Archinect - News 2017-06-23T01:30:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150013624/former-us-embassy-building-is-declared-culturally-inappropriate-for-canadian-indigenous-center Former US Embassy Building Is Declared Culturally-Inappropriate for Canadian Indigenous Center Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-20T19:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-21T13:59:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/98/98bduuzs2hjlnlf9.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Classical revival is perhaps the architectural style most identified with colonization. This building, which references Washington architecture, is a building of formal rooms, offices, and&nbsp;hierarchies, echoing structures of European authority.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This June the federal government announced that the US' former embassy building in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/354806/ottawa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ottawa</a>&nbsp;will become a space dedicated to Inuit, M&eacute;tis and First Nations communities which the task force of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/429146/raic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RAIC</a> finds to be a deeply inappropriate space for an Indigenous Centre. </p> <p><em>"Canada's Indigenous communities have, for too long, been forced into leftover spaces that fail to connect in any meaningful way to their cultures and unique connectivity to place" </em>says the task force, composed of about 30 mostly Indigenous architects, architectural students, interns and academics. </p> <p>Dr. Patrick Stewart, the chair of the task force suggests that the federal government should provide capital dollars for the design and construction of a structure based upon Indigenous knowledge and&nbsp;through the use of Indigenous architects. </p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150011109/royal-architectural-institute-of-canada-releases-a-statement-affirming-its-responsibility-to-combat-climate-change Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Releases a Statement Affirming its Responsibility to Combat Climate Change Joanna Kloppenburg 2017-06-06T13:43:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T13:44:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eh/eh1jqmxjpxy654d2.jpg" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/429147/royal-architectural-institute-of-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Architectural Institute of Canada</a> (RAIC) proclaimed yesterday its commitment to enforcing measures of sustainability within the Canadian architecture community. The statement was released in support of a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150010451/the-us-is-withdrawing-from-the-paris-agreement-here-s-the-aia-s-response" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">letter</a> published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the wake of President Donald Trump&rsquo;s announcement last week that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement initiated to curb climate change.&nbsp;</p><p>The RAIC&rsquo;s statement reads:</p><p><em>&ldquo;The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) affirms the continued commitment of the Canadian architecture community to designing a more sustainable world and making the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement a reality.</em></p><p><em>&lsquo;Each of us has a responsibility in our work and with our everyday choices to ensure a sustainable future,&rsquo; says RAIC President-Elect Michael Cox, FRAIC. &lsquo;The RAIC applauds and whole-heartedly endorses the American Institute of Architects&rsquo; commitment to continue to exercise that responsibility.&rsquo;</em></p><p><em>The RAIC join...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150009121/twelve-tacoma-by-aleph-bau-is-your-typical-row-house-with-a-secret-only-seen-from-above Twelve Tacoma by Aleph-Bau is your typical row house with a secret only seen from above Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-24T15:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T11:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ap/ap8e90j6g4v3fnlo.jpg" width="650" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1880/toronto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto</a>'s central Summerhill neighborhood sits a steady line-up of typical 19th century workers' row houses. Nestled among them, between the colored brick facades and conventional front porches, is Twelve Tacoma, designed by the Toronto-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/68551579/aleph-bau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aleph-Bau</a>. Drawing on the surrounding vernacular, the design mimics the ordinary signifiers typical of the neighboring homes but with a contemporary bent, notably in its unusual choice in materials. For example, the awning over the door&mdash;standard for this block&mdash;is updated with plexiglass. The white paint further distinguishes this home as an elegant and crisp addition to the block.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3y/3ywl6k7nbropqf11.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ht/htuaw4n8ilkhks5q.jpg"></p><p>From above, the home begins to depart much more from its surroundings than one would have assumed from the street. An upper level has been added to the row house, cladded in corrugated aluminum&mdash;a material once common to industrial spaces that has gained popularity amongst architects over the years due to its affordability, durability, and availability. The extensio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007011/canada-post-unveils-new-stamp-to-commemorate-the-50th-anniversary-of-habitat-67 Canada Post unveils new stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Habitat 67 Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T10:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u7/u7pyvt4ws180vjhh.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Habitat 67&mdash;the iconic housing complex designed by Moshe Safdie for Expo 67&mdash;turned 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, we sat down and talked with Safdie about the experience and how it influenced his career. Meanwhile, the Canada Post celebrated the anniversary by unveiling a new commemorative stamp featuring the building. Safdie himself presented it during a ceremony at the building.</p><p>Check out our interview with Safdie <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150006127/moshe-safdie-reflects-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-habitat-67-the-masterpiece-he-completed-at-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004635/what-does-trump-s-20-tariff-hike-on-canadian-softwoods-mean-for-architecture What does Trump's 20% tariff hike on Canadian softwoods mean for architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-29T13:51:00-04:00 >2017-05-01T15:23:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t8/t88570q8ed10333e.jpg" width="650" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/24/another-bad-act-on-the-part-of-the-canadians-trump-administration-launches-punitive-tariffs-on-canadian-lumber/?utm_term=.56bdee518008&amp;wpisrc=nl_most&amp;wpmm=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">higher timber prices as a result of Trump's new tarriff</a> mean for architecture? Dr. Warren Mabee, who is the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation at Queen's University, told me over the phone that it will likely halt or significantly alter the design and construction of formerly ubiquitous wood-frame residences. "I think one of the big things you're going to see, particularly in the U.S., is that introducing this type of tariff or countervailing duty, is that it will drive up the price of lumber. What that will mean is that for architects who are specializing particularly in residential construction, where there is a lot of wood and wood frame that goes into it, they may find themselves limited in what they can do.&nbsp;So if you're building something that's on a budget or something that's going to use a lot of wood, you may find yourself in a position where the costs are now going to be substantively higher than prior to the tariff being intr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150002576/raic-distinguishes-montreal-s-biblioth-que-du-bois-with-2017-green-building-award RAIC distinguishes Montreal's Bibliothèque du Boisé with 2017 Green Building Award Justine Testado 2017-04-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T20:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p9ua9msj313r5hs7.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built to serve Saint-Laurent's diverse community in Montreal, the Biblioth&egrave;que du Bois&eacute; has collected another honorable accolade. Today, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awarded the public library with its 2017 Green Building Award.&nbsp;The award will be presented during the RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa on May 24 to 27.</p><p>After winning the City of Montreal's design competition, the Cardinal Hardy&nbsp;+&nbsp;Labont&eacute; Marcil +&nbsp;Eric Pelletier architecte consortium designed the&nbsp;6,000 square-meter LEED-Platinum library, which was inaugurated in 2013. (Eric Pelletier architecte and Cardinal Hardy merged with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26629205/lemay-associ-s-architecture-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lemay</a> in 2013 and 2014, respectively.)&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s8/s8j903ccn1kyae71.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m7/m71li1j4pjgu9v5p.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Doublespace Photography</em></p><p>With ample natural lighting and warm touches of wood, the building&nbsp;comprises various cultural and community spaces: the library, administration, exhibit space,&nbsp;museum archives,&nbsp;meeting rooms, youth areas, and a cafe.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sa/sa1d5o5eh8v0opmd.jpg"><br><em>Photo &copy; Yien Chao.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2p/2pp4qi1z4eg1mn8i.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w5/w5q9srq50t1b93z4.jpg"><br><em>Photos &copy; Doublespace Photography.</em></p><p>As for sustainability strategies, the bu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995826/d-arcy-jones-architecture-named-raic-2017-emerging-architectural-practice-winner D'Arcy Jones Architecture named RAIC 2017 Emerging Architectural Practice winner Justine Testado 2017-03-07T19:16:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:17:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbj6fp519pngtxsn.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada announced <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/25512/d-arcy-jones-design-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D'Arcy Jones Architecture</a> (DJA), a nine-person studio from Vancouver, as the 2017 Emerging Architecture Practice Award winner. The yearly award recognizes the&nbsp;principals of an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture &mdash; based on criteria including quality of built work, service to clients, innovations in practice, and public recognition.</p><p>Founded by D'Arcy Jones in 2005, DJA's&nbsp;portfolio&nbsp;comprises mostly of residential projects, but also includes commercial spaces, art galleries, housing, interiors, and renovations that skillfully integrate interior and exterior spaces. So far, DJA has ongoing and completed projects in British Columbia, Ontario, Washington, California,&nbsp;and Switzerland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uh/uhar1um6xvzfvnzc.jpg"><br><em>Friesen-Wong House.</em></p><p>The selection jury commended DJA's thoughtful approach to the adaptive reuse of older buildings, particularly at a time when almost&nbsp;1,000 demolition permits are issued in Vancou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993305/a-canadian-developer-is-building-an-enclave-of-world-class-architecture-in-the-alberta-foothills A Canadian developer is building an enclave of world-class architecture in the Alberta foothills Nicholas Korody 2017-02-22T12:26:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T13:53:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oy6sgw3od8ip3kc.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ian MacGregor, the president and chief executive of North West Upgrading Inc. and a self-described &ldquo;guy who works in the oil business&rdquo;, is <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/calgary-and-edmonton/in-alberta-foothills-a-plan-to-build-an-enclave-of-world-classarchitecture/article34071267/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reportedly</a> planning to fund and develop a cluster of architectural icons in the idyllic foothills of Alberta. Dubbed the Carraig Ridge, the community will be located between Cochrane and Canmore. Already, the 650-acre site hosts &ldquo;the Rock House&rdquo; designed by Seattle-based architect James Cutler of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/17256cutler-anderson-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutler Anderson Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t3/t34cii97a8vizbd4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yw/ywybok3kbsnckjxz.jpg"></p><p>MacGregor, compelled by the beauty of the region, says he bought the $20-million site to avoid its division into a series of smaller parcels. Despite his profession, the developer is committed to preserving the area&rsquo;s environment. He brought some notable conservation planners, including Randall Arendt and Christopher Alexander, to scope out the site.</p><p>Now, the development will host 44 lots between two and five acres. Each parcel is priced at $1.05 million&mdash;unless you&rsquo;re willing to put up an extra million to get a sleek home design...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989727/at-age-90-phyllis-lambert-looks-back-on-her-career-in-cca-exhibition At age 90, Phyllis Lambert looks back on her career in CCA exhibition Justine Testado 2017-02-01T18:30:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T21:26:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j8/j81j4isskosjjkse.jpg" width="650" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phyllis Lambert is 90 years strong, and the impact she has made in architecture in the last six decades still resonates to this day. While her influence in architecture is well known, what is Lambert's perspective on her own career? In celebration of her 90th birthday that was on January 24, the CCA in Montreal is currently exhibiting &ldquo;Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years at Work&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Curated by the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46248430/canadian-centre-for-architecture-cca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CCA</a> Founding Director Emeritus herself, the exhibition highlights milestones like the early days in her career, her iconic role as Director of Planning of the Seagram Building, to her conservation and restoration projects in her native Montreal and abroad.&nbsp;</p><p>Find out more <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5440/don-t-miss-phyllis-lambert-75-years-at-work-currently-at-the-canadian-centre-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988426/first-look-at-the-2017-international-garden-festival-landscape-installations First look at the 2017 International Garden Festival landscape installations Justine Testado 2017-01-24T18:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/40/40zow3ipupr4vrzm.jpg" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In response to the all-too-familiar &ldquo;nature-deficit disorder&rdquo; in society these days, participants in this year's competition had to create inventive &ldquo;Playsages&rdquo; that would inspire, if not remind, today's tech-savvy kids &mdash; and adults &mdash; to spend more time outdoors. Out of 162 proposals from 30 countries, six lucky designers had the winning schemes that will be exhibited during the 2017 International Garden Festival starting June 23.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning projects:</p><p>&darr;&nbsp;<strong>LA CHRYSALIDE</strong> by landscape architects Gabriel Lacombe &amp; Virginie Roy-Mazoyer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nl/nl41w9ydnvjaf6az.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;<strong>PAYSAGE EUPHONIQUE</strong> by MANI</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/61/615yzud3v6n9zvke.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;<strong>L'ESCALE</strong> by Collectif Escargo</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jt/jtf8dnlyhpwwgsp9.jpg"></p><p><strong>HAIKU </strong>by architects Francisco A. Garcia P&eacute;rez &amp; Alessandra Vignotto</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ht/ht618xzmycf478so.jpg"></p><p><strong>SOUNDCLOUD</strong> by Johanna Ballhaus, landscape architect &amp; Helen Wyss, architect</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/if/ifu1iqv6l1kfy05z.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;<strong>THE WOODSTOCK</strong>&nbsp;by Atelier Yok-Yok</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/40/40zow3ipupr4vrzm.jpg"></p><p>More details <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5429/six-winning-playsages-for-the-2017-international-garden-festival-in-reford-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985754/cuomo-announces-750-mile-empire-state-trail-a-continuous-trail-connecting-nyc-to-canada Cuomo announces 750-mile Empire State Trail, a continuous trail connecting NYC to Canada Alyssa Alimurung 2017-01-10T17:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T17:23:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n9/n9bocf168i7c393c.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This morning Governor Cuomo announced that the state would invest in building a $200 million Empire State Trail that would span 750 miles connecting the bottom of Manhattan all the way to the border of Canada. The project would build upon two existing but incomplete trailways&mdash;the Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Erie Canalway&mdash;and become the largest, state multi-use trail in the nation.</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/149984513/can-1970s-sustainability-practices-enhance-canada-s-2017-architecture Can 1970s sustainability practices enhance Canada's 2017 architecture? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T15:45:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:28:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l0/l06xuk3xq20k7tkf.jpg" width="620" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Did architects have sustainability figured out in the 1970s, and can the lessons they learned help contemporary architects design for the challenges of climate change? In an attempt to answer this question, Canada is taking a closer look at its previously built sustainable architecture during the energy crisis in the 1970s in the form of two museum exhibitions. The <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/museums-look-to-canadas-past-in-hopes-of-a-greener-architecturalfuture/article33422858/?cmpid=rss1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Globe and Mail</a> explains that:&nbsp;</p><p><em>The 1970s has much to teach us as we face the reality of climate change and the changes that it will bring about. That insight drives two thoughtful museum shows up this winter, the PEI exhibition [curated by Dalhousie University professor Steven Mannell] and "It's All Happening So Fast"&nbsp;at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in&nbsp;Montreal.&nbsp;</em></p><p>For the latest on climate-change oriented architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979855/how-these-u-s-cities-will-continue-to-fight-climate-change-during-trump-s-presidency" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How these U.S. cities will continue to fight climate change during Trump's presidency</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965931/architects-call-for-action-on-climate-change" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects call for action o...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982541/urban-land-institute-hosts-urban-planning-lego-workshop-for-students Urban Land Institute hosts urban planning Lego workshop for students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What better way to teach high school-age students how to tackle the problems of urban planning than with Legos? This was the thought of the Urban Land Institute, which according to this article in <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/01/program-brings-responsible-urban-planning-to-life-with-lego.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro News</a> put on a workshop for an 11th grade class in Toronto to help them plan a city that, while fictional, took many of its challenges from Toronto's current urbanity. As the article notes:</p><p><em>The students were divided into teams and given the task of designing a new, mixed-use development while balancing competing demands like affordable housing, business interests and environmental standards.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>For example, Yutiga&rsquo;s team had to think on their feet when they realized they &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t create underground parking due to soil conditions.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And like Toronto, the fictional city their development was in also grapples with problems like food deserts, homelessness and, of course, parking.</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>For more in Lego-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971968/see-downtown-los-angeles-in-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See Down...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978839/calatrava-s-peace-bridge-in-calgary-keeps-getting-vandalized-and-the-repair-costs-are-adding-up Calatrava's Peace Bridge in Calgary keeps getting vandalized and the repair costs are adding up Nicholas Korody 2016-11-16T14:04:00-05:00 >2016-11-16T19:04:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ua/uaegob62ruedkko1.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After two more glass panels were ruined on the Peace Bridge, Calgary's top transportation official revealed that vandals have, overall, caused more than $200,000 in damage to the bridge, forcing the city to upgrade the security camera system in the area. The helical steel pedestrian bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and spanning the Bow River, was closed for several weeks this summer while a contractor replaced half a dozen cracked panels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Apparently, eight glass panel have been replaced in total since the bridge opened in 2012. Glass handrail panels have been shattered. And, earlier this year, all the light fixtures had to be replaced because the original ones kept burning out during the cold winter months.</p><p>As a deterrent, officials have had to install an extensive surveillance system. Now, they're planning to copy a move made on a nearby bridge and install some speakers that will bark at you if you loiter for too long. "Sir, move along," the loudspeaker will politely intone.</p><p>The bridge was controversial at the get-go for its high price tag&mdash;$24.5 million. It was approved mere days before the 2008 financial crash. That being said, the Peace Bridge has proved to be quite popular with both locals and tourists.</p><p>I'm not trying to pin the blame for these cost overruns on Mr. Calatrava himself, but, wow, the guy just can't seem to catch a break:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73850206/path-fail-the-story-of-the-world-s-most-expensive-train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gap...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978006/jury-announced-for-2017-moriyama-raic-international-prize-begins-tradition-of-including-prize-s-prior-winner Jury announced for 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize, begins tradition of including prize's prior winner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-11T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T19:45:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xv/xv4fq4iecpaajgdh.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Prize celebrates a single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and reflects Moriyama's conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting social justice and humanistic values of respect and inclusiveness. [...] "the conversation about architecture in Canada needs to include what our peers are doing around the globe ... we wish to be there when the best architecture is discussed, wherever it might have been constructed."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new Canadian prize, which includes CAD $100,000 and a sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew, will celebrate its second year in 2017. Li Xiaodong won the prize's inaugural award in 2014 for his Liyuan Library in China, and will now serve on the international jury for the 2017 prize&mdash;beginning the Prize's tradition in including the prior winner on the next iteration's jury.</p><p>As reported by Bustler, the members of the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize jury are:</p><ul><li><strong>Monica Adair, MRAIC</strong>: Co-founder of Acre Architects and 2015 Recipient of the RAIC Young Architect Award.</li><li><strong>Manon Asselin, MRAIC</strong>: Co-founder of Atelier TAG and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Montreal.</li><li><strong>Bryan Avery, MBE</strong>: Founder of Avery Associates Architects, London, England, author and lecturer.</li><li><strong>George Baird, FRAIC</strong>: Founding Principal of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Former Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and Recipient of the 20...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977824/a-glimpse-of-the-warming-huts-2017-winning-designs A glimpse of the Warming Huts 2017 winning designs Justine Testado 2016-11-10T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T19:42:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4g/4g8n7w8ynd5jcpez.jpg" width="650" height="495" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently concluding its 2017 edition, architects got to submit their most innovative designs for a temporary winter-hut installation. Once the winners are selected, they travel to Winnipeg near the end of January to bring their warming huts to life, and for all to enjoy during the winter months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Winnipeg locals will get to see the latest winning designs of the highly anticipated Warming Huts Art + Architecture Competition next January, in time for the winter season.&nbsp;The 2017 edition recently concluded with three winners, a special invited installation by esteemed London-based artist Anish Kapoor, and another installation designed by local high-school student Sean Kohli from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. Get a glimpse of the entries below.</p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Greetings From Bubble Beach&rdquo; by Team 888 from Chicago, Illinois</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bt/btifwfb6rly6jzi3.jpg"></p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Ice Lantern&rdquo; by Lisa Tondino, Alexandra Bolen, Mathew Rodrigues &amp; Drew Klassen from Nova Scotia, Canada</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vi/vifbl1zua9k49qf0.jpg"></p><p><strong>Winner: &ldquo;Open Border&rdquo; by Joyce de Grauw &amp; Paul van den Berg from Rotterdam, Netherlands</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/og/ogp9dpthejzher5e.jpg"></p><p><strong>2017 Additional installation: &ldquo;On The Rails&rdquo; by Sean Kohli, student at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jy/jye6u6pex17oi8q2.jpg"></p><p><strong>Invited designer: &ldquo;Stackhouse&rdquo; by Anish Kapoor</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4g/4g8n7w8ynd5jcpez.jpg"></p><p>More details&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5283/get-cozy-in-the-latest-warming-huts-winning-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124277215/the-hole-idea-celebrates-the-simple-joys-of-creating-spontaneous-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Hole Idea" celebrates the simple joys of creating "spontaneous architect...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market? Alexander Walter 2016-10-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvwhm3ufqsuvqoaw.jpg" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a city which is suffering a worse property bubble than Sydney, whose residents are more priced-out than Londoners, and where there is a greater divide between the housing haves and have-nots than even San Francisco. That city is Vancouver, and in response to these mounting challenges, the west-coast Canadian metropolis recently imposed an extraordinary new tax on foreign buyers &ndash; whose impact is now being watched closely by other cities grappling with bloated property markets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972575/the-rainforest-solutions-project-wins-the-2016-fuller-challenge-award The Rainforest Solutions Project wins the 2016 Fuller Challenge Award Justine Testado 2016-10-06T20:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bn/bn3r6rxsb8j95uag.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, and Stand.earth formed the Rainforest Solutions Project as part of the Tides Canada Initiative. The coalition has spent nearly two decades developing a sophisticated legal and policy framework called Ecosystem-Based Management to tackle the persisting struggle over Canada's treasured Great Bear Rainforest, while also negotiating the conflicting interests of multiple groups.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rm/rmnmgzkjux9si1sr.jpg"></p><p>Winning over six equally worthy finalist teams, the Rainforest Solutions Project addresses both natural and cultural preservation, and it enforces stronger ecological responsibility in industrial economic pursuits. The Project resulted in a landmark 250-year agreement between all stakeholders &mdash;&nbsp;government, First Nations, environmentalists, and logging companies &mdash;&nbsp;to conserve and sustainably manage the 15 million-acre Great Bear Rainforest.</p><p>&ldquo;Selecting the Rainforest Solutions Project...comes at a critical point in the evolution of the Challenge itself, as design is being recognized as an integral part of business and society,&rdquo; the Fuller Challenge Review Committee wrote in a statement.</p><p>Learn more about it <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5207/rainforest-solutions-project-wins-the-2016-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964795/2016-fuller-challenge-finalists-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Fuller Challenge finalists announced</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957424/2016-fuller-challenge-announces-19-semi-finalist-initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Fuller Challenge announces 19 semi-finalist initiatives</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139534854/greenwave-s-3d-ocean-farm-initiative-wins-the-2015-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GreenWave's 3D ocean farm initiative wins the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972022/bing-thom-dies-at-age-75 Bing Thom dies at age 75 Nicholas Korody 2016-10-04T16:58:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T18:50:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wz/wz1m0eblw85gnx8u.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bing Thom, the lauded Canadian architect, died of a brain aneurysm at age 75 while on a trip to Hong Kong, the city of his birth.</p><p>Thom was one of Canada's most admired architects. He was awarded the Order of Canada, the Golden Jubilee Medal, the RAIC Medal, the Margolese Prize, as well as honorary degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.</p><p>Thom studied architecture at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for Arthur Erickson and Fumihiko Maki before opening his own firm in 1981, Bing Thom Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7mfs48b779qinbyp.jpg"></p><p>Some of the most notable projects by Bing Thom Architects are the Central City plaza, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Aberdeen Centre, and the Sunset Community Centre&mdash;all in British Columbia, where Thom lived and worked. Bing Thom Architects also built in the United States, China, Spain, and the United Kingdom.</p><p>&ldquo;Bing believed architecture transcends the building, to shine its light onto its sur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149967088/canada-s-24-000-km-great-trail-to-complete-next-year-but-is-already-falling-short-of-expectations Canada's 24,000 km Great Trail to complete next year, but is already falling short of expectations Justine Testado 2016-09-07T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T00:33:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/al2e81ts44j0eejv.jpg" width="650" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it hits its completion date, which is expected to be in time for Canada&rsquo;s 150th birthday next July 1, it will cover about 24,000 kilometres...But some think The Trans Canada Trail is better in concept than in execution...Some early adopters of the trail...claim that some parts of it are off limits to bicycles while other parts are spread out and hard to actually access.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since construction began in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail &mdash; which is now being promoted as <a href="https://thegreattrail.ca" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Great Trail</a> &mdash;&nbsp;is 87 percent complete. Organizers of the recreational trail claim that Canadians will be able to use the&nbsp;route from coast to coast once it's complete next year. But unsurprisingly, and especially for a project of this scale, some users of the trail say it's falling short of expectations so far.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941502/how-portland-state-s-trec-hopes-to-improve-bike-lane-design-regulations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Portland State's TREC hopes to improve bike lane design regulations</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146039075/in-spite-of-sleet-and-snow-cycling-prevails-in-minneapolis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In spite of sleet and snow, cycling prevails in Minneapolis</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964824/trudeau-stakes-canada-s-economic-growth-on-architects Trudeau stakes Canada's economic growth on architects Julia Ingalls 2016-08-23T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:05:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79z5c1qcugh4i0me.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the U.S. presidential election coming up, a few Americans are considering moving to Canada, a move that actually might be lucrative if you're an architect. Responding to the forces of globalization, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is aiming to inject new economic life into his country by investing in traditionally brainy industries like architecture and accounting, as reported in this <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-22/trudeau-s-cure-for-canada-s-slump-architects-and-accountants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg News</a> article:</p><p><em>So if manufacturers won't do the heavy lifting, who will?</em></p><p><em>Enter Diamond. The world-renowned architect employs 180 people, including 140 architects, in an airy but respectfully renovated early 20th-century building in Toronto&rsquo;s Fashion District. It was Canada&rsquo;s education system that brought him to the country&mdash;he set up the post-graduate architect program at the University of Toronto in 1966&mdash;but his eye has always been turned outwards.</em></p><p>For more on architectural employment tips/trends:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/135648933/the-architecture-job-application-hints-suggestions-from-employers-part-ii" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Job Application Hints &amp; Suggestions from Employers: Part II</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126838476/what-s-the-hottest-new-job-in-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the h...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958832/what-kind-of-housing-will-shigeru-ban-s-tallest-timber-hybrid-add-to-vancouver What kind of housing will Shigeru Ban's "tallest timber hybrid" add to Vancouver? Julia Ingalls 2016-07-20T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T01:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i1/i1lnnq42wurquppf.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Details are scant, there's only one rendering, and yet according to on-the-nose-named developer PortLiving, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950549/a-video-tour-of-shigeru-ban-s-aspen-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed the world's tallest timber hybrid apartment complex. Called Terrace House, the sloping glass-encased, timber-framed, concrete and steel-cored building will eventually tower over Vancouver's waterfront. No word on whether this apartment complex will be adding affordable units or more luxury condominiums to Vancouver's bracingly expensive <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing market</a>.</p><p>For more on the resurgence of timber as chic building material:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143912781/world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-at-least-for-now-under-construction-in-vancouver" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s tallest wooden skyscraper (at least for now) under construction in Vancouver</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together."</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T14:28:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities' housing shortages.</p><p>Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, <a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=821099&amp;q=1059863044&amp;qz=cbcbb6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conducted</a> "the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind," and found that increased factory-produced housing should make it easier for prospective renters and buyers to find a place. It would help cities provide more options that can be built "cheaper, faster and results in fewer workplace injuries," according to Hewage. Their findings were recently published in the journal&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1731764&amp;q=1059863044&amp;lm=96159460&amp;r=821099&amp;qz=ea0445c4610aa763eebfd0da9764a9f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews</a></em>.</p><p>Modular construction is obviously not a new method, but has a bit of a negative rep according to the researchers&mdash;the public tends to associate the method with lower-quality structures, and communities like trailer parks. But the study, which reviewed construction data between 2000 and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953533/oma-s-pierre-lassonde-pavilion-in-quebec-will-finally-open-tomorrow OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion in Quebec will finally open tomorrow Justine Testado 2016-06-23T15:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:22:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/wekhnz1slryiit21.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After winning the competition way back in July 2009, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941601/a-tour-of-oma-s-pierre-lassonde-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion</a> is ready to make its public debut tomorrow. Nestled within Quebec City's 17th-century architecture and located at the historic National Battlefields Park, the Pavilion is the shiny new kid on the block with its boxy stacked form and glass-ridden exterior. OMA partner <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950307/shigematsu-led-oma-team-to-design-albright-knox-art-gallery-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> designed the museum alongside Jason Long and Ceren Bingol, in collaboration with Montreal-based Provencher_Roy architectes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ms/mskfb1n9ewo6gwql.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hy/hyhgcxqqy4tkin3k.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ia/iaurvibv2xtmiegu.jpg"></p><p>The new Pavilion adds more than 160,000 square-feet of exhibition space to the Mus&eacute;e national des beaux-arts du Qu&eacute;bec (MNBAQ) and was intentionally designed to continue the topography of the nearby park, says Shigematsu.&nbsp;&ldquo;Art becomes a catalyst that allows the visitor to experience all three core assets &ndash; park, city, and museum &ndash; at the same time,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ck/ckd0gmqv6ti16uu4.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jk/jk1wuun1out6smua.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e1/e1y1yf7xj8gkkot0.jpg"></p><p>The three stacked galleries of decreasing size will each house the museum's&nbsp;Contemporary Exhibition, the Permanent Contemporary collection, and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953098/azure-s-2016-az-awards-conclude-with-18-winning-projects Azure's 2016 AZ Awards conclude with 18 winning projects Justine Testado 2016-06-21T18:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T22:05:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hm/hmtqwwud0kcooscc.jpg" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading Canadian contemporary design magazine <a href="http://azuremagazine.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Azure</a> recently concluded another successful edition of their <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/competition/az_awards_2016/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AZ Awards</a>. Claimed to be Canada's&nbsp;only international, multi-disciplinary design competition of its kind, the awards welcome architects, designers, manufacturers, and students from all design disciplines to send in the best of their work for a chance to win.</p><p>As expected, the AZ Awards continue to attract more competition from across the globe.&nbsp;The sixth edition reeled in a total of 826 submissions, which the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148503043/introducing-the-2016-az-awards-jury-members" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">international jury</a> narrowed down to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941606/2016-az-awards-finalists-are-revealed-vote-for-the-people-s-choice-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">66 finalists</a> this past spring. In the end, top honors went to only 18 projects, including those by well-known practices like ZGF Architects,&nbsp;Shim-Sutcliffe, Neri&amp;Hu, Lateral Office, Studio MK27, to name a few. Winners &mdash; and finalists! &mdash; were celebrated during an award ceremony in Toronto's&nbsp;Evergreen Brick Works.</p><p>Have a look at some of this year's winning designs:</p><p><strong>Best Architecture Under 1,000 Square Metres</strong> - Shim-Sutcliffe Architects: Wong Da...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951798/the-architecture-of-death-examining-the-gas-chambers-of-auschwitz The architecture of death: examining the gas chambers of Auschwitz Nicholas Korody 2016-06-15T13:02:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T20:40:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pn/pnsrv0o8jucvs6ae.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent afternoon, the historian Robert Jan van Pelt was standing in a quiet room at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, explaining the significance of an unassuming steel-mesh column that visitors to this sprawling survey of global design might walk right past. &ldquo;This is one of the most deadly things so far created,&rdquo; Mr. van Pelt said. And it was the handiwork, he noted, of an architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The column &mdash; painted, like everything else in the room, a pristine white &mdash; is a reproduction of one of the eight chutes used to lower Zyklon B poison pellets into gas chambers at Auschwitz."</em></p><p>For more from the 2016 Venice Biennale, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949727/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-healthy-dose-of-dissent-from-detroit-resists-the-architecture-lobby-and-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a healthy dose of dissent from Detroit Resists, The Architecture Lobby and more</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949395/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-ikea-meets-super-realism-nostalgia-and-nationalism-british-pavilion-and-russian-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: IKEA meets Super Realism, Nostalgia and Nationalism, British Pavilion and Russian Pavilion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949040/reporting-from-the-front-of-reporting-from-the-front-mulling-over-aravena-s-biennale-ft-special-guest-andrea-dietz-on-archinect-sessions-66" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reporting from the Front of 'Reporting from the Front': mulling over Aravena's Biennale, ft. special guest Andrea Dietz on Archinect Sessions #66</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948738/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-glimmers-of-hope-beyond-the-banal-and-self-harming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Glimmers of hope &lsquo;beyond the banal and self-harming&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149950267/university-of-calgary-pays-16k-to-recover-data-held-hostage-by-ransomware-attackers University of Calgary pays $16K to recover data held hostage by ransomware attackers Nicholas Korody 2016-06-08T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T13:05:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.jpg" width="650" height="469" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canada's University of Calgary paid almost $16,000 ($20,000 Canadian, ~&pound;10,800) to recover crucial data that has been held hostage for more than a week by crypto ransomware attackers. The ransom was disclosed on Wednesday morning in a statement issued by University of Calgary officials. It said university IT personnel had made progress in isolating the unnamed ransomware infection and restoring affected parts of the university network.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"It went on to warn that there's no guarantee paying the controversial ransom will lead to the lost data being recovered."</em></p><p>Attacks with ransomware have become increasingly frequent. As the name suggests, ransomware allows hackers to take computers hostage until the user pays up. The increasing prevalence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has facilitated the rise in such attacks.</p><p>As the University of Calgary's Vice President stated, ""We are conducting world class research daily and we don&rsquo;t know what we don&rsquo;t know in terms of who&rsquo;s been impacted and the last thing we want to do is lose someone&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work."</p><p>For more on that state of privacy in our digital era, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" target="_blank">If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949640/casing-the-joint-geoff-manaugh-discusses-his-latest-book-a-burglar-s-guide-to-the-city-on-one-to-one-26" target="_blank">Casing the joint: Geoff Manaugh discusses his latest book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City" on One-to-One #26</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946045/goodbye-to-public-anonymity-this-new-russian-face-recognition-app-may-spell-its-end" target="_blank">Goodbye to public anonymity? This new Russian face-recognition app may spell its end</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 201...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948655/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-rewarding-obscurity Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0ewozzdlur1mpkwz.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwyd6vakp6f6whum.jpg"></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944499/what-s-left-from-the-alberta-wildfire What's left from the Alberta wildfire Justine Testado 2016-05-10T19:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:05:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vb/vbaecjqudgt6enql.jpg" width="640" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a week of wildfires raging through the town of Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, more than 500,000 acres of forest and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed in Alberta, Canada. Rachel Notley, Alberta's premier, said that 90% of Fort McMurray remains intact, though several neighborhoods were complete losses...While the last fires in town are put out, and infrastructure repaired, more than 80,000 residents will have to wait at least another two weeks before they can return.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141742647/fire-on-50th-floor-of-chicago-s-hancock-center-left-five-people-injured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fire on 50th floor of Chicago's Hancock Center left five people injured</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942320/dror-envisions-second-geodesic-dome-in-montreal-s-expo-67-site Dror envisions second geodesic dome in Montreal's Expo 67 site Justine Testado 2016-04-26T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T17:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lh/lh8udpaij749wmux.jpg" width="650" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Originally built as the U.S. Pavilion in the memorable World Expo of 1967, the steel structural frame of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1243/buckminster-fuller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller</a>'s Biosphere remains standing to this day as a sole landmark in Montreal's&nbsp;Parc Jean-Drapeau.&nbsp;In planning&nbsp;for the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Expo 67 as well as Montreal's 375th anniversary next April,&nbsp;designer&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/dror" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror Benshetrit</a> of the New York-based practice Dror came up with the idea for adding, what do you know, a second geodesic dome near the Biosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngc0b1xsdvkb5cuj.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/64n8u3v0y9zt0ls7.jpg"></p><p>After touring Montreal's &Icirc;le Sainte-H&eacute;l&egrave;ne with the Buckminster Fuller Institute,&nbsp;Benshetrit thought of a second dome as a way to help reinvigorate the seasonally used Expo 67 site grounds and evidently pay tribute to Fuller's landmark. Compared to the Biosphere, which is 76 meters in diameter and 62 meters high, Dror's proposed dome is a 150-meter-wide&nbsp;aluminum latticed sphere with a planted canopy.&nbsp;</p><p>The studio describes that its vegetated cover would act as a natural sound buffer and provide an enchanting public enviro...</p>