“Spec Building: A Kind of Practice” with Lola Sheppard and Mason White



0:25 Introduction by Richard Sommer
6:25 Lola Sheppard and Mason White presentation

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design welcomed Lola Sheppard and Mason White of the Toronto firm Lateral Office to present a bulthaup Lecture on January 28, 2014 at the University of Toronto.

Lateral Office was selected to organize and curate the Canadian exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, which, for the first time in Canada’s involvement in the Biennale, focused on the Canadian north. The 2014 Canadian Pavilion is entitled “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.”

White and Sheppard’s lecture, “Spec Building: A Kind of Practice,” explored the firm’s recent work in the arctic, for which they received the 2012 Arctic Inspiration Prize and a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award from Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architecture.

Lateral Office focuses on architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century, using architecture, landscape architecture and urban design as a tool to confront environmental, climatological, social, and even economic challenges. Sponsors, clients and collaborators have included the City of Memphis, the City of Reykjavik, the City of Toronto, Metis Garden, Harbourfront Centre, Culture and Heritage Nunavut, and the Holcim Foundation, among others. The firm’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues across the United States and Canada, as well as Germany, Iceland, England, and the Faroe Islands.

Lola Sheppard is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. Mason White is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto‘s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

The Daniels Faculty would like to thank bulthaup Toronto for its generous sponsorship of this lecture: www.toronto.bulthaup.com

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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