Opening Event: Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:00-9:00pm.

Performance at 7:00pm followed by Jimenez Lai in conversation with science radio producer and host Britt Wray (CBC, WNYC) for combined scientific and architectural perspectives on flipping the house.


Exhibition Location & Dates: July 11 – September 14, 2014

The laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street, Toronto (refer to map).
Rear View (Projects) is pleased to present Flipping Properties, a project by Jimenez Lai in Toronto during Summer 2014.

Flipping Properties was commissioned by Rear View (Projects) for an unconventional exhibition platform – a laneway in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood. The project is a continuation of an ongoing study of super-furnitures by Lai, an architect, and the team of Bureau Spectacular. The installation takes the familiar house icon, the pentagon, as its formal starting point. Lai denatures this symbol of domesticity, converting it into super-furniture which is ‘too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture.’ This intervention in Toronto’s urban fabric provokes us to reconsider the potential uses for overlooked spaces in the city and question typical modes of interaction between art, place and audiences.

During the opening event on July 11, 2014, pieces of the installation will tumble and relocate within the laneway, creating a place for neighbours to gather and imagine an architecture that can reorient infinitely. Join us for a lively talk with Lai and science radio producer and host Britt Wray (CBC, WNYC), who will discuss the topic of ‘rotation’ from the varied perspectives of architecture and science.

Flipping Properties is free and open for view anytime from July 11, 2014 to September 14, 2014 in the laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street, Toronto (refer to map).


Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. Since graduating from the University of Toronto, he has published his first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, and has been collected by the MoMA and the New Museum. In 2012 he was named a winner of the Architectural League for Young Architects Prize in New York and will represent Taiwan in the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. For more information, visit
Project supported by:
The Toronto Arts Council & The Ontario Arts Council

Special thanks to:

· Eliot Callahan, Fabricator
· Sam Mogelonsky, Marketing
· Murat Saman, Saman Design Inc.
· Barrymore Furniture
· Foamite Industries Inc.
· Fishtnk Design Factory