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Exhibition: Master Works 2016

October 03 - September 23, 2016
7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, N1S 2H4

Master Works 2016

Manufacturing a Cycle City, “bicycle factory rendering (College St), bicycle factory,” 2016. Photo Credit: Sonia Yuan.


Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery, 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, Ontario
October 3 – 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Monday, October 3, 2016


Design at Riverside in collaboration with Waterloo Architecture announces the return of the Master Works juried exhibition after a two-year hiatus. Master Works provides an opportunity for recent graduates (within three years) of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Waterloo to submit proposals for solo and/or group exhibitions based on their graduate theses.  More than a book on the walls, Master Works encourages applicants to expand their research into a new three dimensional form and to experience developing, designing and presenting an exhibition in a professional gallery.

Based on the outstanding quality of this year’s submissions, the Design at Riverside Advisory Committee has taken a departure from earlier versions of the exhibition, and chosen to showcase the breadth and diversity of the Master’s program by exhibiting three separate proposals simultaneously.

Narratives of Urban Identity / Medellín + Jerusalem by Kyle Brill and Taylor Davey

Narratives of Urban Identity| Medellín + Jerusalem explores ideas of narrative identity in cities traditionally identified with violence. It captures two cities that have both faced intense conflict, but now find themselves in different moments: Medellín, until recently known as Murder Capital of the World and cocaine nexus, now experiencing its “miraculous” recovery; and Jerusalem, a city still recognized as being in the midst of an intense and bloody ethnically-fuelled conflict. Historically, the physical development of each has figured significantly into the development of exclusion, inequality, and internal strife—physical intervention is thus often seen as a key means to addressing these issues. Beginning in Medellín, the project looks at the municipality’s physical development strategies from the late 1990s to the present, and explores how the city has transformed its own story dramatically amongst a Global audience to make it a first-class destination city and a model of social transformation. But does this perceived transformation reflect truthfully in the new realities of everyday life? The contradictory intentions and outcomes of this reconstructed narrative for Medellín is explored. The physical space of Jerusalem, on the other hand, is linked to a multi-generational conflict fueled by issues of sovereignty, cultural identity, messianic mythology and religious history. Violent distrust between Israelis and Palestinians is woven into the city’s built form. Here, the second portion of the project speculates on the potential for new forms of urban citizenship to emerge through architecture’s capacity to both frame and influence social perceptions.

Manufacturing a Cycle City by Stephen Wenzel and Sonia Yuan

Manufacturing a Cycle City investigates how urban and architectural design can cultivate a more sustainable contemporary city, using the bicycle as a vehicle for change. Stephen Wenzel’s “Cycle City: Generating a Cycling Culture in Toronto,” unfolds as a comprehensive compendium of research and analysis on urban cycling at the scale of the urban network, the cycle route, and the architectural hub to develop a design strategy capable of reinventing Toronto’s cycling experience. This strategy is brought to life through the design of an iconic cycling route and supporting infrastructure, stitching the cycling network into the larger urban fabric and acting as a catalyst for the growth of a cycling culture. Sonia Yuan’s “bicycle factory » a post-post-Fordist urban intervention,” traces the evolution of the bicycle and the factory, and their respective changing relationships to the urban realm throughout the Industrial Revolution, Fordism, and post-Fordism. It culminates in the design of a bicycle factory in the city of Toronto as part of an envisioned post-post- Fordist future—complete with pedestrian & cycling bridges, urban park, bike park, and floating velodrome. Both manifestos provide provocative scenarios for a bicycle-friendly city, which can be applicable to any urban setting. The exhibition explores these issues through four different lenses, shifting in succession from the larger urban scale all the way down to the design and production of the bicycle itself.

A House that Inhabits the Earth by Shu Yin Wu

A yao-dong is the spiritual shelter for peasants in China’s northwest. These peasants live in the yellow soil, eat what is grown and harvested from the soil, and call themselves sons and daughters of yellow. For people unfamiliar with them, yao-dongs may appear to be of little value–just caves, or slums. Through the investigation of yao-dongs, A House that Inhabits the Earth aims to demonstrate that the relationship between yao-dongs and modern Chinese civilization is much more complex. The culture yao-dongs represent (history, social structure, economic self-sufficiency, individual choice), is disappearing at an astonishingly fast rate as China urgently seeks to synchronize itself with the contemporary world and time. Currently, it is estimated that 90, 000 natural villages disappear annually, including yao-dong villages. This project posits that a contemporary crisis has beset China as it loses its rural history and knowledge, and suffers a growing inability to ground experience and retain collective and historic memories. A House that Inhabits the Earth unfolds between the past, the present and the future, linking architecture with spiritual, political, and economic structures.

Location: 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON
Admission: Free
Exhibition Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 to 5:00, Saturday 10:00 to 12:30, 1:00 to 5:00, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00

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