‘I Dream Of Buildings’ – Ontario Prof Launches Canada’s Biggest Architecture Festival

July 2, 2014
CNW Newswire

CAMBRIDGE, ON, July 2, 2014 /CNW/ – Architecture prof Rick Haldenby has a dream this week, and every week throughout the summer of 2014. He wants to show Canadians how to build the future.

Haldenby is lead curator at Building Waterloo Region, an unprecedented 10-week Canadian architecture festival kicking off in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge July 4 & 5, 2014.

“We need a conversation about what Canadian cities will look like fifty years from now,” said Haldenby, former head of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. “It’s not enough to just wait for it to happen. Building Waterloo Region explores some extraordinary urban design decisions and celebrates the past to help people engage with the future.”

The festival is the biggest of its kind ever staged in Canada and includes eight connected exhibits at galleries and institutions throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.

Visit www.buildingwaterlooregion.ca for details.

User’s Guide To The National Energy Code For Buildings Is Now Available

The 2014 User’s Guide – National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011, is a first edition, designed to complement the NECB and to build on the code requirements by providing additional background information, as well as detailed examples and calculations. Of particular interest to designers are the checklists at the end of each part to help them verify that provisions in the NECB have been considered in their design. Used along with the NECB 2011, the User’s Guide facilitates its usage by providing explanatory material and suggested approaches to design or compliance questions. As the NECB offers a number of compliance path options including trade-off paths, code users will find this guide provides clarity by describing the various compliance approaches and including detailed examples of trade-off path calculations. Visit the NRC website to obtain a User’s Guide.

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AIBC Annual Conference: Register Now!

Register now for the 2014 AIBC Annual Conference. This year’s conference takes place October 8 – 10, 2014 at the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre West. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, brings together architects and other members of the design community to learn about industry trends, technological advances and best practices. It also provides exceptional networking opportunities and a platform to celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference theme – Shifting Perspectivesacknowledges that, as a society, we are continually re-inventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. A conference highlight will be Keynote Speaker Caleb Behn, a First Nations activist passionate about the many intersections between the environment, sustainable development and law. To learn more about this year’s dynamic conference program, please visit the conference website. Click here to register online. Trouble registering? Please contact the AIBC at conference@aibc.ca. A wide range of excellent sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available. To learn more, please call Senior Communications Specialist Lisa Christensen at (604) 683 8588 ext 331.

E-Voting Bylaws for Council Elections and Bylaw Amendments Now In Force

AIBC bylaws permitting electronic voting (“e-voting”) for annual council elections and bylaw amendments are now in force.

At the May 3, 2014 annual meeting, AIBC members and honorary members voted 86% in favour of new Bylaw 24.3 (e-voting for council elections) and 80 per cent in favour of new Bylaw 35.4 (e-voting for bylaw changes). The new bylaws were submitted to the provincial government, which under the Architects Act, had a 45-day window to voice concerns or disallow the bylaws. This disallowance period lapsed in late June.

Next steps include AIBC Council establishing rules for the conduct of council elections and rules to allow for amendments to bylaws, both by electronic means.  Under new council policies passed in June, members would be given notification of these rules and an opportunity to provide feedback. AIBC Council will determine whether any future bylaw amendments or council elections will proceed by electronic vote.

Should you have any questions, please contact Professional Conduct Coordinator Gayle Roberts (groberts@aibc.ca).

Updated AIBC Bylaws

New Registered Educational Provider: I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd.

I-XL has been helping owners, designers and architects create beauty and value with quality brick and stone products since 1912. The company offers a complete range of masonry products that provide distinguished good looks and investment value. To view a listing of all current Registered Educational Providers, click here.