Derived from an old parable, the term PARDES, meaning ‘orchard’ in Hebrew, has come to symbolize the realm of Jewish mysticism. In the legend entitled Four Entered the Orchard, four great sages who enter the esoteric practice meet different fates: one dies, one loses his mind, and one forsakes the Jewish tenets. Only one enters in peace and leaves in peace.
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6 PM - 9 PM
Featuring "Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention" by Daniels Faculty alumna Tings Chak (MArch 2014) and "Pure Space: Public Space Transformations in Latin American Slums" by Elisa Silva.
This exhibition features the work of two architects working at nearly opposite ends of the Americas. Their respective projects look closely at the political and material economies of space that permeate public and institutional settings occupied by some of North and South America’s most marginalized individuals: the informal settlements within large urban centres of Latin America, such as Rio de Janeiro’s favelas or Medelin’s comunas; and the landscapes and interiors of Canadian detention facilities – the re-purposed motels, jails, and ‘processing’ centers where migrants and immigrants become ‘detainees’.
Room 103, 230 College Street, followed by reception in lobby
In this lecture, Michael Wilford will describe his architectural interests and concerns, with a particular focus on the design strategies that he initially developed in partnership with James Stirling and subsequently extended into his own practice since Stirling's death in 1992. Wilford will use drawings and photographs of a variety of architectural designs prepared over the last two decades to illustrate and demonstrate how these strategies have fundamentally influenced the organization, forms, and tectonics of the buildings concerned.
Thursday, November 27th | 6:30pm -8:30pm
Eric Arthur Gallery, 230 College
The PANEL is an independent, student-led series regarding the politics of architectural production and education. For the inaugural event on Thursday, November 27th, PANEL : CELL will examine the design practice of hypercharged, individualized spaces designed to control, detain, and punish.
The first of the series will feature invited panelists Adrian Blackwell, Tings Chak, Nasrin Himada, Leah Henderson, and Chris Lee in an informal discussion as we question and debate the role and complicity of the architect in the coercive reinforcement of norms.