Elevation – Reaching Higher Ground: exhibition call for submissions

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions for its upcoming Elevation: Reaching Higher Ground exhibition, being developed in conjunction with the 2012 AIBC Annual Conference. This is an open call; any AIBC member or other registrant may enter materials for display consideration. Given the nature of this exhibition – examining the evolving public relationship with architecture in the broadest sense – intern architects and students are encouraged to take part. Subject matter is not limited to actualized projects; both completed and purely ideas-based representations are welcomed.

This exhibition will explore concepts and ideas related to the 2012 AIBC Annual Conference. The conference theme, Elevation: Reaching Higher Ground, represents more than just architecture’s physical impact on the built environment. It reflects the importance of setting new standards for architectural excellence, raising the level and quality of dialogue around the profession, and, in doing so, growing the level of public awareness and connectedness with architecture. Like the theme, this exhibition aims to look beyond typical practice and respond to the growing changes and needs that impact not only our built environment but our very way of living.

The exhibition is meant to provide architects, designers and others a unique opportunity to demonstrate the potential for architecture and design to change the way our communities are conceived and constructed, and to address societal needs and challenges, both today and into the future. It will also provide a glimpse into the creative processes that individual practitioners use to inspire positive change in our world.

Submissions can be related to built projects, specific elements of completed project design, or purely ideas-based representations. This may include, but is not limited to, buildings, communities, indoor and/or outdoor places and spaces, or design innovations. The subject matter should communicate innovation, creativity and the potential for lasting, positive impact on British Columbia’s built environment. As this is an ideas-driven exhibition, it does not entail actual construction of submitted projects.

Submissions will be reviewed and curated by the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee. It is anticipated that between 12 and 20 submissions will be chosen for the final exhibition. Consideration will be given to proposals conveying design innovation with specific consideration to the following characteristics: unconventional approaches to architecture and design; innovative responses to social needs; cutting-edge solutions to community building and/or social concerns; new strategies for blending of natural and built urban environments; and creative incorporation of sustainability and similar forward-thinking principles.

Submissions should be sent to the AIBC offices at #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2N5.

Submissions must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 2, 2012; there is no charge to submit a proposal for consideration. Those selected for exhibit inclusion will be contacted by Friday, March 16, 2012.

For more information, please visit http://aibcenews.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/call-for-submissions-elevation-conference-themed-exhibit-fin.pdf or e-mail communications@aibc.ca.