Adams Branch Library and Ca’bliconica receive 2019 SARA National Awards for Unbuilt Architecture

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

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Daniels Experimental Gallery launches

Posted on November 6th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Events, Installations + Exhibitions

photo by Scott Norsworthy via Canadian Architect

The NADAAA-designed 7,500-square-foot experimental gallery at the Daniels Building is launching with an installation curated by Dean Richard Sommer and New York-based designers, Pillow Culture. The installation is titled New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking) and is launching tomorrow, November 7th, 2019 at 7:30pm. Registration is required for this event. Please register at the link here

More on New Circadia in this article by Canadian Architect.

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Daniels wins William Greer Built Heritage Award

Posted on October 28th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

This award celebrates building owners who have undertaken projects to conserve or adapt a historic property or architectural feature of a historic property within the municipal boundaries of the city of Toronto. Congrats to the Daniels Faculty! See the full list of nominees HERE.

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North Hall Ribbon-Cutting!

Posted on October 14th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _RISD NORTH HALL, Events

This weekend we celebrated the opening of RISD’s new North Hall with School leadership, students, faculty, and friends. Thank you all for joining us! Photos below of President Rosanne Somerson, NADAAA’s Nader Tehrani, Trustee Gabrielle Bullock, Student Alliance President Catherine Park, and Shawmut Construction’s Chris Maury are by Matthew Watson, an ’09 RISD alum.

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North Hall mention in New York Times

Posted on October 4th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _RISD NORTH HALL, Press

Frank Lowenstein, Brian Donahue and David Foster write for the New York Times on how CLT can help solve the climate crisis. RISD’s recently completed North Hall is cited as a case-study. Read the full article HERE.

“Across North America, trees stand ready to help us solve the climate crisis. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their wood. One way to respond to a challenge from the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, to seek “bold action and much greater ambition” on climate change is to protect forests from development, improve forest management and use sustainably harvested wood to build tall buildings. This will allow us to pump carbon from the atmosphere and store it both in forests and in cities. It will also support rural economies, improve wildlife habitat and create more affordable housing. This opportunity arises from cross-laminated timber, or CLT.”

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Daniels wins Paul Oberman Award for Adaptive Re-use

Posted on October 4th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

“Architectural Conservancy Ontario recognizes and supports excellence in the heritage community through our annual Heritage Awards. These awards honour and celebrate the people who have made significant achievements in heritage preservation in the previous year. They recognize the work of professionals, groups, and individuals in their work to preserve community heritage, including advocacy, restoration, adaptive reuse, landscape heritage, and craftsmanship.”

See all the winners of the 2019 Architectural Conservancy Ontario awards HERE.

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Daniels featured in Blueprint

Posted on September 29th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Press

NADAAA’s Daniels Building is featured in this month’s Blueprint. Alex Bozikovic writes: “The late American architectural historian Vincent Scully believed that architecture should be a conversation between eras. Rarely does this metaphor play out with such drama as in the Daniels Building at the University of Toronto, where two very distinct architectural discourses run together on a prominent urban site. […] the very particularity of the building makes it a beautiful and distinctive place. It is architecture that aims to say something bold and complex, and in so doing adds to the conversation that is the city.”

View full article HERE.

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RISD North Hall Opening Celebration!

Posted on September 20th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _RISD NORTH HALL, Events

Join us on Saturday, October 12th at 60 Waterman Street, Providence, RI as we celebrate the opening of North Hall, RISD’s newest residence hall in more than 30 years. Share in the festivities, enjoy seasonal refreshments and tour the building. The celebration is from 11am-12pm with tours running from 12pm-2pm. Please RSVP by Friday, October 4!

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Daniels wins two Architecture Masterprize Awards

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

The Architecture MasterPrize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide. Daniels was selected as a top building in both the Education and Green categories.

See all the winning projects HERE.

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Daniels Wins Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence

Posted on September 13th, 2019 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

Jury comment:

“The University of Toronto Daniels Building and landscape at One Spadina Crescent grapples with a challenging but glorious site. The landmark roadway circle and heritage building were inherently disconnected from adjacent streets and the University of Toronto campus, but remained a highly visible and historically significant site in the city. The designers have ingeniously exploited these constraints delivering an iconic landscape and building expansion that serves as a significant anchor to the University campus and, playing up its 360 degrees of exposure, addresses the public around the circle. To the south, the original building stands proud above new tall grasses. To the east and west, entrance plazas serve to connect to adjacent neighbourhoods, and to the north, a planted amphitheatre forms a dramatic space for outdoor events and lounging.

In particular, the jury applauds the striking and experimental landscape design which is bold enough to make a statement in this space of non-stop traffic. Sloping planted landforms and a wild plant palette challenge expectations of more mundane campus landscape design and offer great diversity in a relatively small area. It serves as a marker of design experimentation – an important indication of the activities within the building’s walls.”

More information on the Toronto Urban Design Awards Program can be found HERE.

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