Archinect - News 2017-08-23T15:50:33-04:00 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gap...</a></li></ul> BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada. Justine Testado 2015-02-19T09:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:46:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>BIG and Dialog's TELUS Sky Tower recently broke ground along 7th Avenue block in the heart of Calgary, Canada, a city full of corporate towers surrounded by low-density suburban neighborhoods. Unveiled i<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">n 2013</a>, the 761,235 sq.ft commercial tower integrates both working and living environments into one structure that aims to make Calgary's city center more varied and walkable. The tower's textured glass fa&ccedil;ade complements yet stands out from its environment.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to the TELUS Sky website, the 59-story tower will begin with dining and retail spaces as well as access to adjacent buildings. The tower also has 26 floors of office spaces ranging from 7,636 sqft-18,997 sq.ft, followed by 29 floors of residential spaces consisting of 326 executive rental suites.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions&nbsp;of residential floor depths. The texture of the fa&ccedil;ade in a similar fashion evolves&nbsp;from a smooth glass fa&ccedil;ade enclosing the work space to a three-di...</p> Calgary New Central Library Competition Shortlists Four Teams Justine Testado 2013-08-05T21:04:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who said that libraries were irrelevant in this digital age? Not the submitters in this competition. Since May, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) in Alberta, Canada has been on the search for the architectural team to create a compelling design for the new Central Public Library in East Village. CMLC, the City of Calgary, and the Calgary Public Library held an open Request for Qualification as Stage One of a two-stage process to ultimately select the Prime Design Consultant.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On August 1, CMLC announced the following four shortlisted firms&mdash;some who already have high-profile status&mdash;that will advance to Stage Two, Request for Proposal:</p> <ul><li> 3XN and AECOM (Denmark and Calgary)</li> <li> KPMB and BKDI (Toronto and Calgary)</li> <li> REX and Group2 (New York and Calgary)</li> <li> Sn&oslash;hetta and Dialog (Oslo/New York and Calgary)</li> </ul> Canadian telecom giant TELUS taps BIG for landmark tower in Calgary Archinect 2013-07-09T17:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:13:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="561" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 750,000 square foot vibrant mixed-use tower will incorporate office, retail and residential space. There will be 430,000 square feet of office space, of which 155,000 square feet will be for TELUS. The development, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, will provide approximately 250 jobs for Calgarians, and engage local trades and companies to complete our vision.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>$400-million, 750,000 square foot LEED Platinum project to transform Calgary&rsquo;s skyline with an architectural marvel, creating a dynamic community of blended urban living and working</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Calgary, AB</strong> &ndash; TELUS is reaching for the sky with a new architectural landmark in Calgary&rsquo;s downtown core, transforming the entire 7th Avenue block into one of the most technologically innovative and environmentally-friendly sites in North America.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;The TELUS team is tremendously proud of our longstanding history in Alberta and thrilled to announce the development of TELUS Sky, which will stand as a lasting symbol of our passionate commitment to the Calgary community, our customers, our team members and to the province of Alberta,&rdquo; said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. &ldquo;Our new development is a powerful contribution to Calgary&rsquo;s economic strength, culture and social vitality. Notably, TELUS Sky will inject millions of dollars into the community and create hundreds of local jobs while...</p> Calatrava's Peace Bridge to open tomorrow in Calgary Archinect 2012-03-23T19:37:00-04:00 >2012-03-26T14:15:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It has been extraordinarily controversial and I made no bones of the fact that it&rsquo;s not a project I would have supported if I had been on council at the time,&rdquo; said the mayor. &ldquo;But the thing is, it&rsquo;s there. It&rsquo;s an indelible and a permanent part of the landscape of our city. &ldquo;It would all do us good to grow to love it.&rdquo; The span, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is officially pegged at $24.5 million, but is expected to cost more.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Allied Works Architecture unveils design of new National Music Centre in Calgary Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T19:14:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T14:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two years after holding an international architectural competition that saw world-renowned designers face off in a public presentation, the National Music Centre revealed the extraordinary final design by Allied Works Architecture, the winner of the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>