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" The metamorphosis of a library: from opacity to transparency "
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Since the year 2000, more than fifteen architectural competitions aimed at rethinking libraries have been organized in Quebec. The recent Gabrielle-Roy library competition is a perfect example of this desire to change institutions dedicated to knowledge. Architecturally, it questions the contemporary trend towards dematerialization, which has been particularly explicit here due to the formal and massive architectural expression of the old library designed by Gauthier Guité Roy decades earlier. It also questions the paradoxical desire to create spaces that are well adapted to specific uses while being very flexible and versatile. [...] more
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Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery / Galerie canadienne de la céramique et du verre
Ontario, Waterloo, 1986
Patkau's winning submission for the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (1986) is one of those architectures that sounded the end of the 60s monolithic modernity, as well as the 80s dissonant postmodernism. Kenneth Frampton recognized early on that the Patkau's architecture was the sign of a new tectonic culture… [...] more
Solar Powered Bus Shelter + Interactive & Educational
Quebec, Montréal, 2016
Contrary to the famous aphorism by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner who did not recognise the bicycle shelter as architecture, this competition was grounded on the conviction that a bus shelter can, and should be as architectural as a cathedral or even a museum. With this open and anonymously judged competition which received 26 proposals from Canada, USA, Brazil, France and Iran, the ideas had to be feasible since this augmented bus shelter will indeed be built by the not profit organisation CoLLaboratoire from Concordia University. [...] more
Maison de la littérature de l'Institut Canadien de Québec
Quebec, Québec, 2011
Literature houses, be they European or anywhere else in the world, have received writers-in-residence since the 19th century. In order to confirm that Québec City as a showplace for literary creation, the Canadian Institute of Québec oriented itself towards a new programmatic type, the first in Canada, inspired by similar institutions that have recently opened their doors (Oslo in 2007, Geneva in 2012). The concept of the digital age is explained using an obscure but enlightening analogy: “a place that is to literature what a library is to reading”. The literature house of the 21st century is oriented towards both memory and creation, and combines the writers' residences with public spaces that can accommodate events and expositions around literature that is written and read on digital mediums. As detailed in the program, the literature house is a “ unique and always surprising” place that should provoke a feeling of “jamais vu” within the user. [...] more
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Centre Culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
by Camille Crossman, published 2012-12-01
Public spaces and private investors
Absolute Design Ideas Competition
by Jean-Pierre Chupin, published 2006-08-01
A Literature House for Québec, architecture and/or stage design?
Maison de la littérature de l'Institut Canadien de Québec
by Louis Destombes, published 2013-03-08
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MOVEMENT - IMPROVING THE HUMAN ASPECT OF MOBILITY
International
End of Registration: October 31st 2018
This competition is seeking ideas about the future of how people will move throughout the city they live in and the community that they will convene. Using the new Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Calgary as a platform for new ideas, it seeks to reflect on the future of movement for all people in the city. The ideas proposed for the competition will become part of a platform for conversation and debate. All winning ideas will be exhibited to the public and part of a series of discussions as well as published online and in print. 
Future Urban Home Competition - Dezeen X MINI Living
International
Registration/Submission Deadline: September 10th 2018
MINI Living is a project by MINI that aims to translate one of the car brand's key design principles - the creative use of space - into real architectural solutions for how people live, work and interact in cities. Working predominantly with small spaces, the project seeks to answer urban challenges in a way that combines the brand's design knowledge with the spirit of experience and fun under the maxim: "big life, small footprint".
International design competition: Winnipeg's Market Lands
International
End of Registration: September 14th 2018
The competition is for a design that includes a new 100 unit affordable housing complex, a 700 sm (7500sf) market building and a1500 sm (16,150sf) plaza. This will be a two-phase competition with Phase 1 an RFQ to select a shortlist of up to five (5) design teams for Phase 2 to prepare a conceptual design. One member of each team is required to be formally registered as a member in good standing in one of the Provincial Architectural Associations in Canada.​
Residential Stadium - Adaptive Reuse
International
End of Registration: Nov 21st 2018 Submission: Nov 21st 2018
Archstorming is calling for proposals to design an adaptive stadium that could also be used as a residential building. Giving the fact that the World Cup 2026 will be held in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico), the project for the stadium will be located in New York City (USA). The proposed stadiums can work as both sports arena and residential building at the same time, adapt to sports arena or residential building depending on the required use or convert to residential building permanently after the sports event has finished. The stadium could have the following (indicative) program: Soccer field, Stadium stands, Residential units (recommended size: 30 m2 to 100 m2), Restaurants, Offices, Shops and commercial spaces, Multipurpose spaces, Bathrooms, Gardens and public spaces.
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