Two NEW International Architecture Exhibitions at the Design Exchange
TORONTO, Canada – August 14, 2012 - The Design Exchange (DX) is proud to reveal its fall exhibition: Vertical Urban Factory, an examination of the progression of factory design, including the likes of Henry Ford’s Highland Park assembly line. Considering the Quake, the accompanying exhibit, explores seismic design and the science of architecture, featuring Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s (OMA) ground breaking Taipei Performing Arts Centre in China, amongst others. Both launching at the DX on September 13th, 2012, the museum welcomes design aficionados and ingénues alike to experience projects that affect us all, from the factories that produce our cars and clothing to the natural-disaster-challenging buildings that we frequent every day.
“We are pleased to host these two exhibitions, featuring Canadian and International work. Both take an introspective look at innovation in building development and evaluate modernization from an architectural perspective,” explains Shauna Levy, President of the Design Exchange. “They share the challenges and exemplary solutions of today’s contemporary minds, using examples from around the globe to educate and inspire, and allow the viewer to take stock of the way in which architecture affects daily life in every capacity.”
Vertical Urban Factory
Curated by architectural historian and critic Nina Rappaport, Vertical Urban Factory surveys historical and contemporary factories around the world, highlighting innovative architecture and design. Engineering and processing methods of significant factory buildings from the early 20th century forward are evaluated as a timely response to the ailing economies of post-industrial nations.
Opening to critical acclaim at New York City’s Skyscraper Museum, the exhibit poses the question, “Can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities?” While overseas manufacturing allows some products to be made at a lower cost, the production of local products, including high-tech, fashion, and furniture, have the potential to revitalize neighbourhoods and industrial infrastructures.
View over 200 photographs, drawings, and diagrams of more than 30 projects, a timeline of industry, architecture and labour, designed by Brooklyn-based MGMT Design. Inspect nine architectural models that were created for the exhibit using state-of the-art computer fabrication. Preview six films by documentary filmmaker Eric Breitbart that include historical and contemporary footage. Absorb the environment of conveyor systems and industrial processes.
As the impact of globalization reshapes cities around the world and physically transforms former industrial centers such as New York, look into the future as Vertical Urban Factory discusses the reintegration of industry into the urban fabric and the potential for new niche markets, sustainable production, and smaller-scale processing.
Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge
As an extension of their research on post critical disaster shelters, curators Dr. Effie Bouras, Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of September through December, the Design Exchange will house a sampling of the most celebrated projects, research and technology throughout the world that stand superior in thought, design and practical application. McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, bring a ground-breaking perspective and architect’s rationale back into the traditionally engineering-dominated subject matter. From ARUP’s Hermès Building featuring the work of Renzo Piano Architects in Tokyo, Japan and their York University Subway Station with Foster and Partners in Toronto, to Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, to Cast Connex‘s seismic technology that will be included in New York City’s World Trade Center 3 design, these projects push the envelope of structural solutions, while remaining true to the designer’s vision.
ALSO UPCOMING AT THE DESIGN EXCHANGE
Vertical Urban Factory and Considering the Quake Curator Tours
September 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Curators of both fall exhibitions will offer in-depth tours, highlighting the thoughts and themes behind the exhibitions, key projects and trends. Curator Nina Rappaport will examine the effects of factories on urban environments through Vertical Urban Factory, while Dr. Effie Bouras, Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering will impart guests with a detailed understanding of the language between the architect and the engineer.
Sons of Architecture Speaker Series: Tomas Koolhaas Talk
September 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm
As an extension of the fall exhibition, Considering the Quake, this talk will focus on Tomas’s up-and-coming feature length documentary titled “REM” about his father, internationally renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The feature length documentary uses an unconventional approach by focusing on the experience and effect of the architecture, rather than biographical information about the architect. Tomas will discuss his unique and privileged point of view, and his father’s influence with attendees.
Sons of Architecture Speaker Series: Dion Neutra Talk
November 12, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Son of Richard Neutra, who is considered to have been one of modernism’s, along with Frank Lloyd Wright, most significant architects, Dion Neutra is also an architect and consultant who got his start working for his father. Dion became the president of Neutra upon his father’s death in 1970 and has been instrumental in furthering his father’s legacy and countless preservation efforts in California.