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Architecture at Harbourfront Centre
New exhibition Building on History runs from January 24 to June 14, 2009
Features works by Canadian firms Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects,
E.R.A. Architects Inc., Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. and a photo essay by Peter Sibbald

Canada's Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects, E.R.A. Architects Inc. and Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. have created installations in response to the idea of building on history. The exhibition Building on History also features a selection of work from the photographic series Elegy for a Stolen Land by Peter Sibbald in response to his own reflections and questions posed by this idea. Building on History is a free exhibition which runs from January 24 through June 14, 2009 at Harbourfront Centre. View more information online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/architecture_winter09.cfm

Building on History installations include:

Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects - Take 2
In a consumer driven society, reusing buildings is not only environmentally responsible, it is also culturally desirable. Reusing elements from the previous exhibit and drawing on both modern and historic references for inspiration, this installation demonstrates the process of re-ordering built environments and re-connecting with the past. Re-ordering is essential for the functionality of the space, the ‘fit’ of its new use. Re-connecting makes reference to the human experience, perception and understanding of natural and man-made environments, and the intersection of the two. Visitors can share their thoughts on their personal journey in time and space as facilitated by these exhibits. The Goldsmith Borgal and Company Architects (GBCA) team includes Christopher Borgal, Claudia Gu, Gillian Haley, Allan Killin Material collaborators include Clifford Masonry Limited, Donald Chong Studio and Midtown Reproduction Services. More information at www.gbca.ca

E.R.A. Architects Inc. - Found Toronto
When one walks through Toronto it is sometimes hard to know what’s old and what’s new. One can look at a recreation of the 1858 Boulton Atlas, one of the city's earliest maps, at Found Toronto - which recreates the map on a massive scale, letting the public see the Victorian city that was in order to see how the old Toronto connects to contemporary Toronto. E.R.A. Architects Inc. team includes: Adriana Balen, Andrew Choptiany, Andrew Pruss, Ben Huntley, Chris Lawless, Edwin Rowse, George Martin, Graeme Stewart, Jan Kubanek, Jeff Hayes, Jennifer Drinkwater, Jessie Grebenc, Joey Giaimo, Kerri Goudie, Kirsty Bruce, Lindsay Reid, Matt Blackett, Matthew Somerville, Michael McClelland, Philip Evans, Robyn Huether, Scott Weir and Sonya Tytor. Additional collaborators include Shawn Micallef, Stephen Otto, Astley Gilbert and the Toronto Public Library. More information at www.era.on.ca

Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd. -
The Redemptorist Project: Studies in Risk, Conservation and Architectural Response
This exhibit examines issues from the current condition and conservation of mankind's historical architectural heritage through the lens of a single project - an incomplete work done in joint venture with Montgomery Sisam Architects. It involves the design of a monastery on an existing site in downtown Toronto for the Redemptorists, a Catholic order that has occupied the site since 1850. The exhibit raises questions about the role of institutions as transformative forces in the city, its sustaining culture and architectural response. Team and collaborators: Taylor Hazell Architects, Montgomery Sisam Architects, Clifford Restoration Limited, Paisley Brick and Tile and special thanks to the Redemptorists of St. Patricks Church, Toronto. More information at www.taylorhazell.com

Peter Sibbald - Elegy for a Stolen Land
This internationally known Ontario-based documentary photographer was invited to exhibit a selection from his photographic series and essay Elegy for a Stolen Land. Using Southern Ontario as a personal ancestral starting point, this selection shows evidence of the dramatic shifts throughout history of how humans have constituted the meaning of land. To view more photographs from the Elegy for a Stolen Land series please visit http://petersibbald.com/

Architecture at Harbourfront Centre is the first public venue in Toronto devoted to presenting exhibitions which challenge, educate and question the prevailing thoughts, ideas and practices informing contemporary architecture. Exhibitions present debates, dialogues and challenges between exhibiting firms - with each exhibition constructed specifically to investigate a proposed idea. Architects present their ideas and speculations through constructed model forms/objects, printed images, new media and mixed media. This approach encourages creative links in the architecture community while providing educational public access.

This exhibition is brought in part by the generous support of donors: Core Architects Inc., du Toit Allsopp Hillier | du Toit Architects Limited, Kirkor Architects & Planners as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. Harbourfront Centre thanks the architecture advisory committee for their assistance: Valerie Gow, Margaret Graham, John Ota, Marco Polo, Lisa Rapoport, Scott Sorli and Tim Scott. Special thanks to the Toronto Society of Architects.

Exhibition hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed on Monday. For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. Located at Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

For media info contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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