Herbert Enns -- Book LaunchFriday May 09 2014 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Launch of Mining Location J.O. 180: Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake (Center for American Architecture & Design), co-edited by Kevin Alter.
A lake house holds a special place in the psyche of Canadian culture. Grounded in a wealth of extant wilderness and pioneering roots, such campsites are part of a tradition and serve as stepping-stones to a natural world. Indeed, despite their occasional inhabitation, the experiences of a lake house are frequently given a primary place in our memory. A two-hour drive east of Winnipeg to Shoal Lake, followed by a four kilometer boat ride, brings the visitor to Mining Location J.O. 180: a remote, twenty-four acre island on the border of Manitoba and Ontario. Designed and built by Herbert Enns - Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and Director of the CISCO Innovation Centre for Collaborative Technologies at the University of Winnipeg - two pavilions serve as sites for experiments in efficient ‘off the grid’ architecture.
Mining Location J.O. 180: Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake includes a complete set of drawings of the buildings, sketches that reveal the design process, and a comprehensive photo documentary. An introductory essay by Kevin Alter, Associate Director of the Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas at Austin is followed with an extended essay - Our Bright Futures - by Professor Herbert Enns that investigates the origins and perceptual impact of projects inspired by the Canadian landscape.