Free guided exhibition tour: Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

Join Onsite Gallery for a free guided tour of our current exhibition, Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, curated by Art Works for Change. Tours are led by Onsite's knowledgable student staff, and include an overview of the exhibition and in-depth information on select works. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited for distancing purposes. Register here:

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Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

September 15 to December 11, 2021

Ours is a world in flux. Extreme weather events are propelling governments, cities, developers, designers and others to question our ability to confront and survive the repercussions of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks to our communities. As we face increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions, many of the world’s poorest residents are at risk of drought, sea level rise, and the loss of habitat that supports fishing, farming, and other livelihoods.

Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter. In  Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to survive and thrive amid a changing climate?  How can we address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable citizens? Through a variety of innovative ideas — high-tech and low-tech, extravagant, and affordable — the exhibition begins to address the challenges of excess heat, droughts, flooding, food insecurity, homelessness, mass violence, biological disaster, and earthquake.

Featuring works by:

Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, Mary Mattingly, Vincent Callebaut, Chris Jordan, Thomas L. Kelly, Liam Kelly, The Empowerment Plan, Phil Ross, Pedro Reyes, ZO-loft Architecture and Design, William McDonough + Partners, Achim Menges, Andrew Maynard Architects, Tina Hovsepian, Alejandro Aravena, Jenny Sabin and Eric Ellingsen Studio Lab: Jingyang Liu Leo, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, Peta Feng and Malgorzata Pawlowska, Davison Design: Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao, Journeyman Pictures, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)

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Image: Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, installation view; documentation: Yuula Benivolski

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

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Free guided exhibition tour: Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

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