This brings me to my last point. The Things Around Us urges us to negotiate ecologies, tools, models, documents, delays, and fabrics. The questions raised and the themes evoked speak to crucial issues that confront architecture worldwide, and for that, the exhibit is both thought-provoking and relevant. Yet the show often presupposes an “Us” that works to insulate the architects from all the things around them. We learn more about how architects make concepts from vertiginous experiences with the Other—the Orient, Eastern Europe, the nomad, postmodernist additions like the renegade modernist—than about reinventing context. If the CCA wants to de-center the architect, they should do it: unfollow Us and instead follow the Mongolian goats.
Dijana O. Apostolski (M. Phil., 2014, M. Arch., 2016) is a doctoral candidate at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her research critically re-examines conventional European architectural histories and their main protagonists. She is currently working on representing Michelangelo’s paper architectures at the intersection of architectural history, art history and conservation, and the histories of body and religion. The McGill Engineering International Doctoral Award, the Peter Guo-hua Fu Graduate Award, and the Schulich Graduate Fellowship support her research.
How to Cite This: Apostolski, Dijana O. Review of The Things Arounds Us: 51N4E and Rural Urban Framework, curated by Francesco Garutti, exhibition concept by Johan Anrys, Joshua Bolchover, John Lin, and Freek Persyn, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, September 16, 2020 – February 14, 2021, JAE Online, October 23, 2020, http://www.jaeonline.org/articles/review/things-around-us#/.