Breathing Factory, Takashi Yamaguchi and Associates. Osaka, Japan, 2009.
On September 13th, the Design Exchange proudly presents the opening of two unique exhibits —Vertical Urban Factory and Considering the Quake—both on view through December 9th.
Vertical Urban Factory will study the history of factory design, considering important developments such as Henry Ford's Highland Park Assembly Line. Receiving high praise at New York City's Skyscraper Museum (where it was on show November 2010 - June 2011), the exhibit begs the question, "Can factories once again present sustainable solutions for future self-sufficient cities?"
Buckminster Fuller, Automatic Cotton Mill, 1952, model designed with North Carolina State University students. Courtesy North Carolina State University, College of Design. Photograph by Ralph Mills.
The accompanying exhibit, Considering the Quake delves into seismic design and the science of architecture. How, for fear of being exposed to seismic hazards, engineering and technological advances has often surpassed the importance placed on aesthetics.
Throughout late Fall and into December, the DX will accommodate samples of superior projects in technology and research, including Cast Connex's seismic technology which is to be included in NYC's World Trade Center 3 design, among others. In addition to how architecture is changing because of these advances, the exhibit will examine post critical disaster shelters from an architect's perspective rather than the traditional engineer's point of view, led by Dr. Effie Bouras Postdoctural Fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P. Eng, of McGill University, Department of Civil Engineering.
Vertical Urban Factory and Consider the Quake
234 Bay Street
Toronto, M5K 1B2
September 13 - December 9
Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Shenzhen, China, by OMA. Image courtesy of OMA; photography by Philippe Ruault.
Van Nelle Factory, Johanne Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt with Mart Stam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1925-31. Photograph courtesy of Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek, c. 1932.