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  • Old Post Office, Cambridge, ON with the text Museum From Home DIY
  • Family sitting grouped together, looking various digital devices
  • Movie poster for Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

Gabrielle Clermont and Karly Boileau | May 19, 2021

#MuseumFromHome DIY is a weekly series from Cambridge Art Galleries with carefully curated content just for you. Join us each week as we explore a new theme.

Architecture is all around us and it impacts us in many ways we don't always acknowledge or even understand. We've spent the last three months becoming more intimately acquainted with our home spaces, making most of us think wistfully about some of our favourite public spaces like parks and art galleries. It has certainly made us thankful that these spaces exist and have us looking forward to enjoying them again. Join us this week as we explore the amazing world of architecture.

We are no strangers to excellent architecture at Idea Exchange. Did you know that our very own Old Post Office was the winner of the 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, the 2019 AZ Award winner in the inaugural adaptive re-use category, and was named on of the top 10 projects that defined a decade of Canadian architecture by Azure?

Take an immersive trip through the Blue House, Hong Kong, and explore this living time capsule showing you the grassroots community of the old city. Click here and scroll down for the virtual tour.

Our friends at the UW School of Architecture are always up to something nifty. Visit their news page to hear the latest and greatest, or visit the always thoughtful and informative page of the student group BRDIGE Centre for Architecture + Design or check out their Facebook page.

Antoni Gaudi was a Catalan architect from the late 19th / early 20th century. He is best known for his innovative and creative designs that combined Catalan tradition with modern industrial progress. Seven of Gaudi's buildings in the Barcelona area are UNESCO heritage sites, forming one serial property called The Works of Antoni Gaudi. Learn more about Gaudi and his work by going on a virtual tour of the Gaudi Basilica Museum or visit the Gaudi House Museum.

Check out these architectural optical illusions that have us going cross eyed!

Making a city out of objects from around your house is a fun activity the whole family can do together. Check out this tutorial for inspiration. Don't have enough supplies lying around? Try these printable templates that fold together.

For a bit of home-grown architectural awesomeness, take a look at HGTV's list of world-renowned buildings designed by Canadian architects.

Learn all about the beauty and functionality of a Qa'a (a winter reception room) with this short video by Smarthistory: Qa'a (The Damascus room). 

Bonus Content**

This award-wining documentary explores how the small community of Fogo Island reinvented itself through innovative architecture after the collapse of the commercial cod fishing industry. Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island.

Pressreader and downloadLibrary have all of your favourite magazines in digital format. Try Architectural Digest Magazine or Dwell Magazine.

Interested in taking those floor plan sketches and turning them digital? Check out this LinkedIn Learning (formerly introductory course on AutoCAD or for a more 3D experience check out SketchUp for Architecture.

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