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Representing Ambience Today: Tracing the Materiality of Virtual Objects symposium

April 02, 2016
University of Waterloo School of Architecture, 7 Melville Street, Cambridge, Ontario

Zaha Hadid’s The World (89 Degrees) from the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

The School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo invites alumni and friends to the Representing Ambience Today: Tracing the Materiality of Virtual Objects Symposium.

This symposium explores the concept of ambience in architecture in three themed areas: the Ambience of Matter, representing ephemeral qualities such as energy and light in architecture, Urban Ambience, the representation of quantitative data with use of parametrics and GIS, and Spatial Practice the representation of social relations and the significance of these forms of representation in our future built environment. Included in this unique symposium is a rare look at the late Alvin Boyarsky’s private collection that encompasses design proposals, site plans, unbuilt works and theoretical investigations and reflects the collapse of a singular related canon of modern architecture, while heralding the blossoming of new and varied approaches to architecture by some of today’s leading architects including Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Bernard Tschumi, and Daniel Libsekind.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association held at Design at Riverside Gallery from February 29 to April 10, 2016. The University of Waterloo School of Architecture presents a rare look at this influential private collection.
Preliminary symposium agenda:

9:30-10:30 am

Welcome/introductory remarks John McMinn/Adrian Blackwell

Introductory Keynote – Igor Marjanovic – Washington University St Louis

Introduction – John McMinn – UW

Respondent – Nicholas Boyarsky – Boyarsky Murphy Architects

10:30 – 12:15 pm

Session 1: Atmospheres – the ambience of matter

Session Framing/Introductions – Anne Bordeleau – UW

Alessandra Ponte – Universite de Montreal

Jane Hutton – Harvard University

Charles Stankievech – University of Toronto

Respondent – Dereck Revington – UW

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Lunch at Bridge, 37 Main Street, Cambridge

followed by viewing the exhibitions:
Drawing Ambience and UW thesis, Representing Ambience

1:30 – 3:15 pm

Session 2: Implosions/Explosions – urban ambience

Session Framing/Introductions – Lola Sheppard – UW

Kian Goh – Northeastern University

Janette Kim – Syracuse University

Sarah Gunawan – University of Waterloo

Respondent – Mona El Khafif – UW

3:15 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 -5:30 pm

Session 3: Spatial Practice – the ambience of social relations

Session Framing/Introductions – Marie-Paule Macdonald – UW

Miguel Robles-Duran – Parsons / The New School

Scott Sorli – Ryerson University

Mejay Gula – U Chicago Arts / Rebuild, Chicago

Respondent – Adrian Blackwell – UW

5:30- 6:00 pm

Refreshments

Exhibitions:
Drawing Ambience and UW thesis, Representing Ambience

6:00 -7:30 pm

6:00 – 7:30

Introduction/Respondent – Ila Berman UW

Concluding Keynote – Alex Wall – University of Virginia

8:30 -9:30 pm

Refreshments

Exhibitions:
Drawing Ambience and UW thesis, Representing Ambience

Exhibitions are open 9:00a.m. to 9:30p.m. on Saturday April 2, 2016:

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
Design at Riverside Gallery, 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge, ON
and
UW thesis, representing ambience
Bridge Gallery, 37 Main Street, Cambridge, ON

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association is coorganized by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis and the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. It is cocurated by Jan Howard, chief curator at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Igor Marjanović, associate professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalog distributed by the University of Chicago Press. The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Support for showing Drawing Ambience at the Design at Riverside Gallery is provided by the University of Waterloo, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Idea Exchange Art + Design, KPMB Architects, Diamond + Schmitt Architects, architectsAlliance, Blackwell Structural Engineers, Kohn Shnier Architects

Cost
Complimentary, however, registration is required
Location
ARC – School of Architecture

7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4

Canada


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https://uwaterloo.ca/engineering/events/representing-ambience-today

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