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Stone Age: The classic beauty of limestone

16 June 2021

Architect Steven Holl brings visual continuity to an arts complex in Princeton, New Jersey, using Pimar limestone to create a luminous effect on three interconnected volumes.

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When Architecture becomes Landscape

16 June 2021

Bosco Verticale spurred on a new kind of eco-building revolution, one that goes well beyond green roofs. Now, architects are pushing beyond the architecture/landscape divide in the most daring and beautiful ways.

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Rethinking the Flush with save!

16 June 2021

In the world of bathroom design, many products are geared toward reducing water consumption. But toilets are by far the biggest wasters. That could change with save!, a toilet that diverts waste and turns it into crop fertilizer.

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And the BEAT goes on: Women in Architecture

16 June 2021

How a grassroots organization committed to empowering women in architecture is now poised to forever reshape the Canadian architectural profession from Vancouver to St. John’s.

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You’re Beautiful, From the Inside Out

21 April 2021

The inside-out revolution has a start date: January 31, 1977. That is the day the Georges Pompidou National Center of Art and Culture opened in Paris. It marks the first-time mechanical systems – such as pipes, channels, valves and fittings – embraced a building’s envelope and became the protagonist of architecture.

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Solar Cladding Pushes the Limits of Versatility

21 April 2021

For decades, solar power harvesting has been admired for its enormous alternative-energy potential but hampered by its high cost and bulky design. Technology has eliminated those obstacles in recent years, paving the way for photovoltaics to move off rooftops and become an exciting new option for cladding entire buildings.

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The Rise in Indigeneity in Architecture

21 April 2021

More and more architectural firms that are steeped in First Nations traditions are taking on critical roles in public projects. The Truth and Reconciliation Act has been a catalyst for much of that change, but there are other formative reasons why indigeneity is gaining momentum.

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Go minimal with glass barriers and partition walls

24 March 2021

Technology in glass processing has made the once fragile building material an option for every type of architectural project, from shower enclosures to structural exterior facades. Colcom has played a significant role in that evolution. Manufacturing since 1962, the Italian company has invested in research and development to ensure its engineered glass and hardware components are both functional and beautiful at any scale.

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In Living Colour: Is the Age of Greige Over?

24 March 2021

For decades, monochrome shades of grey have dominated the world of interiors. Now, colour is taking centre-stage and turning up everywhere.

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Hand-drawn renderings in the age of CGI

24 March 2021

With computers able to imagine and grow architectural structures of unbelievable complexity, and in record time, is there still a place for drawing by hand?

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OAA’s 2021 SHIFT Challenge addresses Resiliency

8 December 2020

Inaugurated in 2019 by the Ontario Architects Association, the SHIFT Challenge is a biennial competition now in its second edition and open to submissions from all active OAA members, including Architects, Intern Architects, Student Associates, and Licensed Technologists OAA.

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Meet QuadCore Technology: The next generation in fire and thermal insulation

8 December 2020

In an era of rapidly changing natural systems, the need to protect our built environments against elements such as heat, wind and fire has never been greater. Which is why Kingspan, a global leader in building envelope solutions, has invested in technology-advanced cladding insulation that not only meets the highest fire code standards it surpasses them.

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The ARIDO Blog: A great place for finding talent

8 December 2020

To showcase the incredible work being done by interior designers across Ontario, ARIDO launched BLOG//ARIDO in 2018. Since then, over 150 projects by its members have been featured.

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High-performance surfacing for your next kitchen remodel

8 December 2020

Formica, the pioneering surface company, has expanded its offerings in Canada as the new manufacturer and distributor of the Italian brand FENIX, one of the most beautiful finishes for countertops and cabinetry ever invented.

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Biophilic design is having its moment, finally

8 December 2020

McDonald’s might not be where you expect to find a significant investment in the holistic fusion of architecture and the natural world. Yet earlier this year, the iconic fast-food chain opened a net-zero restaurant at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, that’s rooted in biophilia, a design concept that’s time has finally arrived.

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Ageing-in-place gets a dramatic lift

20 October 2020

A recent report by Mustel Group and Sotheby’s International Realty Canada found that 86% of older adult homeowners aim to live in their current homes for as long as possible. To do that, many will have to change their interior spaces to accommodate age-related physical challenges like stairs. Does that mean installing functional but boring-looking lifts and ramps to empower mobility? Not necessarily.

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Carpeting for design thinkers

20 October 2020

French flooring company Balsan has been in the textile industry for over three centuries. In fact, Louis Balsan first introduced tufting to France in the early 20th century, a technique now used by textile flooring manufacturers worldwide.

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It’s a wrap, with LG Benif

20 October 2020

Tekton is known in the automotive industry as a leading supplier of films for car windows. In recent years, the Guelph-based distributor has tapped into films specially made for architecture and interior design. They are now the sole Canadian supplier of LG Benif, a remarkable film that adheres to virtually any surface – and with a palette of over 500 colourways and natural textures, it has very few creative limits.

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Formica’s Surface Trends for 2021

20 October 2020

For over a century, Formica has provided designers with a trove of laminate choices for every type of commercial setting, from healthcare and hospitality spaces to office, retail and educational interiors. Its Specialty Collection for 2021 introduces even more aesthetic possibilities with an extended palette of beloved wood-grain classics along with on-trend metallics, to give every interior the look of both warmth and strength.

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Remote at Work: How to make offices safe during COVID

20 October 2020

Since July, COVID-weary Montrealers have enjoyed at least one bright spot in their city – an installation built especially for people to gather outdoors while also staying apart. Titled Your Place at the Table, the temporary project designed by local firm ADHOC is one continuous tabletop 100-metres in length. Meandering through Hydro-Quebec Park near Quartier des Spectacles, its undulating profile is surrounded by an assortment of chairs painted in an upbeat shade of yellow that can’t help but lure in strangers to take a seat and connect without fear.

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Filling in the Gaps: Toronto’s Laneway housing boom

24 March 2021

By the end of this year, 100 detached residential units, each with a footprint of 1,700 square feet or less, will be added to Toronto’s housing stock. That may sound like a minor accomplishment considering the city’s ongoing affordable housing crisis. In reality, it’s a notable benchmark for the long-awaited rise of laneway housing.

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Integrated Lighting made Easy

8 September 2020

In 2010, product developer Silvio Porciatti came up with an elegant lighting solution for dropped ceiling systems: a linear-shaped diffused LED fixture that uses a patented design to replace cross-member ceiling grids. It’s that simple.

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Timber comes to the Masses

8 September 2020

In 2013, Vancouver architect Michael Green gave a TED Talk titled Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers. When it was released, the impression it left with many of his colleagues was: Great idea, but it’ll never catch on. Yet, less than a decade later, Green’s greener vision of cross-laminated timber (CLT) as the great catalyst for building sustainably, and on a macro-scale, has been on a perpetual climb upward with mass-timber buildings on the rise around the globe.

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And the Winners are …

8 September 2020

On Friday, September 18, join AZURE as we reveal the winners of the 2020 AZ Awards. This year, AZURE will host the 2020 AZ Awards Gala online, to fête the finalists and announce the winners of our 10th annual AZ Awards.

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How Cool is Your View?

8 September 2020

Window films that protect against harmful UV rays have been on the market for a while. CoolVu takes things a step further, as the world’s first patented window film that transitions with the sun, helping to cut down on heat gain and reduce uncomfortable interior temperature fluctuations.

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Imitating Nature

8 September 2020

In the world of building finishes, there are countless ways for one material to imitate another. Porcelain can look like concrete, extruded aluminum can pass for wood, and dusty plaster can simulate black marble. As the saying goes, “Don’t trust everything you see – even salt looks like sugar.”

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Nature’s Seduction

14 July 2020

When it comes to innovative surfacing, Cosentino is in its element. But state-of-the art technology isn’t everything. Each year, the Spanish manufacturer presents new colour collections to give architects even more options.

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TSA’s Shift to Virtual

14 July 2020

What does it mean to bring people together at a time when we must all stay apart?

The Toronto Society of Architects was founded on building networks that encourage members to meet face to face. With lockdowns bringing the digital future into the now, the association has found new ways to best serve its constituents without gathering.

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When small is small

14 July 2020

As cities continue to densify, the expression “there’s room in the smallest hut” has gained new relevance. It’s time to rethink how much space we actually need and consider downsizing not as living with less but as a new kind of urban upgrade.

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What’s old is new again, and few things are as old as brick

14 July 2020

The ancient material has always been a popular choice for residential homes. But bricks aren’t what they used to be. Advanced technology has made clay masonry much lighter, thinner and applicable to almost any surface, which is why it is turning up more and more as an exterior option for towers.

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Office of the future

14 July 2020

No one could have predicted a global pandemic would be the catalyst to jumpstart the remote work movement. There is, however, still a long way to go.

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What moves architects: All news and trends in a new format

10 September 2019

The popular and extremely successful ARCHITECT@WORK trade show format, which is already represented in 15 different countries at 30 locations continues to grow. In the future it will also inform architects, planners, professionals and design enthusiasts about interesting new products, high-profile awards, technical innovations, expert opinions and trends in architecture outside of, and between the individual A@W events. 

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CONCRETE PANEL - GammaStone GFRC Plus AIR

5 September 2019

The GammaStone GFRC Plus AIR solution is composed of ultra-thin high-performance concrete reinforced with amorphous metal fi bres. The panel offers self-cleaning and photocatalytic characteristics thanks to the special ingredient TX Active. It allows designers to customise both the colour and surface finish.

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The 100th edition of ARCHITECT@WORK and where it all started

1 August 2019

On Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of May 2019, a celebration was held at Kortrijk Xpo, the Headquarters of ARCHITECT@WORK. It was in the Belgian hometown of Kortrijk, that the hundredth edition took place of this total concept that has spreads its wings across Europe and beyond.

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