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Montréal, October 1, 2018− Our fall focus on Belgium continues at the UQAM Centre for Design with the exhibition Entrer en interférence : cinq architectures en Belgique / cinq architectures au Québec (Interference: Five Architectures in Belgium / Five Architectures in Québec). Produced in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures, the exhibition brings together projects by five Belgian architectural firms and sets them side by side with projects by five Québec firms.

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Centre de design de l’UQAM
October 4 to December 9, 2018
Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Curators: Audrey Contesse and Georges Adamczyk
Public lecture: Dix architectes en interférence
Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Public lecture: Les temps de la qualité
Échanges entre expériences de la commande publique
Thursday, November 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The exhibition
Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures (WBA) presents five projects reflecting the diversity in Wallonia and Brussels, which visitors explore through sights and sounds. The projects are located both within and outside cities and are mainly public facilities; they all show the ways in which the architects and their patrons have tried to use architecture to improve the quality of life of citizens. All five transform the use of spaces and the experience of users: urban redevelopment through conversion of abandoned industrial property to mixed cultural and business use; heritage restoration for a project to preserve the memory of works of art; transformation of a public space; a sports facility in osmosis with the landscape in an extraordinary environment; and finally, a private commission for a small pavilion to house and enhance an art collection.

Audrey Contesse, the curator of the Belgian portion of the exhibition, invited photographer Maxime Delvaux and sound designer Christophe Rault to share their analyses of the five projects. Two analyses in the form of a video and an independent sound montage complement a collection of objects gleaned and selected by the curator at each of the sites and in the architectural offices to represent the materiality and relevance of the projects.

Projects in the Belgian section
• The Artothèque de Mons, converted from an old chapel by L’Escaut+Atelier Gigogne Architectures

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• Adeps La Fraineuse Sports Centre in Spa, by Architectes Baukunst
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• Interlac, a dairy converted into a cultural and commercial facility in Dison, by Architectes Baumans-Deffet
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• M garden, a pavilion for an art collector in Renaix, by Architectes VERS.A

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• Place de la Cage aux ours in Brussels, a public space developed by Architectes MSA in association with NEY & Partners
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The objective of the Québec portion of the exhibition is to introduce the public to the creative contribution made by architects to the cultural and social regeneration of the built environment in the cities of Montréal and Québec. It presents five projects in Québec that stand out for their technical and artistic excellence. They have all won industry awards: the Grand Prize in Architecture from the Ordre des architectes du Québec and the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. The projects were chosen by the curator, architecture professor and critic Georges Adamczyk.

Projects in the Québec section
• Rail bridge at the Outremont site, Montréal (2012-2017), by Le groupe SMI et Civiliti, Peter Soland, architect
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• Saint-Michel Soccer Stadium, Montréal (2012-2017), by Saucier + Perrotte architects and HCMA Architecture + Design Vancouver

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• The Phi Centre in Old Montréal (2008-2012), by Annie Lebel and Stéphane Pratte of In situ atelier d’architecture and Shapiro Wolfe Architectes

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• La Maison de la Littérature in Old Québec (2014-2016), by Chevalier Morales Architectes
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• Conversion of a gas station designed by Mies van der Rohe on Nuns’ Island in 1969 (Verdun 2013), by Éric Gauthier of Les architectes FABG

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The idea of interference is the unifying thread that guides the broad focuses of the exhibition. The first focus is critical: looking at architecture in new ways. While the word interference can refer to the scrambling of communication, at the same time it expresses the ways in which architects from here and abroad enter into dialogue with each other and with the public. Secondly, interference highlights the power of architecture to transform obsolete environments into new, magical spaces. “It is this cultural dimension of architecture, using design to regenerate and enhance our living environment, that we want to present to the public,” says curator Georges Adamczyk.

The curators
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Audrey Contesse is an architect and historian of art and architecture. She currently works as a curator, author and cultural communication consultant in the field of architecture. As a journalist, she regularly writes for international magazines including L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, D’A, Werk, bauen + wohnen, Tracés, L’Art Même, and A+. Between 2006 and 2015, she was Francophone editorial secretary and then editor-in-chief of the magazine A+ Architecture in Belgium. She is the co-author of a number of books, including XX Models.
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Georges Adamczyk is a full professor at the Université de Montréal School of Architecture and served as director of the School from 1999 to 2007. He is also an author and architecture curator. After completing an undergraduate degree in Design at UQAM in 1973, he received a Master’s degree in Planning (History and Theories of Architecture) from the Université de Montréal in 1982. At UQAM, he directed the Environmental Design program (1977-1982), the Art History program (1982-1983) and the Department of Design, now the School of Design (1984-1989). From 1992 to 1999, he directed the UQAM Centre for Design. Also at the Centre for Design, he developed and organized the first exhibition in Canada on industrial designer Michel Dallaire, La beauté des formes utiles (1983).

Public lecture: Dix architectes en interférence
The Belgian and Québec architects will talk about their respective projects.
Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Free admission, room DS-R510
Pavillon J.-A.-De Sève, UQAM
320 Saint Catherine Street East
Reserve your seats:
Program: here

Participants :
Louise Pelletier, Director, UQAM Centre for Design, curators Audrey Contesse and Georges Adamczyk, Atelier Gigogne + L’Escaut, Baumans-Deffet, Vers. A, In situ atelier d’architecture, Chevalier Morales Architectes, Éric Gauthier of Les architectes FABG, Baukunst, MSA, Civiliti, Saucier + Perrotte.

Les temps de qualité. Échanges entre expériences de la commande publique
Thursday, November 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Free admission, room R-M120, Pavillon des Sciences de la gestion
315 Saint Catherine Street East
Reserve your seats:
Program: here

Chantal Dassonville, Assistant general manager, Cellule architecture, Brussels
Carol Bélanger, Chief architect, Edmonton
Francesco Della Casa, Architect of the Geneva Canton
Émilie Moreau, Urban planner, Paris


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