Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War September 2011

Curated by Jean-Louis Cohen and installed at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Architecture in Uniform fills a significant gap in the history of architecture by investigating the far-reaching contributions made by architects and designers on each side of World War II.

Designed by Project Projects and WORKac, the exhibition displays a substantial number of objects and curatorial texts in a sequence allowing for many possible readings. Using elements such as slanted walls, vertically suspended sheet metal signage, and a palette featuring a different shade of gray for each room, the exhibition design reflects the period's condition of profound disruption. Several walls immerse the viewer in large-scale graphics derived from the show's materials (e.g., documentary photography, organizational charts, camouflage color swatches, and line art from historical books).

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Architecture in Uniform

Exhibition Architecture in Uniform, 2011
Views of the installation at the CCA.
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