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Building Myths: Stories We Tell Ourselves in Order to Design – David Cabianca

February 15, 2017
66 Chancellors Cir, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Architects create space for shelter, comfort and pleasure. Most often we think of architecture as a response to a brief, as something needed by the client as we diligently go about our duties in the name providing a service. But this talk is about the ways that architecture — despite our best efforts — quite often exceeds our grasp. This talk is about our experience in making architecture, the stories that we use to design, interpret, understand, and associate with architecture, that exceeds the limits we create. This talk is about what it was like to be a student in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies program in the late 1980s and what it means for designing today.

David Cabianca completed an undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Manitoba (1990) and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University (1995). This was followed by an MFA 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001); an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading (2005); and, most recently, an MA in Design Writing Criticism, London College of Communication (2012). Initially designed while attending Reading, his typeface Cardea was released by Emigre Fonts in 2014. In 2012, he was one of the organizers of the AIGA Design Educators Conference, “Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now.” His writing has appeared in Emigre, Idea, Visible Language and Design Observer. He has taught at the University of Manitoba, University of Michigan, OCAD University, California Institute of the Arts and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has held a full time position teaching graphic design at York University in Toronto, Canada, since 2005. He is currently working on a monograph devoted to the image archive of American graphic designer Ed Fella to be published by Scheidegger & Spiess.

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