The Daniels / DX FORA: Breaking the Surface

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto is collaborating with the Design Exchange to present the Daniels / DX FORA: a series of moderated debates focusing on new ideas, design practices and designers who are working at the intersection of architecture, media, science, politics and urbanism in various international arenas. Following upon the success of the first fora, The Ends of Design, which was filled to capacity and featured Toronto luminaries Bruce Kuwabara and Bruce Mau, the second fora will take place Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, located at 93 Charles Street West.


Breaking the Surface will explore the new science and aesthetic of the architectural surface, especially in regard to how the study of biomimetic form and the parametric turn in design are informing new modes of design and construction. The panelists include Cecil Balmond, an architect and designer, hailed by London’s Guardian as “one of the most important forces in contemporary architecture today”; Professor Harry Ruda, a “surface”-breaking scientist and Director of U of T’s Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology; and Nader Tehrani of Office dA, one of the designers of the new Daniels Faculty expansion and the head of MIT’s Architecture Department. This thought-provoking discussion will be moderated by Dean Richard Sommer.


This is a public event. Tickets will be provided to those who RSVP on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will be available for pick-up from the Daniels Faculty up to 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, or at the Isabel Bader Theatre box office from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 23. Tickets are only valid until 6:25pm at which time the “rush” line (those without tickets) will be admitted.


For more information, please visit or call 416.978.3089. Please e-mail to reserve your ticket.