Installation view of Simulacra's Terrain. Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.

Simulacra’s Terrain

July 23 - July 23, 2018

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects

Le Corbusier invoked a landscape analogy when he coined the term “architectural promenade” to describe the changes in view and spatial effect caused by movement through his work. For many years we have used the idea of terrain in our practice to describe our similar interest in a three-dimensional “landscape” of experience. Whether working in projects immersed in “natural” settings, or sites in which we have had to construct the conditions for nature to appear, we have sought to create terrains that are alive, invigorating human awareness and sociability by engaging the body in the physicality of movement, touch, and sound, as well as the mind through sight and view.

This installation takes the absence of nature in the gallery as a provocation. It deploys an image and a simple architectural frame to fabricate shifting simulacra of nature through reflection on a series of optical planes. It creates an imaginary inversion of landscape to building that is activated by the viewer’s movement along the piece and in the gallery.



Baird Sampson Neuert Architects is an award-winning architecture and urban design practice dedicated to the twin goals of design excellence and service to the community. The research-oriented firm specializes in an integrated design approach to landscape and architectural environments, which produces site specific solutions that provide a memorable sense of place. The firm’s interest in the interaction between building, site, and community has fostered a particular interest in the quality of the public realm and the sustainability of the natural environment.

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects was originally founded in 1972 by George Baird. The practice expanded when Barry Sampson became a partner in 1982 and again in 1996 when Jon Neuert became a principal. The studio-based practice has a staff of 14, which includes senior associate Yves Bonnardeaux, and associates Mauro Carreno and Jesse Dormody as well as six intern architects, and one administrative staff.

Team Members:  Barry Sampson, Jon Neuert, Graham Brindle,
Jesse Dormody, Joseph Yau

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