Housing Multitudes exhibition

22.11.22 - Daniels Faculty’s Housing Multitudes exhibition reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Housing Multitudes, the exhibition conceived and co-curated by Daniels Faculty professors Richard Sommer and Michael Piper, has been reviewed in the November 22 edition of The Globe and Mail.

Subtitled Reimagining the Landscapes of Suburbia, the exhibition uses Toronto as a laboratory to create a composite big picture of how the postwar suburban templates that characterize many North American cities can be transformed into denser, more thoughtfully designed versions better suited for new realities.

In his review of the show, Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic notes that, in its exploration of “this vast territory,” it “asks a good question: Can we find a better way to build?”

The co-curators, Bozikovic writes, “present an incisive analysis of what’s happening across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and offer solutions — some utopian and some very practical — for the next century.”

The exhibition, which conveys its themes and scenarios through films, models, graphic-novel-like stories and monumental panoramas, has been on view in the Daniels Building’s Architecture and Design Gallery since October 20, when it was kicked off with a well-attended opening reception.

Early in 2023, a symposium centred around the themes raised by the show will be hosted at the Faculty by Professors Sommer and Piper. Topics and participants are still being organized and will be announced closer to the date.

In the meantime, Housing Multitudes will be on view in the A and D Gallery until at least the end of January. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admittance is free and open to all.

To view a PDF of the Globe and Mail review, click here.