© Tings Chak
8 November 2014, @2:00 pm
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Over 80,000 people have been jailed indefinitely, without charge or trial-this is the invisible reality of immigration detention in Canada. Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (Architecture Observer 2014) documents the banality and violence of the architecture in contrast to the stories of daily resistance among immigration detainees. This graphic novels explores the growing industry of immigration detention in Canada, and questions the role of architectural design in such spaces.Undocumented is written by Tings Chak, a multidisciplinary artist and architect based in Toronto.
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Text and images: Sara Anne Best
At 43, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to author a Serpentine Pavilion. Will his talk in Sydney inspire encouragement and support to the emerging generation of architects?
A gargantuan pebble lies dormant in Kensington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Serpentine Gallery. Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic’s paper-mache carapace is the antithesis of last year’s translucent terrain by Sou Fujimoto. It is a contradiction that highlights the pavilion commission as an ‘unparalleled site for architectural experimentation’.
Often a luxury, the privilege is awarded to an architect yet to build in the UK, enabling local audiences to ‘engage with their work first hand’. It is a prestigious honour and at once an affirmation and catalyst toward architectural fame. Yet in a profession that draws heavily on the work of others to teach and inspire, there is a commensurate level of responsibility.