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12.12.19 – New Circadia gets a mention on CBC's The National

The Architecture and Design Gallery at One Spadina Crescent got some coast-to-coast exposure last night, when CBC's The National aired an interview with Daniels Faculty dean Richard Sommer about New Circadia, the art installation he co-curated with artists Natalie Fizer and Emily Stevenson.

The story, by journalist Kas Roussy, uses New Circadia's soft, cavelike environment and nap-friendly ethos as a jumping-off point for a report on the health benefits of napping during the day. Sommer is shown lounging in New Circadia while explaining how the installation has benefitted Daniels students by helping them take time away from their busy work schedules for rest and meditation.

The clip can be viewed on the CBC's website.

New Circadia is the inaugural exhibition in the Daniels Building's Architecture and Design Gallery, which had its grand opening on November 7. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Tuesday. (Although it will be closed from 4 p.m. on December 20 to 9 a.m. on January 7 for the winter break.) Admission to New Circadia is free of charge.

The National appearance is only the latest of a number of a prominent press mentions for New Circadia. Catch up with the rest of the coverage below:

  • The Globe and Mail - "At the University of Toronto's New Circadia exhibition, architects imagine a world with room to rest"
  • CBC Spark - "Walden, revisited"
  • Toronto Life - "Inside New Circadia, a nap-friendly felt cave at U of T"
  • Archinect - "A 'soft utopia' takes shape in University of Toronto's experimental gallery"
  • The Spaces - "The University of Toronto’s new gallery lets you do a ‘digital detox’ on your lunch break"

Photograph of New Circadia on opening night by Harry Choi