Toronto | Contra
What is a forum? Forum is “a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.” We decided to focus on those issues, discussing them and figuring out the problems and solutions. As we reflect in the past year and the current extremely polarizing state of social, political, and environmental issues, we challenge contrasting beliefs, contradictory approaches and controversial topics of discussion. With the theme CONTRA, we bring forward and work together to solve these issues, changing the world in the context of architecture and design. Quoted by Robert Venturi “I speak of a complex and contradictory architecture based on the richness and ambiguity of modern experience. Everywhere, except in architecture, complexity and contradiction have been acknowledged.” We need to challenge the makers of the built environment to ensure these contradictions work together in unison.