Carleton’s Azrieli School to Host New Image of Home Exhibition

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University will present the New Image of Home exhibit, which features digital drawings based on 60 years of photographs in Canadian Architect magazine.

Photo courtesy of The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

New Image of Home is the culmination of a two-year research project into the evolution of the Canadian home and its visual representation in the media. The project is based on an analysis of 325 residential projects – single-family home and small multi-unit buildings – published in Canadian Architect magazine from 1956 to 2017.

The exhibition will be on display until April 8, 2020 in the Lightroom Gallery of Carleton’s Architecture Building. Johan Voordouw, the exhibition’s artist and professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, will deliver a talk at a later date. The gallery is open to the public Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is free.

Photo courtesy of The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

The exhibit’s research comprises an analysis of the interior photographs and floor plans as well as the creation of images aimed at developing a new way of digitally drawing architecture.

In his analysis of floor plans, Voordouw discovered more than 200 room names. Some are unique, such as a ballet or hockey room, while others reveal changes in how we live – from billiards and recreation rooms to media rooms.

“This contemporary view tends to isolate the spaces and downplay their adjacencies to other rooms in the house,” says Voordouw. “It suggests architecture as a curated set of individual moments as opposed to a sequence of related spaces.”

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