Formal Renegades – Formlessfinder hopes to free architecture from its biggest overarching obsession

By Samuel Medina
Metropolis, April 2014

“We like architecture,” says Garrett Ricciardi, with real sincerity. “We want to save architecture.” But from what? Ricciardi is one half of New York–based formlessfinder, the experimental—you might say radical—architecture firm he founded with Julian Rose in 2011,  just after the pair completed a joint thesis at Princeton University. Their project, which laid out the blueprint for Ricciardi and Rose’s subsequent collaborations, advanced a daring proposition: to liberate architecture from the constraints of form.

“The basic idea of the formless is about freeing up architecture to make it about what we want it to be about,” Rose says. “The idea is that form has sort of gotten in the way,” he adds, before checking off a laundry list of offenders: parametricism, digital fabrication, blobs, minimalism. Where form has “always served to limit and control,” the formless, as the architects have come to define it, is subversive by nature. It’s an operation rife with uncertainty, producing “messy, equivocal, and, most importantly, generative” results.

Their project’s claims were substantiated with choice bits of critical theory and excursions into art history. More…

Williamson Chong Architects named recipient of RAIC’s 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award

Canadian Architect
April 8, 2014

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced the Toronto firm of Williamson Chong as recipient of its 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

“The firm is consistently producing innovative projects that contain quality detailing and craftsmanship including a focus on the use of wood,” said the jury.

Established in 2011, the seven-person office of Shane Williamson MRAIC, Betsy Williamson MRAIC, and Donald Chong was recognized for an award-winning practice which combines teaching, research and community involvement.

Projects range from experiments with new technologies for wood fabrication to a master-plan proposal that reimagines a former sand-and-gravel quarry in Haliburton, Ontario as a sustainable village designed to produce food for the local area.  More…

CALA Survey – Announcement of Prize Winners!

The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), would like to thank all members who participated in the Fall 2013 Survey of Practices and Survey of Newly Licensed Architects/Interns/Recent Graduates. As you may be aware CALA offered a number of incentive prizes for those who took time out of their busy schedules to participate. CALA wishes to congratulate the following winners who are now in receipt of their prize:

iPad Winners:  
Hossam Abbass
Karen Campbell
Étienne Lepage
Juergen Rust

$100 Chapters/Amazon Gift Cards:      
Sam Altasaini
Stephen Barnecut
Philippe Boucher
Julie Brown
Robert Coelho
Jory Faibish
Chantal Galibois
Andrés Herrera
Rafid Kustou
Ian Mcdougall
Kevin Mullin
Adam Onulov
Jean-Sebastien Herr
Chloe Town
Dianne Vandommelen
David Zeibin




April 2014

BCSLA 50th Anniversary Gala

The BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) invitest you to attend Their 50th Anniversary Green Tie Gala, taking place on April 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC. The celebration will look back on their first 50 years of practice within their professional society, and toast the vision, expansion, and exploration that the next 50 years can bring.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

CEEA Efficiency Matters Forum

The Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) is hosting an Efficiency Matters Forum and recently announced that Kelly Block, Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, will be speaking on behalf of the Government of Canada and will be providing an update on economic benefits resulting from energy efficiency initiatives.

NRCan notes energy efficiency makes a key contribution to the Government’s Responsible Resource Development plan, and represents a significant opportunity for economic growth, job creation, and prosperity.

CEEA invites individuals to join them to hear how today’s government is impacting the industry’s tomorrow.  The forum takes place Monday, May 5, 2014 from 8:45 am to 1:30 pm EDT at the Intercontinental Hotel (225 Front St. W. Toronto, ON M5V 2X3). Click here for more information and to register.

Vitrum Industries Ltd.

For Glass That’s More Than Glass

Vitrum Glass Group presents SentryGlas® Plus with PPG® Glass; an exploration of the Advances in Architectural Glass and Coatings. This free, half-day event is open to architects, specifiers, glaziers, building envelope experts and building inspectors of all experience levels. The event will begin with a complimentary breakfast and networking opportunity and follow with three 45 minute AIBC accredited seminars, to provide architects, specifiers and designers the tools they need to specify glass that’s more than glass. Taking place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 8:00am to 12:00noon, at the Renaissance Hotel (W. Hastings St. Vancouver, BC). Please visit Vitrum for more information and registration details, or call 604.882.3513 ext. 8881 to register by phone. 

3 Sessions Accredited at 1 Core LU each