Researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, have developed a treatment to infuse a hardened metal surface with naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides. The technology is expected to create a hard metal surface that kills bacteria trying to attach to the surface.
The Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF’s) design for the 601 West Pender Street project. Sensitive in both scale and materiality, the building replaces a six-storey parking structure in the city’s Central Business District with a retail base covered by a planted pedestrian canopy, an enhanced Alley Oop laneway, 29 floors of state-of-the-art workspace, and crown amenities with panoramic views of the city.
Software company Atlassian plans to build the world’s tallest hybrid timber building for its new headquarters in the tech precinct of Central Station, Sydney, Australia. The tower will be 180-m (590-ft) high.
Hot-dip galvanizing has been applied to reinforcing steel in concrete used for precast panels, barriers, and bridge decks since the early 1970s. While new technologies have surfaced in decades past, none have matched the performance or economic savings that galvanized reinforcing steel has delivered.
Diamond Schmitt Architects has won an Award of Excellence in Urban Design for Adaptive Re-use by the City of London for transforming a late 19th-century department store in London, Ont., into a multi-disciplinary centre of learning for Fanshawe College.
The Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects with engineering firm Aecom, incorporates cultural references to the city in an abstract manner and combines them with practical responses to the climate, context, and the functional requirements of a football stadium.
In the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal, a storefront space and basement was transformed by Thomas Balaban Architect’s (TBA) into a 345-m2 (3714-sf) mixed-use building. The structure is now home to the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital (HVdP), a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) emergency clinic, and four residential units in and on top of a small, abandoned photo studio.
Construction of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism has started in Ottawa. The project will recognize Canadas international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice and persecution under communist regimes.