Solar Decathlon China 2017

Monday August 29th, 2016


McGill University and Concordia University have teamed up to compete in the Solar Decathlon China 2017 Competition Team Montreal is currently recruiting students to be a part of the team. This is a prestigious international event that challenges student and faculty teams to DESIGN, CONSTRUCT, AND EXHIBIT a net zero energy (NZE) capable house to be judged on quantitative and qualitative metrics of sustainable performance and design. The house will be exhibited to over one million members of the public on the competition site in the city of Dezhou, China.
We are seeking students to be involved in the project through August 2017 and to accomplish the Team Montreal submission. There exists the possibility of course credit across several faculties and departments. In addition to architecture, design, and engineering we are looking for students with expertise in digital media, computational arts, exhibition and set design, lighting, finance, marketing, graphic design, communications, and more.
All interested parties are welcome.
We will be conducting an information session at 17:30 on Friday the 9th of September in room 212 of the Macdonald-Harrington Building to describe the Solar Decathlon competition, our schematic design, and the opportunities presently open for involvement. If you are interested, please attend this session and email if you have any questions.

Little Burgundy Narratives

Thursday April 21st, 2016

A joint project with Concordia's Topological Media Lab (TML) in collaboration with ImagineMyCity and Salon 1861, Little Burgundy Narratives (LBN) is a research-creation project that navigates the connections between public memory, place, and architecture through the context of the vast urban renewal program undertaken in Montreal's Little Burgundy neighborhood during the 1960s and 1970s. Indelibly marked by the grandiose utopian dreams of mid-century urban planning, Little Burgundy is today a diverse and multifaceted place that arguably struggles to maintain a sense of 'community' in its fractured landscape. LBN approaches this topic through a publicly-accessible site-specific media installation as well as a virtual-reality experience designed for Samsung VR, both of which will combine social history, artistic production, and cutting-edge media technology. It will be installed at Salon 1861, a new coworking and community space in a deconsecrated historic church in the heart of Little Burgundy.


Michael Jemtrud keynote speaker at The Bristol Debates conference

Friday April 1st, 2016

Michael Jemtrud spoke at the Arnolfini: Digital Cultural Ecology and the Medium Sized City. A series of discussions about how new media and technologies can help us rediscover the tradition of ‘the commons’ in the city of the digital age and will form the way we imagine, design, represent and live in cities.
The conference was at the University of West England, Bristol, UK.

The Bristol Debates

Obscure: Dwelling in the View

Thursday December 3rd, 2015

This installation aims to open up the ambiguities in how we imagine and respond to our place in the environment. Upon CNC milling and construction, it will be exhibited along Sherbrooke St as one of many installations forming a part of the Sherbrooke Street corridor project, one of the research-creation initiatives within the Practices of Urban Resilience research project. As an inhabitable camera obscura with the form and function of an architecturalised roof pentamirror, the installation draws attention to the problematic reduction of the environment to image and the idealised separation of humanity from the ‘natural’. Interrogating our relationship to the environment is essential as we build and dwell within cities in the face of human-induced climate change. Developing an ethical and sustainable relationship with our surroundings that acknowledges our embodiment within the complex ecological systems that sustain us and the planet is the fundamental challenge we are faced with.

Obscure: Dwelling in the View

Signs and Ecology Reading Group

Friday November 20th, 2015

Organized by Eleonora Diamanti, postdoctoral fellow at McGill, and Erik Bordeleau, researcher at Concordia University, the Signs and Ecology reading group (in partnership with IPLAI and the Senselab) aims at exploring signs and signification from an ecological perspective. Through an interdisciplinary eye, we will examine relevant readings from anthropology to semiotics, from STS to environmental humanities. With the approaching of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), we want to understand the current issues related to climate change and how the humanities and the arts can contribute to the debate. We will study a wide range of texts, documents and documentaries, including the latest response of Bruno Latour to the Paris attacks and the upcoming COP21 conference, the Papal encyclical on climate change and Naomi Klein’s latest documentary, “This changes everything”. The Signs and Ecology reading group is part of the SSHRC research-creation funded project Arts and Ideas in Motion.
For more information please see: ( or contact Eleonora Diamanti

Arts and Ideas in Motion (SSHRC) at the 1st Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons

Friday November 6th, 2015

Eleonora Diamanti, postdoctoral fellow, and Alanna Thain, professor in the English department at McGill, organized and presented a panel at the 1st IASC Thematic Conference on the Urban Commons titled “Art, Performance and the Commons” as part of the research-creation SSHRC funded project Arts and Ideas in Motion . Through specific case studies drawing on urban theory, media ecology, performance studies and examples from art and performance in Montreal, the panel explored the questions: how can “public art” be reconceived as a common good that can contribute to social cohesion? What is the role of performance, ephemeral practices, and temporary occupations of space and time in developing a richer sense of urban welfare, beyond the punctual and contained eruptions of state or corporate sponsored festivals and other authorized and delimited “public” works of art?

Eleonora Diamanti presented a paper titled “Ecologies of Collective Techniques: Art, Protests, and Public Space”, and Alanna Thain talked about “Nomads in a Media Desert: Cinema out of the Box”.

Michael Jemtrud delivered a paper at UAAC conference

Friday November 6th, 2015

Michael Jemtrud delivered a paper titled “Resilience Redefined: Between City-Making and Citying” at the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) Conference on “Design Critique in the Age of Environmentalism: The Plurality of Perspectives on Criticism”. November 6th, at NSCAD University, (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Citying @ Salon

Friday October 16th, 2015

On Friday the 16th of October, a team of academics and industry partners professionally invested in the city and its operating dynamics met for the Citying symposium at Salon 1861. This was the first official event hosted in this converted church social incubator space and continued dialogue leading from the Reimagining Resiliency conference in March. Round table discussions and an open forum format allowed professors from a range of disciplines at a number of universities across Quebec, Canada, and the United States to interact and share thoughts with representatives of private institutes and foundations within Montreal. This was the latest in a series of events aimed at cultivating a research partnership for the City-Making and Citying project: an investigation addressing how and to what end resilient cities can be designed and collectively sustained in the Era of the Anthropocene.


SensArc pavilion construction is complete

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

SensArc is an arcade structure composed of 1,600 clear polycarbonate tubes that spans the patio seating area to the east of an autism classroom block at Roosevelt High School. It acts as a visual and audible buffer to the adjacent parking lot and contributes to the space’s overall quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The project’s form is derived from the 3-dimensional superposition of sine curves that flow through the space. Within the tube framework are sensors that detect nearby motion and activate an array of fans which provide zones of focused cooling in the seating area.


FARMM at Learn X Design

Tuesday July 14th, 2015

FARMM‪ Director Michael Jemtrud and Phd Student Brian W. Brush recently attended the Learn X Design Conference hosted by the School of the Art Institute Chicago June 28-30. Leading a team of colleagues including Michael Longford (York University), Lynn Kozak (McGill University), Anders Kruse Aagaard (Aarhus School of Architecture) and Arianna Petrich (SAIC), Jemtrud and Brush conducted a workshop session entitled Chindogu: Prototyping the Design Research Paradox. The workshop utilized Chindogu,‬‪ definition‬‪, as a way to explore making in the context of the seeming contradictory objectives of both research and design, which are often paired in academic discourse. The results were a collection of "un-useful" objects that were documented presented and discussed during the workshop. The results will be used to further FARMM's continuing research on the relationship between design, arts, and research-creation.‬

Learn X Design

SURE Researchers

Friday May 1st, 2015

FARMM would like to welcome Alexandre Beaudouin and Lisa Chow to the team as recipients of the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering award.

P.A.R.E. Residency

Wednesday April 1st, 2015

Professor Michael Jemtrud and the FARMM team will participate in the P.A.R.E. (Place, Architecture, and Responsive Environments) cross-disciplinary inter-university research residency April 23-May 6. The research-creation residency investigates responsive computational environments in relation to place-making and storytelling, perception, time, ambiance and atmosphere studies. It is sponsored by the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University and occurs within the Hexagram Black Box.

PARE Residency

Reimagining Resiliency Conference

Sunday March 1st, 2015

Reimagining Resiliency is an interdisciplinary symposium that seeks to re-imagine and re-think resiliency as it relates to the relationship between the status of a city and the wellbeing of its inhabitants. Resiliency has been defined as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Simply put, resilience enables people to bounce back stronger after tough times, and live better in good times.” (

Visit for more information.

ReRe Conference

Sustainable Design Students (ARCH 515) Visit Lac-Mégantic in Collaboration With Centre Magnétique Initiative

Thursday November 20th, 2014

The Sustainable Design course has seized upon a unique project-basedopportunity for the 2015 Winter term brought to us by two Desautels School of Management Dobson Cup winners, Cécile Branco and Bernard D’Arche (article link). The course focuses on creating a critically informed sustainability strategy and design propositions for the “Centre Magnétique” for Lac-Mégantic, QC. The Centre Magnétique is an entrepreneurial incubator and co-working space for the community in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Council. The course is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines including architecture, philosophy, urban planning, urban systems, bio-resource engineering, geography, political science, and management. The course is generously sponsored by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the McGill School of Architecture.

Centre Magnétique Logo

Centre Magnétique’s Blog (fr)

Press Articles:

Reconstruire à l’heure de l’entrepreneuriat social

Lac-Mégantic: des étudiants proposent un incubateur entrepreneurial

“Urbanisme durables et villes de demain”

Thursday January 22nd, 2015

”Urbanisme durables et villes de demain: colloque de formation
sur la conception et l'evaluation de la qualité des quartiers“
sponsored by the Québec chapter of the Canadian Green Building
Council and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability
in Engineering and Design. Professor Jemtrud participated
in an expert panel and delivered a presentation entitled:
"An Architectural Design and Research Perspective
on Urban Resiliency"

CaGBC Logo


Architectural Design Research Symposium 20-21 November 2014

Thursday November 20th, 2014

This symposium provides a forum to reflect on the emergence of research through design in the context of Architectural Education and Critical Practice. As articulated in recent publications and on the evidence of postgraduate activity around the globe, design as the primary vehicle for research innovation has entered a confident and mature stage.

Michael Jemtrud gave a lecture entitled “Messy Technics : multi-methodological research and the collaborative design project”

FARMM makes the Canadian Architect Cover (October 2014)

Thursday October 30th, 2014

Canadian Architect Cover

Michael Jemtrud is Visiting Professor for Master Start-up Workshop “Haunting Aarhus” (Sep 3-12)

Friday August 1st, 2014

Visiting Professor for Master Start-up Workshop entitled “Haunting Aarhus” with Nat Chard (Bartlett) at Aarhus School of Architecture from September 3rd to 12th.

Michael Jemtrud gave a lecture at the Aarhus School of Architecture. “The Mediated City: Pay Attention While Walking.” Lecture.

Aarhus Architecture School
Aarhus Architecture School
Aarhus Architecture School

Brian Muthaliff Junior Architect at BORTOLOTTO Architecture

Wednesday August 20th, 2014

former FARMMer Brian Muthaliff received Junior Architect position at BORTOLOTTO Architecture and Interior Design, Burlington, ON

Attending BREEAM New Construction 2013 (Aug 26-28)

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Attending BREEAM New Construction 2013 training from August 26th to 28th.

Former FARMMer Jason Crow convocated

Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Former FARMMer Jason Crow convocated for his PhD in Architecture.

Jason Crow Graduation

CAADRIA, Kyoto presentation: Three Little Shacks (Jemtrud, Ragsdale, May 14-17)

Thursday May 1st, 2014

CAADRIA paper presentation in tokyo intitled “Three Little Shacks: An inquiry in technics, tool-making, and invention” by Michael Jemtrud and Keith G. Ragsdale on May 14th to 17th.

Cadria Flyer [PDF]

Architecture_Media_Politics_Society, London presentation—MUSing Publics: Arts and Ideas in Motion (April 1-3)

Tuesday April 1st, 2014

Professor Michael Jemtrud to give a presentation at Architecture_Media_Politics_Society, in London untitled “MUSing Publics: Arts and Ideas in Motion” on April 1st to 3rd. He also attended the FutureEverything conference and festival in Manchester.

Future Everything Stage

Submission Being Accepted for Working Models Forum Participants

Friday February 28th, 2014

The Working Models Forum is accepting presentation proposals relevant to the overall conference theme or one of the three thematic sessions to be held on May 9 and 10, 2014. Prospective participants are asked to submit a proposal (500 word max) for a 20-minute presentation and CV by March 28, 2014. The sessions are: 1) Redefining Technics, 2) Mobilizing Models and 3) Design Intelligence and Prototyping. Each session will include 3-5 presentations and conclude with a moderated roundtable discussion and question period. Please specify which seminar you wish to participate in and how your presentation will address the questions and issues of the specified session as detailed below. Submissions from students, academics and professionals in all fields of work and study are welcome.

Please submit your proposal and CV to by March 28, 2014.

Visit or more information on events and speakers.

Le b-Shack Made The Front Page Of World Architecture News

Wednesday February 5th, 2014…

Le b-Shack Page

Applications Being Accepted For a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Humanities at McGill

Thursday January 9th, 2014

Stipend: $40,000CDN plus research support
Duration: 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015, possibility of renewal
Number of positions available in 2014-15: One
Deadline for Applications: 07 April 2014

The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM) in the School of Architecture at McGill University seek one postdoctoral fellow in urban humanities with appropriate expertise in one or several of the following areas: cultural studies; media studies; architectural history & theory; urban geography & design. Familiarity or expertise with digital media applications such as 3D-modeling, animation, imaging, GIS, and/or graphic design applications is a plus. The candidate must have a demonstrable research interest in one of the primary research axes listed below and exhibit project management skills and interest… read more [PDF]

Michael Jemtrud Receives SSHRC Insight Grant

Thursday January 9th, 2014

Prof. Michael Jemtrud has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant in the amount of $493,000 (over three years). The title of his research is “Art and Ideas in Motion: Parkour Project.” The McGill University co-applicants on the project are Wendy Adams (Faculty of Law), Patrick Hansen (Schulich School of Music), Stephen McAdams (Schulich School of Music), Stéfan Sinclair (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), Alanna Thain (English), and Paul Yachnin (English). The project includes several artist, institutional, and industry collaborators including Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Prof. Ricardo Castro from the School of Architecture. It is the founding project that establishes an original and significant area of scholarly and creative activity within the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), McGill University.

The Art and Ideas in Motion Parkour Project (AIM) brings research and artistic creation together to develop an account of how artistic and intellectual works and ideas move among people and places. It will study how that movement creates new public spaces for collective discourse and action, and how it makes new communities, often across barriers of language, class, race, sex, age, and nationality. It accomplishes this by structuring an interdisciplinary research-creation project that simultaneously informs and is the object of speculation of three interdependent research axes (Tracing, Play and Artistry), all with explicit goals to articulate, and appropriately represent the movement of art and ideas as well as develop new methodologies in the humanities. AIM gathers diverse disciplines and aspires to disrupt and re-structure conventional expectations and boundaries of those disciplines. The research proposes to enact new methodologies and innovative modes of dissemination, and will construct and refine interdisciplinary languages and techniques through a process of active scholarship and participation in research-creation activity.

The AIM research program is anchored by a central project entitled the Mobile Urban Stage (MUSe) that brings together team members in the humanities and artists, performers, and architects to propose alternative disciplinary practices that engage the movement of art and ideas. The image conjured for creating the inaugural project is the urban activity known as parkour, commonly referred to as the art of movement. Those who partake in the art of parkour understand the city in a wholly original manner that overcomes commonly perceived constraints and limitations. The research program is aligned with activities within the Quartier de l’Innovation, Laboratory of Urban Culture initiative. AIM will engage directly with a diverse participatory audience that will push the work of scholarly and creative research beyond the academy. Ideas resonate in and through works of art through dynamic and synergistic processes that draw together known and unknown forces, objects, people, and issues, and which have a multitude of determinations from serendipitous and contextual to instrumental and technical. As such, Arts and Ideas in Motion will make an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge concerning the way in which artistic practices, methodologies, and works proffer ideas that have specific political, social, epistemological currency thus creating hidden and overt economies through the creation of diverse publics.

Former FARMMER Cailen Pybus Internship at Olson Kundig

Monday January 6th, 2014

Congratulations to former Research Assistant Cailen Pybus for his internship at Olson Kundig Architects.


Michael Jemtrud invited to the “Sustainable Urban Models Augmentation Consortium”

Friday November 8th, 2013

Michael Jemtrud has been invited to participate in the “Sustainable Urban Models Augmentation Consortium” workshop in Toronto. The event is sponsored by Autodesk and the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design (CIVDDD) at York University.

Michael Jemtrud lectures at Queen’s University of Belfast & UK

Tuesday October 1st, 2013

Michael Jemtrud will be delivering lectures at Queen’s University of Belfast (Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities) and the University of Brighton (Faculty of Arts - Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Studies) on October 16th and 18th. He is doing a week tour of select UK institutions (Manchester, Belfast, Brighton, London) in developing the “Mediated Cities” research program for a SSHRC Partnership Development grant application. Funding for the initiative is provided through a “McGill Collaborative Research and Development Fund” grant awarded in the spring 2013.

Michael Jemtrud delivering keynote address at ICAMA2013

Wednesday September 18th, 2013

Michael Jemtrud will be delivering a keynote address at the International Conference on Adaptation and movement in Architecture (ICAMA2013) on Oct 12th at Ryerson University (Toronto). The lecture is entitled “Technics-Models-Praxis”.

Jason Crow Now Teaching at Louisiana State University

Monday August 19th, 2013

Jason Crow, former CTO of FARMM and PhD graduate, has accepted an Assistant Professor position (tenure-track) at Louisiana State University, School of Architecture. Congratulations!

Alberto Pérez-Gómez Co-applicant on SSHRC Partnership Grant

Sunday May 5th, 2013

Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez is a co-applicant on the SSHRC Partnership Grant, “Forms of conversion: religion, culture, and cognitive ecologies in early modern Europe and its worlds” ($2,297,800 over 6 years). Prof. Paul Yachnin (Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Dept. of English) is the principal investigator.

Michael Jemtrud lecturing at University of Manitoba

Friday March 1st, 2013

Michael Jemtrud will be lecturing at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture on March 19, 2013. The lecture is entitled: “Play and Purpose: Recent Work at the FARMM”.…

IRHA Grant awarded to Michael Jemtrud

Saturday February 2nd, 2013

Professor Michael Jemtrud is the winner of this year's Institut de recherche en histoire de l'architecture (IRHA) $25,000 award ("Opening up the disciplines: Innovative approaches to the built environment") for his project The Working Models Forum: A Fabricating Aesthetics Initiative.

ContemPLAY Pavilion is Architizer A+ Awards Finalist!

Thursday February 14th, 2013

The ContemPLAY Pavilion is one of the Architizer A+ Awards Finalists in the Student Design/Build category. The project was designed and built by a team of professional masters of architecture students in FARMM and is installed on the lawn in front of the McGill School of Architecture building. Being a finalist also makes ContemPLAY eligible to recieve a People's Choice Award from Architizer if it receives enough support. You can help the ContemPLAY Pavilion gain recognition by voting for it on the Arcchitizer A+ Awards website.

Architizer A+ Awards Finalists

ContemPLAY Page

There is always a human hand somewhere in the mix.

Wednesday February 13th, 2013

Ooh… Sketching the latest layout of the Bone-Shack in FARMM.

Shacks Page

Project Unicorn

Tuesday February 12th, 2013

Cailen has been resuscitating the triceratops modeling cues particularly with regards to the relationship to the horn/absence of horn question. Basically, it was a theoretical question relative to the inflection point that occurs when what in a positive sense transitions from a singly-horned beast to an x-horned beast. The question was what happens as one transitions through the inversion at number of horns is equal to zero to negative horns or openings. In a sense, it goes back to the question of reading the skull, which Andrew originated with respect to Murakami's Hard Boiled Wonderland.

Horns Drawings

Shacks Page

More b-Shack renderings

Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

The b-Shack is progressing nicely.

b-Shack Front View

b-Shack Interior View

Le b-Shack Page

Progress on the b-Shack

Friday January 18th, 2013

The b-Shack is taking shape. With recent work, the final formal questions are being resolved and detailing work is beginning. Look for more formal news about the progress soon.

b-Shack Structure

Le b-Shack Page


Bucky Fuller in Context and in Motion

Saturday December 22nd, 2012

Philam is hosting a reading group on Buckminster Fuller at the Institute for Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) next semester. There are posters up around the school, or you can visit the IPLAI website for more information.

Bucky Fuller IPLAI Poster


Michael Jemtrud at Ryerson University

Monday December 10th, 2012

Professor Michael Jemtrud has been invited to teach a graduate theory seminar and workshop entitled “Emerging Technologies” at Ryerson University (Toronto), Department of Architectural Sciences for the Winter 2013 term.

ContemPLAY is on Exhibition!

Wednesday November 7th, 2012

La Maison de l’architecture du Québec est heureuse de présenter

Protéiforme : architecture paramétrique


Programmation, trigonométrie, algorithmes… quel impact ont les technologies informatiques récentes sur l’architecture, sa conception et sa construction? À travers les étapes du processus de conception de 11 projets élaborés par 4 jeunes pratiques québécoises et ontarienne, Architecture Open Form nous fait découvrir les nouveaux mondes rendus possibles par la modélisation paramétrique!

Architecture Open Form (Montréal) / Batay-Csorba Architectes (Toronto) / Directed Research Studio (Université McGill, Montréal) / Samuel Bernier-Lavigne (Québec)

Télécharger le communiqué de presse

Maison de la Architecture

ContemPLAY Page

Three Shacks: Three Structures

Wednesday October 31st, 2012

The new MMOT project research team has been hard at work examining potentials options for the structures of the small shack that was designed over the summer. Below are the initial conceptual sketches for a Waffle Shack, a Plate Shack, and a Timber Shack.

Shacks Page

Contemplay wins ICCA Young Architects and Engineers Award

Saturday October 13th, 2012

On September 27th, 2012 Sophie Wilkins and Nicolas Demers-Stoddart received the Young Architects and Engineers Award from the Institut Canadien de la Construction en Acier on behalf of the ContemPLAY team. The awards were presented at the ICCA Annual Gala event.

ContemPLAY Page

Thinking Through Art

Saturday September 15th, 2012

On Saturday, Michael Jemtrud, Philam Nguyen, and Jason Crow will be assisting Philadelphia architect and founder of Onion Flats, Tim McDonald, with his architecture and design workshop for the Institute for Public Art and Ideas.

IPLAI Thinking Art

New iPad and Autodesk

Friday September 14th, 2012

new iPads

FARMM purchased two of the new Apple iPads to play around with this summer. Here is an image of the lab created this summer using one of the lab's new iPads and Autodesk's new 123D apps for iOS.

Autodesk 123D


Tuesday September 11th, 2012

FARMM is working on installing a Minecraft server for use by School of Architecture Students. If you are a student in the McGill school of architecture and interested in playing on the FARMM server, contact Jason or hit the e:contact link below for more information.

Minecraft Homepage

Contemplay in the news again

Friday September 7th, 2012

The ContemPLAY pavilion is being feature with a front page article on World Architecture News today!

World Architecture News

ContemPLAY Page

FARMMhouse 2012-2013 Announced

Thursday September 6th, 2012

The b-Shack is a proposed design-build project associated with the SSHRC-funded ‘Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time’ research initiative currently underway in the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation. The b-Shack is a part of the FARMMhouse series of projects that offer the opportunity for students to learn and explore advanced scripting, digital fabrication and mass customization techniques at an architectural scale through applied research. Every two years, graduate students in architecture and related creative fields are invited to apply to participate in the yearlong FARMMhouse project. FARMM is searching for potential participants in the b-Shack project for 2012-13. If you are a School of Architecture professional and post-professional graduate students or in a design-related discipline and think you might like to join the b-Shack project team, please attend an information session at 17:30h in FARMM, Macdonald-Harrington room 115a. on 10 September, 2012

Le b-Shack Page

The b-Shack is coming

Thursday August 16th, 2012

As a follow-up to the hugely successful ContemPLAY pavilion, the SSHRC-funded research through creation initiative, MMOT, is sponsoring the development of this year's FARMMhouse--the b-Shack. Expect an announcement with more information soon. Stop by FARMM and talk to Jason Crow for more information.

Le b-Shack Page

Professor Michael Jemtrud invited at the University of Toronto

Wednesday August 15th, 2012

Professor Michael Jemtrud has been invited to teach a graduate options studio at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Design for the Fall 2012 term. He will be conducting a studio on the “Urban Manufactory” sited in Point-St-Charles (Montréal). The class will take a field trip to Philadelphia to participate in the ACSA “Off-Site” conference at Temple University, tour system built projects and factories.

Makerbot Madness

Sunday August 12th, 2012

FARMM CTO, Jason Crow has been pushing the Makerbot Replicator to the limits. He's learned that you can reliably print planes one sixty-fourth of an inch thick and vertical walls only one thirty-second of inch thick. He has also discovered that some rather nice patterns can be generated by judicious use of patching nonplanar curves in juxtaposition with flat surfaces generated form planar curves. Most recently he's been printing a modular component-based lampshade. Talk to Jason for more tips and tricks with the Replicator and to find out how you can use it.

3D Printed Lamp

Jason Crow has a Shapeoko

Wednesday August 1st, 2012

FARMM CTO, Jason Crow is an early adopter and supporter of the Shapeoko open-source effort to construct desktop CNC mills. He is building his own customized Shapeoko 3-axis desktop CNC mill in the FARMM lab. So far Jason has a completed controller. Next up, he will be building the gantry and bed frame. He hopes to have the small mill operational by the middle of the Fall semester.


Contemplay Pavilion 2.0

Monday July 23rd, 2012

Planning is underway for Contemplay 2.0. If you are a student at the School of Architecture and interested in being involved in this research-creation project, please contact Jason Crow.

ContemPLAY Page

Arup Engineer is working in FARMM

Wednesday July 11th, 2012

Senior Engineer at Arup Engineering, Maria Mingallon is working on models for a cardboard pavilion project in FARMM. Maria is our favorite engineer! Good luck Maria!.

IDMIL is working in FARMM

Sunday July 1st, 2012

Anthony Piciacchia of the Input Devices and Musical Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology here at McGill University is working in FARMM to create custom parts for an wearable interactive control to be used in a performance at the School of Music this Fall. The project is part of FQRSC funded research entitled Le Gestes (Gestures).


FARMM welcomes new RAs

Wednesday June 20th, 2012

Two new RAs, Maxime Duval-Stojanović and Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon have joined the FARMM team. They will be working on the project Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time.


Watch The Contemplay Video!

Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Dan Popa at Natali Film has put together an amazing video of the pavilion, featuring a compilation of timelapse photography from the construction process. Watch it on Vimeo to see it in HD, or play the embedded video below.

ContemPLAY Page

ContemPlay Pavilion Launch Event [ Contemplay Pavilion ]

Monday June 18th, 2012

The completion of the ContemPlay Pavilion was celebrated in a public event and vernissage. Images and video on the process of construction were showcased.

ContemPLAY Page

We Are in Canadian Architect!

Wednesday June 13th, 2012

Canadian Architect has posted a short blurb about the pavilion on its website.

canarch screenshot

ContemPLAY Page

FARMM gets a Makerbot 3D printer!

Tuesday June 12th, 2012

The lab has acquired a Makerbot 3D printer. The MakerBot Replicator is a 3D printer, with single or dual extrusion (2-color printing) with a substantial printing footprint. It is being used to fabricate models for the MMOT grant. FARMM welcomes students to use the printer for a small fee in addition to providing their own inexpensive printing materials for school projects. Please contact Jason Crow for more details.


Jason Crow presents at 47th International Congress On Medieval Studies

Tuesday May 8th, 2012

FARMM CTO Jason Crow will present a paper titled “Christ the Rock and the Matter of Twelfth-Century Architecture” at the 47th International Congress On Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI on May 10th, 2012.

Summer phase of work begins for MMOT [ MMOT ]

Tuesday May 1st, 2012

The summer phase of work has begun for the SSHRC grant Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time. This 3-year Research-Creation grant is focused on the tools and techniques that shape and inform contemporary modes of architectural making. This summer phase welcomes returning and new RAs Dan Guenter, Andrew Foote, Faird Rener, Scott McCagherty and Cailen Pybus. This phase of work focuses on the production/construction of “shacks” that thematically speak of various building concepts, techniques and technologies.

Shacks Page

FARMM gets a laser cutter!

Thursday April 12th, 2012

The lab has acquired a Trotec Speedy 100 CO2 laser engraving machine. FARMM welcomes students to use the printer. Please contact Jason Crow for more details.


Michael Jemtrud named IPLAI Architecture Fellow

Sunday April 1st, 2012

Michael Jemtrud has been named the Architecture Resident Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI). He takes over the fellowship currently held by Professor Ricardo Castro for the two-year term of September 2012 – 2014.


Philam Nguyen presents work at New York University conference

Thursday March 29th, 2012

FARMM PhD RA Philam Nguyen presented part of her research at New York University’s International Education Conference 2012, Advancing Global Education in Austere Times. Her paper was titled “Re-visiting the Fuller’s World Game 1969”.

NYU Conference

Professor Michael Jemtrud names IPLAI Resident Fellow for 2012-14.

Tuesday March 6th, 2012

CCA Research Association Postion for Michael Jemtrud

Monday February 20th, 2012

Michael Jemtrud will be accepting a four-month Research Associate position at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (April – July) to conduct research related to the FARMM.

Michael Jemtrud selected to be juror for Migrating Landscapes Regional Competition

Sunday February 12th, 2012

Michael Jemtrud will sit on the jury for the Quebec Regional Competition of Migrating Landscapes. Migrating Landscapes is the official Canadian submission for the 2012 Venice Biennale. Created by Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon, this submission asked participants from across Canada to submit their narrative perspectives about notions concerning “migration” along with physical models that will be displayed at regional competitions. Winners from each region will comprise the final submission in Venice in August of 2012.

Migrating Landscapes

Jason Crow publishes book chapter

Monday January 16th, 2012

FARMM CTO, Jason Crow has published a chapter in the book The Cultural Role of Architecture Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, edited by Paul Emmons, Jane Lomholt and John Hendrix. The chapter is titled “The Fiction of the Digital in the Mediated City”. The book will be published January 31st, 2012.

Venice Biennale

Sunday January 8th, 2012

Michael Jemtrud will be participating in the Québec jury for the 2012 Canadian “Venice Biennale”, Migrating Landscapes competition.


Michael Jemtrud to moderate special session at ACSA Administrators Meeting

Tuesday November 1st, 2011

Michael Jemtrud will moderate a session titled "Integrated Practice Delivery in the Curriculum" at the ACSA Meeting "Old School/New School" in Hollywood, California on November 12th. The session is being hosted by Autodesk.


Michael Jemtrud presents at Digifest 2011

Thursday October 20th, 2011

Michael Jemtrud will present "FARMMing: Recent Work in the Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation" at Digifest 2011 in Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Digest

Editorial in JAE by Michael Jemtrud

Thursday September 1st, 2011

As Theme Editor of JAE (65:1 October 2011) Michael Jemtrud has written an Editorial on the status and importance of the capstone project in a Professional Masters education. It is titled "The End of Design and the Architectural Final Project".

Modeling the Methodologies of our Time [ MMOT ]

Sunday August 14th, 2011

Starting Summer 2011

CMT Conference: The Virtue of the Virtual [ VoV ]

Friday February 18th, 2011

VoV is an international conference to be held May 2011 at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in association with The Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (F.A.R.M.M.). The conference organizers invite practitioners, professors, researchers, and graduate students from any discipline to attend and participate in critical and timely discussions.
May 18-20, 2011

The Virtue of the Virtual

POD - Pointe-Saint-Charles [ POD ]

Saturday February 12th, 2011

POD - Integrated Design Forums for Architecture and Urban Design @ Espace Les Neuf Sœurs
1900 Wellington St., Pointe-Saint-Charles


POD - Pointe-Saint-Charles [ POD ]

Thursday October 21st, 2010

POD - Integrated Design Forums for Architecture and Urban Design
@ Espace Les Neuf Sœurs
1900 Wellington St., Pointe-Saint-Charles