"Out There: Architecture Beyond Building" will be the theme for this year's Venice Biennale, one of the world's most prestigious architectural exhibitions; selected to represent Canada is "41° to 66°: Architecture in Canada: Region, Culture, Tectonics".
Co-organized by architectural professors John McMinn from the University of Waterloo and Marco Polo from Ryerson University, "41° to 66°" presents the work of some of the top contemporary Canadian architects (including Busby Perkins + Will, Patkau Architects, KPMB Architects and Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects).
Using photos along with audio and video material, the exhibition highlights these architects' works that make reference to iconic Canadian constructions, such as the igloo, the tepee or the wigwam, in an effort to address the issues of regional and cultural identity of the landscape, the climate and sustainability.
Inaugurated in November 2005, at the Design at Riverside Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario, the exhibition was also presented at Edmonton's Works Festival and Toronto's Iidex in 2006, as well as at Regina's Mackenzie Art Gallery and at Dalhousie University in 2007. The tour will continue at the Museum London and the Surrey Art Gallery in 2008 and at the Yukon Art Centre in 2009.
From September 14 to November 23, 2008, at the Venice Biennale, visitors will have the opportunity to discover Canadian responses to the issues of durability and architectural identity at "41° to 66°".