For the Love of Architecture/ Por amor a la arquitectura

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English below with links

Ha sido un momento difícil para la profesión. Los proyectos han quedado en suspenso, los despidos han sido implacables y la industria estancada nos puso a todos en el borde. Dejando a un lado los datos te darás cuenta de que, independientemente de la economía, trabajamos en la industria que sigue siendo admirado en todo el mundo. Extrañamente, admirado por casi todos, menos por las mismas personas que la crean. Este Día de San Valentín es el momento para nosotros para volver a enamorarse.

Deja el café por un momento y pasar unos minutos recordándose a sí mismo porqué te gusta la arquitectura y, si te sientes tan atrevido, que el mundo lo sepa. Podría tratarse de un edificio en el que trabajé, un cliente que te hizo pensar de manera diferente o una comunidad que ha ayudado a transformar. Podría ser el trabajo de un compañero practicante o tal vez un gran espacio que te inspiró para convertirte en la persona que eres hoy.

Yo lo sabía cuando tenía seis años de edad. Cuando era niño solía deambular por los confines sombríos del sur de Londres, de vez en cuando abandonaba la escuela para descubrir las bien pensadas estructuras y espacios públicos que dieron vida a una comunidad. Una década más tarde, mientras que trabajaba en mi primera empresa, me enamoré con el proceso y los obstáculos enormes que tardaba en convertir un sueño a la realidad. En los últimos años noventa mi carrera dio un giro a la izquierda y en los últimos trece años he sido parte de un movimiento centrado en la participación de los conocimientos y la experiencia de la industria para las comunidades menos favorecidas. Todos los días se llegan a verme arquitectos, ingenieros y constructores que trabajamos juntos en la configuración del entorno para el mejoramiento de los demás. A pesar de que algunos en nuestra profesión, dicen que no es trabajo fácil, pero es fácil saber porqué mis arquitectos le encanta la arquitectura. Ellos lo ven todos los días y gracias a ellos, igual que yo.

En la profesión de la arquitectura muy pocos de nosotros llega a perforar el cielo con nuestras creaciones, o la oportunidad de galvanizar a la comunidad después de la tragedia o la lucha. La mayoría trabaja en los lugares en los que viven y pasan la mayor parte de nuestras carreras tratando de dar forma a ese ambiente. Nos importa un bledo pulgadas y más sobre el impacto. Un verdadero profesional saben cuando han hecho un gran trabajo y sigue a comprometerse a nuevos niveles de logro. En las raras ocasiones se llega a ser parte de un edificio que despierta el deseo y la admiración en los corazones y las mentes de nuestros semejantes. Esa es la esencia del arquitecto.
Así que hoy, hay que dar un paso atrás para darse cuenta lo que es el trabajo increíble que tenemos. Un arquitecto no es un artista, sino un optimismo realista. Trabajar con un número diverso de partes interesadas, el arquitecto necesita los extractos, la preocupación, y los sueños, para crear una solución bonita pero tangible que sea amada por los usuarios y la comunidad en general. Nuestro trabajo tiene la capacidad para llevar a cabo vidas de miles de millones, y en lugar de cínicamente la lucha contra uno con el otro para el 1% permite trabajar juntos para restaurar el orgullo de la profesión y encontrar formas de llevar un gran diseño para los siete millones de personas en todo ese tiempo para grandes espacios para vivir, trabajar y jugar.

Para los próximos 4 meses que está ejecutando la campaña "I Love Arquitectura" y espero que pueda unirse a nosotros. Mi nombre es Cameron y me encanta la arquitectura.
Saludos,

Cameron Sinclair
Co-fundador y eterno optimista Jefe de Arquitectura para la Humanidad.
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1. Dinos porqué amas la arquitectura?
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2. Deje que ellos saben que los ama.
Envíenos una carta de amor a su arquitecto favorito o un edificio, le ayudaremos a conseguirlo para ellos. Incluso puede ser anónima.
3. Haga una lista de reproducción para los arquitectos
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4. Pase una noche en la arquitectura.
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5. Pase una noche de fiesta con la arquitectura.
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It has been a tough time for the profession. Projects have been put on hold, layoffs have been unrelenting and a stagnant industry has put us all on edge. Putting aside the data you’ll realize that regardless of the economy we work in the one industry that continues to be admired the world over. Strangely, admired by almost everyone except by the very people that create it. This Valentine’s Day it is time for us to fall in love again.

Put down the coffee for a moment and spend minutes reminding yourself why you love architecture and, if you feel so bold, let the world know. It could be a building you worked on, a client who made you think differently or a community you’ve helped to transform. It could be the work of a fellow practitioner or perhaps a great space that inspired you to become the person you are today.

I knew when I was six years old. As a kid I used to wander off from the bleak concrete confines of South London, even occasionally ditch school to discover well thought out structures and public spaces that brought life to a community. A decade later while interning for my first firm, I became enamored with the process and the huge hurdles it took to turn a dream to reality. In the late Nineties my career took a left turn and for the past thirteen years I’ve been part of a movement focused on engaging the expertise and experience of the industry for those less fortunate and in communities similar to the one I was brought up in. Every day I get to see architects, engineers and builders working together shaping the environment for the betterment of others. Despite what some in our profession say it is not easy work but it is easy to tell why my architects love architecture. They see it every day and thanks to them, so do I.

In the profession of architecture very few of us get to pierce the skies with our creations or get the opportunity to galvanize a community after tragedy or strife. The majority work in the places we live and spend the better part of our careers trying to shape that environment. We care less about inches and more about impact. A true professional know when they have done a great job and continues to push themselves to new levels of achievement. On the rare occasion we get to be apart of a building that stirs desire and wonderment in the hearts and minds of our fellow man. That is the essence of the architect.

So today, take a step back to realize what an incredible job we have. An architect is not an artist but an optimistic realist. Working with a diverse number of stakeholders, the architect extracts need, concern, and dreams, to create a beautiful yet tangible solution that is loved by the users and the community at large. Our work has the ability to effect the lives of billions and rather than cynically fighting with each other for the 1% lets work together to restore the pride of the profession and find ways to bring great design for the seven billion people that long for great spaces to live, work and play.

For the next 4 months we are running an “I Love Architecture” Campaign and I hope you can join us. My name is Cameron and I love architecture.

Cheers,
Cameron Sinclair
Co-Founder and Chief Eternal Optimist, Architecture for Humanity.

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What Can You Do?

1. Tell us why you love architecture?

Send me a couple of sentences that start "I Love Architecture Because..."

Upload a 45 second online video to youtube or vimeo explaining why you love either a piece of architecture or being an architect.

2. Let 'em know you love them.

Send us a love letter to your favorite architect OR building, we’ll help get it to them. You can even be anonymous.

3. Make a playlist for architects

Got Spotify? make a playlist and we'll link it. Here is one I made while writing Design Like You Give A Damn 2, we will post one for architects.

4. Spend a night in with Architecture.

Send us your list of best films about architecture. minus points for The Fountainhead.

5. Spend a night out with Architecture.

Send us a list of the most romantic places to take a date to. Grand Central at the stroke of midnight anyone?

6. Become an Ambassador of Love (for Architecture)

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Cities Centre: University of Toronto

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Professor James T. Lemon, professor emeritus of geography, passed away early on Tuesday, January 31. He was a contributor to the early phases of programs in community development and interdisciplinary urban studies at the University of Toronto, notably through Innis College and the Centre for Urban and Community Studies… more
Mind the Gap: Inequality in Toronto and What to Do About It is on exhibit February 8 through March 16th at Urbanspace Gallery and features the research of Cities Centre Associate Director for Research, David Hulchanski, and the Neighbourhood Change research group, together with the recommendations of a resident's panel on addressing inequality in Toronto sponsored by Diaspora Dialogues, MASSLBP, and the Metcalf Foundationmore
The next presentation in the Toronto in Question lecture series is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 6:30pm, and will feature guest speakers Councillor Adam Vaughan and Professor Richard Stren on the topic Who Governs? City Hall and Citizen Participation. A few seats are still available; RSVP here.
The last Toronto in Question session presented January 24, Whose City? Gentrification, Inequality and the Future of Toronto is now available as a podcast here. Articles about the evening’s presentations and discussions were published by Novae Res Urbis Toronto Edition (January 27, Miller and Hulchanski Call for Collective Action: Narrowing the Gap, Kristine Janzen, Novae Res Urbis Toronto Edition, Vol. 16, No. 4) and UofT’s the newspaper (January 26, 2012, A tale of three cities, Geoff Vendeville, the newspaper).
The Living Library Project – an experience designed to create dialogue, promote understanding and reduce prejudice – is currently seeking submissions for our March 7th event. If you are an open‐minded individual who appreciates dialogue, different (and sometimes differing) opinions, cultivating awareness and the exchange of information primarily with students, you’ll want to sign up for this opportunity. Presented by Hart House, the Multi‐Faith Centre, the Anti‐Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Robarts Library and the Sexual and Gender Diversity office. Submission deadline is Sunday, February 5th at midnight …more
“Friends of the Injured” by Street Cars and Vehicles (Pedestrians and Cyclists) invite the public to be part of a “Speed Community Talk and Presentation” on Road Accidents. Dr. Chris Cavacuiti MD, St. Michael’s Hospital, will present his Comprehensive Report, 8:30 to 10pm, The Delta Chelsea Inn, Market Garden Café, 33 Gerrard St. W. on February 7, 9, 10, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, and 28. For more information contact Bianca S., toronto4you@sympatico.ca.
CALLS FOR PAPERS, PROPOSALS AND APPLICATIONS
Call for Applications Research Assistantship Refugee Research Network. Due February 3. Contact cclark-kazak@glendon.yorku.ca for more information.
Call for Submissions Living Library Project due February 5 …more
Call for Nominations Green Toronto Awards Due February 6more
Request for Proposals Earth Day Canada due February 10saira@earthday.ca
Call for Abstracts Networked regions and cities in times of fragmentation: Developing smart, sustainable and inclusive places Delft, Netherlands Due February 10more
Call for Abstracts Toward Integration 2012 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers. Due February 10more
Call for Applications Master of Public Policy School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, due February 10more
Call for Applications ACHIEVE Research Partnership: Action for Health Equity Interventions Post-Doctoral Fellowships, due February 13more
Call for submissions Five Good Ideas Contest Maytree, submissions Five Good Ideas Contest Maytree, due February 22more
Call for Proposals Hart House Heraldry Design Contest Due February 28more
Call for Submissions from Canadians aged 13-24 Film, video and animation Everyday Heroes Festival, due March 1more
Call for Awards Nominations CUSS Student Paper Award, Community and Urban Sociology section, American Sociological Association, due March 1more
Call for Nominations Urban Leadership Awards Canadian Urban Institute, due March 11more
Call for Papers The Cosmopolitan Metropolis Urban History Association Conference, due March 15more
Call for Submissions August Lösch Prize 2012 due March 15more
Call for Entries CONNECT EnAbling Change Post-Secondary Design Competition due April 20more
EVENTS
Friday, February 3, 12:30-2pm: Growing up in the suburbs: The hidden costs of social mobility for the children of immigrant parents Carl James, Director, Centre for Education & Community at York University. Presented by The City Institute, York University, 305 York Lanes …more
Friday, February 3, 3-5pm: Revolution in Venezuela? The contradictions of the Chavez government Professor Thomas Ponniah, George Brown College and Harvard University. Presented by Dept. of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Intersections Speaker Series. Sidney Smith Hall, SS2125 …more
Monday, February 6, 12noon: Women’s Responses to a Changing “Natural Environment” Joan Simalchik, Women and Gender Studies Program, UTM, and b.h. Yael, Professor of Integrated Media, OCAD University. Presented by Centre For Women’s Studies In Education (CWSE) Women, Environment, and Art Continuing Discussion Series. OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-227. For details cwse@utoronto.camore
Monday, February 6, 3pm: Urban GHG Modelling Using Agent-Based Microsimulation Eric Miller, Dept. of Civil Engineering & Cities Centre. Collaborative Challenges for the Climate Change Research Community Lecture Series presented by the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Environment, University of Toronto. Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St., Room BA1220 …more
Monday, February 6, 4-5:30pm: Cutting Edge Governance Panelists Todd Cain: VP Board and Organizational Governance, Institute on Governance; Mel Cappe: Professor at the School of Public Policy & Governance, former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy; Janet Mason: Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Research, and Strategy and Results, Cabinet Office, Government of Ontario; Phil Triadafilopoulos: Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Moderator: Mark Stabile, Director of the School of Public Policy & Governance and Professor of Economics and Public Policy & the Rotman School of Management. Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance and the Institute on Governance, 14 Queens Park Crescent West, RM. CG150…more and register
Monday, February 6, 5:30-7:30pm: Bikeway Network New Trails Meeting Northern District Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (one block north of Eglinton Ave. one half block west of Yonge St.) ...more
Monday, February 6, 4:30pm: Utzon's Wings: The Mythology of the Global Architect Mark Wigley, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. Teetzel Lectures presented by University College as Mobility 2.0: The Extraordinary Motion of Architects, Materials, and Objects. Room 140, University College, 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto …more
Tuesday, February 7, 4-6pm: City Parks and Libraries as Anchor Institutions Guest Speakers: Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia; Jamie Torres-Springer, Partner, HR & A Advisors. Moderator: Derek Burleton, Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Group. IMFG Series on Shared Spaces: Funding and Managing Libraries and Parks in Tough Times (Session 1 of 3). Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place …more and register
Tuesday, February 7, 4:30pm: The Plastic Line Mark Wigley, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. Teetzel Lectures presented by University College as Mobility 2.0: The Extraordinary Motion of Architects, Materials, and Objects.Room 140, University College, 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto …more
Tuesday, February 7, 7-9pm: Upper Toronto Community Consultation Presented by Upper Toronto. Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen Street West. No registration or RSVP required, free and open to all …more
Wednesday, February 8, 10am(Toronto): Living Together: City Strategies for Social Inclusion Free Webinar Event presented by Cities of Migration …more and register
Wednesday, February 8, 4:10pm: Environmental Management of the Alberta Oil Sands: New Federal and Provincial Initiatives Andrew Miall, Professor of Geology, University of Toronto. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1190, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Wednesday, February 8, 4:30pm: Experiments in Motion Mark Wigley, Dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. Teetzel Lectures presented by University College as Mobility 2.0: The Extraordinary Motion of Architects, Materials, and Objects. Room 140, University College, 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto …more
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm: Should Canada Elect Its Judges? The Hon. Mr. Justice Ian Binnie (retired) and former member of Parliament Ian Waddell will debate the topic “Be it resolved that Canada should elect its judges.” Part of the Hart House Debate Committee's first annual Alumni Debate and a NorthAms co-programming event, Binnie and Waddell will be joined by two law students -- Richard Lizius and Anisah Hassan -- as they argue either for or against the issue. Reception and cocktails to follow. Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto …more
Thursday, February 9, 12:30-2pm: Private Refugee Sponsorship: Past, Present, Future Panelists: Dr. Martin Mark, Director Office for Refugees of the Archdiocese of Toronto; Ellen Woolaver, Refugee Sponsorship Administrator, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre; Yosief Araya, Manager, Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. Presented by CERIS. Room 519 York Research Tower, York University …more
Thursday, February 9, 4:10pm: Children’s Health and the Environment: How Community Design Can Make a Difference Jason Gilliland, Associate Professor of Geography, Health Sciences and Paediatrics, University of Western Ontario. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Thursday, February 9, 6:30pm: Jane Jacobs, Undone Debate featuring Timothy Mennel, senior editor, American Planning Association, and Margaret Crawford, Professor of Architecture, Berkeley UC. Moderated by Dean Richard Sommer. Presented by University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West …more and register
Friday, February 10, 7:30-11:30am: Investing In Tomorrow’s Infrastructure – How Smarter Choices Can Help Battle Climate Change Keynote speaker: Tom Rand, author of “How to Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit,” venture capitalist and CleanTech Advisor to MaRS. Session chair: Sean L. Gosnell, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. With commentary from an expert panel, including: Phil Jessup, practice leader, The Climate Group, responsible for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund’s Lightsavers program and the roll-out of climate-friendly infrastructure in three continents; David Klacko, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, practices administrative law, with an emphasis on land use planning and development matters, land acquisition and municipal law; Dan Stone, MCIP, RPP, co-chair, Canada Green Building Council initiative to expand National Green Municipal Tool Kit, and Manager of Economic Development and Sustainability, Town of East Gwillimbury; Tim Dettlaff, Senior Vice President, Ameresco, a full service Asset Sustainability company responding to the needs of the MUSH sector by addressing the aging infrastructure challenges faced today and developing renewal and portfolio solutions that leverage energy and operating savings to create necessary capital. Presented by the Canadian Urban Institute, in collaboration with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. West …more and register
Friday, February 10, 6:30-8:30pm: In Dialogue: Stephen Burks and Company Presented by Design Exchange. Register: rsvp@dx.orgmore
Wednesday, February 15, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): Wounded: Life after the Shooting Jooyoung Lee, Dept. of Sociology, University of Toronto. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more
Thursday, February 16, 4-8pm: Objection Handling Workshop for Sustainability Professionals Course Leader: Bob Willard. Special Guest: John Marshall Roberts. Bennett Jones, 1st Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto …register and more
Thursday, February 16, 4:10pm: Dream Catcher? Where the Industrial Nightmares Fall Ron Plain, Member, Aamjiwaang First Nations. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Thursday, February 16, 6:40pm (doors open 6:15): Density Done Right Toronto Star columnist Royson James will moderate a panel discussion. Presented by Yonge Street Speaker Series. Licensed, 19-plus event. ING Direct Café, 221 Yonge Street, at the southeast corner of Shuter (please use Shuter Street entrance) …more
Saturday, February 18, 10:30am-5pm: Workshop 12: Hacking the Body - Round 2 ThingTank, 376 Bathurst …more and register
Wednesday, February 22, 11am-6pm: Sustainability A Half-Day Boot Camp for Business Leaders Rotman School of Business, Room 30, 117 St. George Street …more and register
Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8:30pm: Who Governs? City Hall and Citizen Participation Adam Vaughan, Toronto City Councillor, and Richard Stren, Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Public Policy, UofT. Presented by Cities Centre, Toronto in Question Lecture Series. University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 230 College Street, Room 103. RSVPs open Friday January 27 at 10am ...more
Wednesday, February 29, 4:10pm: Blue-Green Province: The Environment and the Political Economy of Ontario Mark Winfield, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1190, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Thursday, March 1, 4:10pm: Tracing Contaminants from Source to Exposure Miriam Diamond, Professor, Departments of Geography and Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Friday, March 2- Sunday, March 4: Border Town Design Jam ThingTank, 376 Bathurst …more and register
Tuesday, March 6, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): Gangbanging and Spectacle Lynchings: Examining Performances of Identity and Violence Lee Ann Fujii, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more
Thursday, March 8, 4:10pm: Tracking Chemicals of Emerging Concern in the Great Lakes Paul Helm, Senior Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Water Monitoring & Reporting Section, Environmental Monitoring & Reporting Branch. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Friday, March 9, 11:45am: Education in the Age of Acceleration Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Presented by The Canadian Club, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street W., Ballroom …more and tickets
Wednesday, March 14, 4:10pm: Ahimsa and the "Science" of Living: The Jain Path to Environmental Well- Being Smita Kothari, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Religion and the Centre for Environment, University of Toronto. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1190, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Thursday, March 15, 12:30-2pm: The Fading of Redistributive Politics in Canada John Myles, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto. Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance, CG 150 Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen's Park Crescent West …more
Thursday, March 15, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): Cultures of Prosecution in the Regions of Italy: Realizing the Right to a Fair Trial Daniela Piana, Dept. of Political Science, University of Bologna. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more
Thursday, March 15, 4:10pm: Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Acute Changes in Heart Rate Variability and Respiratory Function in Urban Cyclists Scott Weichenthal, Health Canada, Air Health Effects Science Division. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Thursday, March 22, 4:10pm: Obesogenes and Child Health Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association. Presented by Centre for Environment, Room 1170, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street …more
Friday, March 23, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): Adrift in a Sea of Uncertainty: Compliance, Coercion and Endangered Whales Steve Herbert, Dept. of Geography/Law, Societies, and Justice Program, University of Washington, Seattle. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more

Monday, April 2, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): "This is No Community No More": The Unintended Consequences of Revitalization on Community and Crime in Regent Park Sandra Bucerius, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto; Sara Thompson, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University; Mark Luguya, Pathways Canada. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more
Tuesday, April 10, 12:30pm (light lunch at noon, Centre lounge): The Next Generation of Sociolegal Scholarship on Race and Racism: Connecting How We Operationalize "Race" to its Conceptualization as Social Construct Laura Gomez, School of Law, UCLA. Presented by Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Ericson Seminar Room …more
Thursday, April 12, 5:30-8:30pm: Toronto Infrastructure in 2015 Ian Troop, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee, and Jeffrey Climans, Director, Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office at the City of Toronto. Presented by the Sandford Fleming Forum at the Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street …more and register
Wednesday, April 25, 5-7pm: Activism in Education: Pushing Limits in Increasingly Conservative Times James Banks, Educating Citizens in Global Times for Knowing, Caring and Acting; Judy Rebick, Occupy Education. William Waters Symposium presented by Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE, University of Toronto. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street. RSVP to: wwsymposium.oise@utoronto.ca
CONFERENCES/SYMPOSIA
February 7: The Quebec Question for the next generation School of Public Policy and Governance, UofT …more
February 8-10: 2012 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Ottawa …more
February 10-11: Nationalism and the City The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge …more
February 21-22: Seeking Solutions: Access to Health Care for the Uninsured in Canada Women’s College Hospital …more
February 29-March 3: 14th National Metropolis Conference Toronto …more
March 4-7: Green Cities 2012 Sydney, Australia …more
March 9-10: George Baird: A Question of Influence University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design ...more
March 23-24: Systemic Differences, Path Dependencies, Economic, Social and Environmental Impact (1900 to tomorrow) A workshop organized jointly by the German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington DC, the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies (CCGES), and the Schulich School of Business, York University. Toronto …more
April 23: Complete Streets Forum Toronto …more
April 27-28: Social Justice and Human Rights Conference Toronto …more
May 2-4: The International Transport Forum’s 2012 Summit Leipzig, Germany …more
May 8-9: Sustainable IT Centre for Environment, UofT …more
May 14-15: Discovery 12 Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto …more
May 20-24: Planning Healthy Communities for All International Making Cities Livable. Portland, Oregon …more
May 28-June 2: Toward Integration 2012 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Waterloo …more
May 30-June 1: Canadian Population Society 2012 Annual Meeting Wilfred Laurier University and University of Waterloo …more
June 14-15: European Conference on Human Centred Design for Intelligent Transport Systems Valencia, Spain …more
June 26-29: Cities in Motion Presented by Velo-city Global, Vancouver …more
July 14-17: Greater & Greener: Re-Imagining Parks for 21st Century Cities New York City …more
October 26-28: The Cosmopolitan Metropolis Urban History Association Conference, New York City …more
EXHIBITIONS
February 8-March 16: Mind the Gap: Inequality in Toronto and What to Do About It Urbanspace Gallery, 401 Richmond St. West, Ground Floor …more

Continuing to February 26: 2011 Design Exchange Awards Winners Exhibition 234 Bay Street …more
Continuing to May: A World of Music Celebrating 90 years with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, including many unique documents, photographs, prints and audio recordings. City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road …more
January 23-April 1 (Opening reception takes place January 27, 6-9pm): Stephen Burks: Man Made Toronto Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects in conjunction with the Studio Museum in Harlem. The Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street …more

Venezia, 13th International Architecture Exhibition: Common Ground

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13th Architecture Biennale from 29 August to 25 November 2012

The President of the Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta, accompanied by the Director of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, David Chipperfield, met today at Ca’ Giustinian with the representatives of the 41 Countries participating in the 13th Exhibition, which will take place from 29 August to 25 November 2012 at the Giardini and at the Arsenale (Preview on 27 and 28 August 2012) and in various other venues in Venice. The meeting was attended for the first time by the representatives of Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru.

The title chosen by David Chipperfield for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition is: Common Ground.
“I want this Biennale to celebrate a vital, interconnected architectural culture, and pose questions about the intellectual and physical territories that it shares. In the methods of selection of participants, my Biennale will encourage the collaboration and dialogue that I believe is at the heart of architecture, and the title will also serve as a metaphor for architecture's field of activity.
I am interested in the things that architects share in common, from the conditions of the practice of architecture to the influences, collaborations, histories and affinities that frame and contextualise our work. I want to take the opportunity of the Biennale to reinforce our understanding of architectural culture, and to emphasise the philosophical and practical continuities that define it.
The title ‘Common Ground’ also has a strong connotation of the ground between buildings, the spaces of the city. I want projects in the Biennale to look seriously at the meanings of the spaces made by buildings: the political, social, and public realms of which architecture is a part. I do not want to lose the subject of architecture in a morass of sociological, psychological or artistic speculation, but to try to develop the understanding of the distinct contribution that architecture can make in defining the common ground of the city.

This theme is a deliberate act of resistance towards the image of architecture propagated in much of today's media of projects springing fully formed from the minds of individual talents. I wish to promote the fact that architecture is internally connected, intellectually and practically, sharing common concerns, influences and intentions.

My method of selecting architects will reinforce the theme by making collaboration and dialogue fundamental to the Biennale. We will invite contributors to make a proposals for exhibits or installations but also ask them to propose others they want to collaborate with. In this way, the initial selection by the curatorial team is complemented by a further series of relationships initiated by selected architects.

The proposed dialogues will hopefully cross boundaries of age, style, geography and discipline. They also might identify the critical roles of other parts of architectural culture: the media, research institutions, schools, publishers, galleries, foundations and so on. The results, I hope, will use every available medium to tell stories about the common ground of the profession, and of the city.
My intention is to make neither an exclusive selection of projects on the basis of prejudice and taste, nor an uncritically inclusive exhibition. We wish to give the participants an opportunity to explain work within the wider context of architectural practice, not only as a demonstration of their own talent, but also to unite us in defining our ambitions and responsibilities.”

“By appointing Kazuyo Sejima we brought the Exhibition back into the hands of an architect – President Paolo Baratta has said – and we are now so lucky to have David Chipperfield with us. The Biennale exhibitions in recent years had broadened the representation of architecture by emphasizing its connections with a series of big social, urban, environmental and political ‘issues’. So it appeared useful to turn to an architect who demonstrates great interest in architecture as a discipline and raises questions about the elements of which it is composed, about the objectives it pursues, about the constraints that affect it, about the tools that it uses to shape places, spaces, buildings. The next Architecture Exhibition will be characterized by the emphasis on a series of relationships that connect great architects and younger generations that refer to them. This Exhibition will represent a major opportunity to bring both the general public and the world of architecture up to date. This is also why it has already begun to organize the program involving Universities from all around the world, titled Biennale Sessions, successfully tested during the last edition of the Exhibition.”
The 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia will also present, as is traditional, the National Participations with their own exhibitions in the Pavilions at the Giardini and at the Arsenale, and in the historic city centre of Venice.
This edition will also include selected Collateral Events, presented by international entities and institutions, which will present their exhibitions and initiatives in Venice concurrently with the 13th Exhibition.

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