Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes

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Idea Tank Design Collective, Camp at Cabot Beach, 2009. Cabot Beach, PEI © Photography: Matthew Kennedy
Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes

235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8
September 29th, 2012 - December 23rd, 2012

Corktown / Distillery District / Harbour Front
(416) 973-5379
Tue, Thu-Sun 12-6; Wed 12-8
architecture, installation, landscape


Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
Idea Tank Design Collective
PLANT Architect Inc.

Visual arts installation by Vid Ingelevics


How can architecture create an awe-inspiring experience through the placement of a built form within the landscape?


Architecture is traditionally understood to be the art of building; physical constructions which exist in the landscape; but it can and should be more than that. Viewing architecture as separate from setting seems to diminish the unity between structure and site. Architecture inevitably plays a role in our experience of nature. It should frame our view and assert the possibilities of the experience.

Architecture can emphasize its on-site presence. It can be a beacon or it can withdraw into the wilderness and be a blind swathed by its surroundings. We will always seek out nature, and architecture performs a crucial function in how this experience is made real. Whether a simple bench in a clearing, or an elaborate lookout tower, architecture is the bridge to our response to nature.

Breathtaking: Constructed Landscapes considers the use of architecture to define and direct how we view and understand nature and landscape. The intent is to appraise the role of architecture in our experience of the natural world and its place within nature. Is successful architecture in nature dramatic or subdued?

This exhibition goes further than merely exploring the captivating scenery; it proposes an all-out redirected premise that places the emphasis on a perception of architecture which transcends the built form and looks beyond the view.