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Making Camp

January 20 - February 21, 2016
230 College St., University of Toronto, Toronto

After acclaimed success at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Making Camp — an exhibition by award winning Toronto-based firm Lateral Office — returns to the Daniels Faculty’s Eric Arthur Gallery with new drawings that reimagine the design of the Canadian campsite and the role that architects can play in this national pastime.

Making Camp

Eric Arthur Gallery

Daniels Faculty, 230 College Street

January 20 – February 21

A foundational myth of North America is our collective relationship to the expansive, often rugged, and remote national landscapes. In fact, camping in North America did not develop on a large scale until after World War II, when increased leisure time, car access, and the possibility of camping with motorized vehicles greatly expanded the activity.

However, with so much attention placed on gear and material innovation, little attention has been paid to the campsite itself. Making Camp presents a series of proposals that consider new possibilities for collective camping and the processes they entail. Comprised of models and drawings, the exhibition questions the role of the campsite, the experiences enabled by it, and the environments created by camping infrastructures.

The project team from Lateral Office includes founders Mason White and Lola Sheppard, along with Designer/Intern Architect Alex Bodkin and Miriam Alexandroff, Quinn Greer, Sarah Gunawan, Laurence Holland, Daniela Leon, Karan Manchanda, and Daniels Faculty students Kinan Hewitt and Safoura Zahedi.

Lateral Office is a collaborative practice that embraces research-driven design processes and experimental work. In addition to representing Canada with the exhibition Making Camp at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the firm was selected to curate the Canadian pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Its exhibit, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 was awarded a special mention by the Biennale Jury.

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