax, play, and socialize on the "Urban Reef" installation. Designed by Kaz Bremner and Jeremiah Deutscher with local furniture collective Higher Works, Urban Reef won the inaugural VIVA Vancouver: Robson Redux design-build competition out of 78 submissions worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The competition had entrants create a temporary urban installation to transform the block to a welcoming public plaza from Canada Day (July 1) until Labor Day (September 1).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/su/su0ovyqg9vkrscwc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3j/3j03rmqc0x8v6bv0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vglpt2wecaf0zfkw.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/urban_reef_wins_robson_redux_2014_in_downtown_vancouver_canada/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Check out a timelapse video and the making-of teaser below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104171398/sorry-your-phone-is-blocked-in-this-coffee-bar Sorry, Your Phone Is Blocked In This Coffee Bar Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:47:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8ff9c3853d9da95cc95dd6c26d93b860.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist Julien F. Thomas and architecture office Hughes Condon Marler have designed a coffee bar in Vancouver that disconnects you from all wireless networks once you&rsquo;re inside. The Faraday Caf&eacute; in Vancouver got its name from the Faraday Cage, a material shield around the bar&rsquo;s interior that was built by the designers to block all electromagnetic signals. By creating a place without any digital connections the owners [...] hope to restore non-digital, social interaction between people.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103861502/transformable-street-furniture-for-the-homeless Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T13:49:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ff37d53657926fbc972a6022dc61379b.jpg" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Street furniture is mostly used during the day and not used during the night, except by some homeless, who spend the night on the public benches in parks and on squares. RainCity Housing, a non-profit that provides specialized housing for people living with mental illness and addiction, has launched multi-functional street furniture that can be used as seating during the day and &lsquo;comfortable&rsquo; sleeping places for the homeless at night time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101804303/anti-homeless-spikes-are-just-the-latest-in-defensive-urban-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anti-homeless spikes are just the latest in 'defensive urban architecture'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98918046/interview-with-vancouver-art-gallery-s-director-how-will-herzog-de-meuron-s-new-museum-impact-canadian-architecture Interview with Vancouver Art Gallery's director: how will Herzog & de Meuron's new museum impact Canadian architecture? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:55:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/kl9ksd7x1rt7k8c2.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98899857/herzog-de-meuron-wins-their-first-canadian-project-with-designing-the-new-vancouver-art-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced y</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98899857/herzog-de-meuron-wins-their-first-canadian-project-with-designing-the-new-vancouver-art-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">esterday</a> on Archinect, the Vancouver Art Gallery has selected the Swiss firm Herzog &amp; de Meuron to design their new building. The new museum&rsquo;s site will double the footprint of the old neoclassical building, and relocate the museum to a newly densifying area of Vancouver&rsquo;s downtown. Herzog &amp; de Meuron were chosen from a prestigious shortlist due to their sensitivity to place when designing institutional structures, creating forms attentive and responsive to the local area. &nbsp;Archinect spoke with the museum&rsquo;s director, Kathleen S. Bartels, about what this means for the museum&rsquo;s legacy and the future of Canadian architecture.</p><p><strong>Archinect: What in particular of Herzog &amp; de Meuron&rsquo;s previous work appealed to the Vancouver Art Museum?</strong></p><p>Kathleen S. Bartels: What we found so interesting and inspiring about Herzog &amp; de Meuron&rsquo;s work is that they&rsquo;re extraordinarily creative. They&rsquo;re real innovators in museum design, they&rsquo;ve built twenty museums around the world. They have an ability ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98899857/herzog-de-meuron-wins-their-first-canadian-project-with-designing-the-new-vancouver-art-gallery Herzog & de Meuron wins their first Canadian project with designing the new Vancouver Art Gallery Justine Testado 2014-04-29T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:54:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9ab5cnyci07btyj1.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron will be designing the new Vancouver Art Gallery, as announced today by the institution. The space of the current 300,000 sq.ft Gallery will be doubled and provide facilities to support the museum's continuously increasing number of collections, exhibitions, and programs. Among Herzog &amp; de Meuron's notable cultural institution projects worldwide,&nbsp; the new Vancouver Art Gallery will be the Swiss firm's first Canadian project. Conceptual designs are expected to be revealed in early 2015.</p><p>HdM was selected out of a star-studded shortlist that consisted of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> (New York), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> (New York), <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/19801/kpmb-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPMB Architects </a>(Toronto), and <a href="http://archinect.com/sanaa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SANAA</a> (Tokyo). The finalists, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90858670/vancouver-art-gallery-opens-up-shortlist-ring-to-five-international-design-heavyweights" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">who were announced in January</a>, were chosen out of 75 firms from 16 countries who submitted to an open Request for Qualifications process issued by the Gallery.</p><p>Here's more detail about the project from the Vancouver Art Gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zh/zhik04ydrha4l1b4.jpg"></p><p>"The Vancouver Art Gallery&rsquo;s Architect Selection...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96032669/bright-nights-at-ted2014-vancouver-with-chrome-powered-aerial-sculpture Bright nights at TED2014 Vancouver with Chrome-powered aerial sculpture Justine Testado 2014-03-19T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwmhiu2j0reoefqy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donning a spectrum of colors and moving beams of light, the "Unnumbered Sparks" installation comes to life every night as it hovers near the site of the 30th anniversary <a href="http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TED2014 world conference</a> in downtown Vancouver, Canada.</p><p>Artist <a href="http://www.echelman.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Echelman</a> and director of the Google Data Art Group <a href="http://www.aaronkoblin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Koblin</a> -- who both spoke at TED2011 -- collaborated in designing the aerial sculpture just in time for TED2014. Echelman officially introduced the work earlier this week at the conference.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2jrdigmqd3kecdz.jpg"></p><p>The 745-foot net, which is powered by Google Chrome and other modern web technologies, can be choreographed by visitors using their smartphones or tablets to "paint" the sculpture in real time.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nxjjf1vzbtsgnns.jpg"><br><br>Visitors in the area will be able to interact with Unnumbered Sparks every night until Saturday, March 22.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the creative process behind the piece.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90858670/vancouver-art-gallery-opens-up-shortlist-ring-to-five-international-design-heavyweights Vancouver Art Gallery opens up shortlist ring to five international design heavyweights Alexander Walter 2014-01-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T11:18:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wox1wrvjmol09vm.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heat is on in the architectural competition for Vancouver Art Gallery's new downtown home on a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. From a pool of 75 applicants, the gallery narrowed down a shortlist of five firms &mdash; all of which are no strangers to designing world-class exhibition spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The five finalists are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York)</li> <li> Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York)</li> <li> Herzog &amp; de Meuron (Basel)</li> <li> KPMB Architects (Toronto)</li> <li> SANAA (Tokyo)</li> </ul><p> Could this be the welcome redemption time for TWBTA after <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90772488/american-folk-art-museum-will-be-razed-in-diller-scofidio-renfro-s-moma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">it was announced</a> just yesterday that DS+R's MoMA expansion will officially raze the much beloved <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/8366/american-folk-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Folk Art Museum</a>? <em>(*ding ding ding!*)</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82774294/artist-jay-senetchko-builds-full-scale-farmhouse-as-an-extension-of-his-paintings-show-opens-tomorrow-in-vancouver Artist Jay Senetchko builds full-scale farmhouse as an extension of his paintings; show opens tomorrow in Vancouver Justine Testado 2013-09-26T20:23:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T18:05:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbrcsy0h22ml29kn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "Industry and the Sleepwatchers" by artist Jay Senetchko from Vancouver, BC is a three-part art installation based on a poignant narrative of paintings that re-imagines the everyday lives of the artist's paternal grandmother Ann Senetchko and her husband Pete Senetchko, who was involved in the Alberta oil patch as a tool-pusher. The opening reception will be this Friday, Sept. 27 from 7-10 pm at an open space at a local Sole Foods Street Farm, an organization that transforms vacant land into fruitful working farms in Vancouver.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6lqpcpfyit4hpu29.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r6/r60fvru423fdcecv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Taking place in a life-size prairie farmhouse the artist constructed just two weeks earlier this month, the story behind this installation examines the positive and negative aspects of how the oil and gas industry affect domestic life--two elements the artist describes as "definitive of contemporary reality." Although Senetchko's grandfather was able to provide a comfortable life for his wife, he spent a great deal of time away from the house--and from he...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81595778/first-annual-lamp-design-challenge-exhibition-coming-in-october First annual LAMP design challenge/exhibition coming in October Justine Testado 2013-09-11T14:18:00-04:00 >2013-09-20T15:55:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08r7q0ngencp9vbv.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This will be an opportunity for those already engaged with architecture to re-imagine their talents in more conceptual explorations and a way for the public to engage with architecture in a format they may have never experienced.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Annika Hagen, Nicole Fox and Tyler Greentree of <a href="http://welovelamp.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAMP</a> (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) from Vancouver, BC will be hosting their first annual LAMP event--a live design installation exhibition and creative challenge--on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Woodwards Atrium.</p> <p> LAMP invited four local architectural designers to participate in this one-night gala event. Bryn Davidson, Jorge Siemsen, Oliver Neumann + Cristian Schmitt, and Simon Montgomery were each given a thematic word to reinterpret and lighting packages to incorporate into their projects, and were assigned site-specific areas within the Woodwards Atrium. Other than that, they have complete freedom over their projects. The designers were given three months to create their pieces and have two days to install them in the Atrium. Then on the evening of Oct. 3, the results will be on display for the public to interact with and experience.</p> <p> <br> You can click <a href="http://welovelamp.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to purchase tickets, watch interviews with the designers, and more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77133222/three-teams-shortlisted-for-emily-carr-university-s-new-campus-in-vancouver Three teams shortlisted for Emily Carr University's new campus in Vancouver Archinect 2013-07-15T13:42:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T13:49:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zp/zp6wkq20etxbomxl.jpg" width="210" height="204" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eight national and international proponent teams responded to the RFQ. Following evaluation, three teams were shortlisted: Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects, Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects (with Vancouver&rsquo;s Chernoff Thompson Architects), and Toronto-based Zeidler Partnership Architects (with B+H Architects, a firm with an office in Vancouver).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Read more about the Emily Carr Great Northern Way Campus <a href="http://www.ecuad.ca/gnwcampus/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66291753/patkau-architects-chosen-to-design-new-presentation-house-gallery-in-vancouver Patkau Architects chosen to design new Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver Archinect 2013-01-26T11:34:00-05:00 >2013-01-26T13:58:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6fd2dd983e0cdc915f5cb8d7060b2ec.jpg" width="470" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver-based Patkau Architects has been chosen to design Presentation House Gallery's new home at the foot of Lonsdale Ave. One of Canada&rsquo;s most notable architectural firms, Patkau's buildings include the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver and the new School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, currently under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58618930/pop-rocks-soft-urban-boulder-field Pop Rocks: Soft Urban Boulder Field Alexander Walter 2012-10-04T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwu2alu1dyg7odsk.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vancouver hosted a fascinating hybrid of public spatial art and waste material upcycling in its downtown area this summer: Pop Rocks, a temporary installation that covered a full city block. The project is fabricated entirely from post-consumer and post-industrial waste from the metropolitan Vancouver region.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The installation, an equal collaboration between <a href="http://www.msaprojects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matthew Soules Architecture</a> and <a href="http://www.afjdstudio.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AFJD Studio</a> (Amber Frid-Jimenez &amp; Joe Dahmen), engages tactically with these materials to produce soft forms that extend the typical range of active and passive social activities, fostering unexpected social encounters and new perspectives on the city.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52228076/dark-realities-lurking-in-vancouver Dark realities lurking in Vancouver Orhan Ayyüce 2012-06-22T12:47:00-04:00 >2012-06-29T23:31:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kdvlpu6ppq4watm.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. They said this corrosion of caring and social isolation hurts them personally and hurts their community.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Regardless of its textbook urban success with its new buildings, neighborhoods, geography and living&nbsp;standards,&nbsp;Vancouver&nbsp;also faces some disturbing truths about creeping isolation,&nbsp;loneliness, racial and ethnic intolerance and other psychosocial urban perils. Perhaps these are due to over gentrification and other actions, but recent survey by the Vancouver Foundation focuses on some tough issues in the community and raises critical questions most other economically developed cities are also facing.</p> <p> Did hi-end urbanization become a&nbsp;socially&nbsp;divisive trend? Sort of walled living for the individuals with their own kind? And what would the long term effects of these new problems be?&nbsp;</p> <p> Somethings to ponder as we call this "an&nbsp;urban century" and most urbanisms these days are&nbsp;associated&nbsp;with "upgrading" the neighborhoods.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45328468/big-s-490-foot-tall-beach-and-howe-tower-for-vancouver BIG’s 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe Tower for Vancouver Alexander Walter 2012-04-17T14:38:00-04:00 >2012-04-23T02:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9xo92x32lnoy3yc2.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Copenhagen darlings BIG have unveiled their design for the 490-foot-tall Beach and Howe tower in Vancouver, a collaboration with Westbank, Dialog, Cobalt, PFS, Buro Happold, Glotman Simpson and local architect James Cheng. The new mixed-use tower marks the entry point to downtown Vancouver, forming a welcoming gateway to the city, while adding another unique structure to the city's skyline.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After the first <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/38081762/beach-howe-tower-proposal-vancouver-big-tower-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">leaked renderings</a> from a few weeks ago, here some official images from BIG directly.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/41907142/can-wooden-skyscrapers-transform-concrete-jungles Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles? Archinect 2012-03-18T23:48:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T02:37:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ikf91xpixmiumiu.jpg" width="492" height="501" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swapping cement and steel for timber is the vision of a number of environmentally-minded architects who are planning high-rise buildings across the world. Architect Michael Green has plans for a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver, while plans are afoot in Norway and Austria for 17- and 20-story buildings that use wood as the main building material, eschewing steel and concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/38081762/beach-howe-tower-proposal-vancouver-big-tower-bjarke-ingels-group Beach & Howe Tower Proposal Vancouver BIG Tower Bjarke Ingels Group Archinect 2012-02-14T18:37:00-05:00 >2012-02-16T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d61979a579435cae4b8a9a7b7a4ffda.jpg" width="514" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposal is for a mixed-use development. On the Howe Street side, there will be a 49-storey residential tower with a 9-storey podium which includes market rental housing, commercial uses, and a childcare facility. The building height is at 150 metres and will be the tallest building on the southern end of downtown and the 4th tallest building in the city, unless the Ritz Carlton site gets developed before this, in which case it would be the 5th tallest.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30945408/high-tech-greenhouse-planned-for-downtown-vancouver-parkade-rooftop High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop Archinect 2011-12-14T20:25:34-05:00 >2011-12-23T11:01:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e104c9419eb51af96883488eb2983951.jpg" width="411" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inside of the greenhouse will be anything but ordinary. Four-metre-high stacks of growing trays on motorized conveyors will ferry plants up, down and around for watering, to capture the sun&rsquo;s rays and then move them into position for an easy harvest. The array will produce about the same amount of produce as 6.4 hectares (16 acres) of California fields, according to Christopher Ng, chief operating officer of Valcent.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/4265446/leed-platinum-vancouver-convention-centre-takes-home-top-ten-aia-cote-award LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Centre Takes Home Top Ten AIA COTE Award yukaroni 2011-04-26T15:52:49-04:00 >2011-04-28T00:18:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pweo5b3dp4sd9yp4.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Vancouver Convention Centre was first completed we were totally blown away by its gorgeous (and huge!) green roof as well as its many green features. So we weren't surprised when the convention centre was recently recognized by the AIA landing its place among the Committee On The Environment's (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The gorgeous green-roofed Vancouver Convention Centre was just recognized by the AIA as being one of this year's Top 10 Green Projects.</p>