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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 540
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    Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects designed the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, a new facility for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. Photo: Eduard Hueber

    by Brian Libby

    When Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music set about expanding its midtown Toronto campus, a careful balancing act was required. The project combined construction of the new Telus Centre for Performance and Learning with the progressive restoration of historic McMaster Hall. The conservatory also sought to energize a new cultural district for the city in conjunction with major cultural facilities nearby, such as the Royal Ontario Museum and Gardiner Museum.

    Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, the Telus Centre is one of 13 projects recognized in the 2011 Educational Facility Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education.

    The awards program seeks to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor quality in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities. Among this year's honorees, some trends emerge, including sustainability, transparency, and flexibility of use.

    Music School in Toronto

    The Telus Centre for Performance and Learning is the final phase in the 1991 master plan for the Royal Conservatory's new home. The overriding idea for the campus was to create a hybrid of teaching and rehearsal facilities with three differently sized performance venues, and to facilitate flexibility to accommodate future growth and changes in programs.

    The centerpiece is the main concert venue: Koerner Hall, located in the Telus Centre. A classic shoebox-shaped hall with three curving, oak-clad balcony tiers, the 1,135-seat venue boasts superlative acoustics. The hall itself previously received an award for its use of wood. The 190,000-square-foot (18,000-square-meter) Telus Centre also contains teaching and practice studios.   >>>

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    The Clyfford Still Museum, designed by Allied Works Architecture, has opened in Denver. Photo: Jeremy Bittermann

    People and Places
    by Nancy Novitski

    Allied Works in Denver, ColoradoEnnead and GSBS in Salt Lake City, UtahErick van Egeraat in Assen, NetherlandsPerkins Eastman in Boston, MassachusettsShepley Bulfinch in St. Marc, HaitiHKS, AECOM, and HOK in Bethesda, MarylandTony Owen Partners in Sydney, AustraliaPreston Scott Cohen in Tel Aviv, IsraelJacobs Engineering Group and KlingStubbins in Pasadena, California

    Denver, Colorado — 2011.1118
    The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, has opened to the public. Designed by Brad Cloepfil's firm Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon, and New York City, the museum holds a collection of approximately 2,400 artworks by 20th-century painter Clyfford Still. The collection includes pieces from the full trajectory of Still's 60-year career, including figurative works from the 1930s, paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, and hundreds of works on paper.

    The museum is a cantilevered two-story building of richly worked concrete. The 28,500-square-foot (2,650-square-meter) facility features nine light-filled galleries on its second level, along with a library, educational and archival resources, a conservation studio, and collection storage on the first floor.

    One first encounters the museum through a grove of trees and landscaped forecourt, serving as a transition from the museum's urban context. Through the trees, the structure of the building is visible, consisting of cast-in-place architectural concrete walls with a variety of surface relief and texture. Inside, the gallery heights vary to accommodate changes in scale and media. Daylight enters the galleries through a series of skylights over a perforated cast-in-place concrete ceiling.   >>>


    In version 15, ArchiCAD's modeling interface supports full object creation in all view modes, including 3D perspective view. Image: ArchitectureWeek

    ArchiCAD 15: Part 2
    by Lachmi Khemlani

    Our software review of ArchiCAD 15 began in Part One, and continues here with a look at 3D interface enhancements, improved support for renovation projects, and other changes, along with an overall analysis of this release. —Editor

    3D Interface Enhancements

    The new freeform modeling capability in ArchiCAD 15 is nicely complemented by some interface enhancements that make 3D elements easier to create and navigate.

    To start with, there are no primary or secondary view types to create or edit the BIM model — you can work in any view, 2D or 3D, and even in 3D perspective views. In contrast, in Revit all the model creation and editing tools are deactivated in perspective views. It feels more natural for architects to work in perspective views, and ArchiCAD is now one of the only BIM tools to provide this capability.

    Also, a new "editing plane" is now visible in the 3D window, allowing modeling elements to be created on a visible plane rather than in midair. This plane is dynamic, automatically enlarging as more elements are added to the model so as to accommodate all of them. You can use it to model elements more accurately by enabling a grid display on the plane at desired grid intervals and turning on Grid Snap; you can also enable the Tracker feature for precise coordinate input.

    By default, the editing plane is automatically set to the base elevation of the currently selected tool, but its position can be changed by changing the user origin. In addition, the editing plane can be rotated if required. For elements such as shells, the editing plane changes dynamically depending upon the position of the cursor detected on different surfaces, allowing points to be selected on them to create different shell profiles. You can also move the editing plane during an editing operation and position it where required to perform the operation more accurately.   >>>


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    The Modular Building Institute has published a white paper citing a report by the National Research Council (NRC) that identifies modular construction as an underutilized resource for significantly advancing the competitiveness and efficiency of the U.S. construction industry in the next 20 years.

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