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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York City, has awarded a planning grant to the University of Calgary. The Foundation works to strengthen scholarship by supporting university research and promoting the role of libraries and other cultural institutions. Libraries and Cultural Resources will use the funds from the Foundation's Scholarly Communications Program to explore innovative ways for academic libraries to support multidisciplinary research.

Calgary is the host city for the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC)’s prestigious Festival of Architecture. From June 3 through 6, architects, interior designers, interns, students, and associates from across the country will come together in our city to focus on how architects and interior designers can contribute to improving today’s world, the built environment, sustainable urban development, and social commitment.

When humanitarian crises strike, resources are often stretched thin. With an existing refugee housing shortage, the United Nations invites the response of the international design community, seeking ideas for improving temporary refugee shelters. In a unique design-build opportunity for a group of EVDS students, Architecture professor Graham Livesey made refugee shelter design the focus of his Senior Architecture Research Studio.

Architecture professor Branko Kolarevic has been appointed visiting professor at Warsaw University of Technology's Centre for Advanced Studies for his expertise in the application of digital technologies in architecture, engineering and construction.

In the vein of Toronto’s popular “Wild for Bees” project spearheaded by Sustainable.TO, 14 students from EVDS participated in four teams to produce native wild bee habitats to be placed around the University of Calgary campus.

Three Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) graduate students were chosen to present papers at the International Research Conference on the Future of Architectural Research held April 6-9 in Chicago, covering topics from a holistic approach to design, to building skyscrapers in the Gulf Region and the founding principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. 

How can high-density development keep people connected to nature and social life? Ma Yansong, founder and principal of Beijing's MAD Architects, is bringing nature and architecture together at an unprecedented scale. Yansong will be speaking in Calgary May 4 as the final Design Matters lecturer for the 2014-15 season.

Under the leadership of architecture professor John Brown, students at EVDS undertook a unique community-based research project as part of their senior architecture studio, developing cutting edge aging-in-place design strategies for a small laneway house that could be constructed in the backyard of a standard Calgary residential lot.

How can good design encourage openness and equity? How can we shape cities we want to live in? On Wednesday, April 22, EVDS is partnering with Stantec to welcome renowned Canadian architect Bruce Kuwabara to campus to explore these concepts for the next installment in the Design Matters lecture series.

Los Angeles has created a crisis of artificial scarcity; a burden for renters, a drain on economic growth, and an environmental disaster. The city has planned itself into a cage. “They think downzoning will stop growth,” says EVDS professor Greg Morrow. ”It won’t stop people from coming to LA. It makes the lives of those who do come that much worse.”