Canadian architecture revival in Toronto

Canadian architecture, especially in Toronto, is undergoing a revival of sorts. Whether the projects are heralded or panned, the Michael-Lee Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, the colourful box-on-stilts (the Sharp Centre for Design) at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada) have got people talking.

Here at home, a new Congress Centre may soon provide us with something to talk about.

“Good architects are deeply concerned about society and culture and their relationship with a properly built environment,” Frascari said yesterday. “The students at Carleton are taught how to create more valuable, healthy, secure, sustainable and meaningful buildings and cityscapes.”

Read more @ ottawasun.com  – More than just concrete walls– Kerry Thompson.

Architects can’t predict the future; why the fad for avant-garde architecture?

Abu Dhabi has recently announced plans to turn itself into a sort of Arabian Left Bank, with cultural venues designed by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel. Beijing, meanwhile, is completing the giant steel bird’s nest of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium, and also has Paul Andreu’s titanium-egg National Theater, and Rem Koolhaas’ unusual state television headquarters, which locals have dubbed “the twisted donut.” An obscure sheikhdom on the Gulf and the world’s largest Communist dictatorship have unexpectedly become the latest hotbeds of avant-garde architecture.

Read more @ SLATE.com – Architects can’t predict the future; why the fad for avant-garde architecture? – By Witold Rybczynski

Romp with architecture mixes styles, results at Crown Hall

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principles of free-flowing, flexible space were in full view during a first-time collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students over the weekend.

The German-born modernist architect, who designed IIT’s Crown Hall in the 1950s with the idea of opening up the interior for multiple uses, may not have had dance performances in mind. But the interplay between settings created by the school’s aspiring architects and filled in by dancers at Crown Hall underscored Mies’ belief that an efficient structure can be endlessly transformed.

Read more @ chicagotribune.comRomp with architecture mixes styles, results at Crown Hall by Lucia Mauro

265m Funding To Build New Palace

FUNDING is in place to see a new Crystal Palace built as part of plans to overhaul a historic park.

A leading Scottish Bank, believed to be Clydesdale Bank, has given its support to the scheme in Crystal Palace Park.

It is backing plans for a smaller replica of the famous Crystal Palace as part of £265m worth of private investment in the palace, with additional funding from the park being generated by the development.

Read more at NS – 265m Funding To Build New Palace  by Thom Kennedy

HOK Designs First LEED Gold for Latina America

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the first LEED Gold building in Latin America. Located in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, the HSBC Bank Headquarters Tower features a redesigned facade, public spaces, and interiors by architecture firm HOK.

The 400,000-square-foot, 24-story redesigned Torre Angel building is a pilot project for HSBC’s new global workplace standard initiative and serves as the firm’s Mexican headquarters.

HOK Designs First LEED Gold for Latina America – 1/28/2008 – Interior Design.

Green Buildings Don’t Have to Be New

JUST about every month, a glitzy tower rises somewhere in the country, boasting the latest in “green” design and technology. To many people, that is an encouraging trend, especially when considering that commercial buildings account for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption, according to government estimates, and generate 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Yet these buildings represent a small fraction of the nation’s estimated 4.5 million commercial properties, many of which were erected decades ago before sustainable, or green, designs became de rigueur. This vast stock of older buildings presents a much bigger opportunity to cut down on energy consumption and carbon emissions that contribute to the warming of the planet.

Read more @ Green Buildings Don’t Have to Be New – By Amy Cortese – New York Times .

Anti Smog Architecture: A Catalyst for Cleaner Air in Paris

Architect Vincent Callebaut’s latest project balances public galleries, meeting rooms and gathering spaces over canals and abandoned railroad tracks in the 19th Parisian district. The prototype uses green technologies and techniques but is more than just an example of sustainable design. Callebaut’s ‘Anti Smog: An Innovation Centre in Sustainable Development’ is a catalyst for cleaner air.

Read more @ Inhabitat » Anti Smog Architecture: A Catalyst for Cleaner Air in Paris by Ali Kriscenski

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