Guided Tour: Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 11:30pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery presents a series free of 20-30 minute discussions of the works on view in the Smithsonian's touring exhibition Design for the Other 90%.

November 27: Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty is an art historian with a strong interest in music, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

January 15, 2009: Eric Nay is an architect, design history and theory scholar and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Benjamin Edwards

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 11:30pm

Painter Benjamin Edwards has spent the last several years exploring what he calls "the architecture of suburbia"---the structural and design forms found in strip malls, fast-food joints, gas stations, motels and other familiar citadels of consumerism. Accompanying the architecture is what Edwards refers to as "the iconography of the roadway"---those commercial signs, symbols, colors and artificial elements juxtaposed with the natural scene or environment.

In order to gather material for his work, Edwards has taken a number of cross-country automobile trips, searching out the "roadside life that almost exists in a separate channel." Along the way, he takes photos with his digital camera and keeps detailed logs and diaries containing "location notes," recording where he stops, where he stays, and what he buys.

The digital photos are loaded into his computer. He subsequently selects various elements in the photos, isolates them, and reduces them to the basic geometry found in the subject. Once he makes his selections, he projects the design elements onto a canvas, incorporating as many as three hundred separate photos into a single painting. The result is a conflated composition which becomes emblematic of what he refers to as the "American consumerist utopia."

Benjamin Edwards (b. 1970, Iowa City, Iowa) attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (MFA 1997); the San Francisco Art Institute's graduate painting program (1992); and the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1991). He is represented by Artemis Greenburg Van Doren Gallery, New York City (solo exhibitions - 2006, 2004, 2001). His recent solo exhibitions include Ether Studies, Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako (2007) and T)he Sorrows of Democracy, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2008). He participated in the Prague Biennale, in the Czech Republic (2003); and his work has been in numerous group exhibitions in venues such as The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (2003); Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Gallerie Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark; and P.S.#I/MoMA Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, New York; Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2008). Edwards lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Once Near Water: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive

video still, credit Vera Frenkel
Friday, September 19, 2008 - 11:00pm to Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 1:30am

Once Near Water: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive is a work about a city cut off from its lake and in trouble, where ubiquitous scaffolding serves as metaphor for both aspiration and loss.

Following a chance encounter, Vera Frenkel has drawn together a documentary and fictional elements to create a work about a stranger she barely knew but still finds compelling - a collector of scaffolding images - fusing praise and lament into a video ballad for a changing city. The narrative unfolds in an interplay of two voices; a letter from one woman, read by another.

Venue & Address: 
Akau Inc. 1186 Queen Street West (rear entrance)M6J 1J6, Toronto, Ontario

25 FPS Film Festival: Panel discussion with Paulette Phillips

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 4:00am

Faculty of Art Professor Paulette Phillips will speak on a panel about film and architecture at the 25 FPS Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

Phillips's installation The Walking Ferns for the Tatton Park
Biennale in the UK closes September 28, 2008 (info:

Venue & Address: 
Student's Centre Savska 25, Zagreb, Croatia

Will Alsop: OCAD, An Urban Manifesto

Friday, June 13, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 4:00am

This exhibition explores the creative design process behind the Ontario College of Art & Design’s startling new building, the Sharp Centre for Design, in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Octagonal Gallery 1920, rue Baile, Montreal, Ontario

Building Sustainability: Manufacturing Neighborhoods

Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:30pm

In collaboration with the Gardiner Museum, Architecture for Humanity
Toronto presents the second instalment in its Building Sustainability
lecture series, featuring a panel of the city's pre-eminent thinkers.

Together, these experts from the design, planning and health professions
will discuss the fundamental building blocks of community design, and
the challenges associated with bringing all of these sometimes
contradictory elements together into a vibrant, healthy and cohesive
Our current list of distinguished panellists includes the director of the Centre for
Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto, David Hulchanski;
notable Toronto architect and urban designer, Ken Greenberg; endocrinologist
and health services researcher at St. Michael's Hospital, Dr. Gillian Booth; from
the Family Service Association of Toronto, Shokofeh Dilmaghani and Bruce
Hinds from the design faculty at the Ontario College of Art & Design.
With moderator Christopher Hume, Urban Affairs Writer for the Toronto Star and
a guest appearance by city councillor Adam Vaughan.

Please arrive early, seating is limited.

Sponsored in part by the Toronto Society of Architects, the Ontario Healthy Communities
Coalition/ Public Health Agency of Canada and the Phoenix Community Works Foundation

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum, Terrace Room 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

Lyla Rye: Closed for Renovations

Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 5:00am to Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 5:00am

Fly Gallery presents new work by Lyla Rye. Lyla Rye is an installation artist based in Toronto who studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, then received her B.F.A. from York University and her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her practice uses video and sculptural devices in space to explore the nature of perception. Her work has been exhibited across Canada including at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Textile Museum of Canada, The Dunlop Gallery, The Mendel Gallery and The Power Plant. Internationally she has had exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Berlin and Adelaide, Australia. Since the beginning of her career, she has been involved in exhibitions in non-gallery sites and with a number of collectives, including Nether Mind, hic and Persona Volare.

Venue & Address: 
Fly Gallery 1172 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario
Lyla Rye

Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Rusty Smith

Rusty Smith
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:30pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to present a free public lecture by Rusty Smith, Associate Director of the Rural Studio at the Auburn University School of Architecture, on Wed., Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm. Smith's presentation is the second in the Faculty of Design Speaker Series, which will include talks later this year by Rafael Fajardo and Tali Krakowsky.

Rusty Smith:
Inside the Rural Studio: The Responsibility of Citizen Artists and Designers

Rusty Smith is an Associate Professor, the Chair of the Program of Architecture, Associate Director of the Rural Studio, and the Coordinator of the First Year Program in the Auburn University School of Architecture in Alabama. He has also taught and lectured as a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. He is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar and has received numerous awards including the 2005 American Institute of Architects National Teaching Honor Award and the 2003 American Institute of Architecture Students National Teaching Honor Award.

Smith is currently an independent consultant specializing in life safety, health and human welfare, He has practiced professionally since 1991 and has held the position of senior designer for a variety of internationally recognized architectural firms, including Perkins + Will and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum.

The Rural Studio, a program of the Auburn University School of Architecture, was originally conceived as a method to improve the living conditions in rural Alabama and to include hands-on experience in an architectural pedagogy. It continues today as a vision of a process to make housing and community projects in one of the poorest regions of the nation.

The students who attend the Rural Studio expand their design knowledge through actually building what they have designed. Utilizing the concept of 'context-based learning,' the Rural Studio asks the students to leave the university environment and take up residency in Hale County, Alabama. In doing so, the student joins a poverty-stricken region and 'shares the sweat' with a housing client who lives far below the poverty level. The goal of this exercise is to refine the student's social conscience and to learn first-hand the necessary social, cultural and technological concepts of designing and building. This exercise requires the collaboration of the practicing architect. Read more information on the Rural Studio.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The presentation takes place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Building Sustainability: Green Building in an Urban Setting

Monday, November 26, 2007 - 11:30pm

In collaboration with the Gardiner Museum, Architecture for Humanity Toronto is pleased to present a compelling series of lectures exploring the development of sustainable communities.
In this lecture, Dr. David Moses will discuss some of the biggest challenges
when considering sustainable alternatives to standard building practice.
Please also join us in an open-participation discussion immediately following
the lecture.
David Moses is a structural engineer specializing in timber engineering. After joining Equilibrium
Consulting Inc. in Vancouver in 1999, he recently opened an office in Toronto for the Company. His work includes innovative commercial, residential and community-based projects in Canada, the
United States and parts of Asia.
Limited seating, please arrive early.
Organized by OCAD student Heather McGraw.

Venue & Address: 
Gardiner Museum, Jamie Kennedy Attrium 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

Architecture Days

Architecture Days
Monday, September 24, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:00am

Visit the CN Tower for a new Architectural Digests (AD) "Architecture Days" display identifying some of Toronto's most important structures. Show any AD "Architecture Days" event ticket at the CN Tower ticket counter and save 30% off the Look Out and Glass Floor Experience!
Ticketed AD "Architecture Days" events in Toronto are available for September 26-30. Use the above navigation to find event listings and purchase tickets for each day.
Check out our 'Hot Spots' listings for recommendations on self-guided places to visit while you're enjoying Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
CN Tower 301 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario