Research Lab on Urban Landscapes and Architecture

Sharp Centre for Design: Building Technology and Structure


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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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Book Launch – Weather + Architecture

This is a vast but interesting topic to explore and may deal with notion of permanence/shifting relationship between architecture and nature.

DATE | 22 February, 5:00-7:00pm

LOCATION | John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design, University of Toronto, 230 College Street


DESCRIPTION | The dynamic, turbulent and unpredictable forces that comprise the weather are shared by economic cycles of production and consumption. We are at the cusp of an intriguing moment wherein the cycles of economics and weather have collided to instigate a new green economy. The consumptive aspects of ‘green’ have granted architecture a moment to explore its nemesis – instability and disorder – the key characteristics of weather. -arium: Weather + Architecture is a research investigation carried out during the 2008 Gehry Chair studio at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape under the direction of Jürgen Mayer H. and Neeraj Bhatia that centers upon how to renegotiate the relationship between architecture and weather. Composed of three sections – The Weather Report, The Weather Forecast, and The Weather Outlook – that respectively, research, design and theorize on weather and architecture, -arium offers a guide for both architectural designer and critics. The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design invites you to join celebrating the launch of –arium: Weather + Architecture.


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Regional Biomimicry Action Network

This article features the growing biomimicry community in Toronto. It hints at the importance of collaboration with multiple fields and the importance of discussion to achieve successful implementation.

via Regional biomimicry action network formed in Toronto — Jan. 5, 2010.

Bio Inspired Social Networking

Posted By Ozana Gherman

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The High Cost of Ignoring Beauty

This is an article by Roger Scruton, published in the December issue of “The American”. Have a look!      ~kl

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Radiant Dark 2010: Assets & Values

An exhibition of modern Canadian Design

January 20-24, 2010

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It is winter now. The gray tint of the sky blends with the concrete landscape. In such weather, where clouds are the first degree of aperture, concrete structures somewhat loss their presence as thermal mass, and seem much more colder. It all brings me to a place polar opposite of the holiday spirit.

Just yesterday, I talked to a friend from school. She just came back from Dominican Republic. I listened to her compliant about how damn depressing this city sometimes can be, and how she cried after she had returned home. I empathized with her.

However, it is hard to control the entrance of light and the movement of clouds, though I am sure some body somewhere is working on that. Canada’s weather is what it is, and we learn to live with it. Perhaps designers can visualize how a building can look on gray days like today, so that we can feel great even when the weather is not necessarily so.      kl

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The Rem Koolhaas house in France. A documentary film(houselife) by Louise Lemoine and Ila Beka about the daily antics of the housekeeper Guadalupe Acedo through The House in Bordeaux(1998). Just as interesting is the special features that hosts an interview with Koolhaas watching the movie. He speaks of platonics of architecture and of cleaning and also of architecture as hypothesis. This looks at an idea of architects as scientists. Architectural projects as propostitions and hypothesis that need an analysis with the final project as the solution. What is missing is the resolution. Too often of times do architectural projects get built and are left to their own devices to survive in the world.

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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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Tipping Points and Tangents with REBAR

REBAR will be on the panel as one of the contributing members to the AFH and archiTEXT discussion on urban issues in Toronto. Come and be a part of the discussion on Monday November 23 2009 at 6 30PM. The discussion will be interactive. We will be raising issues as will the public audience.

Lecturer Bios

1. Glen Murray:
Former Mayor of Winnipeg & Chair of National Round Table on the Environment & Economy

Born in Montreal, Murray served as city councilor in Winnipeg from 1990 to 1998. He was elected mayor of Winnipeg on October 28, 1998 and successfully reduced the property taxes by 8.4% over his six years in office. He led an administration that cut the cumulative city debt in half and oversaw the restoration of the city’s financial health and three increases in its credit rating. He led a renewal of downtown facilitating partnerships and creating a fund and tax incentives that led to the development of a new downtown college, entertainment and sports centre, inhabited bridge, Hydro corporation and credit union head office towers, waterfront residential district, a downtown library and the gifting of the land and financial assistance for a new national museum in Winnipeg. Murray, who lives in Toronto now, was appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin as chair of a National Round Table on the Environment and Economy in March 2005.

2. Sarah Prevette:
RedWire, Sprouter: CEO & Founder

Enabling collaboration and networking between entrepreneurs globally, Sarah is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company. She leads the design of Sprouter’s service and oversees the development of its core technology and infrastructure. She directs the team with a special focus on delivering exceptional user experiences, continuous innovation, and highly relevant, accountable, and nontraditional marketing.

3. Paul Dowsett:
Sustainable: CEO & Founder

With over than two decades of local & international, institutional, commercial & residential environmentally-sensitive architectural practice, including his own home, Paul Dowsett specializes in the integration of sustainable construction features with small scale projects. Providing sensible, sensitive & sustainable solutions to create and renovate residential home or work spaces, Sustainable -run by Paul Dowsett ¬- has encountered various clients puzzled by green-information overload. Subsequently the organization assists home and business owners in understating of incorporating practical green value to their property.

4. Research Lab on Urban Landscapes and Architecture (REBAR)

A collective of Ontario College of Art and Design interested students in understanding in Toronto’s urban landscapes through critical art and design interventions, REBAR intensifies and extends the OCAD classroom into critical engagement with the shifting conditions of the contemporary city. Through group discussion and research, exhibitions and installations, participating in design charettes and other special events, REBAR is hoping to encourage and participate in a critical shift in the city of Toronto.

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