Daniels – On Relationality in Housing and Design
Understanding the limitations of design can be productively reframed of as a way of opening up possibilities. This talk by architect and academic David Fortin will offer a series of discussion points surrounding current housing challenges, how they are impacting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and why they beckon for reflection on what design is and who it serves. The talk will feature the Architects Against Housing Alienation project Not For Sale, currently on view in the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Fortin is a member of the AAHA, which curated the pavilion for 2023.
Architect David Fortin is a Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the first Indigenous person to direct a school of architecture in Canada. His research investigates the instrumentality of the design process in influencing how we see our futures, with a particular focus on Indigenous voices and agency. A member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force that seeks ways to foster and promote Indigenous design in Canada, Fortin also leads a small design firm working closely with communities to realize their visions. In addition to this year’s Venice Biennale project, he was co-curator, with Gerald McMaster, of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s entry to the Venice Biennale in 2018.
This event is part of the Daniels Faculty’s Fall 2023 Public Program.
Thu, Nov 23, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
1 Spadina Crescent DA170 (Main Hall) Toronto, ON M5S 2J5