Architecture Lab Latest News, Events, Competitions Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:19:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ryerson Learning Centre lets users reshape the space Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:19:34 +0000 Less a building than a container of raw space, Ryerson’s spectacular new Student Learning Centre offers a glimpse into a future where architecture is the start of a process that users must finish. The eight-storey structure, which opened this week at the corner of Yonge and Gould Sts., is the city’s latest architectural landmark, a […]]]> 0 What Dallas can learn from Houston’s Buffalo Bayou for the Trinity River project Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:11:38 +0000 How do you transform the flood plain of a neglected urban waterway into a grand public park and metropolitan gateway? Dallas has been struggling with this challenge for more than 20 years, making incremental progress on the Trinity River corridor while debating whether to burden it with a toll road. Houston, meanwhile, has spent that […]]]> 0 An Immodest Proposal Rankles a Capital Known for Modesty Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:03:43 +0000 You can make out Canadians’ reputation for modesty in their capital, a city that has largely avoided erecting anything you might call monumental. None of Ottawa’s landmarks are built on the grand scale of, say, the Arc de Triomphe or the Washington Monument — not even the national war memorial or the tower of the […]]]> 0 A Killer Light Show, Set Inside a Church Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:41:33 +0000 Before there were mind-melting light shows at Pink Floyd concerts, and before there were untold numbers of immersive light-and-sound installations at art museums, there was Iannis Xenakis. The Greek-French composer would eventually become best known for his music, but before that—in the late 1950s—he also trained as an architect directly under Le Corbusier. When his […]]]> 0 Ecopolis Plaza, Spain / ecosistema urbano Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:24:51 +0000 Contemporary society is imposing new challenges to architecture, beyond the formal experimentation that monopolizes much of its recent history. The project “Plaza Ecopolis” aims to incorporate the idea of sustainability into daily life. The main focus is therefore to create a vision of urban sustainability that facilitates the reduction of energy consumption by matters of […]]]> 0 The Freezeway, Edmonton, Canada Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:26:20 +0000 The Freezeway’s vision is to create an iconic and vibrant city that forges its identity from embracing its climatic setting. Moreover, it aspires to create communities and a culture that longs for the winter season with excitement and anticipation. Utilizing Edmonton’s cold climate, which is on average bellow freezing for 5 months a year, the […]]]> 0 Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:55:50 +0000 After entering the Corona del Mar Middle School campus in Newport Beach, and an unexplainable sense of well-being washes over visitors. The courtyard is airy. Every classroom has a window — some with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Glass panels stretch floor to ceiling. Native California plants grow throughout the complex. The building has […]]]> 0 Bromley Council pulls out of Crystal Palace rebuild talks Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:35:22 +0000 ZhongRong Group wants to rebuild Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936, but has failed to meet a deadline set by the council to produce plans. Bromley Council says it is not extending its “exclusivity agreement”. The council has been concerned by slow progress on the project, which was backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson. […]]]> 0 Has your urban planning profession made you boring? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:12:32 +0000 Urban planning can be an exciting and rewarding profession. It can also be extremely political and sometime downright boring. You sit there, review requests for development applications, subdivision requests, zoning amendments, variances, and general plan amendments. You look at the intent and you look for compliance and consistency. Compliance and consistency. Order and geometry. Physical, […]]]> 0 Edward Glaeser: Two great cities – but London has the edge now over New York Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:27:00 +0000 New York and London are the Western world’s battling urban colossi, locked in a friendly competition for global supremacy that has persisted for 150 years. For most of the decades since 1914’s Guns of August pounded British finances, New York appeared to have the upper hand. Yet since the Great Recession London has surged while […]]]> 0