Before delving into the article I thought I would point out that two prominent Ottawa architecture firms (Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects and NORR Architects) are once again opening their doors as part of Doors Open Ottawa 2013. Though architecture offices are no longer dominated by a sea of drafting tables and the scent of cigarette smoke they are still worth exploring. The endless rolls of drawings, the material library, and code binders all hint at the complexities of designing a building.
Have a look at the building list for Doors Open Ottawa 2013 here and decide which buildings interest you. You can also check out this link which includes images.
Urbsanity: Exploring Buildings
May 17, 2013
by Jeff Salmon
Doors Open 2011 – Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo by Jeff Salmon
As children, we are all born with an innate curiosity and a desire to explore. However, as adults, this is often muted to some extent. Yet, even as adults, there are times when we give in to our curiosities. Those of us who enjoy evening walks probably relish the glimpses into buildings whose lights remain on, as it gives us a chance to peek into spaces that are otherwise protected by the opaque reflections of glass in daylight. It is hard to pass up the opportunity to discover what is happening behind the walls that define our public spaces.
Whether you are comparing how a neighbour’s house stacks up to your own or peering into an office building, it is exciting to imagine what it would be like to inhabit these spaces, as you say to yourself: “Oh, I like that! But that, not so much.”
The other half of the excitement is imagining what is happening in the building, beyond what you can see. These curiosities converge with reality during the annual Doors Open Ottawa event, as patrons are given the opportunity to walk through or tour some of these buildings.
Sadly I missed participating in this year’s Jane’s Walk because I was out of town. I’m excited to see that Apt613 has been posting reader reviews of some of the walks. So if you too missed doing it in person; (a) make sure you do it next year, (b) head over to apt613.ca and vicariously and virtually enjoy a sampling of this year’s walks.
So far there are posts on:
And it sounds as though more are forthcoming.
I hope to have a yowLAB walk or two proposed for next year.
UrbSanity: 600 sq. ft. apartment with large living room
by Sarah Gelbard
Photo: Sarah Gelbard
Two and a half years after moving back to Centretown, I finally gave in to the nagging of my friends and threw a belated housewarming party. As you might expect, moving to Centretown from Heron Gate meant my rent increased while my square footage decreased.
My recurring excuse to their recurring nag was that my new apartment was too small for parties. I simply didn’t have the same amount of space for entertaining that I used to. And yet, my home seems so much bigger in this smaller apartment. It is not magic, mirrors, or warped space. It is because so many sites sprinkled throughout Centretown and the Market feel like extensions of my home.
UrbSanity is a monthly column written by yowLAB members for the Centretown Buzz. Discussion, feedback, and suggestions for future UrbSanity columns are always welcome. Please comment below or contact me or Jeff.
yowLAB postponed. Date to be announced.
Have fun at Nature Nocturne!
We thought we take advantage of another great event in Ottawa so yowLAB 33 will have two parts. We will be meeting at the original yowLAB stomping ground, Lieutenant’s Pump (361 Elgin) this Friday, April 26 at 7PM for the usual drinks and discussion. We will then migrate to Nature Nocturne at the Museum of Nature which begins at 8PM, however I imagine the group will head over a little later. This is the last Nature Nocturne until September so I suggest purchasing tickets online in advance to be safe.
While the final touches are being put on the next Urbsanity column for the Centretown BUZZ I thought I would throw up a quick link to our contribution in the current issue for those who haven’t had a chance to check it out – “Urbsanity: A lesson from Charlie Brown.”
Of course feedback is always welcome, and we are already discussing topics for the May issue so if you would like to weigh in feel free to do it here in the comments or by emailing Sarah or I.
Women In Design has posted a petition to the Pritzker Architecture Prize Committee to Recognize Denise Scott Brown for her work in Robert Venturi’s 1991 Prize.
Brown had been a co-partner for over 22 years in their practice Venturi Scott Brown and Associates and played a critical role in the evolution of architectural theory and design alongside Venturi for over 30 years. She co-authored the 1977 book Learning from Las Vegas, among others.
However, her role as “wife” seemed to have trumped her role as an equal partner when the Pritzker jury chose to only honor her husband, Venturi.
“Let’s salute the notion of joint creativity.” – Denise Scott Brown
For women’s equality to become a reality today, we need to rectify the mistakes of the past. Help change history by demanding equal recognition for equal work.
The Huffington Post adds:
When asked about the pair’s “separation of powers,” they responded:
Denise Scott Brown (sarcastically): “Yes, I do the typing, and he does everything else.”
Robert Venturi: “That’s what the world thinks.”
Also worth a read: The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History