Canadian Architect


Edition
June 2015

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.

A Sustained Search

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

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).

St. Lawrence District, Toronto

More than 30 years on, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood remains a unique Toronto prototype.

Editorial: Preparing for the Games

The Pan Am Games have been a large-scale testing ground for the AFP process.

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.