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Canadian architects named 2019 RAIC Fellows

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Architects from 14 Canadian cities have been named 2019 RAIC Fellows, in recognition of outstanding achievement in design excellence and service.
'Architects from 14 Canadian cities have been named 2019 RAIC Fellows.The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement.Criteria include design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession or the community.A Toronto architect with a portfolio of subway stations; a Montreal hospital expert; a Vancouver leader in sustainable design, and a Winnipeg scholar working toward a national architecture policy are among the Canadian architects to be named 2019 Fellows.Fellows will be inducted at the College of Fellows Convocation ceremony on October 29 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto during the annual RAIC Festival of Architecture which takes place October 26 to 30.Representing Canada coast-to-coast, the 41 new Fellows come from Calgary, AB; Edmundston, NB; Halifax, NS; Hamilton, ON; Lethbridge, AB; Montreal, QC; New Glasgow, NS; Niagara Falls, ON; North Bay, ON; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Vancouver, BC; Westmount, QC, and Winnipeg, MB.They include: Richard Lyle Stevens, of IBI Group in Toronto, whose projects include subway stations at Downsview, Sheppard West, Don Mills, Bayview, Finch West, Pioneer Village, Union Station’s second platform, and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail project; Jennifer Cutbill, of Local Practice Architecture + Design in Vancouver, who practices and teaches regenerative design, represented BC/Yukon on the RAIC board directors; founded the RAIC’s Committee on Regenerative Environments, and co-founded Vancouver Design Week; Michel Broz, of Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes in Montreal, who has led hospital projects across Quebec, including the Critical Care Pavilion (K) at the Jewish General Hospital and expansion of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre; Lisa Landrum, of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture in Winnipeg, who is an associate professor, associate dean (research), and sits on Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities working group seeking to advance a national architecture policy.The College of Fellows will also induct five Honorary Fellows.See full list of 2019 RAIC Fellows at RAIC. . The post Canadian architects named 2019 RAIC Fellows appeared first on REMINET .'

Aalto trades on winning location and design

Form and Design Vancouver Sun

Aalto Townhomes is a 76-unit development with three- and four-bedroom homes ranging in size from 1,498 to 1,969 square feet and priced from $799,900.
'It’s relatively easy to find a modern townhome development in the Lower Mainland. It’s also easy to find a new condo in one of the region’s urban centres, particularly given city planners’ penchant for approving new homes next to major transit hubs. But a new townhome development with homes above 1,500 square feet that’s within walking distance of rapid transit and urban amenities is harder to come by. Read More'

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review: You Get What You Pay For

Form and Design Motor Trend Canada

The 2019 Arteon’s best design detail is that it’s not immediately identifiable as a Volkswagen.The brand has produced some very safe designs lately, so it’s satisfying to see a sexier shape slink out of the design studios.
'The 2019 Arteon ’s best design detail is that it’s not immediately identifiable as a Volkswagen . The brand has produced some very safe designs lately, so it’s satisfying to see a sexier shape slink out of the design studios.The Arteon won’t inspire envy from A5 Sportback owners, but the VW is a far more pleasing shape than the Nissan Maxima , Toyota Avalon , or Acura TLX . As Volkswagen’s flagship four-door straddles full-size mainstream and entry-level luxury segments, however, styling can’t assure success on its own.Let’s be clear: This is no bargain Audi . Materials inside the $36,840–$47,705 USD Arteon are hit or miss, from the center console’s hard plastic to the unacceptably cheap “is this a Jetta?” feel of the HVAC knobs.Then again, the Nappa leather feels great, the side of the center stack is squishy where your knee will rest at red lights, and the truth is that most sub-$50,000 USD luxury-branded four-doors (like the A5 that starts at $45,195 USD) will hide cheap materials in their cabins somewhere.The difference is that this mainstream-branded car has more to prove, and others (like the new Avalon) have more soft-touch surfaces inside.Experiencing the Avalon’s interior requires walking past its oversized front grille, not a compromise you make with the Arteon. --> Audi intenders who see the Arteon as an alternative to the A4 sedan or A5 Sportback hatch will delight in the VW’s spacious back seat.It’s way better back there than those Audis as long as you watch your head on the way in and bring a 12V-to-USB converter, as there are no rear USB outlets.There is a fifth seat (unlike the four-seat CC before VW added a fifth seat belt), but the sizable drivetrain hump limits its functionality.Like those Audis, the 2019 Arteon is powered by a version of the VW-Audi family’s 2.0-liter turbo-four.In the VW’s case, the powerplant makes 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic with front- or all-wheel drive.It won’t feel like 268 hp if you’ve spent as much time as I have with an all-wheel-drive Audi A4 2.0T . The smaller and less powerful Audi is lighter than the Arteon and uses a quick-reacting dual-clutch transmission.Thing is, that same transmission isn’t as smooth at low speeds as the more relaxed Arteon’s eight-speed, but the VW isn’t trying to compete as a Stinger beater or 3 Series fighter.Yes, you can have fun in the Arteon, whose ride strikes a good balance between isolating comfort and actually feeling the road.But even in Sport mode—which adjusts the steering, transmission, and standard adaptive suspension—it doesn’t connect you in quite the same way as, say, our 2019 Car of the Year, the Genesis G70 . If you’ve never pressed an accelerator pedal more than halfway down or where you live doesn’t require all-wheel drive, try the front-drive model.However, budgeting $1,800 USD for VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive might be a good idea for those who live where it snows or for lead-footed drivers who want to avoid torque-steering around town.The engine provides enough oomph for almost every driving situation, and the engine stop/start system is notably less intrusive than the tech we had in our long-term A4.The Arteon also pummels the Audi in terms of cargo space.The Volkswagen offers a very useful 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and because it’s a hatch, the Arteon offers lots of flexibility within those cubic feet.We just wish VW didn’t restrict the power-operating hatch (or the ventilated front seats) to the top SEL Premium trim, which starts at $45,940 USD.At least the midlevel SEL gets the slick black roof (with panoramic sunroof), Nappa leather seats, and a completely digital instrument cluster.VW’s Digital Cockpit feature is cool, but as with our former long-term Audi, I would very much like the car to tell me the song title and artist, not just that it’s coming from Apple CarPlay.The SEL also adds an excellent adaptive cruise control system that can accelerate and brake smoothly in most situations, even in traffic.If you’re set on a base SE, you’ll appreciate that it still gets LED headlights and taillights, three -zone climate control, a drive mode selector (you’ll notice a change from Eco or Comfort to Sport), automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and braking, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an 8.0-inch touchscreen.And if you notice a ton of blank buttons around the center stack and console, don’t worry—even loaded models have that problem.It’s frustrating to know that even on a $47,000 USD Arteon, more than half the buttons around the gear stalk are still blanks, to say nothing about the blank button behind the electric parking brake.We hear a redesigned center stack (and possibly auto brake hold) will appear in the Arteon’s midcycle refresh in a couple years.When that happens, say goodbye to the analog clock that goes for understated and classy but comes across as a little plain.We get it—that doesn’t help you; you’ve got the new car bug now . Maybe you admire the Arteon’s styling details, including a clamshell hood that eliminates the need for traditional hood cut lines found on other cars.And don’t miss the subtle character line that rises above the doors to the front of the car.As you peruse the configurator, know that although this premium-ish car drives well and has a large back seat, the interior has a couple issues.Nevertheless, if you can accept a few interior niggles and a distinctly non-luxury badge, the stylish and worthy Arteon is more practical than it looks.The R-Line package is about maximizing curb appeal, with 19- or 20-inch wheels as well as other visual changes inside and out, plus paddle shifters. . The post 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review: You Get What You Pay For appeared first on Motor Trend Canada .'

2019 Volkswagen Arteon: 7 Cool Design Details

Form and Design Motor Trend Canada

Although you should never judge a car solely by its styling, design is a good place to start with the new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.The four-door hatch already looks good in photos, but seeing it in person reveals details you might not instantly notice
'Although you should never judge a car solely by its styling, design is a good place to start with the new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.The four-door hatch already looks good in photos, but seeing it in person reveals details you might not instantly notice on your phone.Don’t miss our review of the U.S.-spec 2019 Volkswagen Arteon here , and then check out seven design details based on our time driving in and walking around Arteons of different trims and colors. --> What a CHMSL!No, CHMSL isn’t a bunch of random letters.The center high-mounted stop lamp is the third brake light all cars have somewhere on their rear glass.In the 2019 Arteon, the CHMSL stretches nearly the entire length of the top of the glass.It’s a premium detail I associate most prominently with Audi and Bentley . Do You See It?A subtle character line rises from the side of the trunk lid above the windows and to the end of the A-pillar.Although certainly not a make-or-break detail, it enhances the 2019 Arteon’s premium exterior design.Line-Free Next time you see a parked Arteon, look at the clamshell hood.Thanks to the fact that the hood extends all the way to the top of the wheel wells, the top of the hood itself lacks the conventional hood cut lines found on most other cars.Strong Shoulders Although certainly not unique to the Arteon, the VW has strong shoulders—there’s no slab-sided styling here.In Case You Forget the Name of Your Car … … the VW’s name appears in big letters on the back of the car.True, even the Toyota Camry and new Volkswagen Passat have versions of this, but it looks classy on the Arteon.Wheel-y Nice The U.S.-spec Arteon is offered with 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheels.This itself isn’t exciting, but some premium cars roll on wheels that look like the base size and design they are.That’s not the case with the Arteon’s 18-inch alloys, which feature an interesting design with black accents.Even with 18s, the Arteon still has style.So Low The Arteon’s hood drops down low, an effect accentuated by a body-colored panel at the top of the grille.The front grille is positioned low and easily distinguishes the Arteon from other Volkswagens.Even though the 2019 Arteon’s interior doesn’t quite reach the quality of the exterior, the car’s curb appeal makes clear this is not just another Avalon, Maxima, or even Stinger.The VW hatch has clean lines and should appeal to those who want a premium but still understated look. . The post 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: 7 Cool Design Details appeared first on Motor Trend Canada .'

Study Examines How Tracking Sludge Flow Can Help Design Better WWTPs

Form and Design Water Canada

A new way of tracking how sewage sludge flows during thermal treatment could help engineers design better wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and boost production of biogas.
'A new way of tracking how sewage sludge flows during thermal treatment could help engineers design better wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and boost production of biogas.Researchers at RMIT University demonstrated how the flow behaviour of sludge can be used as a tool to gauge how quickly organic matter is dissolving at high temperatures, paving the way for online monitoring of process performance.Traditional methods of assessing the performance of thermal treatment require time-consuming sampling and chemical analysis.But rheology calculations – which measure and detail how liquids flow – can be done online in real time.The study, published in Water Research, found a correlation between how sludge dissolves and changes in its flow behaviour, indicating it may be possible to monitor thermal treatment performance simply by tracking the flow.Lead investigator and Associate Professor Nicky Eshtiaghi, from the School of Engineering, said correctly estimating the rheological parameters of sludge is critical to efficient process design.“Our technique enables engineers and plant operators to conveniently obtain these parameters without having to perform the measurements at high temperatures themselves,” Eshtiaghi said.The equations in the study are based on direct measurement of sludge at conditions that mimic real-world thermal treatment processes.The new technique can measure flow behaviour without destroying the samples, often a big challenge during data collection of concentrated sludge.Thicker Sludge, More BiogasThe study also showed that varying the thickness of sludge has little impact on the effectiveness of thermal treatment.This means plant operators could increase biogas production downstream, by increasing the solid content of sludge during initial treatment processes.“Thicker sludge can be beneficial for both optimising efficiency overall and for producing more biogas,” Eshtiaghi said. “With our discovery that the thickness of sludge makes no difference, this research gives plant operators more flexibility in designing processes that can better exploit the renewable energy potential of wastewater sludge treatment.”Eshtiaghi, a member of the Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre at RMIT, said the research could enable more efficient design and trouble-shooting of pumps, mixers, and heat exchangers in the sludge treatment process.The study, with lead author and PhD researcher Kevin Hii, is published in Water Research (DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.03.039). The post Study Examines How Tracking Sludge Flow Can Help Design Better WWTPs appeared first on Water Canada.'

Architects seek input on shared and public spaces in the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility

Form and Design ibftoday.ca

Press Release April 15, 2019 Announcements and Events Registration is now open for the next design workshops on Spaces and Relationships in the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility, which is set to
'Press ReleaseApril 15, 2019Announcements and EventsRegistration is now open for the next design workshops on Spaces and Relationships in the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility, which is set to open in the heart of the National Capital Region in 2024.At this workshop, participants can provide input on how spaces inside the new facility can complement one another, the exterior and the views.Participants can also take a fresh look at what LAC and OPL spaces and services will be offered in the new facility, and help inspire a design that is flexible and can adapt to customer expectations for generations to come.Bring your inspiration to this exciting project!Register now at Inspire555.ca(link is external) for one of two design workshops:Date: Wednesday, May 1 Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Place: Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road (free parking)Date: Saturday, May 4 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Place: Library and Archives Canada, Pellan Room, 395 Wellington StreetAll Canadians and anyone unable to attend the workshops will soon be asked to provide input online at Inspire555.ca(link is external).The workshops and online activities are part of a year-long local and national engagement process to inspire the design of this iconic installation destined to become a must-see attraction in Ottawa.The Inspire555 engagement series will include additional design workshops, a series of pop-up events, and online activities and engagement (local and national).Last month, 800 people took part in workshops and online activities to provide input on preliminary concepts for the facility as well as preferred viewpoints and site features.At the upcoming sessions, the architects will report back on what they heard, and demonstrate how public input is being incorporated into the design.The architects and representatives from the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada also visited the Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin communities to meet with and learn from Elders and community members, and to share knowledge about the project.Additional meetings, design workshops and knowledge sharing events are planned with these Algonquin communities, and with local urban and national Indigenous organizations.About the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facilitySet to open in 2024, the joint facility will become a landmark destination built on the shared values of the partner institutions.The facility will deliver a rich customer experience through the Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library and Library and Archives Canada’s public services, exhibitions and events, which showcase Canada’s heritage.The joint programming and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada.It will be a modern, iconic facility that will respond to rapidly developing technology, growing customer expectations and changing demographics.For more information on the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility, and the Inspire555 Series, please visit Inspire555.ca(link is external).Public Inquiries311@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail) 311 https://ottawa.caMedia Inquiriesmedias@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail) 613-580-2450 https://ottawa.caIBF5.The post Architects seek input on shared and public spaces in the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility appeared first on Indigenous Business & Finance Today.'