• What It Takes to Make a Home - Trailer

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    What It Takes to Make a Home is the first of the three-part documentary series produced by the CCA. This series examines the ways in which changing societies, new economic pressures, and increasing population density are affecting the homes of various communities. Through the lens of two architectural projects in two cities with different socio-political contexts, each episode looks at the global scope as well as the local specificities of a particular issue. While the first episode examines how architects are confronting the pressing issue of homelessness in Los Angeles and Vienna, the second and third parts of this series deal with other challenges to urban society created by changes in lifestyles and demographics that affect the spatial configuration of our environments: the increase of families consisting of one single person, and our growing aging society.

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  • My Invisible Friend Play all

    The word ‘collaborative’ should make you as suspicious as the word ‘sustainable’ since both are used to vindicate projects and relationships. But appearing collaborative, like appearing to be happy in the office, is a condition of professional employability, and so the word seems unavoidable and even empty, especially for architects who can’t make a project on their own anyway. At the same time, we hear more and more about ‘collectives.’ Both concepts reflect a society anxious that its mounting crises have something to do with unchecked individualism.

    Architects are traditionally uncomfortable with acknowledging their dependence on other actors, so My Invisible Friend invites them to present projects made with non-architects and to reveal the invisible friends without whom their work would be impossible. Each speaker completes three tasks:

    1: Tell the story of a decisive encounter with a figure from outside architecture and of how it created a new kind of practice.
    2: Pick any dead or fictional non-architect to collaborate with, and explain why.
    3: Pick another contemporary architect and a collaborator to inflict upon them, and explain why.
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  • Come and Forget Play all

    We invite special guests to propose acts of mass amnesia—precise and universal erasures of a place, person, or idea from our collective memory. What forces might be let loose, and what new ideas could emerge from fruitful forgetting?


    Nous accueillons des invités spéciaux qui nous proposent des actes d’amnésie de masse — des effacements précis et universels d’un lieu, d’une personne ou d’une idée de notre mémoire collective. Quelles forces pourraient être relâchées, et quelles nouvelles idées pourraient émerger de l’oubli productif?
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  • Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths Play all

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  • The University Is Now on Air Play all

    The exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, curated by Joaquim Moreno, is on view at the Canadian Centre for Architecture through 1 April 2018.

    To learn more, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/A305
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  • Islands and Villages: The Posturban Phenomenon Play all

    In Japan, architects are looking beyond the city in order to reinvent their practice. Kayoko Ota visits Toyo Ito, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kazuyo Sejima, dot architects, and Hajime Ishikawa at the rural sites where this experimentation is taking place.
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  • Utopie Radicali Conversations Play all

    To mark the opening of Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966-1976, the CCA presents flashbacks and keywords with Lapo Binazzi, Gianni Pettena, Alessandro Poli, curator Alberto Salvadori, and special surprise guests.
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  • Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture Play all

    Today, after many decades of questioning science’s capacity to provide answers to architecture’s social mandate, architects and designers are once again enchanted with the concept of the laboratory. Originally conceived as the physical space for the practice of alchemy and crystalized in its modern form during the Enlightenment, the laboratory has become an omnipresent term in architectural education, practice and theory. Architecture schools, corporate firms and governmental think tanks are once again saturated with “design labs,” all of which promise to provide objective and precise solutions to contemporary design challenges. In its ubiquity as metaphor, physical space, and visual aesthetic, the laboratory has become an unquestioned dogma. At a moment when science and the production of scientific knowledge are once again undergoing an attack, architecture’s reinvigorated faith in the infallibility of science paradoxically resembles the blind devotion of a religious cult.

    Instead of reinforcing any preconceived hierarchies between these two fields, Lab Cult explores a more symmetrical narrative. Through an eclectic juxtaposition of case studies from science and architecture, this exhibition suggests a history of close-knit relationships and mutual exchanges. Architects are often accused of borrowing, transforming or even misappropriating scientific ideas, tools and working protocols in their attempt to systematize the intuitive aspects of the creative process. At the same time, though, scientists strongly rely on architectural concepts, representations and material means to stage and communicate sophisticated set-ups of rigorous investigation.

    The exhibition is organized under six themes: “Designing Instruments, “Measuring Movement,” “Visualizing Forces,” “Testing Animals,” “Building Models,” and “Observing Behaviour.” Each of these themes is presented by pairing one historical case study from science with one from architecture. Ranging from the late 19th century to the early 1980s, these case studies identify the ways in which working concepts, methods and protocols have been exchanged across different time periods between scientists and architects of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as architecture, psychology, engineering, physiology, mathematics, industrial design, computer science and others.
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  • A305: History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939 Play all

    Between 1975 and 1982, The Open University broadcast a series of televised courses on the genealogy of the modern movement: A305, History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939. Through twenty-four programs aired on BBC 2, the course team aimed to offer students and viewers a critical understanding of the intentions and views of the world that fuelled the modern movement, and to present some of the alternative traditions that flourished alongside it. The course nevertheless avoided the more dismissive positions of its contemporaries, while engaging political issues of its day such postwar urban planning and the housing question.

    In the context of the exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, the CCA presents twenty-four broadcasts from the course A305, History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939, by The Open University. To learn more about the project, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/A305.
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