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Eco-didactic Turn in Art and Design in the Public Realm

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WATERLOO YMCA ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE

Charles Simon Architect Inc.

1996, 2002

Waterloo, ON

Architecture Data

NK’MIP DESERT CULTURAL CENTRE

Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects + Urbanistes Osoyoos

2006

Osoyoos, BC

Architecture Data

FIFTH TOWN ARTISAN CHEESE COMPANY

Lapointe Architects

2008

Prince Edward County, ON

Architecture Data

URBAN PRAIRIE – Canadian Museum of Civilization Plaza

Claude Cormier + Associés

2012

Ottawa, ON

Data Landscape

JUST FISH

Pam Hall

1997

Newfoundland

Art Data

EXTRACTION

Pierre Belanger

2016

Canadian Pavilion, 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice

Art Data Landscape

KING STREET WEST Condominiums

BIG

2020

Toronto, ON

Architecture Data Landscape

QUAYSIDE ON THE BAYSIDE

Sidewalk Labs (Google)

2020

Toronto, ON

Data Landscape

NOWHERE 2

BGL

2008

Don River, Toronto, ON

Art Data

BEDAZZLED BOX – Calgary University

DIALOG Alberta, Perkins+ Will Canada

2011

Calgary, AB

Architecture Data

(RE)AL-LOCATION

Ursula Johnson

2017

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS

Art Data

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

Gerard Beaulieu

2018

Charlottetown, PEI

Art Data

COZY

Shirley Wiebe

2009

Vancouver, BC

Art Data

SUSTAINABILITY STREET – University of British Colombia

Space 2 Place Design Inc.

2006

South Granville, Vancouver, BC

Data Landscape

TELUS GARDEN

Henriquez Partners Architects

2015

Vancouver, BC

Architecture Data

INTEGRATED LEARNING CENTRE – Beamish Munro Hall

Bregman + Hamann Architect

2004

Kingston, ON

Architecture Data

REMEDIATE

Christina Kingsbury

2014

Guelph, ON

Art Data

RED RIVER COLLEGE ROBLIN CENTRE

Cibinel Corbett

2003

Winnipeg, MB

Architecture Data

BOYNE RIVER ECOLOGY CENTRE

Douglas Pollard

1994

Shelburne, ON

Architecture Data

REQUIEM FOR A GLACIER

Paul Walde

2013

Kootenay Land District, BC

Art Data

All photos ©Anghelos Coulon

Eco-didactic Funding (two ongoing projects)

Project 1: Eco-Didactic Turn in Art and Design Installations for the Public Realm

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) + CURC

Description: This research program will map and theorize a new type of environmental art practice in Canadian urban contexts, which has emerged over the past two decades. This new art form which has been developing a characteristic “explanatory discourse”, or rhetorical strategy within the public realm, crosses the disciplines of art, environmental design, and architecture. We provisionally name this art form the “eco-art installation”. This distinct mode of public installation does not only attempt to persuade the viewer of ecological priorities; rather, it is driven by the urgent need to explain, and thus constitutes an entirely new form of explanatory discourse that places, what we are calling “eco-lessons”, squarely in the public realm. We hold that these new artistic “devices” testify to a historic change in citizens’ relationship to over-whelming environmental issues in the past two decades. In the growing gap between collective awareness and individual engagement, artists have found new terrain as agents of public enlightenment

Responsible:

Carmela Cucuzzella

Cynthia Hammond

Jean-Pierre Chupin

Research Assistants:

Sherif Goubran

Morteza Hazbei

Gabriel Pena

Aristofanis Soulikias

Angie Arsenault

Firdous Nizar

Chanelle Lalonde

Anghelos Coulon


Project 2:  Analyzing Ecological Architecture Beyond Performance

Funding : Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) + CURC

Description: This research project is an empirical study of ecological architectural projects from around the world between 1996-2016. This work aims to help better understand how the dominant doctrines of environmental efficiency, as a systematic approach, influence the formal and environmental qualities of architecture today. This critical tension between the formal (includes among other qualities, materiality, composition, color, flow) and the environmental qualities (includes among others, quality of air, energy and water efficiencies, quality of light, site disturbance, and regional priorities) is the focus of this work.

Responsible:

Carmela Cucuzzella

Research Assistants:

Anghelos Coulon

Hannah Materne

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