Architecture and Oil

april_9_architecture_and_oil_invite_22Architecture and Oil is a public lecture and panel discussion related to On Site magazine. On Site provides a Canadian publishing site that is participatory, inclusive and discusses architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, art, engineering, environmental issues, landscape, performance art and installations. The lecture and panel discussion is brought to you by On Site Magazine through a joint Canada Council and Alberta Arts Foundation grant.

On Site’s mandate is to publish projects that are unknown, unpublished or re-presented from a reconsidered perspective. On Site’s objectives are to democratize and widen the discussion of the production of space through themed issues that develop a descriptive space for architecture and its unexpected connections.

Alberta has had the good economic fortune of being Canada’s oil capital but what has been its influence on our architecture? Other than refineries in our cities, the architectural imprint of oil is limited. Elsewhere in the world oil money has brought about an extreme architectural response: think of the opulence of the United Arab Emirates. What can be said of the Canadian response?

Come listen to Michele Gucciardi, Design Manager – HOK, Tony Luppino, Executive Director – The Art Gallery of Alberta, and Bill Chomick (FRAIC), Principal – Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning discuss these issues and show current work from their individual organizations.

More information about the lecture can be found at or please contact Peter Osborne at or Stephanie White at The lecture takes place on April 9, 2009 at the Telus Centre for Professional Development at the University of Alberta, 111 Street and 87 Avenue, room Telus 1-50.  The doors open at 6:30pm with the lectures starting at 7:00pm. Admission is Free so come early to ensure a seat.

We have an opportunity to engage the City in a discussion about our collective environment; don’t miss out!