Urban Terrazzo. Photo by Michael Havas.

Urban Terrazzo. Photo by Michael Havas.

DesignTO Talks
They Feed Off Buildings

January 24–24, 2020
Studio Theatre, Bill Boyle Artport
235 Queens Quay West

Regular: $21
Student/Senior: $17


Luisa Rubisch and Rasa Weber of the Berlin-based design and architecture collective, They Feed Off Buildings (TFOB), speak about the process of creating Urban Terrazzo, a composite material that uses architectural debris to pay homage to demolished buildings and their histories.

The project Urban Terrazzo, which travels through various cities in order to explore the given materials of architectural demolition, illustrates one of TFOB’s experiments in performative design. Whenever an old building has to be demolished or its core removed, an enormous amount of demolition waste is produced. What seems like a pile of rubble, which usually ends up in local landfills, can actually be the beginning of a great new material story…

Following the talk, Maryam Siddiqi, Lifestyle Editor of The Globe and Mail, will interview Rubisch and Weber

DesignTO Talks: They Feed Off Buildings’ is organized by DesignTO, and co-presented with the Goethe-Institut & the Consulate General of Germany in Toronto and Harbourfront Centre.
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Generously supported by
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They Feed off Buildings (TFOB) is a design and architecture collective from Berlin, which specializes in material research and design. The studio unites a team with expertise in design, material research, architecture, film, and photography. Their performative design interventions explore a new perspective on architecture and its materiality.

Luisa Rubisch and Rasa Weber are guests of the Goethe-Institut.


Writer and Editor Maryam Siddiqi creates innovative journalism with a lasting impact. As the Lifestyle Editor at The Globe and Mail, she helms Globe Pursuits spanning the best in style, design, travel, food and drink, and health. As a writer, she specializes in lifestyle editorial, primarily travel and design, and her work has appeared in the National Post, Chatelaine, Report on Business, En Route, and Elle Canada.