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Making Models

Works by:

Brady Peters and Mitchell Akiyama, CN Tower Liquidation, LAMAS, Lateral Office, Nestor Kruger and Yam Lau, Public Studio, studio junction, Terrarea, UUfie

Making Models


Model Proposals
September 6 – October 7, 2017
University of Toronto Art Centre

1:1 Model Installation
September 21 – November 25, 2017
Sir Daniel Wilson Quad, St George Campus (map)

Curated by Yan Wu
Graphic Design by Chris Lee
Exhibition Design by Mercury Bureau
Design Brief Consultation Marcin Kedzior
Project Advisor Adrian Blackwell

Nine Toronto architecture studios and artist groups have been invited to propose ideas and prototypes in model form that foster analytical, conceptual, physical and tectonic frameworks for inhabiting and constructing urban space and the public sphere. They are: Brady Peters and Mitchell Akiyama; CN Tower Liquidation; LAMAS; Lateral Office; Nestor Kruger and Yam Lau; Public Studio; studio junction; Terrarea; and UUfie.

Presented by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Making Models is an exciting new project that brings together architecture and art, staged to advance innovative and critical ideas in experimental architecture in Toronto.

Produced in various scales that involve speculative, functional, representational and/or relational approaches, these architectural models, in response to the theme “Meet Me There”, take as their point of departure an exemplary public space – the Sir Daniel Wilson quad, an outdoor courtyard and urban oasis located on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto.

The nine proposal models will be on display as a group exhibition at the Art Museum from September 6 – October 6, 2017. A select jury composed of art and architectural professionals and university students will choose one model to be realized in 1:1 size on site at the Sir Daniel Wilson quad, in dialogue with the quad’s complex network of movement, vegetation, infrastructure, furniture, and architecture. The installation will be on display from September 21 – November 25, 2017. The winning model will be announced in August.

Jury Members: Alex Bozikovic (Architecture critic, The Globe and Mail); Tom Dean (artist); Marianne McKenna (Founding Partner, KPMB Architects); November Paynter (Director of Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada); and Irene Sunwoo (Curator, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery; Director of Exhibitions, Columbia University GSAPP).

Design Brief
Model Proposals

Opening Reception

Wednesday September 6, 2017
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, with additional project support from the Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Culturally Diverse Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts and Project Grants for Organizations in the Architecture, and the Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects grant. And special thanks to Academic + Campus Events, Campus Planning, Grounds Department and the University College at the University of Toronto for their support in the realization of this project.The media sponsor is Azure.


Title Image: Making Models Postcard 1, Designed by Chris Lee

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