In this day and age of the Autocad and digital design, is the study model still playing a role in the architects’ creative process? Surprise: it’s at centre stage! How and why ? This is what reveals this exhibition, In Study Model Wonderland from Halifax to Vancouver which is the result of a vast cross-Canada investigation, conducted by the team of MONOPOLI, with the help of three researchers, dispatched on the scene by chief-curator Sophie Gironnay. Montreal journalist Alain Hochereau, Vancouver critic Adele Weder and, in Toronto, Ian Chodikoff, editor-in-chief of Canadian Architect, have interviewed 26 leading architects in so many Canadian firms, among the most active and inspirational of the present day.
Together, they have selected the most signifi cant sketch-models, from the precious jewel to the humble paper folding, from the assemblage to the craftsman’s piece. In MONOPOLI, forty of these small or larger marvels, packed with beauty and ideas-tobe, are placed in a topography designed by Atelier in situ, our guest set-designers, renowned architects in their own right.
Through quotations of the architects, photos of corresponding fi nished buildings, and the models themselves, the exhibition tells the ways of the workshops in a most candid and personal tone. Little by little, piece by testimonial piece, it is a voyage of discovery in the heart of architecture’s creative process, totally new and neverrevealed, that is offered to the visitor.
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Atelier Big City, Atelier Pierre Thibault, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects + urbanistes, Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, Helliwell+Smith – Blue Sky Architecture, AKA/andrewkingstudio, Henriquez Partners Architects, Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Dan S. Hanganu architects, YH2, Architectes FABG (Éric Gauthier), Bosses design, Provencher Roy + associés architects, _naturehumaine, Atelier T.A.G, Schème Consultants, NOMADE Architecture, Menkès, Shooner, Dagenais, LeTourneux Architectes, Les architectes Boutros + Pratte, Affleck, de la Riva architectes, Lapointe, Magne et associés
Video about scenography installation by Atelier In Situ