National Arts Centre Renewal Tour

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National Arts Center

1 Elgin street

Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1


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An exciting transformation is underway at the National Arts Centre, Canada’s only bilingual, multi-disciplinary performing arts centre, and a centennial project that first opened its doors in 1969.

Two projects are taking place:

A $110.5 million Architectural Rejuvenation Project, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will re-orient the NAC to the Nation’s Capital with a stunning new entrance on Elgin Street, and includes a transparent lobby and atrium that are fully accessible, as well as new spaces for education and performance.

And the $114.9 million Production Renewal Project to refurbish the NAC’s performance halls and production facilities kicked off with a major renovation of Southam Hall in the summer of 2016. The project included the addition of mid aisles and a cross aisle that greatly increase accessibility; new hardwood flooring that has improved sound; comfortable new seats; and some important production upgrades.

This historic project covers 100,000 square feet, including fully accessible, animated, programmable cultural space, anchored by a three-storey digital lantern that projects inspiring imagery of performances from across Canada.

While work is still underway to complete this incredible transformation, the OAW team has partnered with NAC to bring you a rare behind the scenes tour and preview of the exciting upcoming changes.

Please join, Alicia Phinney, the Project Manager for the Architectural Rejuvenation Project, and Alex Gazale, the Project Manager for the Production Renewal Project, who will be happy to share their knowledge and experience while touring the new NAC.

Tour space is limited, please register to ensure your spot.

OAW 2017 theme:

Beyond 150 — “technically beautiful” yet? *

Ottawa Architecture Week is an annual week-long festival that welcomes everyone to explore architecture, urbanism, art and design in Ottawa. It is presented by the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) with the help of local volunteers and businesses.

This year OAW explores how emerging technologies will transform the built environment, and what these transformations would mean for the discipline of architecture.

This discourse is important, as we are in the midst of technological revolution: the way we live, play, work and connect with one another is changing dramatically. The rate and scale of these transformations is unprecedented.

When in 2001 Ottawa got briefly branded as “technically beautiful”(link), it felt like a backhanded compliment(link). And yet, today, Ottawa’s impressive high-tech sector, is an ever-powerful force, affecting our economy, built environment, and design community.

With technology permeating the physical, biological, social, political and cultural environments, what will the city of the future look like? What role will technology play in it? How will technology shape our behaviour? And, how will this transform our built environment?

Ultimately, one can’t help but wonder: what if architecture is about to be technologically disrupted?

What if:

“The future city will have no traffic congestion and no crime; have plenty of green spaces; be walkable; have inspiring and beautifully designed environments for people to live, congregate and collaborate; be 100 percent environmentally sustainable, renewable, and rechargeable; will be able to produce and provide ample food, with unlimited access to clean water; have buildings that respond to the needs of those that live, work and learn within; be economically thriving, innovative; and ultimately, stimulate happy and healthy living.”
— Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Future Cities in the Age of Disruption

Our events aim to engage all audiences, stimulate discussion and discover the spatial wonders this great city has to offer.

Let’s start the conversation. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

About OAW

Ottawa Architecture Week is a public forum that explores the ways in which architecture and urban design affect our daily lives. Throughout the week, we celebrate the role of architecture and the related trades in a way that is fun and engaging. We strive to bridge the gap between the architectural community and the public, in order to facilitate a constructive dialogue on the relationship between the built environment and Ottawa’s people.

Each annual edition is curated around a trending theme relevant to the architectural profession and the Ottawa–Gatineau community as a whole. The program features a variety of public events that include talks, exhibitions, installations, workshops, film screenings, tours, and panel discussions.

In 2017, for OAW’s 29th edition, we will daydream about Ottawa’s future: What to expect? What challenges lie ahead? And, what roles does technology play in Ottawa’s future?

Learn more here:

About ORSA

Ottawa Regional Society of Architects is a non-profit volunteer organization that represents the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) within the community. ORSA works to raise the profile of the architectural industry and has given voice to the local architectural profession for over 100 years.

ORSA Membership includes registered members of the OAA, as well as people involved in related industries. ORSA also welcomes members of the general public who have an interest in architecture and want to further their involvement in the architectural community.

ORSA is committed to presenting an informed opinion on issues affecting architecture in the National Capital Region, as well as to increase public awareness of the social importance of architectural design.

For more information, visit the ORSA website.

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