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Painting and Architecture, Together at the CCA

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Until October 5, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is showing "Will Alsop: OCAD, An Urban Manifesto," an exhibit comprising some 50 sketches and preparatory drawings done by architect Will Alsop during the creation of the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto.

Construction of the building, which was designed in collaboration with the firm Robbie/Young + Wright, was completed in 2004. It is renowned for its shape that is similar to a floating tabletop nine stories high, balancing on brightly coloured steel legs.

Organised by Howard Shubert, curator of the CCA's collection of prints and drawings, the exhibition focuses on the role of painting in Will Alsop's creative process. It showcases the evolution of the concept of the building, the collaborations and consultations held before local communities, as well as the different phases of construction.

In addition to preparatory drawings, preliminary conceptual models, archival documents and other presentation material, visitors can view a series of five paintings donated to the CCA by the architect.

The exhibition also includes one of the building's exterior panels, a photograph by Geoffrey James and four films documenting the early stages of creation and the construction process.

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