Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience


Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

September 15 to December 11, 2021
Curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Art Works for Change

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. Toronto

Ours is a world in flux. Extreme weather events are propelling governments, cities, developers, designers and others to question our ability to confront and survive the repercussions of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks to our communities. As we face increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions, many of the world’s poorest residents are at risk of drought, sea level rise, and the loss of habitat that supports fishing, farming, and other livelihoods.

Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter. In Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to survive and thrive amid a changing climate? How can we address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable citizens? Through a variety of innovative ideas — high-tech and low-tech, extravagant, and affordable — the exhibition begins to address the challenges of excess heat, droughts, flooding, food insecurity, homelessness, mass violence, biological disaster, and earthquake.

Featuring works by:

Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, Mary Mattingly, Vincent Callebaut, Chris Jordan, Thomas L. Kelly, Liam Kelly, The Empowerment Plan, Phil Ross, Pedro Reyes, ZO-loft Architecture and Design, William McDonough + Partners, Achim Menges, Andrew Maynard Architects, Tina Hovsepian, Alejandro Aravena, Jenny Sabin and Eric Ellingsen Studio Lab: Jingyang Liu Leo, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, Peta Feng and Malgorzata Pawlowska, Davison Design: Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao, Journeyman Pictures, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)

This exhibition was organized by Art Works for Change, Inc., with generous support from the Simpson Strong-Tie, National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Full exhibition info

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COVID-19 screening and protocols are in effect.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Gallery admission and all events are free.
Everyone is welcome.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all gender, single user washrooms.
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Image: Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, Cricket Shelter (installation at Art Basel Miami Beach), CNC milled plywood, plastic containers, 2016



Enduring Resilience and Flow: The Lower Don River
Thursday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m

Join artist, writer, and cartographer, Daniel Rotsztain, for a walk exploring the Lower Don River’s shallow, silty flow; its importance to the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee and its history of being both a gateway and a barrier to early industrialization. Outdoor event with limited capacity; click here for full info and registration.

Image: Daniel Rotsztain

About Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and new media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.

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Emily Gove
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
416-977-6000, Ext. 456

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