Older couple - first home

by Paul Golini: Chair, BILD



Canada-wide exhibit migrates to Toronto

Next month, a Canada-wide architectural competition called Migrating Landscapes will make its way to Toronto. The competition and series of exhibitions all lead up to the world-renowned Venice Architecture Biennale (aka the Olympics of Architecture) where a select group of young architects and designers from across the nation will form the official Team Canada entry.

Working with BILD member Cityzen Development Group, BILD has taken on the role of strategic partner because our industry believes that great communities are built on great design. There is an art to city building and this exhibit speaks to the creative side of the business, where design and architecture capture the imagination and emotion of future residents.

So let me tell you what it's all about. The project was inspired by the three Winnipeg-based architects, who are also first-generation immigrants. From their experiences, Johanna Hurme, who was born in Finland, Sasa Radulovic, born in the former Yugoslavia, and Jae-Sung Chon, born in South Korea, believe that settling into unfamiliar landscapes and architectural contexts modifies and transforms the meaning of house and home.

Here in Ontario, the competition challenges about 25 architects and designers, age 45 and under, to build models of original residential designs that reflect their diverse stories of migration and immigration. An exhibition of their work takes place February 6-24 at Toronto's Brookfield Place. The best part is that you'll get the chance to walk through and experience the exhibit for free!

The Ontario region winners will be announced here in Toronto on February 22 and the young architects and designers from across the nation will advance to a national competition where a select team will be chosen to represent Canada in Venice. Get more information about the project and the exhibition at www.migratinglandscapes.ca. We want to see you there!

Paul Golini Jr. is Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). You can read more from Paul and BILD by visiting the Association's official blogTwitterFacebook and Youtube accounts.