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Architecture for Breakfast IV – PHUTURE PHENOTYPES

May 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Pheno: to showtype: …type | Phenotype: an integration of internal (genetic) and external (environmental) influences responsible for an organism’s appearance and behavior.

Swapping out ‘organisms’ for ‘buildings’ this session (and sub series) exploits both the above meanings – exploring new typologies emerging from the integration of existing models and external influences.  (Influences including, but not limited to: zoning policies, environmental performance mandates, density, affordability, financing models, and social cohesion).

Because such phenotypes generally demand greater risk/vision/tenacity on behalf of the client, the speakers for these sessions will feature perspectives of both client and architect.  This first will feature architect Bruce Haden with client Mark Shieh (Take Root Properties) alongside architect Ian Ross McDonald with client Ron Segev.

In nature, without phenotypic variation, there would be no evolution – putting the future of all species at risk.  We could argue the same is true for our cities.  Without typological evolution, our urban fabrics cannot evolve (to reflect eco-social realities) – putting the future of (functional) society at risk. This sub series is conceived as a forum for highlighting successful phenotypes – with the hopes of propagating successful strategies, and inspiring the formulation of new ones.

Doors open at 8. Talks start at 825. Space (and muffins) will be limited, so register early to ensure a spot.  Register by end of day May 21st to ensure a space

More about the AfB Series: 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the stage for metabolic capacity and establishes both the baseline and boundary of our potential. So, what if we approached the ingesting – or rather the exchanging – of ideas as doing the same?

Architecture for Breakfast is a regular (‘regular’) forum for practitioners to come together for candid conversations about practice (/praxis) – from the pragmatic to the inspirational. Whether interrogating the challenges and opportunities of project delivery methods; sharing material research/innovations; or challenging current thinking with new models of performance or practice, the goal – like breakfast – is to fuel greater potential.

Muffins can be kept to yourself but perspectives must be shared, so together we can expand our collective knowledge, challenge the conversation, and empower our agency in improving the quality of design and life in Vancouver!


Henriquez Partners Architects
598 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, Canada