February 8, 2015
by Canadian Architect
Taking place on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, @home: Architecture Inside Out will explore how the architecture we inhabit is not just the setting for but the narrative subject of human life. For this Daniels Fora series event, the graphic novelist Richard McGuire, author of the acclaimed book HERE will join Danielle Aubert, co-creator of the book Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette, Detroit to discuss how the architecture of domesticity and depictions of the home reveal the changing ways that our private and public lives play out in the space of the city.
Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and Professor Robert Levit, Director of the Master of Architecture program at the Daniels Faculty will moderate. The books by Richard McGuire and Danielle Aubert will be sold in the front lobby.
While conceptions of domestic life and our everyday experiences have been an established focus of modern literature, modern architecture and urbanism have, with few exceptions, remained steadfastly committed to an abstract and conceptual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the sometimes idiosyncratic way that we occupy our homes and other domesticated spaces can not only inform representations of the built environment, but also influence the way in which we design buildings and cities.
Architects are just beginning to imagine buildings and cities by populating them with people, ephemera and stories that were deliberately absent a generation ago. Drawing directly on modes of visual description associated with photography, comics, graphic novels, film, painting and historical modes of architecture, the most pioneering work in this area can be found at the boundaries of conventional architectural drawings, narrative description, storytelling, and an expanding repertoire of other media (including digital models, computational language, net-based sound and image archives). By engaging figures from both inside and outside of architecture, @home: Architecture Inside Out will bring new potentials in this arena to light.
Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Le Monde, and Libération. He has written and directed for two omnibus feature films: Loulou et Autre Loups (Loulou and Other Wolves, 2003) and Peur(s) du Noir (Fear[s] of the Dark, 2007). He has also designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and he is the founder and bass player of the no-wave band Liquid Liquid. The six-page “comicHere,” which appeared in 1989 in Raw magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that would expand the possibilities of the comic medium. Its influence continues to be felt 25 years after its publication.
Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani are graphic designers based in New York and Zagreb, Croatia. Their collaborative group, Placement examines the interaction of people with places. Their first project, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, a book about Lafayette Park, Detroit, (Metropolis Books, 2012) was selected by the AIGA as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012 and described by architecture historian Phyllis Lambert as “a superb field guide” to the neighbourhood. They are currently working on their second book project, which looks at the life of the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Aubert, Cavar and Chandani met in the Graphic Design MFA program at Yale University.
The Fora series feature popular discussions that aim to bring together different perspectives in order to create debate, build relationships, and stimulate discourse among practitioners, scholars, and the general public on topics related to architecture, art, urbanism, landscape and design.
The event runs from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre located at 93 Charles Street West in Toronto. Guests are asked to bring their ticket (or have it available on their phone) and arrive before 6:20pm to claim their seat. A rush line will be available for non-ticket holders.
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danielle aubert, lana cavar and natasha chandani. photo by charles roussel.
richard mcguire. photo by maelle doliveux.