CCA welcomes archives donated by Chuck Hoberman and Shoei Yoh

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is pleased to announce the addition to its collection of two important archives from engineer Chuck Hoberman and architect Shoei Yoh. Both relate to the recently opened exhibit Archaeology of the Digital which examines the foundations of digital architecture at the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, and are representative of the CCA’s commitment to building a collection of digital architecture. These new archives will be accessible for research – through direct and online reference – by January 2014.

New York-based inventor and engineer Chuck Hoberman has donated a substantial part of his archives built up between 1980 and 1995 and containing prototypes, hand sketches and calculations for geometry of  structures, computer-coding documents, computer printouts of geometric shapes, graphics for structures, design development and presentation drawings as well as some videos, photographs, slides and negatives. Much of Hoberman’s early research was dedicated to defining the form and dimensions of the hinges that would guarantee the smoothness of movement and the functionality of his deployable structures, which are a key component of the donated material.

The Japanese architect Shoei Yoh has generously donated to the CCA documents, models, drawings and digital files of the Toyama Galaxy Hall and Odawara Municipal Gymnasium projects featured in Archaeology of the Digital, as well as of the Glass Station Oguni, Naiju Community Center and Nursery School, and Toyama Prospecta observatory tower. Throughout his career, Shoei Yoh has sought sustainable and economical solutions in architecture, using digital technology to translate climatic and other natural forces into innovative structural frames.

As Director and Chief Curator Mirko Zardini states, “Archaeology of the Digital is a long-term project with the objective to create an archive capturing an important moment in the thinking of architecture. It is also a first step towards collecting and documenting digital material. Equally important, it is an imperative phase for the emergence of a process of cataloguing, preserving, storing, and accessing digital records and related media for future researchers.”

The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications and architectural design documentation including conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, archives and oral histories of individual architects, related artifacts and ephemera. The guiding purpose of the collection is to make comprehensive and integrated bodies of material available for advanced, interdisciplinary research. Detailed cataloging facilitates access to the wealth of CCA holdings in Archives, Photographs, Prints and Drawings, and the Library.

The institution is renowned for holding architectural archives such as Peter Eisenman, Arthur Erickson, John Hejduk, Gordon Matta-Clark, Cedric Price, Aldo Rossi and James Stirling. In 2012, the CCA Collection was enriched with several donations, including the Abalos & Herreros fonds, the Pierre Jeanneret fonds, the Victor Prus fonds, and a major addition to the Gordon Matta Clark archive and the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander fonds.

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