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Second Life by superkül


Mon, Jan 15, 2018 — Sun, Jan 21, 2018




Free, talk & tour require separate RSVPs


Location Accessible

40 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON


Opening Reception & Talk: Tue, Jan 16, 6-8pm
Installations Tour: Sat, Jan 20, 11am-noon

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The ongoing renaissance at Yonge + St. Clair continues this January as Slate Asset Management joins TO DO to present a series of lobby installations. Three installations will be on display near the midtown intersection, including work from international design firms Gensler and IBI Group, as well as local studio superkül.

At 40 St. Clair West, superkül presents ‘Second Life’. Construction waste accounts for between 10% and 15% of all material used on a typical project, much of which is lost to landfill or downcycling. This installation seeks to focus awareness on the negative impact that the architecture and design industry can wreak on the environment, and will also introduce various practices and methodologies available to mitigate the damage caused.

It is an unavoidable reality that as architects, we consume materials and generate waste in our life’s work, but we can begin by reducing construction waste in how we build in the first place – through the efficiencies of offsite prefabrication, for instance. We can also bring added value to a project not only through the use of recycled materials but through a process of creative upcycling, whereby waste is recycled and converted into new materials and products of improved quality.

Through a series of curated images, this installation considers and presents waste reframed as opportunity. Our hope is to alter the manner in which construction waste is perceived, and to encourage innovation and the adoption of architectural best practices as part of a larger strategy of sustainability.

superkül is the Toronto-based architectural studio of principals Meg Graham and Andre D’Elia. From the moment we opened our doors in 2002, we have been guided by a singular purpose: to create architecture of true and lasting value. This is anchored in the belief that great design is a process, not a preconceived idea. We work together to create rich and inspiring spaces and places, allowing the innate constraints and contingencies of a project to inspire and inform us. The prevailing ethos in our work is one that prioritizes sustainability not as an afterthought but as a foundational principle; equal emphasis is placed on the pragmatics of constructability and the implementation of progressive building technologies. Our work is unified by a deep connection to context and a sense of quiet restraint that permits the natural character of both site and building materials to emerge. For us, great design is honest. It is just enough.

Check out what’s also happening at Yonge + St. Clair:

#ohdeer by Gensler
Smashing Barriers, Creating Vision
The Space Between by IBI Group
TO DO Talks: Undo Toronto

TO DO Tours: Creating Communities Through Art


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