Toronto-based architecture firm Dialog, in partnership with EllisDon and Smoke Architecture, has revealed plans for the nation's first zero-carbon, mass timber higher education building. Designed for Centennial College in Toronto and slated for completion in 2023, the structure is inspired by traditions of the First Nations indigenous groups and "approached the project using the Mi’kmaq concept of 'Two-Eyed Seeing'—viewing the world through both an Indigenous lens and a Western lens—and ... the Anishinabek 'Seven Fires' prophecy that says we need to pick up things 'left by the trail,' " according to the firm. As such, the team designed a three-story building that aims to respond to the surrounding typography and is aligned with the cardinal directions. The exterior will be clad with aluminum shingles that adjust to weather conditions, while the interior will feature a central staircase and ample meeting space for students. [Dialog]

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Sidewalk Lab's smart Toronto waterfront project is one step closer to realization following the publication of governmental organization Waterfront Toronto's technical evaluation, which offered approvals for 144 of 160 sustainaility, mobility, economic development, and digital solutions described in Sidewalk Lab's 1,000-page proposal revealed last summer. "The solutions help address sustainability, mobility, the need to develop inclusive and complete communities, and solutions that create jobs and economic prosperity," Waterfront Toronto wrote in a discussion document. "There are also solutions that enable the creation of a responsible digital environment." While this step does not constitute a project-wide approval, the proposal can now be open for public review and comment. [Waterfront Toronto]

Have an industry-changing design approach, research pursuit, product, or technology to share? To celebrate the state of the art—and the processes that made them possible—ARCHITECT invites design firms, manufacturers, researchers, students, startups, and inventors in all building-related disciplines to enter its 14th annual R+D Awards. Winners will be featured in our July print issue. [ARCHITECT]

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Washington University in St. Louis' East End Transformation sets a high bar for energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and inclusion on its 120-year-old campus. [ARCHITECT]

A display from 2018 Light+Building
Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Petra Weizel A display from 2018 Light+Building

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the biennial Light + Building trade fair slated to take place next month in Frankfurt, Germany, has been postponed until September. Salone del Mobile in Milan has also been postponed. [ARCHITECT]

The deadline for submission to ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING'S 2020 AL + AR Product Call has been extended to Wed., March 4. Select entries will be published online and in ARCHITECT's April issue, which will be distributed at LightFair 2020. [ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING]

Have you recently launched a new product or collection for the building sector? Want to reach thousands of architects, designers, and industry professionals? Exhibiting at the 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, submit your products to ARCHITECT's Spring 2020 Product Call for editorial consideration for our May print issue. [ARCHITECT]