The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents the major exhibition Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War. On view from 13 April until 18 September 2011, the exhibition investigates the consequences of the Second World War on the built environment and reveals the immense development undertaken and responsibility carried by architecture during these years. Until now, few studies have analyzed the breadth of research, innovation, and building conducted by architects during the war years.
Curator Jean-Louis Cohen fills an important historical gap by investigating the work and achievements of the architects and designers active during World War II across the political battle lines and demonstrates that the war served as an accelerator of technological innovation and production that would lead to the supremacy of modernism in architecture. For more information go to the exhibition’s official website.
Curatorial practice as it emerged during the twentieth century is being extensively recast. The tremendous change in the status of the object, of culture, of the various disciplines, or information and education, implies an inevitable transformation of the curator’s role and competencies. A renewed interest for curatorial practice has recently emerged within the field of architecture.
The CCA is launching new curatorial opportunities: the Young Curators Program and the Power Corporation of Canada Curatorial Internships Program.
Find our more about the programs at the CCA official website.
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is hosting an exhibition of Palladio’s drawings, giving new insight into the use of drawings as a tool to record, develop and disseminate his ideas. Curated by Guido Beltramini, in collaboration with Charles Hind, Palladio at Work will be on view in the museum’s Octogonal Gallery from March 3 to May 22, 2011.
More on the exihibition and on Andrea Palladio after the break.
The Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and Hughes Condon Marler Architects with SNC Lavalin team won the architecture competition for the future sports complex in Saint-Laurent, a former city on the island of Montreal in southwestern Quebec, Canada. The winning team’s proposal distinguished itself from the others by the quality of its architectural gesture, the simplicity of the concept, the creation of a distinctively urban branding image and wayfinding strategy, its adherence to the surface areas of the facilities, the effectiveness of its sustainable development strategies and its potential for change. More images and project description after the break.
Architects: Saia Barbarese Toupouzanov Architectes - Mario Saia, Dino Barbarese, Vladimir Topouzanov
Location: Montreal, Canada
Project team: Dino Barbarese, Patrick de Barros, Wassili Dudan, David Griffin, Virginie Legast, Mathias Loscos, Yvan Marion, Donald Marquis, Maio Saia, Catherine Simard, Vladimir Topouzanov, Sam Yip
Client: Ville de Montréal
Project area: 2,680 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Marc Cramer, Frédéric Saia, Vladimir Topouzanov
Hassan Ally, SE PE PEng (Toronto, ARUP) in collaboration with Maria Mingallon (Montreal, ARUP & Adjunct Professor, McGill University) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in North America will provide a lecture titled: “Shaping a better world”.
The event will be part of the closing ceremony of the ACSA conference which this year takes place in Montreal. The lecture will be followed by a reception where professionals from leading architectural practices will be present.
The lecture will take place at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal on March 5 at 6:00 pm. More information can be found here.
Grand Library of Québec / Patkau Architects with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
The Grand Library of Québec consolidates a number of collections dispersed throughout the province to create a resource library for the region as well as a central public library for the city of Montreal. The building contains four major components: a general library, a children’s library, the collection Québécoise (historic documents pertaining to Quebec), and an assortment of public spaces outside the library control zone.
Architects: Patkau Architects in collaboration with Croft Pelletier and Menkès Shooner Dagenais architectes associés
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Client: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Project Area: 350, 000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: James Dow, Bernard Fougeres, and Patkau Architects
Architectural competition Griffintown Interrupted seeks to revive Montreal’s oldest industrial neighbourhood and has attracted submissions from over 40 teams around the world. Architects and designers from 10 countries have come forward to propose innovative, temporary structures for one of Montreal’s most hotly debated neighbourhoods.
A public vote on the shortlisted proposals is currently underway, closing on Friday, December 10, 2010. Please join the discussion by voting for and commenting on your favourite proposals for Griffintown. You can vote clicking here!
Griffintown Interrupted is an international ideas competition which invites speculation on the value of the temporary, the urban promise of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, incremental architectures.
Submit a proposal for a temporary, flexible and disassemblable structures on one of five sites across Griffintown, an evolving district in Montréal, Canada. Finalist proposals will be featured in a digital exhibition and digital publication exploring the potential of indeterminacy in urban transformation.
Deadline is November 10 at 11:59 pm. Visit the competition’s official website for more information.
Although immigration is a dominant topic in contemporary culture, its discussion is often limited to the human experience, such as the crossing of borders and issues about national identity.
The upcoming exhibition at the CCA takes a different perspective: how movements impact on the environment. Examples range from the coconut that can drift freely on the ocean current and re-seed wherever it finds land, to government-enforced relocation, the uprooting and rearranging of communities in a way that changes landscape and society forever.
For more information, visit the exhibition’s official website.
Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design and the Status of Women, is pleased to announce that the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant will be awarded for a third consecutive year. Created for young design professionals, this grant aims to acknowledge and promote the talent of emerging Montréal designers and foster their professional recognition.
The winner will receive a $10,000 award to fund a professional development project in one of the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member. A promotional campaign will also be organized to raise awareness of the winner among his or her industry peers as well as the general public.
Interested candidates are invited to complete the registration form available on the website http://www.realisonsmontral.com, and submit their application packages no later than 4:30 p.m., August 16, 2010. For complete information click here. Seen at Bustler.
Architects: Affleck + de la Riva architects
Location: Montreal, Canada
Landscape: Robert Desjardins
Artist: Raphaëlle de Groot
Urban Lighting: Gilles Arpin
Horticulture: Sandra Barone
Industrial Design: Morelli designers inc.
Interpretation and Museology: Moitie-moitie inc.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Marc Cramer