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Lebbeus Woods on Experimental Projects

“There is a more critical reason for experimental projects of different kinds than the practical benefits that may—or may not—result from them. The truth is that most experiments lead nowhere and judged from a strict cost-benefit viewpoint are a waste. However, learning and invention are notoriously inefficient, requiring many failed attempts and dead-ended explorations to find one that is fertile enough to open out onto a rich new landscape of possibilities. If a society is unwilling to tolerate such waste it will stagnate. In today’s world, which is under tremendous pressures of change, a vital and growing society not only tolerates but actively supports experimentation as the only way to transform the difficulties created by change into creative opportunities to enhance and deepen human experience. This is doubly true for the field of architecture which, charged with continuously remaking the world, is at the forefront of this struggle.”

LW

Well stated point by Lebbeus Woods, we cant undermine the validity of innovation that lies within the experimental projects especially in architecture.

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Imagining the Mississippi

30 design ideas to improve the quality of Minneapolis’ riverfront.

Imagine the Mississippi

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Lecture on Landscape and Architecture by Stan Allen

Great lecture by Stan Allen on looking at adaptable architecture and landscape design in a largely urban setting.

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Rural Studio – a perfect place for a design student

http://vimeo.com/11626019

Environmental Design at OCAD needs that, perhaps as a permanent and affordable fixture.

-AC

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Luis Kahn short film

For your entertainment.

-AC

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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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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?

Posted by Andrey Chernykh

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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 http://highrise.nfb.ca/.  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.

Casey

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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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