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The Ordinary Amazing Symposium: The Cultural Value of Modernist Architecture

March 28, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Dunlop Art Gallery are presenting this critical symposium on modernist architecture, which takes place in Regina from May 25-27, 2007. Spaces are limited, so make sure to register early.

Modernist architecture, once the beacon for a progressive society, has fallen on hard times of late. Spurred on by a growing awareness that an astounding chapter in the history of architecture is at risk, architectural heritage groups are realizing that there is something amazing in these seemingly ordinary buildings. The Ordinary Amazing Symposium intends to address this situation both as a question of cultural value and as a very real issue for architecture in the local and national community.

Friday, May 25, 2007

11:00 am RPL Film Theatre
Dr. Serena Keshavjee, Professor of Art History at the University of Winnipeg will give a talk titled Pompidou on the Red: The University of Winnipegs Centennial Hall.

Tour of RCMP Heritage Centre
2:00 pm

Exhibition Tour
7:00 pm MacKenzie Art Gallery
Tour of 41 to 66: Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada led by Marco Polo, architect and co-curator of 41 to 66.

Opening Reception
8:00 pm MacKenzie Art Gallery
Reception for the exhibition TELLING DETAILS: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens, featuring a performance by Robin Poitras, Artistic Director of New Dance Horizons and daughter of Clifford Wiens. Members of the Canada Council for the Arts will also be on hand to bring greetings as we dedicate this reception to celebrating the CCAs 50th anniversary.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Panel Discussion: Re-Use: A Second Life for Modernist Buildings
9:00 am – 11:00 am MacKenzie Art Gallery
The panel is moderated by Marco Polo, Architect and Co-curator of 41 to 66: Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada, and panel members include the following:
*Jeannie Mah, Artist and Friends of the Dunlop Art Gallery Liasion, Regina
*Jeff Jurzyniec, Architect, Stantec Architecture and Interior Design, Regina
*James J. Youck, Architect, P3 Architecture, Regina
*David W. Edwards, Architect, David W. Edwards Architects Ltd., Regina
*Cheryl Cooper, Executive Director, Arthur Erickson House and Gardens Foundation, Vancouver

Keynote Address by Patricia Patkau of Patkau Architects, Vancouver
11:15 am – 12:15 pm MacKenzie Art Gallery

Lunch in Regina Public Library Boardroom
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Panel Discussion: The Cultural Value of Modernist Architecture
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm RPL Film Theatre
The panel is moderated by Elizabeth Matheson, Independent Curator, Saskatoon, and panel members include the following:
*Bernard Flaman, Heritage Architect for the Province of Saskatchewan
*Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic for The Globe and Mail, Toronto
*Steve Mannell, Director of the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
*Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic and Curator of TELLING DETAILS: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens, Vancouver

Walking Tour
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Walking tour of modernist and heritage architecture in the Victoria Park Conservation District led by Bernard Flaman.

Keynote Address by Clifford Wiens, Architect, Vancouver
7:30 pm MacKenzie Art Gallery

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Coffee at the CBC Regina Broadcast Centre
9:30 am

Bus tour of buildings designed by Clifford Wiens
10:30 am
Two buses will depart from the CBC Building one led by Clifford Wiens and one by Trevor Boddy. Both buses will visit a number of buildings designed by Clifford Wiens, including the John Nugent Studio (Lumsden), Silton Chapel (Silton) and the University of Regina Heating and Cooling Plant (Regina).

For more information about the symposium, please visit the website at

Professional Credits for Saskatchewan Architects
The Saskatchewan Association of Architects will provide professional core credits to their members who attend The Ordinary Amazing Symposium. To inquire about how to apply for credits, please contact the SAA directly at (306) 242-0733.

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