Canadian Architect


Edition
June 2015

A Sustained Search

Teachers, mentors, colleagues and peers testify to the impact and relevance of Brian MacKay-Lyons' work.

Editorial: Back to the Land

An introduction to our special issue commemorating RAIC Gold Medal winner Brian Mackay-Lyons.

Interview: Brian MacKay-Lyons

Elsa Lam conducts an in-depth interview with Brian MacKay-Lyons, exploring the evolution of his practice.

Rooted in the Vernacular, Reaching for Abstraction

In his house projects, Brian Mackay-Lyons deftly navigates between the twin poles of tradition and modernity.

An Architecture of Reality

Brian MacKay-Lyons' Nova Scotia farm property is an architectural village comprised largely of projects created through 13 Ghost design-build workshops. It is also a potent touchstone, argues Juhani Pallasmaa, for architecture grounded in reality rather than fantasy.

Circling the Square

The public success of Nathan Philips Square can make us almost forget, at least for a moment, the criticisms and controversies that have dogged its renovation throughout the five years since shovels went into the ground.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A pavilion-like competition and training facility for rowers takes advantage of the calm waters of an ex-shipping canal in Southern Ontario.

Accelerated Urbanism

The Pan/ParaPan American Games Athletes' Village was built in less than three years. After the games, the area will transform into the Canary District, Toronto's newest neighbourhood. The architects behind the winning design explain how it happened.

Inaccessible Access: A Paradox of Design

The design of exterior entrance areas can make or break the experience of wheelchair users as they approach buildings.

Book Reviews: June 2015

Reviews of Brutalist Architecture in Winnipeg (Jeffrey Thorsteinson), The West Coast Modern House: Vancouver Residential Architecture (Greg Bellerby) and Lost in Space: Architecture and Dementia (Eckhard Feddersen and Insa Lüdtke).