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January 20 - March 6, 2011

Idea Exchange
Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
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The myth of the Canadian north is tied to its unique geography– a territory vast, sparsely populated, fragile and sublime. Yet, with an estimated quarter of the world’s undiscovered energy resources and one of the most dramatically changing climatological conditions, the Arctic has become a site of significant economic and development speculation. The sensitivity of this context, and the urgency with which it must be addressed cannot be overstated. However, there is little evidence of a holistic vision of development in the North beyond economic efficiency and expediency. How to document this complex region, and envision futures that reconcile development with traditional living patterns and fragile ecosystems will be amongst the key questions of the 21st century. The Next North exhibition proposes an alternate vision for the North, one in which architecture maintains a unique synergy with place, geography and culture.

The Next North exhibition merges documentation and projection. In a territory where reality is often stranger than fiction the exhibition introduces viewers to the remarkable transformations taking place in the North.  The exhibition centrepiece is an immersive landscape installation consisting of twenty thousand dowels. This topography hosts architectural models that engage this shifting landscape which oscillates between land and water, freeze and thaw. Maps, interactive timelines, and photographs, as well as drawings and larger tectonic investigations engage viewers in new visions of the Canadian North.

Next North Infranet Lab / Lateral Office also featuring works by Finn O'Hara and Hemming House Pictures.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm

Lateral Office
LATERAL OFFICE, founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. They were awarded the...

LATERAL OFFICE, founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. They were awarded the 2010 Prix de Rome for their research project Emergent North and were awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York in 2011. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,” engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political.” LATERAL OFFICE is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century - and the subsequent new typologies made possible by an architecture that brazenly confronts today. Recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.

Infranet Lab
InfraNet Lab is a research collective founded (2008) by Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Neeraj Bhatia and Maya Przybylski. The laboratory posits the argument that a body of unique built works continues...

InfraNet Lab is a research collective founded (2008) by Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Neeraj Bhatia and Maya Przybylski. The laboratory posits the argument that a body of unique built works continues to arise out of the complex negotiation of, and competition for, biotic and abiotic resources. Operating in a manner similar to infrastructures, these works have evolved to merge landscape, urbanism, and architecture into a sophisticated mutant assemblage of surfaces, containers, and conduits. Together with Lateral Office they have authored the prestigious publication Pamphlet Architecture #30, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2011.

Finn O’Hara
Finn O'Hara is a professional photographer who has extensively documented the landscapes of the North. O’Hara was commissioned in 2007 by the Walrus Magazine to document teens growing-up in...

Finn O'Hara is a professional photographer who has extensively documented the landscapes of the North. O’Hara was commissioned in 2007 by the Walrus Magazine to document teens growing-up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. His work has also been featured in Esquire, Forbes, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Wallpaper, and Wired.

Greg Hemmings
Greg’s Hemmings award winning production experience has taken him all over the globe: directing and producing work in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the Arctic and all of the Americas. He is a...

Greg’s Hemmings award winning production experience has taken him all over the globe: directing and producing work in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, the Arctic and all of the Americas. He is a member of the order of Wallace McCain Institute and attended the prestigious National Screen Institute. He recently won three awards at the Banff International Television Festival. Greg Hemmings is the CEO and founder of Hemmings House Pictures.



  • Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
    Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
  • Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
    Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
  • Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
    Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
  • Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
    Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
  • Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford
    Next North, (installation), 2011. Photo: KJ Bedford

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Next North Lecture
Idea Exchange, Design at Riverside
February 15, 2011 - 6:30-8:00pm
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Funders

City of Cambridge Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts CouncilWaterloo Architecture