Canadian Architect


Food for Thought

November 21, 2016
Address: 66 Chancellors Cir, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2


Erik is a second year master’s student in the Department of Architecture working towards completing his Design Thesis. Born and raised in Gimli, MB, he grew up staring at a frozen lake for most of his life. Fragility of Stone
Architecture, as both discourse and physical space, continues to be dominated by trends of visual emphasis. To speak of a ‘weak’ or ‘fragile’ architecture is to describe an architecture that exists in opposition to image driven architecture, the name brand iconic glass and steel monuments that define our cities. Theorists Juhani Pallasmaa and Ignasi de Sola-Morales have both written on the subject of weakness in architecture, a contextual and responsive practice that works from the detail out. Contrary to the impressions given by its materiality, stone, through the depth of sensory experience it evokes and its sensitivity to site and ground, elicits a primarily fragile architecture. My journey through Italy, Greece, and Switzerland, funded by the Bill Allen Travel scholarship and the CMRI Scholarship, was an exploration how stonework shaped both space and culture in a series of architecturally relevant projects across a broad spectrum of human history.

EMILY BEWS (Research)

Emily is a second year master’s student in the Department of Architecture working towards completing her Design Thesis. She recently obtained her Bachelors of Environmental Design at the University of Manitoba in 2015.

The Cultural Identity of Architecture
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Emily’s interest lies within questioning the potentials of a regional architecture, one that is blended with the modern prairie landscape of Manitoba. The inquiry began through a study of the architecture of Norway, a society used as precedent due to the vast number of built works that address traditional Norwegian identity in a critical way. Norwegian architecture is composed of buildings which are sensitive to the landscape they are situated in. The harsh climate and semi-remoteness has formed a strong culture with values and practices derived from the landscape. The lecture will focus on the research completed in Norway in relation to the thesis inquiry. The travel study was made possible through the Bill Allen Scholarship in Architecture (Research).

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