Migrating Landscapes

Migrating Landscapes Organizer, 2011.

The WAG is pleased to partner with Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon on the national presentation of Migrating Landscapes, Canada’s submission to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Migrating Landscapes is being run as a nation-wide series of exhibitions and competitions for architects and designers. Each entrant creates two things: a short video in which they reflect on how their personal experiences of migration have influenced them as designers, and a model of a new design for a dwelling. The dwelling models will be ‘settled’ into/onto a larger abstract wooden modular landscape.

Regional exhibitions were held in seven cities—Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Regional juries selected the top entries, which are now on view at the WAG. Eighteen out of the twenty-six finalists have been selected by a national jury (made up of Eleanor Bond, Ian Chodikoff, Anne Cormier, Bruce Kuwabara and John Patkau) to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale (August through November, 2012). See them for yourself and engage with the project by sharing your own migration/immigration experiences at the Speaker’s Corner set up in-Gallery, and through an interactive global map. You can even cast your vote to determine a People’s Choice Award recipient!

Migrating Landscapes is a timely and provocative exhibition, particularly as immigration is becoming so hotly debated in many parts of the world. It will generate and showcase innovative new dwelling designs that reflect regional character and the designer’s own cultural heritage. Creating an archive of migration stories from Canadians across the country, Migrating Landscapes demonstrates and embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and democracy.

Download your own fold-a-house, which can be printed and constructed! See all six styles, designed by University of Manitoba, Environmental Design students:

For more information, visit MLO's website - click HERE

Related Programs & Events

Past Programs & Events

  • Free Public Opening: Migrating Landscapes

    Experience Canada’s submission to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, organized by 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon. Showcasing innovative new dwelling designs, Migrating Landscapes creates an archive of migration stories from Canadians across the country.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm

  • Tour - Migrating Landscapes

    Drop-in for a tour of Migrating Landscapes with exhibition organizer Jae-Sung Chon.

    Saturday March 24, 2012 at 3pm


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