Symposium 2019

FridaySunday, March 13 2019
100 McCaul Street Toronto M5T 1V7
The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) is celebrating the halfway mark of its multi-year SSHRC Partnership Grant with a Symposium at OCAD University in downtown Toronto from March 1-3, 2019. Approximately 50 LASG researchers from Canada, USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand will gather with friends, collaborators and students to share their works in progress.
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 Börner, Distinguished Professor of Engineering & Information Science at Indiana University, with PhD student Andreas Bueckle. A dinner reception will take place at the LASG studio alongside a presentation by Amsterdam’s 4DSOUND, demonstrating an immersive sound, light and motion environment.
On Sunday morning two workshops will be offered.  Toolbox Dialogue Initiative from Michigan State University will explore definitions of responsive and living architecture. The workshop will address working methods and motivations . Carole Collet of Central Saint Martins UAL will lead ‘Scoping the Future of Design, Architecture and Living Systems’, positioning and situating the current state of research in design, architecture and living systems. 
On view throughout the symposium in the George Reid Room is the exhibition  “Resurgence of Organicism,” 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 updated on 
For more information contact or 416-766-8284.

Symposium Schedule

March 1
March 2
March 3


Activity Descriptions



OCAD University
100 McCaul Street

Living Architecture Systems Group Studio
213 Sterling Road, Suite 200