Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, wish to promote public and private awareness of that role.
Recently the award winners were announced:
Community Improvement Projects
Ottawa Children’s Garden (Ottawa, ON)
Urban Design Plans
Transformation of the Bonaventure Expressway at the Montreal Downtown Gateway (Montreal, QC)
Manitoba Hydro Place (Winnipeg, MB)
Capital Health Centre (Edmonton, AB)
Civic Design Projects
Waterloo Public Square (Waterloo, ON)
Special Jury Award: Sustainable Development
Tower Renewal Opportunities Book (Toronto, ON)
Special Jury Award: Small or Medium Community Urban Design
HRMbyDesign (Halifax, NS)
City_Program: Hybrid Area (Montreal, QC)
Urban Design Plans
The RiverWalk Master Plan (Calgary, AB)
Life Sciences Complex, McGill University (Montreal, QC)
Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (Toronto, ON)
Civic Design Projects
Spadina WaveDeck (Toronto, ON)
KCAP Architects & Planners in cooperation with local architect Arlette Schneiders win the competition for an office development in the city of Luxemburg. The competition entry was already awarded first prize in 2009. Recently, the client Fonds de Compensation has officially assigned the building commission to the team KCAP and ARLETTE SCHNEIDERS ARCHITECTS with advisors Ecofys, SIT-LUX and Lux C.E.C..
The site occupies a prominent location in Luxemburg’s Kirchberg district, facing the main square of Luxemburg’s future European district. The programme of 22.300 m2 gross floor area will be distributed over four buildings. They present a clear architectural language towards the main square and provide a strong volume on the street to reinforce the development’s urban appearance, as requested by the masterplan by French architect Dominique Perrault.
“The urban integration of the ensemble and the composition of individual buildings are key elements of our design. They allow us to create a block which is dense but permeable at the same time and to provide high quality and introverted outdoor spaces which complement the structure of the surrounding public spaces,” says Kees Christiaanse, founder and partner of KCAP.
Arlette Schneiders continues: “With this concept we are able to maintain a human scale within the European district and make the block a connecting element, able to link to the major pedestrian transfer routes. Pedestrians, cyclists, residents and working people will be stimulated to experience and actively use the new city quarter.”
For the third straight month the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has gone up. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI rating was 48.4, up from a reading of 46.1 the previous month. Although this score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings), it is the highest score since January 2008 when revenue at architecture firms headed into recession. The new projects inquiry index was 59.6.
“It appears that the design and construction industry may be nearing an actual recovery phase,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The economic landscape is improving, although not across the board, but doing so at a gradual pace. It is quite possible that we will finally see positive business conditions in the foreseeable future.”
Key April ABI highlights:
AECOM has launched for its second year, an open student ideas competition for 2010 – Urban SOS.
The competition seeks to engage students in the design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental and related fields, with the urban conditions that are now facing the majority of the world’s population.
This year, AECOM are exploring the topic of ‘Transformations,’ looking at seven cities in particular that are in the midst of a change or collection of changes that represent both challenges and opportunities to the shared futures of each city. Entrants must submit a site redevelopment plan that addresses specific issues in one of the following seven cities:
The top four finalist/teams will travel to Barcelona to attend the World Architecture Festival from 3-5 November, 2010, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.
To learn more and download the brief go to the competition website
World Landscape Architect is not involved with the organisation of this design competition please contact the organisers AECOM via the competition website