International Architecture and Earthquake Engineering Exhibit in Toronto

Opening on September 12, 2012, during the week of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Design Exchange in Downtown Toronto will be the site of the newest exhibit titled “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge,” curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The exhibit, which runs through to November, will feature recent cutting-edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering.

Curators, Dr. Effie Bouras, Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng, of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering, bring a ground-breaking perspective and architect’s rationale back into the traditionally engineering-dominated subject matter. During the months from September to December, the Design Exchange will house a sampling of the most celebrated projects, research and technology throughout the world that surpass conventional approaches to seismic design, and stand exemplary in thought, design and practical application.

Architects and Engineers featured include Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s groundbreaking Taipei Performing Arts Center in China, their newly opened CCTV in China and others; Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco; Japan’s Studio SKLIM’s earthquake-proof House; Arup Engineering, featuring their illustrious Olympic water cube, the site of an unprecedented collection of swimming records and venue for aquatic events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China, their York University subway project with Foster and Partners Architects; a housing prototype in the Santa Monica mountains by Los Angeles’ Predock Frane Architects; Acton Ostry and Burgers architects and Toronto’s own innovative team of PhD graduates whose Toronto-based firms, Kinetica Dynamics and Cast Connex, emerged from University of Toronto’s Seismic Labs and are now among the leaders of seismic technology. Cast Connex products have been utilized in projects including the World Trade Center 3 building and the Whitney Museum. These, along with numerous other notable projects will be accompanied by full scale seismic technology, architectural and structural models, renderings, animation and other multimedia platforms.

The exhibit will also feature related lectures and presentations, including Los Angeles based filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas’ up-and-coming lecture discussing his feature length documentary titled “REM,” about his father, renowned architect, Rem Koolhaas. This exhibit is generously supported by the Canadian Seismic Research Network (CSRN, http://csrn.mcgill.ca/) a network of 26 researchers from eight universities that is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.


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