Course Description

Devised in conjunction with the Canadian Architecture Forums on Education, and the CAFÉ forum to be held at the City Building Design Lab on March 12, 2020, this course speculates on the future of architecture and architectural agency through experimental play, social innovation, ethnographic adventure, videography, mise-en-scène, performance and storytelling. It also challenges participants to explore their own sense of purpose and place in shaping the future of human thriving in a volatile and uncertain world. Guest lecturers will be Kris Kelley-Frere (Social Innovation Designer and Manager of the Vivo Play Hub Project, Calgary) and Lisa Landrum (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and CAFÉ Project Lead)

Students will learn about the ‘history of the future’ through adaptation of exemplary manifestos of the last century, while influencing public perception of architectural potential through the creation of an interactive video installation. The course will draw from architectural history and theory to develop students’ abilities to think critically and expand their understanding of cultural diversity from a global perspective. Continuing Education students join University of Calgary graduate students for the course. There are no assignments for continuing education attendees. Professionals can use this course towards their required continuing education units.

Course Details

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of architecture policies and strategies around the world
  • Draw links between government policies, artistic methods and design strategies 
  • Demonstrate awareness of the history of manifestos as a key mode of visionary agency in architecture
  • Compare global architecture policy initiatives to specific opportunities within Canada’s geo-political context, including the context of truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. 
  • Critically evaluate consultation strategies to better engage diverse groups in design and planning initiatives
  • Reflect critically on how global crisis (such as climate change and inequality) impact architectural professions
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of Indigenous planning aspirations and traditions
  • Articulate individual perspectives on the future of architecture and strategies to foster more sustainable, equitable and engaging built environments


This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture.

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