August 22, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The 2014/2015 Built City@MOV speaker series kicks off at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver with a talk that coincides with the inaugural Vancouver Design Week and showcases the potential of design to effect significant change in personal and public space. Fashioning Performance is a new way of looking at design process. It transcends the Modernist maxim of “form follows function” and instead it explores the reciprocal relationship between beauty, utility and design agency by asking: what are the limits of potential? The goal is an empowering design principle that can be employed across scales—from our cities and buildings down to our own bodies and minds.
Confirmed speakers include Alexandra Plante, inventor, material engineer, and project design lead for Lululemon’s newly created Whitespace Innovation Workshop, who will share her insights into the potential of fashioning performance. Plante will discuss innovations in textiles, performance wear, and the design of immersive lab environments, highlighting how each serves to creatively redefine and enhance the capabilities and performance of individuals and groups.
Also speaking is Christopher Sharples, AIA, a principal of SHoP Architects and SC | SHoP Construction, and a registered architect in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington DC, and is NCARB-certified. Christopher holds Bachelor of History and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Dickinson College, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he graduated with honours for Excellence in Design. Christopher has served as a Louis I. Kahn Assistant Visiting Professor for Architectural Design at Yale University’s School of Architecture, and has also taught at Cornell University, Parsons School of Design, City College, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the University of Virginia.
Built City@MOV is an annual trio of visually animated conversations, during which city-shaping ideas converge and collide. Thinkers and doers from architecture, planning, design, and other disciplines help us imagine the future of Vancouver.
This year they examine fashion, fabrication and futures in design and architecture. Where is the line between fashion and innovation? How do the materials we use influence the act of creation in clothing, landscape and architecture? How do past notions of the future live on and enrich our experience of today’s city?
Built City@MOV is curated and presented in partnership with Architecture Canada, with special thanks to Homes & Living magazine as major sponsor.
Admission to the event is $14 general, $11 seniors and students, $11 RAIC members, and $10 Museum of Vancouver members. Purchase tickets by visiting https://sep24builtcityfabric.eventbrite.ca
For more information, please visit www.museumofvancouver.ca/content/built-city-mov-fashioning-performance-fabric-and-urban-form-sep-24
chris sharples, AIA, principal of SHoP architects and SC | SHoP construction