September 28, 2015
Herzl Kashetsky’s poster for Housing Alternatives, 1988. Courtesy the collection of Monica Chaperlin and Robert McKee
221A is pleased to host Geraldine Dening at Urgent Imagination: Part II, a two-day conference developed by Western Front that will take place on October 2 and 3, 2015. The event proposes alternatives to Vancouver’s current mode of developer-driven architecture and urban planning. Dening is a London-based architect, a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, and a founding member of Architects for Social Housing (ASH); a collective of urban designers, academics, engineers, artists, and activists who are responding to London’s present housing crisis. As part of its mandate to find sustainable alternatives to the planned demolition of Greater London’s social housing, ASH works with and offers support to the residents of the region’s estimated 3500 housing estates, who face eviction and displacement in the wake of up-market regeneration schemes.
July 9, 2015
Courtesy Allison Yip
221A is pleased to announce Jesse McKee as the Curator of Projects and Residencies. Beginning in August, he will work with the community, staff and curatorial residents of 221A to further the organization’s collective model. Leading the production of exhibitions and programs, as well as outdoor and publishing projects, he will continue to develop the organization’s mandate in exploring the role of design in the shaping of contemporary societies.
May 7, 2015
221A is seeking applications for employment in the role of Curator, Projects and Residencies, working with the Director to research, plan and coordinate curatorial initiatives. Working through periods of intensity as projects develop, both indoors and outdoors, the candidate must be highly adept at understanding and implementing collaborative organizational practices as part of a wider artistic and theoretical pursuit.
The opening of this position comes at the same time as Bopha Chhay, Projects Coordinator, steps down from 221A. Arriving in Canada from New Zealand, via Afterall in London, it is with great warmth and respect that we have come to know and work with her over the past 3 years. While we will sorely miss her at 221A, we wish her continued success in her upcoming projects.
April 4, 2015
221A is pleased to announce the selection of Tarin Hughes (Saskatoon), Robin Lynch (NYC) and three-person collective Andrew Berardini (LA), Martha Kirszenbaum (LA/Paris) and Jesse McKee (Vancouver) as the 2015-16 Curatorial Residents. This years residents will work collectively with Brian McBay, Director of 221A to advance the organization’s mandate to explore the role of design in the shaping of contemporary society.