Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge exhibition, opening at the Design Exchange during the week of the Toronto International Film Festival, will feature recent cutting edge building projects from some of the most innovative architects and engineers, as seen through the lens of earthquake engineering.
International in scope, projects are culled from throughout the world, with Architects and Engineers featured including Office for Metropolitan Architecture's groundbreaking Taipei Performing Arts Center, 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, their York University subway project in Toronto with Foster and Partners Architects and other ARUP projects; a housing prototype in the Santa Monica mountains, by Los Angeles' Predock Frane Architects; a house rebuilt on the site of a catastrophic earthquake by Chilean architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and University of Toronto's team of recent PhD graduates whose firm, Cast Connex, is now among the leaders of seismic technology, with projects including the World Trade Center 3 building and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. These, along with several other original projects will be accompanied by full scale seismic technology, architectural and structural models, renderings, computational animations and other multimedia platforms.
The exhibit will also feature related lectures and presentations, including Los Angeles based filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas' up-and-coming feature length documentary titled "REM" about his father, renowned architect, Rem Koolhaas.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge
| by Levent Ozler