WORKiNG MODELS FORUM
MAY 8th-10th, 2014 · McGILL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
FACILITY FOR ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH IN MEDIA AND MEDIATION
LECTURE: RICHARD TYSON
May 8th | 5:00 pm | McGill University School of Architecture| G-10 Auditorium
Richard Tyson, Founder of Special Project Office will speak about the work they carry out which is focused on helping large scale public and private enterprises build adaptive capacities—learning, innovation, and social engagement—that foster growth and resilience.
KEYNOTE LECTURE: GRAHAM HARMAN
May 9th | 6:00 pm | McGill University School of Architecture| G-10 Auditorium
Graham Harman, internationally renown contemporary philosopher of metaphysics, will deliver the conference keynote presentation titled "Overcoming Flatness in Architecture and the Arts."
FURNISHING THE SHACKS
STUDENT PROTOTYPING CHARETTE
May 5 - 8 | 1st FLOOR | U2 Studio + FARMM
The aim of the charette is to test the disinhibiting and productive potential of the fabricative process one step further in a concentrated, hyper-productive exercise in order to “furnish the shacks.” The event will produce a messy, immanent order structured by productive constraints and unfiltered by models of thought. To “furnish” means to equip or provide what is necessary for an activity or purpose; therefore, the charette challenges potential users to inhabit the shacks in imaginative and novel ways. Registered teams will be given base drawings, scripts and the mandate to construct the furnished narrative in which the shacks may dwell. This might take on a number of media and formats such as storyboards, renderings, models, collages etc. The artifacts and products of the charette will be displayed in the exhibition North is ‘x’ Positive, alongside the work of MMOT, as an appendix to the shacks themselves.
EXHIBITION: NORTH IS ‘x’ POSITIVE
May 8 - 22 | McGill University School of Architecture | Exhibition Room
Vernissage | May 8th | 6:00 pm
With original work created and curated by FARMM, the exhibition North is ‘x’ Positive, showcases a series of “shack” prototypes that interrogate the research-creation process as it relates to our contemporary understanding of technics. As part of the SSHRC-funded project Modeling the Methodologies of Our Time [MMOT], this exhibit showcases artifacts from the process of designing shacks that employ conceptual, operative and technical mechanisms of three prolific architectural models: the parametric, biological and biomorphic.