Future Environments: Art and Architecture in Action (Intro, Part 1/7)



On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, five speakers from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design presented their research at the University of Toronto’s event Future Environments: Art and Architecture in Action.

The presentations showcased the inquisitive minds at the forefront of innovation shaping our future environments. The audience learned how architecture defines our environment, be it external environments, such as the green roofs dotting our cities skylines, or internal environments of our buildings.

Dean Richard Sommer and U of T President Meric Gertler provided opening remarks and Nora Young, from CBC’s hit radio show, Spark, moderated the evening.

The event featured presentations by:

-Emerging Canadian designer and researcher Brady Peters presenting Architecture, Atmosphere, Computation;

-Toronto-based scholar, composer and artist, Mitchell Akiyama presenting Matter and Metaphor;

-Director of the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, Liat Margolis presenting Green Roofs: Interdisciplinary by Nature;

-Founding partner at the design practice Lateral Office, Mason White presenting Micro-environments;

-Director of Visual Studies, Charles Stankievech presenting The Rare Earth Age of the Canadian Arctic.

“Architecture and art are as much a way of finding the world, as of forming it, and have surprising and often misunderstood historical and contemporary relationships with scientific inquiry,” said Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Urbanism at the Daniels Faculty. “This event will present members of the Daniels Faculty whose research moves beyond traditional text and mathematical modes of ideation to explore intersections between design, the environment, and visual culture.”

Barbara Fischer, Executive Director of U of T’s Art Museum and Associate Professor in the Daniels Faculty’s Visual Studies program, closed out the evening. The audience was invited to view the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast at the Art Museum which focused on the history of the Canadian landscape and the future impact of extraction industries on our perceived national identity.

This event was brought to you by:

Science & Engineering Engagement at the University of Toronto

Science & Engineering Engagement (SEE) brings audiences together to highlight the unexpected at the University of Toronto. Like From Good to Gold and Sounds of Science in previous years, Future Environments: Art and Architecture in Action, is a must see event.

The Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty is an internationally recognized school of design offering professional and other programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual/curatorial studies, and is at the forefront of research in these fields.

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

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