Vancouver's Architectural debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar designers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.
Turncoats #4: Design the Wall
Say what you will about a Trump presidency, it will be good for business. When the leader of the free world is a real estate developer, architects will still just be service providers, and that’s okay. Architects shouldn't be political. Some of history’s most celebrated buildings were built under regimes with stomach churning track records. Getting upset about policy is a distraction from doing great work. Spare us your hysteria! Buildings outlast politicians.
AnnaLisa Meyboom is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at UBC, Director of the Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space Lab at UBC, and owner of the design practice, InfrastructureStudio. Her research areas include the integration of engineering and architecture at all scales, emphasizing the ability to integrate the highly technical, the beautiful and the environmental simultaneously and seamlessly into built form.
Jennifer Cutbill is a project Architect at Local Practice Architecture. Her background is in fine arts, systems ecology, and sustainability policy; and her work focuses on regenerative design and strategic agency. She is also a Regional Director of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, and acting Chair of its national Environmental Committee; co-Founder and Director of Vancouver Design Week; and a retired competitive Thai boxer.
Alicia Breck is an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture at UBC and a project manager at Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency. Her work and research addresses the social and political impact of architecture and urbanism in 21st century city building.
May So is an Associate at Henriquez Partners Architects whose work is driven by social justice. She has contributed design and project leadership to the Woodward’s Redevelopment and is currently working on Mirvish Village an affordable rental housing project in Toronto. May is a contirbutor to the books “Towards an Ethical Architecture” and “Body Heat: The Story of the Woodward’s Redevelopment.”
Doors open with cash bar at 5:00. The event will begin at 5:30.