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Enduring Resilience and Flow: The Lower Don River

A colour photograph of the Don River with text overlaid that says "Enduring Resilience and Flow: The Lower Don River"

Enduring Resilience and Flow: The Lower Don River

Thursday, September 23

2:00 pm

Pre-registration required - registration will open Thursday, September 2 at 12:00pm; register here.

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.

Join artist, writer, and cartographer, Daniel Rotsztain, for a walk exploring the Lower Don River’s shallow, silty flow; its importance to the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee and its history of being both a gateway and a barrier to early industrialization. Outdoor event with limited capacity; pre-registration required.

Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer, cartographer and landscape designer whose projects seek to understand and support the diverse settings of the city’s public life. Daniel is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Here and Now, where he recommends local day trips in Southern Ontario. The author of All the Libraries Toronto and A Colourful History Toronto, his work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Now Magazine and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gladstone Hotel, and as part of Nuit Blanche.

*Meeting point near the Lower Don River will be shared with registered participants in advance of the event.

The program will be about one hour long, and the route takes sidewalks. Please contact us with any specific questions or inquiries regarding accessibility.


Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

September 15 to December 11, 2021

Ours is a world in flux. Extreme weather events are propelling governments, cities, developers, designers and others to question our ability to confront and survive the repercussions of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks to our communities. As we face increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions, many of the world’s poorest residents are at risk of drought, sea level rise, and the loss of habitat that supports fishing, farming, and other livelihoods.

Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter. In  Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to survive and thrive amid a changing climate?  How can we address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable citizens? Through a variety of innovative ideas — high-tech and low-tech, extravagant, and affordable — the exhibition begins to address the challenges of excess heat, droughts, flooding, food insecurity, homelessness, mass violence, biological disaster, and earthquake.

Featuring works by:

Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, Mary Mattingly, Vincent Callebaut, Chris Jordan, Thomas L. Kelly, Liam Kelly, The Empowerment Plan, Phil Ross, Pedro Reyes, ZO-loft Architecture and Design, William McDonough + Partners, Achim Menges, Andrew Maynard Architects, Tina Hovsepian, Alejandro Aravena, Jenny Sabin and Eric Ellingsen Studio Lab: Jingyang Liu Leo, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, Peta Feng and Malgorzata Pawlowska, Davison Design: Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao, Journeyman Pictures, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)

Full exhibition info

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.

The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4.

Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265.

Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission; click here to book a visit.