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July 07, 2015

Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1962
Image Credit: Hiram Bithorn: Visión, ícono y estadio
Architectural Credit: Orval E. Sifontes and Alexander Papesh
Recognized for its mid-20th century design, and in particular its accordion-like roof, the Hiram Bithorn Municipal Stadium, is the largest...

July 06, 2015

Maracanã (Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1950
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Architectural Credit: Michael Feldman, Waldir Ramos, Raphael Galvão, Oscar Valdetaro, Orlando Azevedo, Pedro Paulo Bernardes Bastos, and Antônio Dias Carneiro.
Known as the Temple of Soccer, the Maracanã has been host of numerous sporting events including the 1950 World Cup,1989 American Cup, 2007...

July 05, 2015

Coliseums, Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia, 2010
Image Credit: Iwan Baan
Architectural Credit: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b)
Host of the 2010 South American Games, the coliseums brings together four independent sports buildings (basketball, gymnastics, combat,...

July 04, 2015

Soldier Field, Chicago, USA, 1924
Image Credit: 1937
Architectural Credit: Holabird & Roche
Designed in 1919 and opened in 1924, this historic Neoclassical stadium hosted the 3rd Pan American Games in 1959. Part of the larger North...
Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela, 1974
Image Credit: El Universal, 1976
Architectural Credit: Jimmy Alcock, in collaboration with Hector Hermidas and Roberto Andrade
Once the world's largest geodesic dome, measuring 145m in diameter and rising 38 m above the playing surface, the Poliedro of Caracas was designed...

July 03, 2015

Astrodome, Houston, USA, 1964
Image Credit: Historic American Engineering Record
Architectural Credit: Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson
Originally called the Harris County Domed Stadium, the Astrodome was completed in 1964. Conceived as the home of the Houston Colts and...
Olympic University Stadium, Mexico City, 1952
Image Credit: González, Lourdes. "El Estadio Olímpico Universitario del Pedregal. Permanencia y vigencia", Revista Arquitectura vol. 21, UNAM, 201, pp. 34
Architectural Credit: Augusto Pérez Palacios in collaboration with Raúl Salinas Moro and Jorge Bravo Jiménez
Conceptual sketch for the Olympic University Stadium in Mexico City. Completed in 1952, the stadium hosted the 1955 Pan American Games and the...

June 29, 2015

The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
-Arthur Erickson

June 23, 2015

The film explores the way Parkour and Freerunning is changing the perception of urban space and how the space is changing the traceurs...

June 10, 2015

People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it.
-Rem Koolhaas

April 03, 2015

Landmark Award Visit
After a busy set of meetings in Vancouver as part of CExAC, I had the honor of being part of the press conference to announce this year's...
Image Credit: Toon Dreessen
Architectural Credit: William White

March 24, 2015

Washington Mall
Image Credit: T. Dreessen
Architectural Credit: Various
In my busy schedule, we attempted to take a vacation for March Break and spent a few days in Washington DC. Not that I am advocating for...

March 21, 2015

Visit to Calgary
Image Credit: T Dreesseen
Architectural Credit: Foster + Partners; Zeidler Partnership
As president, had the opportunity to visit Calgary and meet with AAA on their on-going discussions on insurance within the profession. Managed...

March 17, 2015

Dreessen's Self Promotion Advertisement
The announcement of the new president of the OAA that appeared in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday March 11 2015 was a flagrant abuse of the...
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March 07, 2015

Presidents Blog
Have now been OAA President for a little over a month and what a month it has been. It is astonishing how much work is involved. It is an...
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June 10, 2014

Here's why we are not selling the OAA Headquarters Building
We have been asked by some of our members why the OAA is not moving from its building at 111 Moatfield to downtown Toronto? While the majority of...
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May 20, 2014

Windowless Rooms
Recently I became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects group on Linkedin. I wrote the following: IN TORONTO THE...
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Architectural Credit: NA
-Astra Burka, OAA

May 17, 2014

Re: A digital prescription for the hospital of the future, May 11 Humber River Hospital will not be “the hospital of the future,” for...
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Architectural Credit: HDR Architecture Associates Inc
-Toronto Star Tue May 13 2014

May 13, 2014

OAA HQ: Walking the Talk PowerPoint Presentation
PowerPoint on the OAA HQ...
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May 08, 2014

Past OAA Council member running in Ontario election
Past OAA Council member Rob Newman announces he is running for a seat in upcoming Provincial election. Rob is running in the campaign to be the...
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May 02, 2014

OAA HQ Targeting Zero Carbon Emissions! Share your voice: comments welcome
The OAA is moving forward with a plan to use the OAA Headquarters as an inspirational model for achieving the goals of the 2030 Challenge through...
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Architectural Credit: Ruth Cawker
-OAA Building Committee