Care Package

This installation for Steel Rails 16 invites participants to build a styrofoam room inside a shipping container at a former industrial site in Kitchener, Ontario. Taking from a huge pile of styrofoam collected mainly from Kitchener curbs over a number of weeks, contributors install their pieces (as-is, carved, or otherwise altered) on an illuminated armature on…

From Instrument to Evidence: Selections from an archive of assimilation

The documentary remnants of these projects, built and unbuilt, locate these building typologies within the colonial agenda: whether carried out on the reserves to displace traditional ways of living on the land, or off the reserves, in the case of residential schools that were intended to indoctrinate children into Euro-Canadian customs. Continue reading in ARPA…

The Hambly House: Moderne Improvements

Nestled amongst the 1920s homes of Westdale, a leafy neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario, is an outlier with a storied past. Hambly House, whose sweeping white form rounds a street corner not far from the Cootes Paradise wetland, seems to sail past the half-timbering, faux-stone cladding, and steeply pitched roofs of its neighbours. The streamline moderne gem,…

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Notes on Writing Space

The creation of a reader, through writing, is first and foremost the creation of oneself. As I write, I read, then rewrite. This feedback loop constitutes both a generative process and the deciphering of an idea that already seems to exist, but must be uncovered. The pen tentatively taps paper, the cursor blinks, and each…

PROCESS: Thesis in the Making Exhibition – BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design

PROCESS: Thesis in the Making, an exhibition on the highly intensive and individual journeys undertaken by masters students at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, will run September 10-14, 2015 at the BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design. I will be showing a series of photographs from a trip I took to northern Ontario and…

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C New Critics Competition

I’m excited to share that my review of Shirin Neshat’s Soliloquy, exhibited at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery this past winter, is the winner of the 2015 C New Critics Competition. The review will be published in Issue 127 of C Magazine, with the theme of “Poetry.” The issue launch and a poetry reading will be happening Thursday, September 24, 7-9 pm at Erin…