Forwards and Backwards wins a 2017 OAA Award!
Awards, Blog, Events, Press / April 4, 2017
Image: Hamish Rhodes

Image: Hamish Rhodes

Forwards and Backwards, a public artwork collaboration by Jennifer Davis and artist Jon Sasaki, has been awarded a prestigious 2017 OAA Award from the Ontario Association of Architects.

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.

Jennifer Davis & Jon Sasaki

Jennifer Davis & Jon Sasaki

 

For more information about the OAA Awards & full list of winners: OAA_Logo_Crop

 

 

 

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Official Launch of Dividers Made Into a Juncture during Barrie Culture Days
Blog, Events / October 2, 2016

 

The bike rack is already being put to good use!

The bike rack is already being put to good use!

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.

Local politicians read Proclamations acknowledging the first public artwork commissioned by the City of Barrie.

Local politicians read Proclamations acknowledging the first public artwork commissioned by the City of Barrie.

Jen & Jon with René Morin, the owner of Palermo Railings who did the excellent welding on the piece.

Jen & Jon with René Morin, the owner of Palermo Railings who did the excellent welding on the piece.

An impromptu performance with Dazzling Darren

An impromptu performance with Dazzling Darren

 

 

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Art for Lunch with Jen & Jon at the MacLaren Art Centre
Blog, Events / April 20, 2016

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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
Admission free

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.

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Jennifer Davis invited to be External Reader for Waterloo Architecture Master’s Thesis Candidate, Talayeh Hamidya
Events / January 1, 2015

Waterloo School Of ArchitectureJennifer 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!

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Jennifer Davis participates in ‘Who Builds the City’ Symposium November 8, 2014
Blog, Events / November 5, 2014

Who Biulds the City

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?
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