On Wednesday, November 6 members of the architecture profession—from emerging students to experienced practitioners will present thought-provoking projects as part of the OAA’s inaugural SHIFT Challenge program.
The SHIFT Architecture Challenge highlights the distinct contribution architects and architectural thinking bring to addressing key societal issues.
Running biennially, it invites Ontario architects and their collaborative teams to respond to an identified area of concern using their skills and insights.
This year’s inaugural theme was chosen to be an infrastructure issue, whether it is physical or social.
In a fast-paced micro-lecture format co-presented with the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), 11 teams who were project selections or honourable mentions of the OAA’s SHIFT2019 Challenge will talk about their out-of-the-box ideas.
The projects include railway corridors as cycling highways, buildings powered through wastewater energy, public space transformed with modular libraries, and pragmatic approaches to affordable housing through zoning reform.
“In a world facing increasingly urgent and complex issues, the need for responsible, innovative and inspiring thinking has never been greater. This urgency extends to the very foundational infrastructure upon which our society is built—not just physical, but also social and organizational,” says the OAA.
The evening will take place at the award-winning Toronto Central YMCA (designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects). The free event is open to all at 6:30 p.m., with the talks scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m.
- Kelly Buffey | Story Pod – Grassroots Transformation of Civic Space
- Zachary Colbert | Urban Energy Shift
- Naama Blonder | GO Bike
- Jaegap Chung | Multi-Tach: Addressing Housing Infrastructure
- Ryan Ollson | Rail to Trail London
- David Donnelly | Re-engaging the Defunct and Historic Welland Canals
- Sophie Mackey | Immigrant Landscapes: Architecture in the Age of Migration
- Martin Tite | Central Parkway Study
- Connie Lei | Revitalizing Suburbia
- Aidan Mitchelmore | The Counterpublic of Union Station
- J. Alejandro López | Stuff Cloud: Smart Infrastructure for Buying, Selling, Sharing, Swapping & Remaking Things in Cities
Tickets can be secured at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/shift-2019-11-ideas-on-infrastructure-tickets-75362215415.