Next North: Architecture in Shifting Terrain, a project by Lola Sheppard and Maya Przybylski of Waterloo Architecture with Mason White of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto and Neeraj Bhatia a Waterloo Architecture graduate and former Adjunct faculty member has been awarded an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Faculty Design Award for 2011/2012.
Juror Comments: This activated multimedia research project results in an immersive installation that oscillates between design research as speculative building and design research as informed graphic presentation. Operating at a variety of scales and platforms for research in both 2- and 3-dimensions, this multi-faceted project is presented as a sequence of shifting boundaries from local to global and from installation to inhabitation. Couched as spheres of ecological drift, the installation and its exhibited projects challenge the very nature of the necessity of static architectural approaches while exploring the ever-shifting terrains of Canada's northern territory.
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This is the second year in a row that Prof. Lola Sheppard has won an ACSA Faculty Design Award. The award will be presented at the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. March 1-4, 2012.