A conversation, Another Vernacular, between Jennifer Davis and –SITE editor Ruth Jones was published on the magazine’s website. We chatted about our current collaboration, In Other Words / Autrement dit, a project based around the translation of Construire autrement, a 2006 book by the French Architect Patrick Bouchain that has thus far not been translated into English. Our discussion touches on the origins of In Other Words, the relationship between theory and practice, and the speed at which architectural discourse circulates.
Find the article here! www.thesitemagazine.com/read/another-vernacular
The Concepts award category recognizes clarity and uniqueness of expression of an architectural idea as well as promoting the involvement of individuals in the areas of design presentation, art and other design related endeavors. Eligible projects include objects such as furniture, light fixtures, sculptures, or other designed artifacts that are either proposed or have been completed since 2012.
Remember Tings Chak’s project Suitable Accommodation? Originally commissioned for How to Make Space in Hong Kong, it’s now published in The Site Magazine’s Volume 36: Vernaculars.
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How to Make Space, an exhibition curated by Rear View (Projects), is featured on the BACKPAGE of Canadian Architect magazine’s November 2016 issue. The article’s author, Ruth Jones, vividly brings the artworks to a Canadian audience and explains how Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) contribute to shaping the public space of Hong Kong:
As curator Jennifer Davis noted in a talk at Brooklyn’s Asia Art Archive in America in August, architects account for and accommodate users in the abstract when designing buildings and cities. But those same users are rarely seen as having an active role. Architecture stops when construction does. Yet without altering structures in any permanent way, MDWs in Hong Kong affect patterns of movement, program, ambience, and divisions between public and private in the spaces they occupy. How to Make Space tracks the invisibility of domestic workers against their Sunday visibility, juxtaposing the limits imposed on them with their spatial agency. By making the public city not only private but also domestic, the women, despite their vulnerable position, challenge the urban conventions of Hong Kong.
Read the full article on Canadian Architect’s website: Making Space November 2016
Dividers Made Into a Juncture was officially unveiled during a ceremony at 3:00pm on Saturday October 1, 2016 that coincided with Culture Days 2016. The artists were joined by City staff, members of the Public Art Committee, local politicians and interested citizens for the celebration.
The Barrie Examiner newspaper caught an action shot of the installation of Dividers Made Into a Juncture!
While working outside the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library, Errol Faulker with Yorkton Contracting LTD. prepares the footings of a new public art installation which will double as a bike rack. Entitled ‘Dividers Made Into A Juncture,’ the piece was created from recycled local rod iron by Toronto-based artists Jen Davis and Jon Sasaki.
Find the article on The Barrie Examiner’s website: Bike Rack a Work of Art at Barrie LibraryView
Rear View (Projects) is thrilled to be on the list of 2016 Graham Foundation grant recipients for How to Make Space! Thank you!
The Graham Foundation awards grants to individuals around the world supporting innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture. Among the funded projects are exhibitions, publications, films, live performances, and site-specific installations. These diverse projects advance new scholarship, fuel creative experimentation and critical dialogue, and expand opportunities for public engagement with architecture and its role in contemporary society.
This year’s awarded projects were selected from a competitive pool of 640 submissions from individuals representing 42 countries. Our project joins an international network of over 4,000 individuals and institutions that the Graham Foundation has supported over the past 60 years in its role as one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture.
Learn more on our Grantee Project page found here!
Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki on their Barrie Public Art Project
Friday, April 22, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
Collaborators Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki will discuss their soon-to-be-unveiled public sculpture for the City of Barrie, Four Dividers Made Into a Juncture. This conversational presentation will touch on the piece’s development process, the artists’ sources of inspiration, related ideas around public sculpture and private property, thoughts on street furniture, cycling infrastructure and other collaborative projects.View
Jennifer Davis invited to be External Reader for Waterloo Architecture Master’s Thesis Candidate, Talayeh HamidyaEvents / January 1, 2015
Jennifer Davis was honoured to be invited as the External Reader for Waterloo Architecture Master’s Thesis Candidate, Talayeh Hamidya. Talayeh’s thesis, MAKING THE CITY – A Document on Tactical Urbanism, overviewed four separate projects that were undertaken between June 2012 and October 2013 in Toronto by the author and her collaborators.
The Thesis Defence was Friday, December 12, 2014 at 82 Divadale Drive, Toronto, the future site of the Divadale Project. This project is similar in format to The Weybourne Project and The Soudan Project which saw architects and artists create site specific installations for houses slated for demolition.
The thesis was accepted by the examining committee with no revisions. We’re looking forward to seeing future projects by Talayeh and The Society of Homo Ludens!View
The Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) is organizing a symposium entitled Who Builds the City? Rear View (Projects) co-curator, Jennifer Davis, will moderate Panel 2: “What can an Architecture Museum do?”
This symposium looks at three critical ways a city can be improved through the reinforcing presence of critical institutions:
- by creating a more robust network of information exchange and idea generation amongst people directly engaged in city-building projects (architects, urbanists, developers, activists, etc);
- by producing more opportunities for innovative and critical practice (especially outside of explicit market influence); and
- finally by direct engagement both in the physical construction of the city and in the evolution of development policy.
It will address these modes of improvement through four panel discussions:
- Session One: What can architecture publishing do?
- Session Two: What can an architecture museum do?
- Session Three: What can a school do?
- Session Four: What can the government do?