Architecture Exhibition Summer 2013

June 22–September 8, 2013

Installation view of RAPID RESPONSE. Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.

Installation view of RAPID RESPONSE. Harbourfront Centre. Photography: Tom Bilenkey.

RAPID RESPONSE:
Architecture Prepares for Disaster

Atelier 3AM
Captains of Industry
Gauge

Also featuring an installation by photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell

We are living in a time when the threat of large-scale natural disasters is not a question of “if” but “when.” How prepared are Canadians to respond?

How would the country cope with the immediate crisis and continue to respond to the corollary ramifications following first response?

How prepared are we to assist communities coping with a natural disaster in Canada? Should we be preparing for other kinds of disasters such as economic collapse, social unrest or other environmental adversities?

Tornado, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami – all natural disasters that are seemingly becoming common place. Throughout the world, the ability of towns and villages to respond to disaster is a matter of life and death.

This exhibition explores architectural solutions to varied disasters both natural and man-made. It brings to the fore the crucial role architects have to play in resolving vital issues in times of turmoil.

Emergency solutions must be able to adapt to any situation, anywhere. The vast size and environmental complexity of Canada demands all-encompassing and adaptable responses. This exhibition proposes new and achievable architectural solutions with the aim of starting a discussion that will result in tangible responses to the difficulties of the seen and unforeseen disaster.

– Patrick Macaulay
Head, Visual Arts, Harbourfront Centre