Festival of Architecture Day Two

The second day of the 2017 Festival of Architecture was a busy one; with lecture topics ranging from Housing in Remote Northern First Nations Communities to 3D Laser Scanning and the Built Environment, there is surely something of interest for everyone.

For Intern Architects and those enrolled in the Admission Course, day two provided attendees with lectures and courses focused on navigating the Ontario Building Code, the role of the architect in bidding and tendering, and the importance of balancing client and municipal planning objectives throughout the design process.

The highlight of the evening was the College of Fellows Convocation & RIAC Syllabus Convocation held at the Museum of History in Gatineau.College of Fellows

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Festival of Architecture

festival_slideshowYesterday marked day one of the 2017 RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture. To celebrate Canada’s 150th, this year’s festival offers events and lectures themed around the recognition of the architectural achievements of today, as well as the role architecture has played in shaping Canadian built heritage and cultural expression.

For those enrolled in the Ontario Association of Architects Admission Course, day one of the festival provided an exciting introduction to the practice of architecture in Ontario.

Stay tuned for more updates as the festival progresses!

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Designing for Urban Wildlife

Who among us hasn’t mistakenly walked into a large clean wall of glass? For humans, the result is most often a short period of embarrassment. However, for our feathered friends, colliding with a pane of glass can have deadly consequences. The high number of bird-glass collisions in urban areas is both cause for concern, and incentive to develop building materials which allow us to more harmoniously coexist with urban wildlife populations.

One example of a building material developed with wildlife conservation in mind is bird-friendly glass. To reduce the number of avian fatalities in urban centers, glass manufacturers are actively developing exterior glazing which creates visual ‘noise’, alerting birds to the presence of a physical barrier. One method of accomplishing this is to produce glass imprinted with a UV pattern detectable by birds, but not humans.

Applying materials and processes which help to ameliorate the quality of life for non-human inhabitants of the city is one of the many ways that architects and designers can actively work towards developing more sustainable urban environments.

bird-friendly glass

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