FEATURED WESTERN CANADA COVERAGE
DESIGNING A PICTURE-PERFECT LANDSCAPE: THE NEW EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART + DESIGN CONNECTS TO THE COMMUNITY
This September students walking into Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, will walk into a brand-new space designed to empower ideas and learning. The $122 million campus will accommodate 1,800 students and features three atriums with sweeping views of the mountains, two auditoriums, a theatre that can transform into a ballroom or cinema, and a pedestrian spine that runs the length of the building.
Alberta’s new Royal Alberta Museum, built in Edmonton, was designed to facilitate exploration of and connection to the thousands of artifacts this new facility will house. Natural materials, like limestone, were chosen for strength and durability; an advanced control system allows for varying settings specific to displays, throughout the facility; and the design weaves between interior and exterior, through the use of gardens and roof terraces.
Whether you bleed Rider green, or cheer against Rider Nation, you have to admit that the football club’s new stadium is designed with both fans and football in mind. The team takes to the turf starting this season and fans are eager to fill the stands. What everyone will see is a design that includes over 130,000 square feet of translucent Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric roofing, approximately 400 LED fixtures with wireless control, and seating for 33,000.
Creating a learning environment that is flexible, open and comfortable, while integrating a connection with the outdoors, are some of the goals of this new 77,000 square foot school, being built in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Scheduled to welcome students this fall, the design of the school is far from typical. Its layout is modern, its technology state of the art, its design accessible for all students, and its envelope will help it achieve LEED Gold standard for environmental sustainability.
Geological surprises, inability to frequently inspect and share data, and un-coordinated project planning are often the most cited reasons for delays and cost overruns. Purpose built industrial drone solutions for construction address these challenges seamlessly.
Designed for exceptional energy efficiency, a Passive House requires almost no heating or cooling due to their careful envelope design and the use of a detailed energy model. More than ever, the knowledge that has gone into home design is being transferred to commercial applications. This Research article discusses how Passive House technology is being used beyond residential, and beyond British Columbia.
EYE ON ARCHITECTURE
The Skilled Trades & Technology Centre at Red River College will open in the spring of 2018. It will prepare more than 1,000 skilled workers each year. This issue’s Eye on Architecture will showcase how the building, itself, will teach the students the art of building envelope design.
ON THE SAFE SIDE
The Pacific Coast is the most earthquake-prone region of Canada. This On the Safe Side article will how to design with seismic activity in mind, and the codes that relate to this safety concern.
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