RDH Architects to Convert a Historic Canadian Post Office Into a Digital Library

RDH Architects to Convert a Historic Canadian Post Office Into a Digital Library, © RDH Architects
© RDH Architects

RDH Architects has unveiled the plans for its Old Post Office Idea Exchange, a restoration project inCambridge, Canada. The post office project will completely restore the existing historic building and transform it into a new space through the use of new glass additions that will increase usable space and improve accessibility.

“Combining glass structures with the heritage building will allow the historic elements to remain on display while still providing a space suited to modern use,” state the architects in a press release.

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© RDH Architects

Located in a core downtown area, the Old Post Office will become a new digital library that will offer programs and services for all ages, such as 3D printers, recording suites, a teen creative space, and an onsite restaurant. Thus, the project can become a new community center and place for all to engage, collaborate, and innovate.

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Moreover, the project won international recognition at the 2016 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards in the “Old and New” category.

Learn more about the project here.

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ODA Unveils New Residential Towers for Brooklyn

ODA Unveils New Residential Towers for Brooklyn, Courtesy of ODA
Courtesy of ODA

New York-based ODA has revealed their design for new residential towers in Brooklyn‘s Williamsburg neighborhood. These three towers, called 416-420 Kent, aim to revitalize the neglected East River waterfront and will introduce a new sense of community, while providing ample natural light and green spaces for residents.

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Courtesy of ODA

The towers comprise 800,000 square feet of residential space and 857 residential units overall, twenty percent of which will be affordable housing. Each tower will stand at twenty-two stories tall.

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Courtesy of ODA

What makes these towers architecturally unique is how they utilize the space of corner apartments, which will comprise more than eighty percent of the total number of units. By using two standard floor plans that mirror around a central axis, the three towers form “multi-dimensional facades and mid-floor ‘corner’ units.”

The shifting plans also create private green spaces, allowing residents to interact both indoors and out with a total of 77,000 square feet of outdoor space.  The towers provide views towards the WilliamsburgBridge, the East River, and downtown Manhattan and Kent’s promenade will contribute to the preexisting boardwalk that stretches from Greenpoint to Dumbo.

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Courtesy of ODA

Santiago Calatrava Reveals New Details About Dubai Observation Tower

Santiago Calatrava Reveals New Details About Dubai Observation Tower, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

New images and information has been released regarding Santiago Calatrava‘s competition-winning design for Dubai’s new “landmark” observation tower. Planned for a site in Dubai Creek Harbor, near the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, the tower was inspired by the “natural forms of the lily and evokes the shape of a minaret, a distinctive architectural feature in Islamic culture.”

“The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba. These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry,” commented Calatrava. “The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbor is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself.”

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Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

“It is also a major technological achievement. Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art. This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress,” he added.

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Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

The “elongated, oval-shaped bud” that takes shape at the top of the tower will be outfitted with 10 observation decks, including a 360-degree Pinnacle Room and two VIP garden decks. Its “slender stem, reminiscent of the delicate ribbing of the lily’s leaves,” will serve as the structure’s spine while anchoring the building to its ground level Central Plaza that offers world-class retail, a museum, educational facilities and an indoor auditorium.

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Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

The facade will be kept clean with the water collected by the building’s highly-efficient cooling system. Integrated shading and solar protective landscaping will also be used to promote efficiency.

AIA Names 10 Best US Houses of 2016

AIA Names 10 Best US Houses of 2016, Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA
Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for the 2016 Housing Awards. TheAIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 16th year, was established to recognize “the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life.”

The 2016 AIA Housing Award recipients include:

Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects

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Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Hog Pen Creek Retreat; Austin, Texas / Lake|Flato Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Custom Housing: Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Independence Pass Residence; Aspen, CO / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Island Residence; Honolulu / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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Custom Housing: Island Residence; Honolulu / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Island Residence; Honolulu / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR / Cutler Anderson Architects

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Custom Housing: Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Newberg Residence; Newberg, OR / Cutler Anderson Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS / Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.

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Custom Housing: Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS / Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.. Image Courtesy of AIA

Custom Housing: Oak Ridge House; Jackson, MS / Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.. Image Courtesy of AIA

Multifamily Living: 1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco / Mithun

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Multifamily Living: 1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco / Mithun. Image Courtesy of AIA

Multifamily Living: 1180 Fourth Street; San Francisco / Mithun. Image Courtesy of AIA

Multifamily Living: Cloverdale749; Los Angeles / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

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Multifamily Living: Cloverdale749; Los Angeles / Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Multifamily Living: Cloverdale749; Los Angeles / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA / William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

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Specialized Housing: Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA / William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA / William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles / LEO A DALY

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Specialized Housing: Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles / LEO A DALY. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus; Los Angeles / LEO A DALY. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN / HGA

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Specialized Housing: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN / HGA. Image Courtesy of AIA

Specialized Housing: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Farmington, MN / HGA. Image Courtesy of AIA

NIA FINALS 1 & 2 FOR BSC & MSC NON ACCREDITED 2016 ADVERT OF TODAY 11/04/2016

NIA FINALS 1 & 2 BSC-MSC NON ACCREDITTED

Dear Distinguished Colleague;

Please find attached the Exam advert for NIA PART 1 & 2 September 2016
as advertised today on page 62 of The Guardian Newspaper.

Also Note:

1) The NIA FINALS 2 examination is for candidates with M.Sc
(Architecture) or its equivalent awarded by Nigerian or Foreign
Universities whose Architecture Programmes are not accredited by the
Nigerian Institute of Architects.

2) The NIA FINALS 1 examination is for candidates with B.Sc
(Architecture) or its equivalent awarded by Nigerian or Foreign
Universities whose Architecture Programmes are not accredited by the
Nigerian Institute of Architects.

This is for your information, records and further necessary action.

Thank you

Abimbola Ajayi, fnia
HONOURARY GENERAL SECRETARY
NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
+234 803 326 1959

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Impossible and conquers Anything.

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