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On Thursday, May 24, a special Plenary session held in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) helped introduce the OAA’s new, exciting program to the membership. After months of planning, the SHIFT 2019: Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge was finally unveiled, giving attendees their first glimpse of a biennial initiative designed to be a new type of ‘activist’ prize in which the OAA can engage.
This program targets a different societal issue every two years, showing how the profession can bring architectural thinking to engage the public in dialogue about architecture and the role of architects in society. The first theme is “infrastructure.” OAA Vice President Vanessa Fong and Past-President Toon Dreessen, two people heavily involved with SHIFT’s development, explained the program’s history while special speaker Robin Mazumder explored the impact of urban design on how people think and feel—what is sure to be an important aspect of SHIFT2019 submissions as they develop over the months to come.
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