Winnipeg structure pupil amongst 18 nationwide winners

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Architecture professor and co-curator Jae-Sung Chon during the installation of the Migrating Landscapes exhibition, which officially opened on Thursday.

WINNIPEGGER Jason Hare received a remarkable gift for his 29th birthday on Thursday: the news that he will be part of Team Canada at the Venice Architecture Biennale from September to November.

Hare is a landscape architecture student at the University of Manitoba expected to graduate this year. His entry in the nationwide Migrating Landscapes competition – consisting of a full-scale model and three-minute video – was selected as one of 18 to represent Canada in the world’s most prestigious architectural event, often compared to the Olympics.

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The competition / exhibition for participants under 45 years of age – considered young in the architectural field – was curated by the three Winnipeg architects Johanna Hurme, Sasa Radulovic and Jae-Sung Chon. All immigrants to Canada gained the right to organize the Biennale installation and wanted to explore how migration stories affect architecture. Participants were asked to draw on cultural memories and design an apartment for a migrant in a new landscape.

Hare said that young people in the field are “more likely to do more of the grunt work,” so the competition was a great opportunity to show creativity and innovation.

Hare’s design, which won the People’s Choice Award last month when showing regional entries at The Forks, looks like an upside-down version of the abstract wood landscape on which all entries are “set off”. People have told him that it indicates the root of a tree has been uprooted – perhaps a metaphor for the uprooting of migration.

The winners were announced on Thursday evening at the packed opening of the Migrating Landscapes Show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which runs through April 29th.

The five-person jury was supposed to select 13 winners from 26 finalists, but in the end they selected 18. In addition to Hare, the Manitobans who formed Team Canada are the partners Travis Cooke and Jason Kun and the team of Andre Silva, Chris Gilmour and Kory Kaspersion.

The other winners are: Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (Alberta), Amirali Javidan (BC), a team from Loose Affiliates (BC), a team from D’Arcy Jones Design (BC), Mira Yung and IMu Chan (BC), a Team from Acre Architects (New Brunswick), Marianna de Cola (Atlantic region), Andrew Batay-Csorba and Jodi Batay-Csorba (Ontario), Erica Pecoskie and George Simionopoulos (Ontario), Kfir Gluzberg and Liana Bresler (Ontario), Jean-Nicolas Bouchard and Philippe Charest (Quebec), Anca Matiyku and Chad Connery (Quebec), Enrique Enriquez (Quebec), Felix Tue (Quebec) and a team of five architecture firms from Saskatchewan.

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