TWENTY + CHANGE 03 exhibition opens on Friday

The Twenty + Change coordination committee is pleased to announce the opening reception of Twenty + Change 03 taking place on Friday September 30, 2011 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

Twenty + Change 03 is the third edition of a biennial exhibition series dedicated to profiling emerging designers working in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. The 2011 exhibition features the work of 19 emerging design practices from eight cities across Canada selected by a curatorial committee of noted educators, authors and practitioners, including: Marc Boutin, principal of the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative and professor at the University of Calgary; Renée Daoust, principal of Daoust Lestage Inc. Architects & Urban Designers in Montreal; Miyoko Ohtake, editor of Dwell magazine in San Francisco; Talbot Sweetapple, principal of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax; and Larry Wayne Richards, professor emeritus and former dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design at the University of Toronto.

Emerging firms from 11 cities in eight provinces submitted their work; 19 were chosen, both for their practice approach and for the strength of their submitted projects. Through their practices, the selected firms address contemporary issues and opportunities: the future direction of self-initiated commissions, the extension of a designer’s potential to impact and enhance public space, and new models of practice, amongst others. The work of the selected practices represents a cross-section of projects of varying scales, theoretical and built, exploring a range of ideas and common challenges facing us today. These projects engage the public realm in meaningful ways, investigate new ideas in collective housing and urban infill, and explore prefabrication and regional domestic vernaculars.

Twenty + Change 03 features these projects as a collection of emerging practices’ work – a yearbook of sorts – which serves to take the pulse of design interests amongst emerging Canadian practices. The exhibition and publication include texts provided by each firm, representing the many design voices of the collection. Architecture is a profession regulated by provincial bodies and legal codes, but its primary role is to act as a cultural and social agent, to question how we

occupy our environments, whether urban or rural, domestic or public. The work in Twenty + Change 03 takes on these questions with varying methodologies and intensity.

Very few venues exist in Canada – be it in the form of exhibitions or publications – for disseminating the work of emerging designers beyond the local or regional, particularly if this work is unbuilt, speculative or small in scale. Twenty + Change‘s mandate is to take on the role of disseminator, with both a degree of criticality and a spirit of inclusion. More mixed tape than album, the intention of Twenty + Change 03 is to give a sampling of the range of concerns and approaches taking place across the nation.

The exhibition will open in Toronto on September 30, 2011, in conjunction with the Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre fall exhibitions. The exhibition runs from October 1-16, 2011, before travelling across Canada. All projects selected for exhibition are also featured in the Twenty + Change 03 publication that will also be launched at the opening celebration.

Twenty + Change 03 is generously supported by the following. Lead sponsor is DIALOG, and publication sponsors are the Canada Council for the Arts and Astley Gilbert Limited. Supporting sponsors include Ciot and Forbo Flooring Systems. The exhibition print sponsor is Astley Gilbert Limited, and the exhibition sponsors are Blackwell Bowick Partnership Limited, Engineered Assemblies, Stone Tile International Inc., and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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