Organized jointly by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Consulate General of France in Toronto, this public seminar follows up on an earlier discussion on the relationship between art and architecture, and how both may play a role in urban regeneration.
Speakers will consider the paradigmatic shift from a conception of the museum as a ‘white cube’ (a liminal space segregated from everyday life), to the idea of museums as social sites, and as places of broader, intensified social engagement and potential urban impact. The participants will look to examples of architectural projects at a local and international level, addressing such questions as: what are the possibilities of architecture after the so-called Bilbao effect? How can programming drive the design process? How can art and cultural buildings shape the physical and cultural ecology of a city?