Join us at the Design at Riverside Gallery on Thursday June 23rd at 6pm for the opening reception of Prototypica_ a month-long exhibit by the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. This exhibit features the Master’s thesis work of four alumni. All are welcome, masks required upon entry.

June 20 to July 22, 2022
9:00am – 7:00pm Wednesday to Saturday
9:00am – 3:00pm Sunday to Tuesday

Prototypica_ is an exhibit about processes of making. From tools to tiles, art to interfaces, we can learn more about ourselves and connect with the world and those around us when we build things together.

This exhibit celebrates process-based prototyping by focusing on objects made using digital fabrication methods (like 3D printing or laser cutting); are sometimes interactive (meant to be touched, activated, or worn); and are collective or imagine collective futures (are for everyone and engage with historically marginalized communities).

Commonly, prototypes are used to refine a production process or craft a singular object; the prototypes displayed in this exhibit oppose this and instead offer a glimpse into several simultaneous thoughts and explorations. Throughout these four thesis projects: Smart Aging (Ye Sul E. Cho), The Fabrication Commons (Alexander Gontarz), The Artifacts of No-Place (Jes Hanzelkova), and Let’s Make Good Stuff (Nathanael Scheffler), prototyping is used to satisfy curiosities. A way of testing, proving, and playing with ideas.

Through these prototypes we imagine futures of shared responsibility, communality, agency based in making, open-source knowledge, and inclusionary design. Unmaking. Redoing. Unlearning. Reimagining. Repairing. Remixing. In times like these, what better way to spend an afternoon? We’ve missed building things together.

You can follow the exhibit on Instagram @prototypica_

Images (top left, clockwise): Smart Aging by Ye Sul E. Cho, The Fabrication Commons by Alexander Gontarz, The Artifacts of No-Place by Jes Hanzelkova, Let’s Make Good Stuff by Nathanael Scheffler

Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario

*Masks are required in the gallery*

Free parking is available in a large lot at the end of Melville Street South and River Street.

For questions and accessibility requests, please email or phone (519) 888-4567 ext. 27602

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