The exhibition “Considering the Quake | Seismic Design on the Edge” is on view in Downtown Toronto’s Design Exchange through December. It is curated by Dr. Effie Bouras, postdoctoral fellow and Professor Ghyslaine McClure, P.Eng of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering. On display are cutting edge, international building projects—including Office for Metropolitan Architecture’s Taipei Performing Arts Center in China, Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Japan’s Studio SKLIM’s earthquake-proof House, and Arup Engineering’s Olympic water cube—investigated through the lens of earthquake engineering.

Founder/co-curator, Dr. Effie Bouras and co-curator Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University

09.11.12: Prior to the Architects Regatta on 09.13.12, there was a gathering of the skippers and sponsors at the landmarked New York Yacht Club Model Room, including (l-r): Rick Bell, FAIA; Guy Geier, FAIA; Gwenaëlle de Kerret; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Gerry Dolezar, Architects Regatta founder; Mary Burke, FAIA; and Wids DeLaCour, AIA. (Regatta photos ran in the last issue of e-Oculus, along with the list of winners.)

Kristen Richards

09.13.12: A number of the team behind the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale celebrated the success of “Spontaneous Interventions” at a fete hosted by D’Apostrophe; the pavilion garnered a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury.

(l-r): Christine Abbate and Kristin Coleman (Novità Communications); Michael Sorkin (president; Institute for Urban Design board, and curatorial advisor); Lauren Crahan (Freecell, exhibition designer); Paola Antonelli (MoMA, curatorial advisor); John Hartmann (Freecell, exhibition designer); Anne Guiney (Institute for Urban Design executive director, and curatorial advisor); Cathy Lang Ho (independent writer/editor/curator, Commissioner and curator); Gordon Douglas (project manager); Kelly Loudenberg (filmmaker); David van der Leer (assistant curator of architecture and urban studies, Guggenheim, and co-curator).

Kristen Richards