Blast from the past (and present) – Italian Cultural Institute show

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Drawing by Lisa Rapoport

Our Roman roots will be showing when the ROMA XL exhibit opens later this month at Toronto’s Istituto Italiano di Cultura. This show features drawings executed by former Waterloo School of Architecture students – including PLANT’s Lisa Rapoportand Chris Pommer – during their term of study in Rome. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rome program, the exhibit also includes drawings by Alison Brooks, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, John Shnier and other U of Waterloo Architecture grads who have gone on to illustrious careers. Curator Sascha Hastings juxtaposes students’ Rome-term drawings with their subsequent built work to reveal “unexpected influences of Roman architecture, landscape and urban design on Canadian architects today.” The opening reception takes place on October 16 from 6:30 to 8 pm; the exhibition is open to the public from October 17 to November 1.