January 25, 2018
by Canadian Architect
Next month, Ryerson University’s Masters of Architecture Class of 2019 hosts the Borders in Architecture symposium in Toronto. In a discussion moderated by former Canadian Architect Editor — and current IIDEX Director of Marketing & Programming — Ian Chodikoff, the symposium’s four speakers will investigate the physical and intangible ‘borders’ that shape contemporary architectural practice. As speakers, architects Susan Ruptash (Quadrangle), Annabel Vaughn (ERA), and Craig Race (Lanescape), will be joined by Globe & Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic.
The event description frames the discussion in greater detail: As architects and designers, we are constantly defining borders. Some may be physical, such as solid walls and fences, while others may be cultural, political, or economic, such as a dress code at a restaurant, or a set income level required to rent an apartment. What then is the role of the architect in the conversation on these and other barriers within the social realm? How might architecture be used as a tool to facilitate the progress of a society? Through the manipulation of borders, architects have the power to influence how people interact with each other and the surrounding environment.
Borders in Architecture will take place at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) on February 8, running from 7 pm to 11 pm. More information is available via Ryerson’s Eventbrite registration page. The event is free.