April 4, 2007
by Canadian Architect
In May, the Design Exchange opens five exhibitions that provide attendees with a rare opportunity to explore a wide array of exceptional work in international furniture design, architecture, product design, interior design, and more.
Contemporary Danish Design; Architecture Transformed: John M. Lyle, Past and Present and Man and Whose World? Revisiting Expo Through Words and Images all open on May 15. In addition, two exhibits highlight student work: Connect and Outdoor Living.
Contemporary Danish Design showcases icons of contemporary Danish design, including pieces from Fritz Hansen, Erik Joergensen, and George Jensen. The opening event on May 15 will be hosted by the Danish Minister of Culture. In addition, Mr. Kent Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Association, will present CO-EVOLUTION, the Danish project that won the Golden Lion Award at the international architecture biennale in Venice.
Man and Whose World? Revisiting Expo Through Words and Images is a poster exhibition that showcases the continued relevance of Expo 67 for Canadas next generation of architects. Students from McGill University created the posters after having interviewed Montrealers who visited Expo in 1967, and explored Meredith Dixon photographs for ideas about movement, transportation, technology, transnationalism, gender, and politics. The intention was twofold: to recapture the experience of Expo, Montreals most significant architectural event of the 20th century, and to learn how to use primary sources in architectural history.
Man and Whose World? Revisiting Expo Through Words and Images is also the focus of the Buchanan Memorial Lecture presented by Annmarie Adams, professor at the McGill University School of Architecture. The lecture is part of the series presented at the DX National Design Conference on Friday, June 15.
Architecture Transformed: John M. Lyle, Past and Present highlights the work of John M. Lyle (1872-1945), one of the pre-eminent architects of the first half of the 20th century in Canada. Lyle was acknowledged by his peers as the leading architectural spokesperson of his era and worked tirelessly in the pursuit of raising the profile of the profession through his teaching, writing, curating, and lecturing. The exhibition focuses on Lyles work within the context of the incorporation, reuse and renovation of his architecture by current practitioners. Changes, including renovations, additions and rehabilitations, have transformed Lyles buildings into a new paradigm of urban renewal. Lyles work will stand as an example of the evolution of historic Canadian architecture and how it continues to function in an ever-evolving contemporary context.
Connect is an award program that targets Canadian post-secondary students enrolled in design, the visual arts and/or engineering. The aim is to create a bridge between students and future users of their services. On display are entries from the 2007 design competition. Categories include the design of a certificate for the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the design of a wheelbarrow proposed by Canadian Tire, and the design of a cost-effective interior design solution with the FlexHousing Demonstration Facility at Canadian Centre for Housing Technology.
Outdoor Living features work from students at Carleton University in the School of Industrial Design. Working in association with Janet Rosenberg and Umbra, the students have created products based on the idea that there are very few beautiful and appropriate products for residential clients who use the outdoors as an extension of their homes. The products were created for people living in high-density condos with small terraces or in single-family homes with patios.
The opening reception for all five exhibitions is on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm. Connect awards will be presented at 5:00 pm. Exhibitions run from May 15 to June 27. Student exhibits can be viewed May 1 to May 27.