January 30, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Toronto’s public space is set to be redefined by a new exhibition location for architecture launching March 2008. Harbourfront Centre will establish the first public venue in Toronto devoted to presenting exhibitions which challenge, educate and question the prevailing thoughts, ideas and practices informing contemporary architecture. Quarterly exhibitions will present debates, dialogues and challenges between exhibiting firms – with each exhibition constructed specifically to investigate a proposed idea. Architects will present their ideas and speculations through constructed model forms/objects, printed images, new media and mixed media. This approach will encourage creative links within the architecture community while providing animated and educational public access. This space will also be used extensively with visiting school groups and the Urban Studies program in order to relate architectural practice to younger generations.
The first exhibition addresses ideas of public space from March 8 through April 20, 2008. Canada’s North Design Studio, gh3 and the Office for Urbanism investigate the complexities of urban design in Toronto through their ideas and practices. The exhibition, entitled Public Space, is composed of three distinct installations all combining to create a visual dialogue on the differences and commonalities inherent in architecture’s turning of common grounds into artistic fields. Public Space will also feature an essay by internationally known novelist Lewis DeSoto. This 2004 Booker Prize nominee has written an essay responding to his own public space reflections and to public space questions posed by this exhibition. Further exhibitions scheduled in 2008 include an exploration of what makes spaces sacred (May to September) while strategies and challenges for building upon existing structures and retaining facades will be the subject of the third exhibition (September through December). This new exhibition space is supported by the Toronto Society of Architects.
Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto.
For more information, please call 416.973.4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.