by Paul Golini: Chair, BILD



Visiting an eye-catching exhibit

After the morning rush on Monday, I drove down to Brookfield Place, where curators were putting the final touches on the Migrating Landscapes exhibit. The name might be ringing a bell for you because I wrote about the nation-wide architecture and design competition when I first heard about it. Since then, it has been making its way across Canada and the Ontario regional exhibition opened to the public here in Toronto on February 6, so I went downtown to take a look. Just so you know, you can go down too, and see it for free until February 24.

Now for those of you that know Brookfield Place, you're familiar with the beautiful atrium space that is often a backdrop to high-profile exhibitions and events. When I was there, the sun was streaming in through the Allen Lambert Galleria, which at that hour would typically be a thoroughfare for businesspeople in the area. I watched as some of them slowed down to have a look at the wooden landscape that had been constructed across much of the floor over the weekend. Within the wooden landscape, the entries for the regional competition are displayed. Each one is a young architect or designer's interpretation of a dwelling based on their cultural memories. At the close of the exhibition some of them will represent Canada at the world-renowned Venice Architecture Biennale (aka the Olympics of Architecture).

BILD is a proud supporter and strategic partner with Migrating Landscapes because our members create and build well-designed and well-planned communities across the GTA every day. 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.

I encourage you to go down and see the exhibit over the next few weeks and I'll leave you with this interesting fun fact: the magnificent Allen Lambert Galleria was the result of an international design competition.

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.