We are a growing city. As we fill in and build upwards, intensification brings up intense feelings and diverse perspectives. It reminds us that the city is a collective project.

Beyond addressing the housing needs of a growing population, we face the design challenges of how to move through the city, and how to create opportunities for social connections in and across our neighbourhoods.

OAW ’14 explores the impacts of growth and asks us to consider how we manage intensification and continue to make Ottawa a more livable place.

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Michael Simon is really into light. That’s why for eight years he worked in what the average person might consider a lighting store (and certainly he fielded at least one misguided inquiry; more about that soon). But what Michael actually dealt with was the business – and beauty – of lighting design. The way lighting transforms our very surrounds. “Lighting was always a touch point for me when thinking about design.” (continue reading)

Photo contest

What is Ottawa Architecture?

In anticipation of Ottawa Architecture Week 2014 (Sep 28-Oct 5), we want to see Ottawa architecture through your lens. What are your favourite works of architecture? Your favourite public places? What’s new in your neighbourhood? What’s old?


Centretown apartments at Elgin and McLeod. Source: Sarah Gelbard.

Tweet your photo to @ottarch or post on our facebook page. Make sure to tag your photo #ottarchphoto

Feature photo: Every Sunday and Wednesday, the Ottawa Architecture team will select one submitted #ottarchphoto as our feature photo to be prominently displayed on our twitter, facebook page, and website.

Grand prize winner: All entrants will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the yowLAB movie night and panel at the ByTowne Cinema, Tuesday September 30th. The draw will be held on Friday September 26.

Copyright: All submissions must be original works belonging to the entrant. By submitting a photo to the contest, you grant Ottawa Architecture the right to redistribute the image for promotional purposes related to Ottawa Architecture and Ottawa Architecture Week. The owner of the photo maintains all copyrights.

Every building has an architect: If you know the architect or designer, please include their name in your tweet or post. Read more about the RAIC’s “Every building has as architect” campaign.

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