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African Design Philosophy: Community Engagement & Development Practices (CPID)

An AEDE (Advocates for Equitable Design Education) and Global Studio skills lecture and workshop with Nmadili Okwumabua from CPDI Africa

Nmadili Okwumabua CPID Africa Workshop poster

Date: Friday November 26th
Time: 9am MST
(for international participants, note that Canada changed to standard time on November 7)

Details

Nmadili Okwumabua is the Executive Director and founder of CPDI Africa,“a culture-inspired research-based and design-build movement that aims to develop new architectural design languages for Africa and the Diaspora that are culturally and environmentally sustainable.” The organization “believes in promoting creativity and dialogue for collective community development embedded in African traditions.”

The session will focus on how every culture has a place in architecture and teachings to share, specifically identifying ways one can adopt the African community development philosophy and utilize sweat equity in their locality.

Additionally, we ask you to watch these videos prior to the workshop:

This event is eligible for CPD points from:

  • OAA CPD in Ontario, Canada
  • CIfA CPD credits in Western Cape, South Africa

Register here!

For Inquiries:
kristen kornienko mlarch phd (she, her)
Fulbright Fellow South Africa
faculty + global studio coordinator
globalstudio.ca
architecture.athabascau.ca/
kkornienko@athabascau.ca
cel. +1 780.212.1874

Real-time Architectural Rendering with Twinmotion

A Global Studio skills workshop with Jessica Williams

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Date: November 17th, 2021
Time: 9:00 am MST
(for international participants note that Canada changes to standard time on November 7)

Details

Jessica is a student in Athabasca’s architecture program and works in architectural visualization with Mindful Architecture. She discovered the rendering software Twinmotion from Epic Games in her final year, and it has completely changed the way she renders architectural images.

In this lecture, Jessica will demonstrate the process of bringing a design to life with real time rendering in Twinmotion. Terrain and model files will be imported into Twinmotion from Sketchup and Revit. Then she will show how materials and 3D objects from Twinmotion and Quixel Megascans can be used to create a vivid, detailed scene. Finally, she will demonstrate how to add weather effects and use animation tools to create renderings that are immersive and engaging.

Register here!

For Inquiries:
kristen kornienko mlarch phd (she, her)
Fulbright Fellow South Africa
faculty + global studio coordinator
globalstudio.ca
architecture.athabascau.ca/
kkornienko@athabascau.ca
cel. +1 780.212.1874

Ricco & Thabang/XX Last Century/MacLeod

Okanagan Experimental Music Series

Ricco & Thabang/XX Last Century/MacLeod – Okanagan Experimental Music Series Poster

Date: October 8th, 2021: Soweto/Toronto/Kelowna
Time: This second event in the OXM Series will be held online over Zoom at the following times:

  • Friday, October 8th at 7 pm PDT (Vancouver)/10 pm EDT (Toronto)
  • Saturday, October 9th at 4 am (October 9th) SAST (Johannesburg)

Details

This event will include performers from Toronto, Soweto and Kelowna.

RICO & THABANG

Eric Kathide aka Rico
Eric is a Kwaito artist. He was born in Soweto in 1982 and raised by his single mum Momsa Khathide in the small mixed race community of Kliptown. Since early childhood he played his music in school and on local stages and concerts around Soweto and surrounds. He says, ‘Music (Kwaito) is how I survived and established myself in a community with high crime rate and drug abuse’. He now shares his music to reach and teach youth in the community, inspiring them to challenge the obstacles they face. In 2010 he established Gobla Entertainment to identify and produce local musicians in different platforms of Kwaito, Amapiano, Hip Hop and House. Career highlights include 2018 opening the stage at The Dome for late Kwaito legend Mshoza [Nomasonto Maswanganyi] and sharing the stage with international Kwaito/House artist Winnie Khumalo. Rico was recently nominated for the Bolt Best Newcomer Kwaito combination album for 2021.

Thabang Nkwanyana
Thabang is a passionate visual creative in photography, filmmaking, drone imaging and stencilling. He is South African born, in Bharagwana Hospital, Soweto in 1983. He stays in Kliptown in Freedom Charter Square squatter camp, a mixed race community with diverse cultural spaces. Growing up, Kliptown was a community with rich history and culture yet underprivileged, he was surrounded by poverty, crime, drugs and unemployment. It was through art that he found himself and became a voice or inspiration of positivity within Kliptown’s neglected heritage. Today he is the Director and co-founder of 1955 Creative Collaboration, a grassroots Kliptown social enterprise addressing socio-spatial issues with creativity and innovation. He teaches young underprivileged kids photography at Sifikile School of Photography in Soweto.

Kwaito
Kwaito is a Soweto based genre that grew out of the Black township sound of Bubblegum Soul in the early1990s. The Kwaito sound slows down the House beat and overlays the stories of the Black democratic nation of South Africa emerging out of apartheid. It was the time of Mandela, of hope and violence, of Black South Africa finding a liberated voice. Kwaito is a sound that defined a generation. This gig will highlight Rico’s own Kwaito music alongside a discussion of the history and future of Kwaito as musical genre and as a subculture lifestyle. The music will be accompanied by Thabang’s images of the place, dance, dress code and lifestyle inspired by and that is this genre.

XX LAST CENTURY

Beatnik improvisation. Dissonant. Consonant. Grooves and anti-grooves. Embracing latency. Since February 2020 XX Last Century (XXLC) have been creating improvised electronic music. XXLC is a transcontinental, experimental, sonic collaboration between Owen Burgess, Ross Edmunds, Chris Terry in Toronto and Douglas MacLeod in Kelowna. These veterans of the Toronto alternative music scene had their one and only live XXLC gig at @theonlycafe in Toronto just before the pandemic lockdown shut down music venues across the globe. Since then XXLC have been meeting in a virtual space they call @studionowhere where they continue their quest to find perfect and imperfect frequencies over the Internet via Zoom.

Owen Burgess
Loops, guitar, shortwave radio, acoustisonics
Ross Edmunds
Loops, grooves, samples, sequencers, vocals
Douglas Macleod
Electronic percussion
Chris Terry
Loops, sequencers, percussion

A curated collection of XX Last Century’s virtual electronic transmissions can be enjoyed on SoundCloud at: studionowhereannex and https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/sJjwxhc8Qz1uP4Gy7 XX Last Century on the internet: https://oburgess.wixsite.com/xxlastcentury

DOUGLAS MacLeod
Douglas MacLeod is an architect and musician based in Kelowna. His work combines music and drawing to sculpt soundspaces from lines and notes.

The OXM is presented with support from SoundON, Creative BC, and the Province of British Columbia and is a collaboration between The Okanagan Institute, the Okanagan coLab, the music series Skin and Bones, Rebellious Unicorns and Athabasca University’s Global Studio.

Join us for an evening of innovative music.

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For Inquiries:
Douglas MacLeod
Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
dmacleod@athabascau.ca

Stanley Zappa

Okanagan Experimental Music Series

Stanley Zappa – Okanagan Experimental Music Series Poster

Date: October 5th, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm PDT (Vancouver time)

Details

Decades later, Stanley Zappa is still inexplicably making pointless, meandering, unresolving lines that go nowhere, in no particular key, to the delight of only the most troubled, on his assemblage of student quality clarinets and saxophones . In addition, Stanley will perform on a Yamaha Electone that is as old as he is (29 years old.) This not-at-all thought through combination of electronica and acoustica is sure to be an event delightfully free from the horrors of audience participation, toe tapping and/or songs that make the young girls sing.

Join us for an evening of innovative music.

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For Inquiries:
Douglas MacLeod
Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
dmacleod@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Supernatural Filmmaking Workshops

Supernatural TV DIY Filmmaking Part 1: Production w/ Abner Collette

Supernatural TV DIY Filmmaking – Part 1: Production w/ Abner Collette

Date: October 2nd, 2021
Time: 10:00 am MDT

Details

Abner Collette (he/they) is a Trans filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and the writer, director, and producer of several independent fictional and documentary short films. Abner’s well-received short film ‘SURFACES’ can be found in Season 6 of Reel East Coast on CBC Gem. He is currently working on a short documentary entitled SPECTRUM(S) which explores the established scientific link between gender identity and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Abner is the Technical and Production Coordinator for the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), and he looks forward to continuing his creative and professional development.

This event is eligible for CPD points from:

  • OAA in Ontario, Canada
  • CIfA in Western Cape, South Africa

Register here!

Supernatural TV DIY Filmmaking Part 2: Storytelling through Film w/ Francesca Ekwuyasi

Supernatural TV DIY Filmmaking – Part 2: Storytelling through Film w/ Francesca Ekwuyasi

Date: October 6th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am MST

Details

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. francesca's debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize and was a finalist for CBC's 2021 Canada Reads, the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the 2021 Governor General's Award, the 2021 ReLit Award, and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Ọrun is Heaven was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize. Supported through the National Film Board's (NFB) Film Maker's Assistance Program (FAP) and the Fabienne Colas Foundation, francesca's short documentary Black + Belonging has screened in festivals Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal.

This event is eligible for CPD points from:

  • OAA in Ontario, Canada
  • CIfA in Western Cape, South Africa

Register here!

Upcoming events can also be found on our GS website events page.

Global Studio: “Back to School” Series

Supernatural TV: Part I DIY Filmmaking w/ Sobaz Benjamin

Supernatural TV: DIY Filmaking Workshop

Date: TBD
Time: TBD

Note: This event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Details

Sobaz Benjamin is a documentary filmmaker, as well as a community developer, advocate, youth mentor, program director, facilitator and public speaker. He is part of the Atlantic Filmmakers co-op and has completed documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In part one of this two-part workshop series, Sobaz will introduce a DIY filmmaking process and walk participants through the process of utilizing simple technology like iphones and gimbals to create short films from concept to filming.

Part II (date to be announced) will focus on cutting and editing the footage into short films that can be uploaded and shared with the Global Studio Community on the Supernatural TV platform.

Register here!

Surviving Architecture with Rasha Shrourou

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Date: September 8th, 2021
Time: 9:00 am MST

Details

Since 2017, architecture student and blogger, Rasha Shrourou has been helping design students and young architects learn how to design buildings and how to create and enhance their visualization by sharing tips and tricks in the form of well-crafted tutorials. With close to 200,000 subscribers and over 6 million views, her YouTube Channel Surviving Architecture is tremendous source of practical information on architectural drawing, visualizations, portfolios, sketchbook tours, rendering and more. In this workshop Ms. Shrourou will share how she develops her videos and how students around the world can develop their own videos as well.

Register here!

Events will be held every Wednesday in September so please review the upcoming event schedule at www.globalstudio.ca

Living Architecture Group at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Join the Living Architecture Systems Group for a tour of their
Grove at Venice Architecture Biennale 2021
Venice, IT 2021

Date: July 14th, 2021
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am MST
Venue: Zoom Meeting

Abstract

Grove is a delicate and beautiful gathering space that offers a vision for inclusive, open building. A soaring, undulating canopy of luminous, lace-like clouds embedded with liquid-filled glass vessels hovers above a central pool-shaped screen, into which a film, called Grove Cradle, by London-based Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones is projected. The projection pool is surrounded by a forest of totemic, basket-like columns with embedded custom speakers that carry a multi-channel spatial sound environment by composer Salvador Breed and 4DSOUND of Amsterdam.

Together, the film and sound environment offer visitors an almost overwhelmingly intense experience of innumerable worlds falling into chaos and rising again in new life. Inspired by the form language of Beesley’s “living architecture” environments, the film’s intricate geometries move from inert crystalline minerals into surging life forms. Within an astral, dream-like vision of constant metamorphosis, a child-like being emerges, reflecting the fundamental journey from death into new life. Rising and falling in cycles, deeply fragmented wilderness is interwoven with shimmering, hopeful light. Whispering voices emerge from cavernous depths, creating an emotional passage from suffering through new life and innocent wonder.

COVID-19 necessitated a complete re-imagining of the original Grove concept. Initially conceived of as a robustly physical, densely interactive environment, it soon became clear that a different type of public installation was required during a global pandemic. So Beesley looked to ways of creating expanded and enhanced physical and virtual experiences by working with collaborators in sound and film. The result is a new type of multimedia installation that re-interprets the interwoven layers and constantly transforming, near-to-life qualities of Beesley’s immersive architectural visions. It is also a direct response to the urgent question posed by the title of Hashim Sarkis’s exhibition.

How will we live together? Beesley and his collaborators offer a vision of a transformed world where future architecture seeks communion with plants, animals, and inert matter alike. Free citizenship was long defined by protective city walls, yet those same walls have also fueled catastrophic changes that befall us now. Instead of the rigid, bounded, and closed territories that divide us, can we live in open, constantly exchanging, shared worlds? Can a new architecture based on dissipative natural forms, such as fragile snowflakes and shifting clouds, create buildings that are both unapologetically sensitive and extraordinarily coherent, self-renewing, strong, and resilient?

In Grove, Philip Beesley has expanded upon his major built projects, such as the recent permanent sculpture Meander (located in Cambridge, Canada), and innovative fabrics developed in collaboration with fashion designer Iris van Herpen. The deeply layered, resilient physical structures of these preceding projects have been transformed into ghost-like virtual worlds for presentation in Venice. The experimental architecture of Grove offers profoundly restorative and healing qualities. By translating complex, interdependent natural systems into projected physical and virtual structures and environments, Grove offers a vision of a radically inclusive future where we can mesh our bodies, minds and spirits with our surroundings, breach seemingly unbreachable divides, and create renewed worlds grounded in mutual exchange and empathy.

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Global Studio Lecture Series:

Charrette

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Date: July 7, 2021 at 8:00am - 10:00am (MDT)

Event Details

Supernatural would like to invite you to our first of four workshops focusing on regenerative design as a part of the Global Studio project. For our first event, we will be facilitating a collaging charrette using a combination of Zoom and Miro. Participants will be broken into small groups, each accompanied by a facilitator, and will be tasked to make a series of digital collages to collaboratively visualize and iterate guiding goals from our living manifesto. We will use the emergent themes from this activity to inform themes and topics for our next three events. The aim of this workshop is to bring together interdisciplinary perspectives, spark critical conversation, imagine shared regenerative possibilities, and create relationships across the Global Studio team.

After this charrette, we will be hosting an optional follow-up exercise to use the ideas generated to brainstorm designs for a Global Studio logo.

This event will take place on July 7th 2021, starting at 8:00am (MDT). All together this is planned approximately to be a 2-hour event (90 minutes for the charrette, 30 minutes for the logo brainstorm).

Please fill in the sign-up sheet so we can prepare for this event, and know how to contact you closer to the date.

Supernatural Description

Supernatural, a student initiative established in 2019, has a mandate to create a platform for architectural communities (including students, interns, researchers, faculty, and professionals) to actively shift education, research and practice in response to Climate Change. We are advocating for architecture and design communities to move beyond damage limitation (sustainability) and toward a regenerative perspective through challenging best practice and architectural conventions, and encouraging critical inquiry into all scales of the design process. We seek to address Climate Change and environmental degradation together as symptoms and propellers of underlying social inequity, and we believe that environmental action offers opportunities to identify and disrupt intersecting systemic forms of oppression. Our mission is to promote architectural education and practices that explore and positively contribute to complex social and ecological systems at different scales. Our work aims to facilitate critical dialogue and action through interdisciplinary collaboration, lecture series, and design workshops.

For further details, please contact Dr. Kristen Kornienko.

Afreetekture: The principles of a design school from a parallel dimension

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Dr. Sechaba Maape - Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University, Johannesburg South Africa

Date: May 5th, 2021 at 9:00am – 10:30am (MDT)
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract

In Abantutopia, a parallel South Africa free from the shacklesof colonialism and inequality, Afreetekture is the spiritual education and practice of designing human habitation. In Afreetekture school, elders, of which the majority are indigenous people from Abantutopia, are responsible for shaping not only the minds of Afreetekt initiates, but also their souls. The Afreetekt elders are custodians of antient wisdom, while also being experts in their technological and intellectual craft. They undergo deep spiritual training, spending at least 10 years learning from other elders, prolonged hours visiting ancestral spaces like caves and rock shelters, as well as harnessing their technical knowledge and skill.

The Afreetekt initiates are also mainly indigenous members of Abantutopia, which is merely a reflection of the demographic. They begin their curriculum by forming a community. This community, among the initiates, becomes the strongest resource they have. They create an identity, sing songs around great towers of fire under the vast cosmos establishing deep bonds, and ultimately design artefacts that become physical symbols of their bond. This, along with other elements of training, are key parts of the education of initiates before launching them into the spiritual practice of Afreetekture design.

The school of Afreetekture, its physical design was administered by ancient elders, and remains an orientating device for all those coming to learn. The walls of the school are lined with pictures of great elders such as William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Mmakgabo Mmapula Mmangankato Helen Sebidi and Frantz Fanon.

AFREEKETURE is a design practice established in a dimension called Abantutopia. The values of the practice are derived from the indigenous knowledge of Abantutopia.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: Portfolio Workshop [Part Two]

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Date: January 7th, 2021 at 9:00-10:30 MST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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This second session of a two-part Portfolio Workshop will be a working session where students will be invited to present their Portfolio, followed by comments and suggestions by the expert reviewers. The session will conclude with an open forum with the audience and guests. Reviewers include:

  • Prof. Karen Seong, Academy of Art University (USA)
  • Prof. Rudolf Perold, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
  • Prof. Francesco Mancini, Curtin University (Australia)
  • Prof. Douglas MacLeod, Athabasca University (Canada)
  • Prof. Henry Tsang, Athabasca University (Canada)

*Certificates of completion will not be issued for attending this session, given that this session will only be a design work review session and there will not be any lectures presented.

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Global Studio Lecture Series: Culturally Sustainable Design Talk by Zaha Hadid Architects + University of Calgary

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Date: January 14th, 2021 at 10:00-11:30 MST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Zaha Hadid's principal architect, Patrik Schumacher, ZHA senior partners Cristiano Ceccato & Craig Kiner, with Dr. Brian R. Sinclair, professor at the University of Calgary, will be discussing the topic of Culturally Sustainable Design. The session will be moderated by Sam Oboh, principal architect at Ensight + Architecture.

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Global Studio Lecture Series: Decolonizing Design Equity Workshop by Prof. Wanda Dalla Costa + AEDE

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Date: January 28th, 2021 at 9:00-10:30 MST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Prof. Wanda Dalla Costa, indigenous architect and professor at Arizona State University, in collaboration with student members of the AEDE (Advocates for Equitable Design Education) of the University of Calgary, will be hosting a workshop on design equity.

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Dr. Henry Tsang from the RAIC Centre for Architecture, along with Calgary-based design firm MoDA, win 2020's Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

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December 21, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Henry Tsang, in collaboration with Modern Office of Design + Architecture (MoDA), who has won 2020's Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for their design of the Calgary Japanese Community Centre.

See the full story on The HUB

Global Studio Lecture Series: Portfolio Workshop, hosted by RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

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Date/Time: December 10th, 2020 & January 7th, 2021 at 9:00am – 10:30am (MST)
Venue: Online Video Conference

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“The architecture portfolio is the greatest tool in the hands of a student or a professional architect to present themselves and their work to potential employers, clients or tutors.”

The Portfolio is often the first introduction to who one is as a creative. It is used for various reasons, both academically and professionally, to showcase one’s abilities, talents and interests in design. Having a clear and memorable portfolio is often crucial to opening up opportunities in a career in design.

This two-part Global Studio Portfolio Workshop will bring together professionals, educators, and students worldwide to discuss effective strategies in creating an architectural and creative portfolio.

Part 1

Date: December 10th, 2020 – 9-10:30am MST

The first session will include presentations from several experts on strategies and tips to create an impressive portfolio. The presentations will consist of concepts of graphics, content and delivery methods. The lectures will conclude with an opportunity to ask the experts questions to aid in your portfolio development.

Part 2

Date: January 7th, 2021 – 9-10:30am MST

The second session will be a working session where a number of students will be invited to present their Portfolio, followed by comments and suggestions by the expert reviewers. The session will conclude with an open forum with the audience and guests.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture: Building to Thrive

AVID Architecture

Date/Time: Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm MST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Abstract

Buildings and cities can lift our spirits and help us develop a sense of community and belonging, but far too often they’re a neutral—or even negative—influence on our day-to-day wellbeing.

If our buildings and cities are like physical containers shaped by invisible values, then it’s time to reflect on the shape that they’ve taken over the past few decades and reshape them towards being more equitable, nourishing, and joyful spaces.

Research into how architecture impacts our individual and communal wellbeing, and our sense of physical, emotional, and mental safety, has made major strides in recent decades, and it provides an exciting springboard for compassionately redesigning our buildings to better shelter and support us—mentally as well as physically.

We now know how different aspects of buildings such as lighting, scale, ease of navigation, expressive elements, and cultural fit all make important contributions to inhabitants’ holistic sense of safety and wellbeing. When someone has a safe space to call home, they can recover from life’s challenges better and develop a stronger sense of resilience. And when a building nurtures social connections and a sense of belonging, all of its residents have a better chance to thrive.

This panel will discuss the importance of physical, emotional, and mental safety in our built environment and housing developments. When designing housing, why is the emotional and mental safety of users so rarely considered, especially in contrast with physical safety? And how can addressing these psychological needs help encourage a community to thrive?

We will be discussing these issues at both a local and global scale. Activism begins within local communities, and for that reason we will be offering specific ideas about architectural elements that can contribute to safety and wellbeing.

We hope that participants will gain a clearer idea of the architectural elements that can contribute to safety and wellbeing, and when (and how!) to implement these design considerations on a project.

For Inquiries:

Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
htsang@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: 1955 Films presents: Solidarity? Revealing the Everyday Lived Reality of Covid-19 in Kliptown, Soweto hosted by Athabasca University, RAIC Centre for Architecture

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Date/Time: Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 at 9:00am – 10:30am MST / 6:00pm – 7:30pm SAST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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On the 26th of June 1955, a crowd from all over South Africa gathered in Kliptown, Soweto for the Congress of the People. At that meeting The Freedom Charter was drawn up and signed. It stated a set of principles that became a symbol for the anti-apartheid struggle and later the core of South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution.

1955 Films is part of 1955 LLC, a social enterprise startup in Kliptown. Our name is a reference to the essence and meaning of South Africa’s Freedom Charter and reflects our belief that its core tenets are an avenue to empowering communities. We are a sovereign mix of innovative social entrepreneurs from the ghetto and academia. We are very intentionally not a charity or an NGO. 1955 is the radical brainchild of longtime friends and colleagues who met 8 years ago as a post-doctoral fellow and a group of residents from the Kliptown shack communities Freedom Charter Square and Race Course. What drew us together were our passions for social equity and creativity. To this day we continually learn from each other in grappling with socio-economic, racial, knowledge and institutional hierarchies, or simply in sharing favourite music or a meal.

What we do: we have been running a Covid-19 initiative for the last 8 months; we produce virtual field trips as an academic resource; we make documentary films; we are developing a startup company that will collaborate with local residents and zama zama recyclers to transform local waste plastics into 3D printer filament. We are working with our local community leadership and the City of Johannesburg to address the dire basic service and housing issues we face as Kliptown residents. Our primary goal is to start a community radio station, The Voice of Freedom. It will be on the airwaves as well as a physical space where everyone is welcome to come and just hang out in a safe place, or strategies ways to support residents’ everyday lives, or to dreams their own and the community’s future, or just to have a good conversation.

View film trailer

For more information on 1955, please visit: www.1955.co.za and https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-06-03-kliptown-superheroes-take-up-fight-against-covid-19-in-service-of-the-people/#gsc.tab=0

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: The Architecture of Hope

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  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC
    Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

Date/Time: Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 9:00am MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Dr Douglas MacLeod will be sharing insights from his latest book, "The Architecture of Hope". Douglas offers a compelling scenario, set 15 years in the future, where ordinary people live and work together to build better communities.

In short, The Architecture of Hope depicts a way of living that is decentralized, re-localized, and regenerative. And imminently possible.

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Abstract:

In this online lecture, architect and educator, Douglas MacLeod offers a compelling scenario, set 15 years in the future, where ordinary people live and work together to build better communities.

Based on his recently published book, The Architecture of Hope, MacLeod will explore the idea of cooperative communities where buildings produce more energy than they use; purify more water than they pollute; grow more food than they consume; and recycle more waste than they produce – all using technologies that already exist or that will be within our grasp in a few years. Even more important, the people of the community own and profit from all of these resources.

In short, The Architecture of Hope depicts a way of living that is decentralized, re-localized, and regenerative. And imminently possible.

This is in stark contrast to the communities we have today which one character in the book describes as “… overpriced, poisonous, overcrowded, unhealthy, wasteful energy pigs – not because they have to be but because it suits the vested interests that build, operate, and control them ...”

So often the future we imagine is a bleak continuation of the present. The Architecture of Hope, however, suggests that we have the power to design and build a better and more equitable world. As another character’s notes, “The big idea is that we could restore rather than destroy; we could produce rather than consume; and we could purify rather than pollute – not just the Earth but our bodies and minds as well.” It is a particularly pertinent discussion to have during the current pandemic as we are forced to re-examine the way we work, live and learn.

While this scenario does describe how we can use new technologies to achieve these goals, it emphasizes that, most of all, we need to change our thinking. It’s not that our communities can give us hope directly, but they can provide a scaffolding so that we can create full, meaningful and hopeful lives for ourselves, our families, and our neighbours.

About:

Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC, is the Chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, an online program that has quickly grown to be one of the largest and most innovative in the world. He is recognized as an expert in e-learning, regenerative design and virtual design.

MacLeod is a registered architect, a contributing editor to Canadian Architect Magazine and the former Executive Director of the Canadian Design Research Network. He is also a former Associate with Barton Myers Associates, Los Angeles.

Over the last 30 years, MacLeod has led visionary projects ranging from pioneering work in virtual reality at the Banff Centre to eduSourceCanada – the country’s largest e-learning initiative to date.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: Africa Defines Architecture: The Quest for Defining New African Inspired Design Languages that are Culturally and Environmentally Sustainable.

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Nmadili Okwumabua, Founder, CPDI Africa The Global Studio for African Centered Architecture

Date/Time: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00am – 10:30am MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract:

Believing that the development of our built environment should be as it has always been, a collaborative effort between the community members and designated master builders, Nmadili Okwumabua will deliver a ground breaking online lecture on the evolution and transformation of African culture, aesthetics, spirituality, materials, design philosophies, and the contemporary translation of these elements in today’s built environment. Creating a new pedagogy for teaching African centred architecture in the process, the lecture will chronicle emerging CPDI Africa narratives for development, supplicating collaboration from the design community at large for the accomplishment of its vision - to source tried and true African design philosophies and practices in sustainable design, science and technology, for the development of a holistic and eco friendly global built environment.

For more information, visit www.cpdiafrica.org

About:

Nmadili Okwumabua is a Professor of African Architecture and Urban Design and the founder of the Community Planning and Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa). Her passion for design is rooted in a vision where communities in Africa and the Diaspora are developed with new architectural languages that are Culturally and are Environmentally Sustainable. Nmadili attended the University of Tennessee and Georgia State University, where she pursued her undergraduate studies in architecture and urban studies. She holds a Masters degree in African Studies from Clark Atlanta University, where her research centred on the evolution of Nigerian modern vernacular architecture in the works of Master builder Demas Nwoko. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Georgia and Certified Property Manager with Broll CBRE South Africa.

In 1999, she founded Southern Sahara USA, a design consultancy service specializing in the research and development of this new architecture. In 2013, she launched CPDI Africa, the culture-inspired initiative that promotes these new architectural languages though design competitions, lecture series, workshops, architecture exhibitions and international global studios for teaching African centred architecture. Cultivating a built environment career that has spanned over 25 years, Nmadili Okwumabua lives in Atlanta Georgia and Abuja Nigeria, where she continues to offer international consultancy services in urban design and real estate asset management.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
htsang@athabascau.ca

National Asian Heritage Month Symposium

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  • Dr. Henry Tsang
    Architect & Assistant Professor
    Athabasca University, RAIC Centre for Architecture

Topic: Fusion Architecture: Approach to Designing Asian Identity and Culture in Canada
Date/Time: September 11, 2020, 4PM MT
Admission: Free

Dr. Henry Tsang, assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture at AU, will be featured at the upcoming National Asian Heritage Month Symposium hosted by Accès Asie in Montréal. He'll be speaking about his Asian heritage, challenges as a minority architect in Canada, working as an architect in Asia, and approaches to designing Asian identity and Culture in Canada.

Register here!

Problematic Content Forum

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Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 923 4576 4642
To dial by your location you can find your local number here: https://zoom.us/u/aB5PZq8Pf

The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit

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The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit hosted by the Biosphere Institute that was originally scheduled for last April in Canmore, AB has changed the summit into a virtual webinar series spanning August 12 - October 7. Our Assistant Professor, Dr. Henry Tsang will be presenting on the topic of Designing for Climate Change: An Architect's Responsibility on October 7th, 2020 at 11:00AM MT.

See the event website for full details

AU architecture students now eligible for free membership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)

Great news! Full-time students enrolled in the B.Sc.Arch or GDA programs at AU's RAIC Centre for Architecture are now eligible for a free RAIC student associate membership. The RAIC, i.e. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, is Canada's national organization for architecture and "the leading voice for excellence in the built environment". The membership will allow students to access RAIC resources, publications, directory, as well as join events and conferences for free or at discounted rates. Details for membership registration can be found on the RAIC's website under "Student Associate Membership"

For inquiries, contact:
Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture
Secretary, RAIC Alberta Chapter (Calgary)
Email: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series: DEGROWTH: Rethink / Redesign / Reuse / Recycle

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Prof. Jo Berben Architect Lecture hosted by Athabasca University & Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Prof. Jo Berben Architect
    Projects by a2o architects, Belgium

Date/Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract:

In this online lecture, Prof. Jo Berben will present the adaptive reuse approaches in the work of a2o architects, an award-winning Belgian firm with offices in Brussels and Hasselt. Research and experimentation lie at the root of their quest for collective added value, social engagement and sustainable concepts. Their work reflects engagement with the complex and layered contemporary reality, systematically searching for the latent qualities, opportunities or challenges of each assignment. To this end, they avoid getting trapped in generic solutions, trivial strategies or architectural arbitrariness. For more information, visit http://a2o.be/

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Inquiries:

vmadonna@athabascau.ca

AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series

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Drawing Creepy Places: Representing Liminal Ritual Spaces of Kuruman - South Africa

  • Dr. Sechaba Maape
    Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University (South Africa)

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract:

Sacred sites have been studied and discussed by scholars in the disciplines of architecture, anthropology and archaeology. Within these disciplines these spaces are typically represented using Western objective and scientific methods of representation including cut plans and sections, as well as laser scans. Using the case study of two ritual sites in the Kuruman area of the northern Cape province as case studies, the following paper will argue that modern methods of representation have the potential to strip away the value of these spaces for those who use them for their spiritual and ritual purposes. The paper will explore forms of representations that engage ritual spaces towards revealing their value for local practitioners who still use them, as well as humanity at large. The paper will discuss the significance of these places as liminal spaces through which humans gain the capacity to inhabit this earth. The paper will conclude by discussing the need for better understanding these spaces in relation to our contemporary global crises, and the role of representation of these spaces towards deeper forms of habitation.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Mass Timber

  • Veronica Madonna
    Architect/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler
    Engineer/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits:

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Assistant Professors Trevor Butler and Veronica Madonna will be presenting their shared experience in mass timber design in the next Global Studio Lecture Series on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 9am MT. Mass Timber is quickly emerging around the world as a main building material because of its inherent low carbon characteristics and ability to have a positive impact on the environment. The lecture will provide an architectural and sustainable design perspective on using mass timber as a main building material and the advancements in Canada and around the world. Trevor and Veronica will explore the opportunities and challenges that are faced in designing with mass timber today and their thoughts on the future of the building industry.

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

Green Building: Integrating Architecture X Engineering

  • Dr. Henry Tsang, Architect, OAQ, MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler, Engineer, PEng, CEng, MEng, LEED AP BD+C
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University

Date/Time: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30PM MT (May 18 at 10:30AM Korea Time)

AU architecture professors, Dr. Henry Tsang and Trevor Butler have been invited to give a virtual guest lecture to students at Keimyung University (KMU) in South Korea. The topic of the lecture is Green Building: Integrating Architecture & Engineering. The live event is only open to KMU and AU students, however, a recording of the lecture will be available on our YouTube channel following the event. Please stay tuned!

Hosted by Keimyung University
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Odile Decq

Architect/Founder of Studio Odile Decq & the Confluence Institute (Paris, France)

"Architecture Thinking"

Date/Time: Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 9:00-10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits: Alberta Association of Architects | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

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The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit

This event is postponed until the fall due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 - 09:00-17:00 MT

Venue: The Malcolm Hotel, 321 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta

Dr. Henry Tsang, assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture, will be speaking at the Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit in Canmore, AB. The topic of his presentation is: Designing for Climate Change - An Architect's Responsibility. Dr. Henry Tsang is a registered architect interested in sustainable building design currently teaching ADST design studio courses, and he is also appointed as the Secretary of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Alberta Chapter.

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Event Details:

The Sustainable Building Summit will consist of a vendor showcase running concurrently with several workshops led by industry experts in net-zero building, green engineering, renewable energy, sustainable architecture and the BC Step Code. Participants can select from up to six workshops, while also having the opportunity to hear about our keynote speaker, Dale Mikkelsen of Simon Fraser University, experience designing sustainable communities and affordable housing in the mountains of British Columbia.

Presenters include Tyler Hermanson from 4 Elements Integrated Design Ltd., Matt Grace from Integral Group, Geoff Domenico from KCP Energy Inc., Dr. Henry Tsang from Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture, Frank Kernick from Spring Creek Canmore and Meredith Hamstead and Paul Denchuk of thinkBright Homes.

This event has been created by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley in collaboration with the Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association - BOWDA, the Town of Canmore and Malcolm Hotel Canmore and is funded with support from Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Website / Registration: https://www.biosphereinstitute.org/sbs

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Panel Discussion & Book Launch

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Ledcor Foyer & Theatre (Lower Level), Art Gallery of Alberta

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