September 2022


In our September issue

Our September issue begins with looking back to remember Vancouver architect Barry Downs—one of Canada’s last remaining giants of west coast modernism—who passed away in July at the age of 92.

We also look forward, with some trepidation, at the possibility of a recession in the coming months. But the architects we interviewed think it might not be all doom-and-gloom.

Finally, to the present—back-to-school season. Our features this month focus on educational spaces, starting with our cover story on Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, the new building by Diamond Schmitt Architects and Number TEN Architectural Group at Red River College, in downtown Winnipeg. For reviewer Lawrence Bird, this solar-collecting, urban-oriented building has the potential to help heal some of the fractures in Winnipeg’s core.

On the west coast, Adele Weder considers Acton Ostry Architects’ Gastown Childcare Centre—a design that cleverly uses the rooftop of a parkade, and achieves an impressive 65.4 kWh/m2/year EUI. But although it checks all the boxes for smart, safe, sustainable design, Weder asks: does society have the standards wrong?

In Montreal, Olivier Vallerand pays a visit to the new Insectarium, a competition-winning design by Kuehn Malvezzi / Pelletier De Fontenay / Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architects in consortium. “Rather than focusing on traditional displays or architectural fireworks, the new building is much more about creating a new type of museum journey—one with memorable spaces and lessons that follow visitors long after their visit,” he writes.

If you’re in Montreal, be sure to visit the CCA’s current exhibition, ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home, which explores northern Indigenous concepts of home, and is reviewed in our pages by Leah Snyder.

We also hear from Masters architecture student Christian Maidankine, who explores his dissatisfaction with the past two years of largely online architectural education.

And finally, our issue looks at Lisa Landrum’s Unstacking the Deck, a double-deck of cards celebrating Manitoba’s women architects.

-Elsa Lam, editor