Lead: Rodolphe el-Khoury and Robert Levit
Team: Michael Alexander (RAD/U-SoA), Christopher Chung (RAD/U-SoA), Dorsa Jalalian (Daniels, UofT), Nicholas Reddon (Daniels, UofT), Xiangyu Shao (RAD/U-SoA), Yuanxun Xia (RAD/U-SoA).
Type-Topia is a city defined by its monuments and civic institutions. Seven of Khoury Levit Fong’s projects form the mental geography of a cityscape recognized through its iconic artefacts. The intimate and personal experiences of Type-topia’s citizenry thread through the collective figures formed by the architecture of the city’s civic institutions and monuments. While, travelers’ are drawn to the city by the charm of these distinctive figures.

Type-topia, the city, is visible here through the use augmented reality programmed into tablets through which the city can be surveyed. The singular iconic status of the totemic buildings through the use of the tablets reveals their role in the urban geography of Type-topia.

The architectural projects in this exhibition were done over the course of 10 years by Khoury Levit Fong. Seven speculative projects from that stretch of time have been here arrayed in a fictitious city – Type-topia. The intent of the exhibition is to call attention to the iconic status of important public spaces and buildings in shaping the identity of cities and producing the locus of their civic realms. By shifting attention away from some of today’s current themes focused on questions of performance the exhibition wishes to underline the role that buildings play as a geography of monuments that are touchstones to urban experience and that forgotten term locus genii.

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto where Robert Levit is Associate Dean, Nicholas Reddon a graduate student, and of which Dorsa Jalalian is an alumna; and the University of Miami School of Architecture where Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean and Christopher Chung is Manager of RAD- UM. The exhibition was developed and produced as a collaborative research project between the two institutions.

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