Twenty+Change

Architecture is not a young person's profession; it takes a long time to get a licence, get out on your own, build a body of work and get exposure. That is why exhibitions like Twenty+Change are so important; they expose the work of young and talented designers to the larger community. After an open call, a curatorial committee selected twenty of the submissions, which are on display at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto until July 8.

It is an "exhibition of contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design projects.... The intention of the exhibition is to showcase work by emerging practices and designers who have yet to receive widespread public and media attention for their speculative or completed work." although some of the submissions are quite well known and some of the exhibitors are hardly young.

Donald Chong, known to TreeHugger for Small Fridges Make Good Cities shown above, presented his new Galley House:" Situated on a long, narrow 'leftover' lot, this home occupies a once-neglected site — its basic lot confi guration having not matched a 'desirable' architecture in the mind of the market. The challenge: how a slender detached urban house type in Toronto might still offer good space, natural light, and sightlines (inside and outside). Through an incremental urbanism, the Galley House aims to be an architectural/ typological expression of Toronto's desire for a healthy, dense, urban lifestyle."

Bortolotto Design is working on a "Vitrium" (virtual+atrium) which "connects the users ot the exterior natural world, digitally capturing real time changes in weather, lighting and sounds and reflecting them internally"

Johnson Chou presented the Yolles Residence: When Eric Yolles (son of renowned Canadian structural engineer Morden Yolles) wrote a program detailing every aspect of his new loft to be considered, he concluded with two words: "think penitentiary".

Not that Yolles wanted a home that would be cold and austere, rather the designers interpreted his words as a desire for a contemplative space with a minimum of spatial distraction; one with liberal use of specific materials restrained by sparing detail."

A TreeHugger style non-architectural submission came from Lola Sheppard and Mason White of Lateral Architecture; they conceived a shelf that adapts and changes as its use and contents change. The shelf becomes compact as contentes are removed from it, and expands as contents are added to it.

The basic shelf unit is composed of two strips of industrial grade wool felt, segmented vertically and stitched at intervals to create pockets. Units connect to each other by Velcro strips. Shelf units can be added as needed to generate any length of shelf. Soft Shelf can be hung against a wall, or from the ceiling to act as a screen.

We also loved SuperKul's new home/office, which we have driven by many times and admired without knowing what it was, and Altius' renovation of a classic John Parkin house, bringing it into the 21st century with a green expansion complete with green roofs, both of which we shall show separately. Lots to see and admire at Twenty+Change at the Gladstone Hotel to July 8, Map here

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