February 2024


In our February issue

Our February issue explores civic landmarks in cities across Canada.

Our cover story is Lawrence Bird’s review of The Leaf, a new conservatory in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park designed by KPMB Architects in association with Architecture49 with HTFC Planning & Design and Blackwell.

Going up in scale, John Lorinc takes a visit to The Well—the city’s first mega-development, with seven high- and mid-rises set on the 7.7-acre former Globe and Mail lands in the city’s downtown core. And at a tiny scale, we look at a generator enclosure by RDHA that elevates a mundane piece of infrastructure to become a piece of urban sculpture.

We also dive into two controversies surrounding two future projects. First, my editorial debunks the Ontario government’s plans to relocate the Ontario Science Centre from the landmark Moriyama and Teshima-designed building to Ontario Place. I also take a deep dive into the federal government’s decision to award the design of the National Memorial to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan to a team different than the one selected by the design competition jury.

Our issue also pays tribute to two landmark figures in Canada’s architectural community. Ronji Boorooah remembers his late colleague and friend Jerome Markson, who passed away this winter; while many in the Winnipeg architecture community have contributed to a book on the life and work of David Penner, who died in 2020.

Our February issue also includes the RAIC Journal, which reports on the organization’s fall Congress on accelerating climate action, and reviews structural engineer Paul Fast’s memoir and Jeannie Marshall’s book All Things Move: Learning to Look at the Sistine Chapel.

-Elsa Lam, editor