Foster + Partners to create Canada’s tallest habitable building in Toronto

by Amy Frearson | Dezeen

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an 80-storey skyscraper that is set to become Canada’s tallest habitable building.

Called The One, the 318-metre-tall tower will have a glass facade with a diamond pattern of bronze struts running up the sides, and will occupy a site in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street.

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Ontario Association of Architects 2015 Award Winners Announced

March, 13, 2015
by Jack Landau, URBAN

A list of winners has been released for the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards, featuring local and international projects designed by architects and firms hailing from Ontario. Covering developments ranging from single-family homes to large-scale developments, the 20 winners of the 2015 Design Excellence Award were selected from over 175 submissions, judged by a jury of peers from the design community based on criteria like creativity, contexts, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy. A total of 29 winners over 9 different categories will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony as part of the Ontario Association of Architects’ annual conference, to take place in Hamilton on May 8th.

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Vincent Callebaut masterplans a self-sufficient city of science in Rome


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Philip Stevens | Designboom

French architect Vincent Callebaut has devised a masterplan to transform Rome’s military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The ‘città della scienza’, or the ‘city of science’, encourages the promotion of sustainable design, low carbon transportation and renewable energies.

Through referencing land art, a movement in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked, Callebaut’s proposal is covered with edible plants that are intelligent, self producing and organic. Consequently, roofs and balconies become the new grounds of a green city, while the orchards and food gardens become the primary structures that dominate the site. Full article.


Call for Papers: “Living together” International Conference – Naples Oct. 1-2, 2015

abitare insieme call for papersThe Department of Architecture of Federico II, University of Naples – DiARC, promotes a cycle of meetings aimed at comparing research, urban plans and designs concerning topics related to the enhancement of human environment, social space design and territorial governance.

“Living Together” will be held in Naples on October 1st and 2nd, 2015.

The deadline for abstracts submission is May 11th, 2015.

Call for papers information.

Guidelines for abstract submission.

New Registered Educational Provider: View Dynamic Glass

View Dynamic Glass is a pioneer in large-scale architectural dynamic glass. The company designs, manufactures, and sells a new generation of architectural dynamic glass that intelligently adjusts in response to external conditions and user preferences, enabling unparalleled control over the amount of light and heat that enters a building.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

New Registered Educational Provider: Singleton Urquhart LLP

Singleton Urquhart is recognized as one of the leaders in construction, insurance and environmental law in Canada, with counsel providing services to architects, engineers, contractors, owners, governments and the insurance industry.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

New Registered Educational Provider: Metrix Professional Insurance Brokers

Metrix is an independent insurance brokerage based in Vancouver, BC offering a range of insurance products with specialty expertise in professional liability and program business.  For over 20 years, Metrix has been working closely with the needs of its specialized clientele to service operations ranging from Architectural and Engineering firms to National Food and Beverage providers.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

Women in Architecture

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at UBC Tour

Women in Architecture will be hosting a presentation and tour of the UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a building that has received much attention as a design at the forefront of sustainable building. The event will be led by Martin Nielsen, Principal at DIALOG and Former Principal in Charge of the project with Perkins + Will, and Alberto Cayuela, Director of Operations and Business Development for CIRS.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015. 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: CIRS Building, 2260 West Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Admission: Free. Registration is mandatory.
Learning Units (LUs): 1.5 Core
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Heritage Vancouver Society

What is Vancouver’s Heritage?

Part two in the Heritage Vancouver’s “Shaping Vancouver: Conversations on the Heritage Action Plan” Series. The evening’s discussion will be around what Vancouver’s heritage is and what heritage values ought to be recognized.  These values will lead to a discussion of the Heritage Register, an inventory that identifies approximately 2,200 heritage sites and resources. The register is and has been a fundamental component of heritage conservation in our city but it needs to be updated.  The panelists will discuss how our existing register can be improved so that it reflects and recognizes a broad range of heritage values, beyond just the architectural.  A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone will be invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.

Video recording for Session 1: Are Heritage Conservation Areas right for Vancouver?

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015. 7pm – 9pm
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.

Admission: Free but registration recommended.
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Core
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Meet and Greet with Mark Vernon Rescheduled for March 20

Please join us for a rescheduled opportunity to meet  AIBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Vernon, CA, CPA (IL). Learn more about Mark.

AIBC Council President Scott Kemp will also be in attendance.  The BC Wood Specialties Group Lunch and Learn Seminar will follow the meet and greet.

Please RSVP your attendance using the link below.

Meet & Greet:

Date: March 20, 2015 Time: 11:15 am – 12 pm Meet & Greet; 12pm – 2:10pm Lunch and Learn Seminar Location: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites, 345 Quebec St, Victoria RSVP: