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News (March 01, 2007)

March 1, 2007
by Canadian Architect


Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects to transform Bridgepoint Health site.

The Bridgepoint Health redevelopment project is gaining momentum with the selection of Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) to lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the project. The redevelopment plan calls for the building of a complex care and rehabilitation hospital expressly designed for patients affected by diseases and disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, acquired brain injury and other complex illnesses. It will also provide improved rehabilitation capacity for important procedures like hip and knee surgeries and other treatments required by an aging population. The Bridgepoint Health redevelopment project, scheduled to begin construction in 2009 will include: a new state-of-the-art complex chronic care and rehab hospital; a Centre for Research, Education and Policy; the redevelopment of the historic Don Jail; the creation of a new public park; and a proposed Centre for Living. Bridgepoint Health will work with Infrastructure Ontario to redevelop the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

Diamond + Schmitt Architects chosen to design Ryerson Gallery.

Toronto-based architects Diamond + Schmitt will design the new gallery and research centre at Ryerson University that will house the Black Star Photography Collection. Partner Donald Schmitt is the architect in charge of the Ryerson project, which includes the Mira Godard Study Centre and exhibit spaces that are accessible from the street on the downtown Toronto campus. The $8-million project will add new gallery, exhibition, research, study and storage spaces to the building that houses the university’s School of Image Arts. The Black Star collection of close to 300,000 original black-and-white photos was donated to Ryerson in 2005. The anonymous donor also gave $7 million for its “preservation, study and exhibit.” The photos are from the archives of the Black Star photojournalism agency and include images taken by famed photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson.


OAQ unveils finalists for the Architecture Awards of Excellence.

The Ordre des Architectes du Qubec (OAQ) revealed the 30 finalists in the 24th edition of the Architecture Awards of Excellence. From the 94 projects entered, 30 have been chosen as finalists in 12 categories. On June 7, 2007, the OAQ will announce the winning projects, the architects and their clients in each category, along with the People’s Choice and Children’s Choice Awards. Until April 30, 2007, the public is invited to vote for their favourite project on the OAQ website in the “Prix d’excellence en architecture” section. The jury for the Architecture Awards of Excellence 2006-2007, chaired by Mexican architect Bernardo Gmez-Pimienta, founder of the BGP Arquitectura firm, is made up of Dinu Bumbaru, policy director at Hritage Montral and Secretary General of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Suzanne Bergeron, Quebec architect; Franois Sguin, stage designer; and Isabelle La Fontaine, architect and head of the buildings department of the University of Sherbrooke. The complete list of finalists can be found on the OAQ website.

Newly created Spark Awards program invites entries.

The Spark Awards celebrate design in all disciplines, and categories include the following: products, lighting, exhibitions, furniture, and all architecture, public sector and communication design categories. The general deadline is April 15, 2007, and the entry fee is $200. A late deadline of April 30 demands a fee of $250. The award show, reception and exhibit will be hosted by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California on May 5, 2007. Many other exciting activities are also in store. Dwell magazine is holding a Dwell on Design Conference themed “The Intelligent House” in late April. And in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum, the Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living exhibition takes place from April 14-July 1, 2007, which envisions the house of the future as a place for new spatial experiences, new systems of sustainability and new sensory enhancements. The competition is a component of Spark’s mission to raise awareness of design in the public’s eye, as Spark encourages innovation, aspiration and broad participation. Architects, designers, art directors, design firms, manufacturers, organizations, advertising agencies, students and novices are all welcome. There is need for different design disciplines to learn to collaborate better, and Spark’s pan-design, multi-level orientation is a living laboratory for designers to work together.


Winners of EQuilibrium competition to develop energy-efficient homes announced.

Twelve Canadian homebuilder teams have been selected as winners of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) EQuilibrium sustainable housing competition. The goal of CMHC’s EQuilibrium initiative is to support the building of sustainable, healthy houses that are also affordable and energy- and resource-efficient. EQuilibrium housing is designed to lower homeowners’ energy bills by reducing energy consumption and delivering electricity back to the grid. The homes will also promote water conservation, healthy indoor environments, durability, and reduced pollutant emissions. Each winning team will receive $50,000 from CMHC to offset eligible costs, including those relating to documenting the projects, performance testing, and demonstrating the homes publicly. In addition, CMHC will work with the winning teams to provide technical and promotional support, and will monitor and report on the performance of the houses. The winning projects were chosen by independent housing experts from a total of 72 homebuilder teams that submitted applications in July 2006 through a two-stage competitive process. The 12 teams are as follows: “Abondance Montral” by EcoCit-Sodero in Verdun, Quebec; Alouette Homes’ “EQuilibrium Initiative” home in Eastman, Quebec; Team Montral Zeros “EQuilibrium” in Hudson, Quebec; “Davenport Net Zero Energy Townhouses” in Toronto by Sustainable Urbanism Initiative, a consortium led by the Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science along with Ampas Architect; “Minto Manotick House” by Minto in Ottawa; “Now House” in Toronto; “Discovery III” by Avalon Master Builders in Red Deer, Alberta; Canadian Housing Energy Sustainable Solutions’ “EQuilibrium Concept Home” in Central Alberta; “Echo Haven” by Echo-Logic; Habitat Studio & Workshop’s “Riverdale” project in Edmonton; Nexus Solar and Battlefords Tribal Council project “YIPI!” in North Battleford, Saskatchewan; and lastly, Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation’s “Urban Ecology” in Winnipeg.

International architecture competition for large integrated urban site in Dublin.

An international architecture competition has been announced for the development of a modern new campus, along with health and other facilities at Grangegorman, a 30-hectare site located one kilometre from the city centre, for the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Health Services Executive (HSE). The goal of the architecture competition is to achieve the master plan and schematic design solution for the development of Grangegorman, providing for: education and health facilities; access and use of facilities by residents’ services–roads, water, drainage and utilities; public transport requirements; refurbishment of listed buildings; recreational facilities; and a research and development facility. The new design for Gra
ngegorman should bring the old city centre area to life. It should demonstrate a synergy in how we work/live together with integrated education, services and health facilities, and should become a landmark site in the north inner city. Expressions of interest from architectural practices are due by April 5, 2007. This invitation is open to all architectural firms, joint ventures, or consortia of architects, as eligible under EU Directive 2005/36/EC or comparable registration recognized by a national government. The competition will carry a significant financial recognition for successful shortlisted applicants.

Europan 9: Sustainable Cities and New Public Spaces.

Europan is Europe’s leading housing design competition for young design professionals under the age of 40. They are looking for innovative new ideas about how to design the next generation of housing. With one of the largest house-building programs since the Second World War underway, cities are undergoing an unprecedented period of urban regeneration. Meanwhile, climate change and scarcity of resources have become real problems that can no longer be ignored. Imaginative young design professionals are required to tackle these issues, balancing the need for new homes with inspiring ideas that are environmentally friendly and that will stand the test of time for the communities they serve. The registration deadline is May 28, 2007, and the submission deadline follows on June 28, 2007. The winner will receive X12,000 and the opportunity to make the design a reality, in partnership with Europan sponsors and major developers.

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