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Doors Open Speaker Series @ OCAD U (The Art and Design of Will Alsop)

Doors Open Speaker Series
OCAD University

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Friday May 24, 2013

The Art and Design of Will Alsop

World renowned architect and painter, Will Alsop, returns to the Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD U. His design for this building's unique "table top" structure has quickly become one of the most exciting architectural landmarks in Toronto and was described as "courageous, bold and just a little insane" by the RIBA judges.

Alsop’s practice is international in scope, guided by the principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. The philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embrace broader principles of urbanism and city development. Will Alsop follows a parallel path as an artist, feeling that it is a discipline inseparable from architecture.

Notwithstanding this, like fellow avantgardist Zaha Hadid, he has actualized relatively few buildings with only approximately 10% of his designs having been built. However, this does not worry him because he enjoys designing buildings even when he has no particular commission or competition in mind. "It's like tennis – you have to keep doing it all the time, whether you have a client or not. I believe that absolutely. You can speculate in your sketchbook – you're allowed to think about anything, with or without a client."

His painting works have been exhibited at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Milton Keynes Gallery, the Cube Gallery, Manchester, the British Pavilion at Venice Biennale and most recently at the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto.

Tours of the Sharp Centre led by OCAD U staff involved in the building project will available afterwards.

Speaker: Will Alsop, Alsop Architects/All Worldwide

Moderator: Prof Lenore Richards – Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab/OCAD U

Professor Lenore Richards, Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD U. She has 18 years of experience in academic leadership at the Ontario College of Art & Design, having held the positions of Co-Chair of the Environmental Design program and more recently, Dean of the Faculty of Design. She has a strong belief in the critical importance of integrating innovative thinking with responsive and responsible design.

Prior to joining OCAD she was at the influential design firms, Yabu Pushelberg, and Kuypers Adamson Norton.

Presented by Great Gulf

OCAD University

100 McCaul St.

Toronto, Ontario

www.toronto.ca/doorsopen/2013/speaker.htm

Free

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  • bernies

    I enjoyed the tour and skype Q&A

    May 27, 2013

  • Irene H.

    Excellent. Well worth the effort to attend. Will Alsop reminded me of Richard Burton and Christopher Hitchens at the height of their fame. Very entertaining as well as informative!

    May 24, 2013

    • Peter V

      I was also thinking he looks a lot like Christopher Hitchens! Yes, very interesting and enjoyable presentation. Too bad Allsop didn't exactly answer the questions he was asked - the guy next to me who had asked a question was more than a little annoyed about that.

      May 24, 2013

  • Greg

    The venue for Alsop talk is main auditorium (enter front doors, turn left). There are only 250 seats, so I encourage to get there earlier than later. No reserved seating, but I believe some standing room.
    This will be a full-house with many others coming from OCAD and U of T, and of course Doors Open attendees...

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Cosmo G.

    hI :-)

    May 13, 2013

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