Research Lab on Urban Landscapes and Architecture

Venture 4 Change

An upcoming conference is approaching quickly. Venture 4 Change is a social innovation gathering for people with strong ideas to share and receive. Featuring conversations with Tony Pigott, CEO of JWT Canada and co-founder of the BRANDAID Project and the co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Jerry Greenfield talking about the business model for social change.

Date: March 29 2010

Location: Whistle Bear Golf Club just minutes off of Hwy 401 between Kitchener and Cambridge



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Radiant Dark 2010: Assets & Values

An exhibition of modern Canadian Design

January 20-24, 2010

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HYDROCity asks: What forms of urbanism and landscape systems will emerge, and what design potentials exist, in this expanding liquid infrastructure?

The show will feature examples from around the world of attempts at solving the question by looking at the relationship between cities and water.


DATE | 5 November – 5 January

LOCATION | Toronto Free Gallery, 1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place

DATE | 17 November, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

LOCATION | Room 1009, Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto

DESCRIPTION | Architectural historian and York University visual arts professor Shelley Hornstein uses several case studies to demonstrate different ways imaginary and real representations of buildings and places trigger, create and shape memory. Her presentation is an overview of her forthcoming book of the same title. Hornstein argues that architecture is best remembered by experiencing a place. The buildings of an experienced environment are vividly preserved in memory. Yet when the architecture is no longer present (for example, if we’ve left the place, or the architecture is demolished), or if a site is only ever experienced second-hand through photos and descriptions, people carry on remembering those locations. How does architecture, as a built material object, become iconic in non-architectural forms? What is the relationship between the built object and the visual and textual body of imagery that enables our imagination to, in effect, “transport” architecture elsewhere? In what ways do ideas or images we remember of certain buildings or places endure in our memory? What is the relationship of a physical place or building to an idea with a site or object as the material match to anchor or trigger the recollection?

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Documentary Film making as collaboration and experimentation. The Highrise.

Watch the trailer for this new collaborative documentary film program from the NFB. Then check out  Toronto is one of the ten cities in the world where this film will be made.  The exciting thing about this project is that, unlike most other documentaries, Highrise isn’t about anything in particular.  Rather the stories emerge as the project evolves, depending on the participants.  And the end result need not necessarily be a film either, or even documentary in nature.  Kat Cizek’s previous projects that resulted from her residency at St. Michael’s hospital have spun off websites, videos, facilitated dialogue between pregnant homeless teens and their nurses etc etc.

If you have a story to tell about life in a highrise, or a project to explore our increasingly vertical urban life, then check it out.


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Experiential Architecture Sparked by Gordon Grice at OCAD

Gordon Grice, a memeber of Ontario Association of Architects gave a lecture on October 2008.  Title of the lecture was Experiential Environmental Design.  While a lot of the lecture might be gearing towards which types of renderings work better, the topic of “experiential” architecture is interesting. Can we explore the relationship between people and spaces?

  • World view and personal view of space
  • Alternative world view: where we can begin to look at different culture to gain a new perspective
  • Spaces as places

img. The Blur Building, on Lake Neuchatel for Swiss Expo 2002  Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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Falstaff Charette

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img. Falstaff Ave. North York

The Institute Without Boundaries is hosting a charette on the topic of affordable housing that is also sustainable which will begin Thursday November 5 2009.


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Once in a lifetime webcast on water protection – broadcast from space Friday, October 9 @8pm EDT

More Details at

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Ryerson M. Arch Thesis Reviews

Here’s an event that seems interesting.

DATES | 16-30 October

LOCATION | Rm ARC202 (The PIT), Ryerson University Architecture Building, 325 Church Street, Toronto

DESCRIPTION | The first graduates of the Ryerson University’s Master of Architecture Program publicly present their theses. All are welcome to attend.

16 October | Ben Gaum 10:00 AM | David Platt 11:00 AM | William Harispuru 1:00 PM | Jorge Silva 2:00 PM | Thesis Exhibition Reception 4:00 PM

27 October | Joginder Dhanjal 1:00 PM | Roman Pevcevicius 2:00 PM | Roy Basso 3:00 PM | Mark Siemecki 4:00 PM | Timothy Mitanidis 5:00 PM

29 October | Robert Coelho 10:00 AM | Leila Mazhari 11:00 AM | Sander Waxman 1:00 PM | Clayton Payer 2:00 PM
Jordan Breccia 3:00 PM

30 October | Johann Atterbury 1:00 PM | Lawrence Ng 2:00 PM

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Design Exchange has partnered with Roxul to challenge Canadian Architecture andInterior Design students to recreate a living

space within a home.

The challenge is to create a living space, using the provided plan of a typical unfinished
.  The space may be designed to contain any combination of a small washroom,
laundry facilities, a home theatre system, a small home office area, and a convertible
area to accommodate overnight guests.

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