Migrating Landscapes

Migrating Landscapes

February 23, 2012 00:14 ET

Ontario Announces Regional Winners of Migrating Landscapes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) -

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The Migrating Landscapes Organizer (5468796 Architecture + Jae-Sung Chon) is pleased to announce the winners of the Ontario Regional Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes. Four winners were selected out of twenty-six entries for Ontario and they were: the teams of Andrew Batay-Csorba and Jodi Batay Csorba, Andrea Lacalamita and Gillian Tyrrell, Erica Pecoskie and George Simionopoulos, and Kfir Gluzberg and Liana Bresler.

The winners were selected by an Ontario jury made up of An Te Liu, Michael Moxam, Chris Pommer, Lisa Rochon and Brigitte Shim.

Migrating Landscapes is a nation-wide competition and series of seven regional exhibitions across the country that explore how Canadian architects and designers ages 45 and under have been influenced by migration. The Ontario Regional Exhibition is currently at Brookfield Place until February 24 and the winners will advance to the National Exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (March 15 - April 29, 2012). There they will compete with other regional winners from across Canada to be part of the young, architectural "Team Canada" that forms Canada's official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture (August 29 - November 25, 2012).

The public also cast their vote for the People's Choice Award, and the winning entry is by the team of Emre Yurga and Christina Kalt, with 51 votes of 553 ballots cast.

Ontario Regional Winners - Biographies

Andrew Batay-Csorba and Jodi Batay Csorba - Entry 155

Batay-Csorba is a collaborative multi-disciplinarian design studio, which was founded by principals Andrew Batay-Csorba and Jodi Batay-Csorba. The practice was created in Los Angeles, California and moved to Toronto in 2010. With their move they bring to Toronto 14 years of work experience at internationally renowned firms and an unmarked outlook to the progression of design at all scales. Batay-Csorba approaches each project by questioning typical typologies and premeditated ideas in search for contemporary alternatives to how projects are approached, function and perform. Their thought-driven process explores the interfaces between building organization, structure, circulation, materiality and environmental building systems in order to co-notate new formations of space and performance.

Andrea Lacalamita and Gillian Tyrrell - Entry 168

Andrea Lacalamita and Gillian Tyrrell are emerging Toronto-based designers, and recent graduates of the University of Waterloo Graduate School of Architecture. They have collaborated on numerous projects, including Paper Traces, an installation for UnSilent Night 2010 (Cambridge, ON). Though both were born in Canada, echoes of their ancestors' migration can be found in their current work.

Gillian recently exhibited her M.Arch thesis work at the Design at Riverside Gallery (Cambridge, ON). If Walls Could Speak is a haunting collection of photographs that document the abandoned Magdalen Laundries - former asylums for the "fallen women" of Ireland. Andrea is a contributor to Canadian Art Magazine, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo.

Her M.Arch thesis, Packing: An Architect's Guide, is a catalogue of images and essays that parallels the set of spatial operations required to pack, and to create architecture.

Erica Pecoskie and George Simionopoulos - Entry 203

Erica finds success in projects that are reactive, collaborative, poetic, and enduring. Each assignment, to her understanding of design, begins and ends in the depths of its cultural framework, making them as much excavations as they are constructions.

George is an intern architect, master craftsman, critic and lecturer with a profound knowledge of materiality. Thought, action, and product are inseparable when George is at work, and his resultant aesthetic is one that has been distilled and embodied in the process of making.

Together, their sensibility is rooted in a belief in craft and their practice is quality-driven and dedicated to the synthesis of context, necessity, and delight.

Kfir Gluzberg and Liana Bresler - Entry 206

Kfir Gluzberg and Liana Bresler both immigrated to Toronto from Israel. Kfir pursued his interest in digital tectonics at the IaaC in Barcelona where he exhibited his 'Heliobot' project at DHub. He continued his architectural graduate studies at McGill University. Liana exhibited her thesis work, completed at the University of Waterloo, both in Canada and abroad, as part of a collaboration entitled "In-Between Cities". She has taught design studio with the University of Waterloo both on campus and in Rome. Liana is currently practicing at Levitt Goodman Architects in Toronto while Tel-Aviv will be the next site for Kfir's ongoing work.

People's Choice Award winner: Emre Yurga and Christina Kalt - Entry 211

I was born in Manisa, a city near Smyrna. My family came to this city from Eastern Europe. My mother's side came from Salonika and my father's side from former Yugoslavia. My ancestors had moved to Eastern Europe from Smyrna during Ottoman times. It was therefore a coming home after the establishment of the Turkish Republic. Presumably, our family originated from Spain before coming to Smyrna. To top this family immigration flow, I came to North America in 2003. So we are a wandering family. Because of this, the experience of migration, the challenge of reinventing oneself in a foreign land, the constant feeling of longing for a permanent home is an everyday existential murmurings of mine!

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Official Canadian participation in the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture is coordinated and generously supported by Architecture Canada - RAIC and the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information on Migrating Landscapes and our Sponsors and Partners, please go to www.migratinglandscapes.ca.

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Contact Information

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