Wednesday April 10, 3:00 p.m Weldon Library, Rm. WL258, Western University, London, Ontario Brutalism is arguably the most revered and reviled of architectural styles. In recent years, it has enjoyed a resurgence
Wednesday April 10, 3:00 p.m
Weldon Library, Rm. WL258, Western University, London, Ontario
Brutalism is arguably the most revered and reviled of architectural styles. In recent years, it has enjoyed a resurgence of interest among a new generation of architects, designers and urban types. They find its authenticity, material integrity and volumetric forms are refreshing after years of theatrical, pseudo-historical, post-modernism, and that which followed.
At Western University, a legacy of colonial aspirations has resulted in a campus largely built in what is called the “Collegiate Gothic” style. The building of Weldon Library was part of a brief, visionary interlude of utopian modernism that envisioned new, big and boldly egalitarian public spaces that provided access to education for all.
Now, many modernist buildings like Weldon Library are threatened by deterioration and even demolition. Altered beyond recognition by perfunctory repairs and renovations, it is difficult to imagine the ways in which such monumental buildings represented the lofty social values of this particular time period.
Initiated in Canada’s centennial year, the design of a new main library for Western University was a collaboration between architects Ronald E. Murphy (1924-1992) of London and Australian John H. Andrews (born 1933), who also designed the University of Toronto’s Scarborough College and the CN Tower. This design occurred within the rapid expansion of post-secondary education in Canada, concurrent with the architecture of the 1967 centennial commemoration, and as part of the emergence of the “third generation” of modern architects in the international context.
Join us for a lively, informal discussion following Ashby’s lecture with panelists Michael McClelland (Principal ERA Architects Inc., Toronto), Sandra Miller (Architectural Conservancy Ontario, London), and David R. Murphy (Principal, Murphy & Murphy Architect, Inc.), London.
About the speaker:
James Ashby, a conservation architect and independent scholar, focuses on the built heritage of the modern era and its continuity into the future. He has worked in the private and public sectors in Canada, and in the non-profit sector in the United States. Ashby has advised on several nominations of modern built heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage List. He benefitted from a residency at The Getty in Los Angeles as a guest scholar. Based in Ottawa, Ashby has lectured widely and his writing has been published in journals in North America, Europe, and Asia.
This lecture has been organized by McIntosh Gallery in collaboration with Weldon Library, Western University. For more information, contact Abby Vincent, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, [email protected], 519 661-2111 ext. 87576
(Wednesday) 3:00 pm
On April 11th, HCMA is excited to partner with Artists Legal Outreach and Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society to host a few notable artists for a moderated dialogue about
On April 11th, HCMA is excited to partner with Artists Legal Outreach and Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society to host a few notable artists for a moderated dialogue about copyright issues, architecture, and public art, from the challenges and rewards of having worked in the public realm to how they each contend with some of the nuances of copyright in the art and architectural world.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
HCMA Architecture + Design
400 - 675 West Hastings Street
Particles for the Built World forms the basis
Particles for the Built World forms the basis of Omer Arbel’s artistic interrogation into the physical properties of concrete: a material that has long held uncompromising notions of solidity, permeance, and strength. The installation, partially performative and partially static, serves as an introspective exploration into the materiality of concrete while simultaneously mapping an insight into Arbel’s mode of working. Housed in Surrey Art Gallery, the objects and artefacts are remnants of Arbel’s challenging of the capacity for concrete to retain elements of its native state; liquid.
April 13 (Saturday) 1:00 am - June 16 (Sunday) 1:00 am
Surrey Art Gallery
13750 88 Ave, Surrey, British Columbia
Canadian Architect Howard Rideout has a career that spans thirty-five years. His work ranges from the intricacy of designing a prototype boutique for a Canadian cosmetic company to serving as
Canadian Architect Howard Rideout has a career that spans thirty-five years. His work ranges from the intricacy of designing a prototype boutique for a Canadian cosmetic company to serving as the visionary for the campus plan of one of China’s most prestigious universities.
Howard Rideout is the principal of Howard Rideout Architect (HRA), an architecture firm based in Toronto, Ontario and founded in 2000. At HRA, Rideout oversees every project, ensuring that each is a unique architectural expression developed collaboratively with the client. HRA’s work includes projects of various types and sizes. At home in Ontario the firm specializes in custom homes and cottages as well as larger institutional and commercial projects that require an attention to detail, from the projects architectural design to its placement on the site. Currently the firm is engaged in designing Bridgewater a master planned community near Collingwood. Abroad, projects include large scale resorts, institutional campuses and master planned communities. Recently he has worked with the late Karl Lagerfeld on the new Karl Lagerfeld Hotel in Macau set to open this year.
Rideout has been recognized for several local as well as international awards including the Dubai International Award for his seaside village in Dalian China, Project of the year (Ontario Home Builders Association) for his project in Bradford, Ontario for Brookfield Homes and the winning entry for his urban design of Place Jacques Cartier in Montreal. Rideout has been featured in several publications including Canadian Architect, Canadian House and Home and Azure for his projects and architectural expertise.
His first book entitled Building Community/Community Building: The work of Howard Rideout Architect in Simcoe County, explores the work of the firm completed in Simcoe County and how these initial projects lead to him meeting business man and philanthropist Reinhart Weber who would task him with the creation of his lakeside residence and afterward the design of the Midland Cultural Centre.
Rideout is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Howard lives with his partner in Toronto’s Riverdale community and is an avid gardener, story teller and community builder.
(Saturday) 2:00 pm EDT
Midland Cultural Centre - Rotary Hall
333 King St.
Langara Professional Photography and Continuing Studies Photography, in conjuction with B3K and PhaseOne, are proud to present renowned architectural photographer
Andrew is driven to create photographs that promote the discussion and wider understanding of architecture and the built environment. His photographic work presents designed elements in striking compositions, crafting a feeling of atmostphere, space, and understanding. His conscious inclusion of people in specific compositions explores his ongoing interest in the way people related to, interact and use their place(s). Working from bases in Vancouver and Melbourne, he presents the work of local and international architectural firms pushing the boundaries of design at all scales.
Tickets available at this link.
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 7:30 pm
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.