Dogma: The Longhouse

Axonometric drawing of the Haudenosaunee longhouse found at Mantle, Ontario, Canada. Courtesy of Dogma

Dogma: The Longhouse

February 2 – March 9, 2023
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
325 Church St, Toronto, ON

The Department of Architectural Science at Toronto Metropolitan University is excited to present The Longhouse, an exhibition by architectural studio Dogma.

The Longhouse

The longhouse is a linear, long, and narrow type of habitation. It is usually made of one or several spaces which correspond to different dwelling organisations. It can be found across the world including in South East Asia, Europe and North America at different periods of time.

Because of its complex spatial and social organization, the longhouse questions assumptions about domestic space such as the relationship between the house, property, and community. The longhouse is arguably the archetype of collective living and its different manifestations describe the many cultural and anthropological declensions of living together.

The aim of this research is to understand the different spatial manifestations of this type within their historical framework. This exploration follows the longhouse around the world, from the Dayak in Borneo Island to the Viking in Norway, and through time, from the Neolithic to the Modern era.

This study offers the first global atlas, from English medieval farmers to the Haudenosaunee in North America, of this important yet overlooked type of habitation where living and working, dwelling and ritual, coexist within the same space.

This exhibition will be on display at 325 Church St. at Paul H. Cocker Gallery between Thursday, February 2nd to Thursday, March 9th during the hours of 9AM – 5PM, 7 days a week. Please use the intercom system to gain access via the South East doors.

Axonometric drawing of the Iban longhouse found at Sarawak, Malaysia; Brunei; and West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Courtesy of Dogma

Dogma is a Brussels-based architectural studio that focuses on urban design and large-scale projects. The work of the office has been exhibited at various venues including the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2014, the HKW Berlin 2015, the Biennale di Venezia in 2016 and 2021, the Chicago Architectural Biennial in 2017, the Flemish Architectural Institute in Antwerp, the Seoul Architecture Biennale and the Sharjah Architecture Triennale in 2019. It was co-founded and is led by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara.

The Department of Architectural Science (DAS) at Toronto Metropolitan University is the only school in Canada that integrates architecture, building science, and project management. The Paul H. Cocker Gallery is the main exhibition space for DAS, and provides a space for students and faculty to explore the intersections of architecture, cultural, social, and political practices. The gallery also collaborates with independent curators to commission original exhibitions by local and visiting architects and designers.

Paul H. Cocker Gallery
325 Church St
Toronto, ON M5B 2M2 |

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