Toronto welcomes new collaborative centres for healthcare research

Earlier this month, downtown Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital opened its new Keenan Research Centre and Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre. They are among the first medical facilities in the world specifically designed to bring together researchers, educators, and clinicians to brainstorm ideas and quickly deliver best practices and research discoveries to patients.

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Canadian renos tops with copper

Three Canadian projects have nabbed top “Restoration/Renovation” honours under the continent-wide Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) and Copper Development Association (CDA) awards competition.

The 2011 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) program recognized a trio of domestic envelope cladding projects for their work in “showcasing the beauty, longevity, and workability that is offered by mankind’s oldest metal.”

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Why isn’t solar energy’s future brighter among designers?

If solar energy can be harnessed to both heat and power buildings, why is it not being specified more often in building design? That is the question two Canadian professors are now trying to answer.

Miljana Horvat (Toronto’s Ryerson University) and Marie-Claude Dubois (Québec City’s Université Laval) are leading an International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling (IEA-SHC) research project—Task 41: Solar Energy and Architecture.

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B.C. project wins AIA environmental award

The Vancouver Convention Centre was among the winning projects in this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) awards.

The project, designed by LMN Architects, and DA Architects & Planners with Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCM), has added to its long list of honours, which already includes the International Association of Congress Centres’ (AIPC’s) award for World’s Best Convention Centre and the 2010 Recycling Council of BC’s (RCBC’s) Environmental Award.

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Green minds meet at CaGBC national summit

Earlier this month, some of the country’s biggest experts in sustainable design sat down to explore the current—and future—state of environmentally responsible design and construction. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) held its annual National Symposium at Toronto’s Allstream Centre on April 13 and 14.

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Alberta honours outstanding steel projects

This year’s Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence have been given to five projects representing the state-of-the-art in architecture, engineering, fabrication, and sustainability in the steel construction industry. The biennial Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) award celebration promotes the structural steel industry within the Alberta region and across Canada by recognizing talent and ingenuity in steel design and the innovative use of steel in addressing various construction challenges.

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