‘will alsop: OCAD, an urban manifesto’ at the canadian centre for architecture ‘will alsop: OCAD, an urban manifesto’ at the canadian centre for architecture
jun 20, 2008

‘will alsop: OCAD, an urban manifesto’ at the canadian centre for architecture

conceptual painting for the sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto, 2000
(collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture, montréal; gift of the architect)
© will alsop

the canadian centre for architecture in montréal opened their latest exhibition on june 12. ‘will alsop: OCAD, an urban manifesto’ features the work of the acclaimed british architect will alsop. the exhibit specifically focuses on the architect’s prepatory work for one of his most high profile buildings: the sharp centre for design at the ontario college of art and design, located in toronto. the exhibit is organized by CCA curator of prints and drawings howard shubert and will be on show until october 5th in the gallery’s octagonal gallery.

completed in 2004, OCAD’s sharp centre for design was designed by alsop archietects in collaboration with robbie/young + wright. the design features a large black and white clad ‘table top’ structure that is supported by a set of colourful stilts. the unusual building stands in contrast to the surrounding toronto neighbourhood, floating nine stories above the ground. although the building is both loved and hated by locals, it has led the way toward an architectural renaissance in the city.

the exhibit displays the evolution of alsop’s design, while tracking his collaboration with local communities. over 50 different artefacts will be on show including a set of five paintings donated to the CCA by the architect (shown here). additionally, concept models, predatory drawings, archival documents and presentation materials will be on show.

http://www.cca.qc.ca http://www.alsoparchitects.com http://www.ocad.ca

read more about the CCA’s other current exhibition:

‘some ideas on living…in london and tokyo by stephen taylor and ryue nishizawa’ conceptual painting for the sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto, 2000 (collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture, montréal; gift of the architect) © will alsop

conceptual painting for the sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto, 2000 (collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture, montréal; gift of the architect) © will alsop

conceptual painting for the sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto, 2000 (collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture, montréal; gift of the architect) © will alsop

conceptual painting for the sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto, 2000 (collection centre canadien d’architecture/canadian centre for architecture, montréal; gift of the architect) © will alsop

alsop architects, design development model, april/may 2001 (photo michel boulet) © will alsop

alsop architects, design development model, february 2001 (photo michel boulet) © will alsop

sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto © will alsop


sharp centre for design at OCAD, toronto
© will alsop

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