Symposium 2019

Living Architecture Systems Group Symposium

March 1 – 3, 2019

Presented by Living Architecture Systems Group in association with
Ontario College of Art and Design University and University of Waterloo

The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) is celebrating the halfway mark of its multi-year SSHRC Partnership Grant with the March 2019 Symposium at OCAD University (OCAD U) in the heart of downtown Toronto. Approximately 60 LASG researchers from Canada, USA and Europe will gather with friends, collaborators, and students to share their works in progress.

Throughout the weekend, LASG researchers and graduate students will give illustrated presentations and engage in discussions. On Friday evening, eminent interaction theorist and designer Paul Pangaro, Professor of the Practice in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a keynote address on interaction design including iconic works by Gordon Pask. Presentations will continue through Saturday, including a noon keynote presentation by Katy rner, Distinguished Professor of Engineering & Information Science at Indiana University. An evening event will take place at the LASG studio, a short distance west of OCAD U in Toronto’s Junction district. A dinner reception will be served alongside a presentation by the Amsterdam 4DSOUND collective, demonstrating an immersive sound, light and motion environment, accompanied by multiple prototypes in progress.

On Sunday morning, Toolbox Dialogue Initiative from Michigan State University will conduct a workshop that will address definitions of responsive and living architecture. The workshop will also explore working methods and motivations through a series of co-creation exercises.

On view throughout the symposium in OCAD U’s George Reid Room is “Resurgence of Organicism,” an exhibition curated by Sarah Bonnemaison of FILUM and Dalhousie University. The exhibition explores principles of Organicism in architectural theory and design, past and contemporary.

Symposium Publications

Three publications by Riverside Architectural Press will be launched at the Symposium. Current work in progress and interviews by LASG researchers will be consolidated in White Papers 2019, and symposium presentation abstracts will be published in a volume of Symposium Proceedings. The Resurgence of Organicism exhibition catalogue, edited by Sarah Bonnemaison, will be presented in partnership with Dalhousie Architectural Press.


The support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), University of Waterloo, OCAD University and multiple partners is gratefully acknowledged.


The LASG Symposium 2019 details including schedule and program will be regularly updated on

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