News (November 01, 2002)


Students win RIBA competition.

Jaspal Atwal, Katherine Davey, Sasa Radulovic and Alyssa Schwann, all graduate students in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, have won first prize in the Royal Institute of British Architects’ competition “Ideas for Urban Sustainability.” Atwal and Radulovic are both in architecture, and Davey and Schwann are in landscape architecture. The interdisciplinary submission, for a site called Lochend Butterfly near Edinburgh, Scotland, proposed and measured the success of different development strategies for the site based on seven sustainability indicators including biodiversity, built environment, commodity and exchange, community services, energy, transportation, and water. Because the ecological footprint of the development is predicated in part on a surplus created in a hydroponic-based food production strategy, the team called the project “Cabbage Colonies.” The proposal engenders a network of interrelated sites across the United Kingdom, each one specializing in the efficient and sustainable production of a commodity such as food, water or energy.

109 Street Gateway Art Project.

“No. 23,” a three-storey soundscape sculpture designed by ID8 Design Group’s Marc Boutin, Dave Goulden and Tony Leong was selected as a winner from more than 100 submissions by artists and designers across Canada who participated in the $75,000 national competition for the 109 Street Gateway Art Project in downtown Edmonton. The competition was part of the Art and Design in Public Places Program sponsored by Edmonton’s Capital City Downtown Plan and directed with the help of the city’s The Works International Visual Arts Society. Marc Boutin has won the Prix de Rome and Dave Goulden was named Designer of Year at the Canadian New Media Awards 2002.


Libeskind a finalist for WTC site.

Architect Daniel Libeskind was selected from a field of more than 400 applicants as one of six finalists for the study of the future of the World Trade Center’s redevelopment. A new competition was generated after the six redevelopment schemes by Beyer, Blinder Belle Architects, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation, proved to be false starts for concerned citizens and the families of the WTC disaster’s victims. Shortlisted architects for the latest competition include Norman Foster, United Architects (Greg Lynn, Ben van Berkel and Reiser Umemoto), Richard Meier/Peter Eisenman/ Richard Gwathmey, Think (Frederic Schwartz, Rafael Violy and Shigeru Ban), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Recently selected as the first Gehry Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture, Landscape and Design to begin in 2003, Daniel Libeskind is also the architect of a new addition to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (see CA, May 2002).

PEB plans Bridgepoint Health.

Perkins Eastman Black Architects (PEB) of Toronto is planning the multiphase development of the Bridgepoint Health complex in Toronto. Formerly the Riverdale Hospital, the new campus integrates rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long term care facilities on an expanded site that will include administrative and public spaces created from the conversion of the historic Don Jail. PEB’s plan adapts the new building configuration to the wide variation in existing buildings and site conditions, and incorporates an expansion of the central landmark hospital building.

Malthouse’s transformation.

Roger du Toit Architects Limited is completing the final phase of work on the transformation into a residential precinct of Toronto’s oldest brewery complex. Twenty-six loft condominiums on three levels are incorporated into the existing masonry of the Malthouse building dating from 1876. The addition of a fourth floor, containing extensive glazing, will house penthouse mezzanine units. A minimal design approach for detailing retains the industrial character of the brewery.


7th DOCOMOMO Conference.

At the 7th DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) Conference, held in September in Paris, participants debated strategies of conservation and practices generated by particular architectures in the context of re-examinations of the interpretation of works. This “reception” of the modern movement theme drew two Canadian papers to the conference.

Hubert Beringer, who teaches at the cole de design de l’Universit du Qubec Montral, contributed to a panel on the media lifecycle of the Modern Movement. His analysis of Habitat ’67 recounts the project’s reception and acclaim in the media and its spectacular fall from grace as images of its descendent, Habitat Puerto Rico, were unveiled in 1974 in the book Form Follows Fiasco. A session chaired by France Vanlaethem of DOCOMOMO Qubec on heritage and conservation strategies included a contribution by Andrew Waldron, architectural historian with Parks Canada, on “Evaluating Modern Heritage in the Federal Government of Canada’s Building Inventory.” Waldron reviewed heritage policies regarding buildings owned by the government of Canada, particularly the requirement that all federal buildings 40 years of age or older be assessed for heritage value. Waldron suggested that this creates the need for greater analysis of the nature of modernism in Canada. He pointed out that the modernist period in Canadian architecture was comparatively short and produced work that incorporated regional, expressionist or rustic design motifs, not always in keeping with prevailing academic trends.

A book by Eric Mumford, The CIAM Discourse on Urbanism, 1928-1960, while expressing the value of further study related to the modern movement, chronicles national working groups as they developed the Congrs international d’architecture moderne (CIAM). The book’s account of Canadian working groups in B.C., Ontario and Quebec reveals that the lack of a unified group in Canada may reflect that diversity is an inherent part of the Canadian experience and an experience of increased globalization. Unfortunately many areas of the country are left out, such as Calgary, Lethbridge, Winnipeg and St. John–places where interest, study and exhibition of the modern movement in architecture are thriving. Surely, then, the development and networking of more Canadian working groups is essential, perhaps through organizations such as the RAIC or the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

–Bernard Flaman

Institute Without Borders.

The School of Design at George Brown College and Bruce Mau Design have announced a one-year post-graduate design initiative called the Institute Without Boundaries. To be located at Bruce Mau Design’s studio in Toronto, the public-private collaboration’s post-graduate design program will aim to educate students to meet a market demand for multi-disciplinary designers. Candidates who demonstrate interest or experience in fields as diverse as TV, architecture, video, animation, multi-media, writing, publishing and animation can apply for admission immediately. The program begins in January 2003. See

Affordable housing in Nova Scotia.

David Collenette, Minister responsible for Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, has announced a $37.2 million Affordable Housing Program agreement with the province of Nova Scotia, in which up to 1,500 affordable housing units will be created or undergo renovation over the next five years. The agreement is the eighth provincial bilateral agreement signed by the federal government.


In the September issue, coverage of Arc the Hotel in Ottawa did not list correctly the Architect of Record for the project, Ava Janikowski Architect Incorporated, of Toronto.

A news item in the September issue announcing Calgary architect Marc Boutin’s receipt of the Canada Council Prix de Rome in architecture incorrectly stated t
hat he is presently working in joint venture with Saucier + Perrotte architectes of Montreal on the New Varscona Theatre in Edmonton. The joint venture team of Marc Boutin and Saucier + Perrotte were at one time selected as architects for Calgary’s Institute of Contemporary Art, but are not working together on the Edmonton theatre project. We regret any confusion this error might have caused.