Another Vernacular published in The SITE Magazine
Blog, Press / May 31, 2017

Another Vernacular — THE SITE MAGAZINE-1

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!


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




Suitable Accommodation published in The Site Magazine
Blog, Exhibitions, Press / March 23, 2017


Suitable Accommodation

Suitable Accommodation

Suitable Accommodation

Suitable Accommodation

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.

The Site Magazine is the leading independent journal of contemporary architecture, landscape, urbanism, and design in Canada with a 15-year legacy of publishing independent, critical thought on the built environment. Check it out!

Canadian Architect features How to Make Space
Blog, Press / November 14, 2016
Canadian Architect November 2016

Canadian Architect November 2016

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 Make Into A Juncture breaks ground in Barrie!
Blog, Press / September 1, 2016
Photo: Mark Wanzel for The Barrie Examiner

Photo: Mark Wanzel for The Barrie Examiner

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 Library

Barrie Examiner

We are a 2016 Graham Foundation grant recipient
Awards, Blog, Press / May 25, 2016


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!

International Press for Flipping Properties
Press / November 5, 2014

Edge Condition_vol03_FlippingPropertiesInterview_J.Davis & J.Lai_For Website_SmallerAn Interview with Jennifer Davis & Jimenez Lai published by the UK journal, Edge Condition.  Volume 03 is a thematic issue on ‘art & architecture.’

Flipping Properties also caught the attention of several architecture blogs including  Design Boom and Arch Daily.




On BlogTO: Toronto laneway transformed into makeshift art gallery
Press / July 14, 2014

* Correction: The project was designed specifically for the laneway – it was never originally intended for a gallery space.


Toronto laneway transformed into makeshift art gallery

Posted by Aubrey Jax / JULY 13, 2014 / BlogTO

Flipping Properties

Residents of Little Portugal who venture down the alley behind Sheridan and Gordon will stumble upon a new design exhibit this summer thanks to Rear View (Projects)Flipping Properties, architect Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular)‘s guerrilla-ish art installation of several large-scale, sit-able design works(too large to be furniture, but too small to be houses), opened Friday and will stay up in the dead-end laneway until September 14 (or such is the plan).

At the opening Lai and the CBC/WNYC’s Britt Wray gave a muddled run down of the project as a couple of guys buzzed away on a project of their own by a garage nearby (who were asked, as the area became populated with art fans and architecture grads, to cut the noise). The presenters confessed the laneway was employed when the project didn’t find gallery space – yet it was surprising that neither touched on community related issues or ideas for re-use of Toronto’s often dead laneways, as David Suzuki’s Homegrown Design Challenge winner Tawab Hlimi did with project Carolinian Way.

Still, Flipping Properties hopes locals will “gather and imagine an architecture that can reorient infinitely” (infinitely!), and social commentary or not the install makes for a fun find and an intriguing under-the-radar hang out spot. Bring your next date or walk your dog by to puzzle over space, architect style.

Flipping Properties is on until September 14 in the laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street (see their map here). The exhibit is free.

Photo: Denise McMullin