CCA reopening

Film still from Untitled (The Things Around Us, 2020), featured in the exhibition The Things Around Us, of plants surrounding Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania © Maxime Delvaux, 51N4E

The CCA is reopening this week with The Things Around Us

The exhibition occupies the museum’s main galleries through Feb. 14.

After being closed since March, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is finally reopening on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with the exhibition The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework, which runs in the Montreal museum’s main galleries through Feb. 14.

As explained by the CCA, “Rural Urban Framework (Joshua Bolchover and John Lin) and 51N4E (Johan Anrys and Freek Persyn) investigate new forms of cooperation and dialogue as crucial design strategies, questioning the role of the architect today. This exhibition and publication question the extents and certainties of architecture against backdrops of indeterminate notions of citizenship, unstable stages of urbanization, and insecure economies and ecologies.”

The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework features scenes from Mongolia, China, Belgium and Albania. See more details and excerpts below:

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A second sneak peak into our film as part of a larger video installation in The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework, starting this Wednesday. – Decomposed, dissected, and reassembled, context (according to 51n4e and RUF)— namely, the people, tools, policies, economies, times, and scales with which the architect interacts— not only generates the conditions within which to work, but also figures as the place itself ‘’in which’’ and ‘’with which’’ to operate from. – The film in question, called Untitled (The Things Around Us), is conceived as a catalogue of agents and agencies that the architects involved have been engaged in dialogue with. – In this particular excerpt, scenes from The Sheep episode illustrate the shift from nomadic culture to informal settlements in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), while The Fences highlights issues surrounding rights to own land for Mongolian citizens, where fences were quickly erected by landowners to claim their space following a 1992 revision to the constitution. The Register, on the other hand, addresses how the Chinese Hukou policy restricts citizens’ access to land, healthcare and education which is determined by their designation as rural or urban residents. – Credits/Crédits : The Sheep Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, © Rural Urban Framework The Register Boajing, Hunan, China, © Rural Urban Framework, © Zhen Zhou The Fences Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, © CCA #leschosesquinousentourent #51N4E #RuralUrbanFramework #CCAexhibitions #CCAexpositions #CCA

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The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) reopening Sept. 16
The Things Around Us, Sept. 16 to Feb. 14 at Montreal museum CCA

For more about the CCA reopening and The Things Around Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework, please visit the CCA website.

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