Standard of Dwelling symposium: Peter Clewes and David Wex

0:00 – Introduction by Hans Ibelings
2:18 – Peter Clewes presentation
26:57 – Moderated discussion
47:31 – Q & A

On February 26, 2016, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design hosted Standard of Dwelling — a symposium about housing in Toronto.

Standard of Dwelling brought together three Toronto-based architects and the developers they work with to present on a recent innovative residential project. Each pair explored a different housing type, allowing the afternoon’s discussion to cover a variety of urban housing typologies — from the condo tower to the townhouse.

The symposium was moderated by Daniels Faculty lecturer and architectural historian and critic, Hans Ibelings.

The first pair was architect Peter Clewes, of architectsAlliance, and developer David Wex, of Urban Capital.

Over 35 years of practice, Peter Clewes has developed a body of work shaped by the clarity, simplicity and functionality of modern architecture, and by a steadfast commitment to urbanism and city-building. As aA’s Managing Partner and Design Director, his vision has influenced projects as diverse as the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Athletes’ Village / Canary District, ÏCE Condominiums, UofT’s Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and the St. James Cathedral Centre. Peter is a strong advocate of the interweaving of built form and public space to ensure the vitality of the urban core, and speaks to professional, academic and civic groups across Canada and the US on topics related to design, density and urban renewal.

David Wex is a founder and partner in Urban Capital Property Group, a Toronto-based residential condominium developer with over 4,000 units developed or under development in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Winnipeg. Urban Capital has been a pioneer in developing residential buildings in former industrial or non-residential districts, typically setting a trend that results in flourishing new neighbourhoods. Urban Capital’s developments have also been highly innovative in terms of architecture, interior design and environmental sustainability. Current Toronto projects include the dramatic and award-winning River City; Smart House, Toronto’s first micro-condos; and Tableau, a striking 36 storey tower built over a large plaza in the city’s Entertainment District. Prior to establishing Urban Capital with partner Mark Reeve, David was a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott, a large Canadian law firm.

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