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There’s an excellent article on former Montrealer, Habitat ’67 designer and increasingly world-famous architect Moshe Safdie in the Wall Street Journal.

Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67. Image: 248am.com

He designed the National Gallery of Canada, you know. With Louise Bourgeois’s 35-foot tall bronze spider, Maman (1999) outside.

Read the article HERE

The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Image: withinsight.ca

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 1999. Image: content.answers.com

Speaking of overlooked Canadian architects, check out Vancouver-based architect Arthur Erickson’s website HERE. He designed Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washinton, among other notable buildings and some spectacular homes.

Arthur Erickson, Hugo Eppich House, Vancouver, 1979. Image: arthurerickson.com

Arthur Erickson, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Washington, 1996. Image: arthurerickson.com

And speaking of internationally known architects, Montreal’s Canadian Centre for Architecture – one of VoCA’s favorite places – is currently showing Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky in the main galleries, until 30 September.

“This retrospective examines the life and work of the controversial architect, designer, and critic whose groundbreaking buildings, exhibitions, and fashion designs challenged the Western world’s perceptions of comfort and culture.”

And in the Octoganal Gallery, until September 9, is Clip/Stamp/Fold 2: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X – 197X.

“This exhibiton takes stock of seventy magazines from the 1960s and 70s whose experimental ideas and innovative designs spurred this influential period in architecture.”

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