Archival donations generate new connections at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

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Archival donations generate new connections at the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Gianni Pettena, Ice House II, ca. 1972. Gianni Pettena fonds, CCA. Gift of Gianni Pettena. © Gianni Pettena.

MONTREAL.- The Canadian Centre for Architecture Collection is a repository of ideas and provocations that have, for forty years, formed the basis of a rich international research program. With over 200 archives of work by practicing architects, the CCA Collection has continued to grow over the past year with the donation of works by architects, historians, and critics that document the history, culture, and production of architecture.

These additions to the Collection uphold the institution’s focus on research while offering the possibility to draw new connections with related archival holdings. We seek archives that can generate new lines of inquiry: we already house the archives of architects ranging from Cedric Price to Aldo Rossi, from Álvaro Siza to Gordon Matta-Clark, and they will now be complemented by other experimental approaches to architecture thanks to the archives of Jean-Louis Cohen, Lionel March, Gianni Pettena, Aditya Prakash, Bernard Tschumi, Joseph Rykwert, and Anthony Vidler.

“These archives will complement the CCA holdings on topics ranging from the digital, to the Italians radical of 1970s, to the specific case of the construction of Chandigarh, to the critical architectural reflection emerging in the second half of the twentieth century,” says CCA Director, Mirko Zardini.

Following the donation of the Georg Lippsmeijer, Coen Beeker and Kiran Mukerji collections, Antoni and Belinda Folkers have donated their research library on architecture and urbanism in Africa. This addition to the library holdings will support the CCA’s multidisciplinary research on architecture’s historical role across the continent, currently being explored through the Centring Africa program.

These new additions to the CCA Collection generate research opportunities for scholars interested in postwar and contemporary architecture, digital approaches to the built environment, radical experimentation, and architecture in non-western contexts. Practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines work with the CCA Collection through, among others, the Multidisciplinary Research Program, the Research Fellowships, and the Doctoral Students and Master’s Students programs, as well as through independent study. Over the next two years, the contents of these archives will be made available, both physically in the Study Room and digitally on the CCA website, which grants researchers worldwide access to the archives and other parts of the collection.

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