OTTAWA — The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the four teams shortlisted in its competition to determine a Canadian representative at the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture.
The submissions shortlisted in December are from Common Accounts of Toronto; T B A and David Theodore of Montreal; the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism of Ottawa; and Ja Architecture Studio of Toronto.
The exhibition takes place every two years in two venues in the city of Venice — the Arsenale and the Giardini di Castello, where a permanent Canada Pavilion is located. Canada’s Pavilion is one of 30 national pavilions with permanent homes in the Giardini, noted a Canada Council statement.
The submission from Common Accounts is called After Life and explores themes of existential instability and the prospect of humanity’s demise under threat of environmental collapse. The firm was founded by Miles Gertler and Igor Bragado in 2015.
The team of T B A and David Theodore is titled Imposter Cities and is aimed at probing the “complex identity of Canadian architecture by exploring the portrayal of our built environment onscreen.”
Theodore is the Canada research chair in architecture, health and computation and assistant professor at the McGill School of Architecture.
The entry from the Azrieli school is titled Fluid Boundaries: Ethical Imaginaries of Inland Waters and it “explores the liquid boundaries and thresholds of Canada.” The project co-ordinator is professor Jill Stoner.
The submission Lightness from Ja Architecture Studio studies the boundaries of light wood framing.