August 11, 2012
OPEN was selected as 1 of 18 national winners of the Migrating Landscapes competition for their entry entitled re/settlements.
re/settlements along with the 17 winning projects will form Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. OPEN will join Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture, Jae-Sung Chon and the other winning teams in Venice this August at the commence of this international architecture exhibition.
The landscape represents the combined timelines of five young intern architects. It expresses how the interaction of personal experiences, backgrounds and cultures can influence the environments of others. Five models inhabit the landscape by infilling space, just as one seeks to establish a sense of place in new surroundings. Layers of the model are built up experiences in which we burrow, adapt and inhabit. Each model is unique with its individual voids, as is each individual with their experiences, but continuity from one model to the next represents the commonalities and links between each person and the influence of one on the other. These carved voids are visible at varying levels of transparency when viewed from different perspectives. The voids – an absence of a presence – are an imprint of the alterations left behind through the process of migration. Overall, the project represents our continual search for identity and a reconciliation of place through habitation and migration.
To find out more about the Migrating Landscapes competition and the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture please visit the following links:
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