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Date: February 7 to April 14, 2013
Vernissage: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 6 p.m.

RVTR-total shed map-1January 17, 2013 –The UQAM Centre de Design presents INFRA- ECO- LOGI- URBANISM. This exhibition assembles recent urban research and speculative design work by the experimental Canadian architectural practice RVTR. Infra-Eco-Logi Urbanism undertakes a study of the Great Lakes Megaregion through geographic, statistical and cartographic analysis and proposes a rethinking of infrastructural systems in light of new mobility, renewable energy and urban growth. Set within this context of transformation the work projects possible urban and architectural futures that envision new public domains.

Founded by Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley, RVTR operates simultaneously as a professional architectural practice and an academic research platform. RVTR applies a systems-based approach to position design as an active agent in the continually evolving ecologies of the built environment and within cultural and political systems.

"Almost everything needs to be redesigned.Almost everyone will be affected."

RVTR interchangeterritory-1This exhibition of design research explores possible urban and architectural futures within the Great Lakes Megaregion of North America. Situated within a critical analysis of networked agents, flows and ecologies, the design manifesto leverages the anticipated yield of near-future renewable energy towards alternate social ends and imagines the future of urban centers and peripheries through this lens. In this détournement, a new infrastructural network is knit within current systems, linking grid-tied high-speed rail, environmental remediation and emerging industry sectors, while staging a series of urban-scaled architectural artifacts designed to organize flows and house new public megaregional institutions.

The proposal begins with a restructuring of the highway's constituent DNA from a simple, single-purpose and single-access surface to an intelligent network of bundled modes of mobility, energy and services. This viaduct is networked with other local and international systems of conveyance, transit and transport, forming an open and interconnected corridor that effectively collapses time-space within the region. Situated as a fragmentary urban utopia, infrastructure is appropriated for social and inclusive ends, bringing together diverse populations of individuals to constitute a megaregional public from which alternative political and architectural formations emerge.

Exhibition plan
The exhibition is organized as a territory. In both its form and content it posits an approach to urban design that is not about a singular vision or a grand scheme; rather, proposed is an assemblage of reciprocal relations nested at micro and macro scales of both time and space. The content of the exhibition consists of regional cartographies, relational analyses, design drawings, historical research, writings, photographs and large physical models, all spatially arrayed so that the multiple interrelations, scales and connections are made visible and apprehensible from multiple viewpoints and routes.

RVTR dt w programs-1RVTR was founded in 2007 by Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley. It operates simultaneously as a professional architectural practice and an academic research platform, with studios in Toronto, Ontario, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. RVTR applies a systems-based approach to position design as an active agent in the continually evolving ecologies of the built environment within cultural and political systems. RVTR has received numerous awards including a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in The Practice of Architecture, an R&D Award from Architecture Magazine, the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Their work and writing has been widely published and exhibited.

Lecture by Geoffrey Thün,Kathy Velikov and Colin Ripley
Directors, RVTR
Date: Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
Place: Alfred-Laliberté Studio Theatre, room J-M500, Judith-Jasmin Building, UQAM, 405 Sainte-Catherine St. East  
Free admission

Nuit Blanche
Part of the Montreal High Lights Festival
Date: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Place: UQAM Centre de Design
Taste wines from the Great Lakes to DJ rhythms.Watch the projections on the facade of the School of Design, in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles.

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Centre de design de l'UQAM 
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Montreal (Berri-UQAM metro) 
Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 
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