Opening this week in Montreal, the exhibition “First, the Forests” explores the relationship between forestry and architecture. According to a statement, the show “proposes an expanded understanding of the connections between natural resources, production processes, and designed form.” The exhibition, curated by Dan Handel, is a product of the inaugural Young Curator program launched by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
The exhibition will highlight four modes of managing forests in the past few centuries: bureaucratic forestry, scientific forestry, tropical forestry, and economic forestry. Throughout the show, contemporary projects are paired with historical material, with experimental sound narration provided by Montreal-based Audiotopie. Featured works include Herzog and de Meuron’s master plan for 2000 Hannover Expo and the SOM headquarters in Tacoma, Washington.
The Dragon Skin Pavilion by LEAD is an architectural installation designed and built for the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. The structure challenges and explores the spatial, tactile, and material possibilities that architecture can offer by revolutions in digital fabrication and manufacturing technology. It inspires passers-by to reimagine the space we live in today if tomorrow’s technologies are combined with industries present in this region – “made in Hong Kong”, and later “made in China”. The installation is a highly experimental temporary structure designed from 163 unique pieces of post-formable plywood, a brand new and environmentally friendly material.