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ICONOMY: The economy of our local iconic fabric


JULY 21 - AUGUST 6, 2016

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 @ 8PM

The economy of our local iconic fabric.

This exhibition expands upon initial ideas developed in two earlier d.talks discussions on heritage architecture. Seeking to highlight the intangible economic benefits of the Brutalist Education Centre Building and the Modernist Lacey Court Building, the two ICONOMY events posed an architectural prompt: What to do with the existing building while addressing pressures for growth? How do we negotiate the challenge of “densification” into “possibility”?

Six architect and design firms responded to that prompt, exploring the two buildings' possibilities for new future. This exhibition presents the diverse approaches to adaptive re-use. From light touch to mild intervention to dramatic alteration, each practice unveils architectural exploration and the complexity of decisions one must confront when deciding the significance of the existing.

Architects and Designers:

bioi. is a multi-faceted design and build practice founded in 2011 by Jordan Allen and Ryan Trefz emerging from an industry-wide lack of care, craft and innovation. (

FAAS is a studio of designers, builders and placemakers and co-founded by James Andalis and Michael Farrar in 2011. (

MoDA (Modern office of Design and Architecture) is a critical Architectural and Interior Design studio founded by principals Dustin Couzens and Ben Klumper in 2013. (

Nyhoff Architecture, established in 2009 by Kevin and Mairi Nyhoff, is a design focused office with a range of adaptive reuse, arts and community based projects. (

Founded in 2013, SPECTACLE is an internationally oriented office working across the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and object design, which seeks opportunities to critically examine and influence our cities. (

Studio North is a design+build practice founded in 2013 by Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson, connecting design with building and craft. (


Stride is open to the public from 11 AM - 5 PM,
Tuesday – Saturday.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
/Exhibition reception is open to members and invited guests.


Earlier Event: June 17
PLACEHOLDER: Translation
Later Event: September 26
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