July 15, 2009 - Canadian Centre for Architecture - Speed Limits
July 15, 2009

Speed Limits

CCA presents the exhibition
Speed Limits
until 8 November 2009

1920, rue Baile
Montréal, Québec
H3H 2S6
514 939 7026


The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents Speed Limits, an exhibition devoted to the inescapable presence of speed in modern life, in art, architecture and urbanism, and in the graphic arts, economics, and the material culture of the industrial age and our own age of information. The exhibition spotlights the hundredth anniversary of Italian Futurism, the movement to which we owe the famous statement that appeared in its founding manifesto: “The world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed.” The exhibition is co-organised with the Wolfsonian-Florida International University (WFIU) in Miami Beach.

Presented in the CCA’s main galleries, the exhibition features more than 240 objects from the collections of the CCA and The Wolfsonian, including books, photographs, advertising posters, architectural drawings, publications, and videos, which together illustrate the debate about speed and present a multifaceted view that is both a defence of speed and an implicit criticism of its negative effect on contemporary life.

The exhibition installation is designed by Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture, with graphics by New York-based Project Projects. Both Michael Maltzan Architecture and Project Projects were recently named 2009 Finalists for the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in recognition of the excellence, innovation, and public impact of their work.

Speed Limits is accompanied by a catalogue of the same title, edited by Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University and Skira Editore, Milan. The catalogue contains prefaces by Mirko Zardini, Director of the CCA, and Cathy Leff, Director of The Wolfsonian. It includes new essays by Timothy Alborn, Yve-Alain Bois, Edward Dimendberg, Maria Gough, Antonino Mastruzzo, Jeffrey L. Meikle, Pierre Niox, Marjorie Perloff, Mark Seltzer, and Anthony Vidler; an anthology of historical texts; the visual essay Rush City by Jeffrey T. Schnapp; and studies of the impact of speed on contemporary society. The 320-page book contains 140 colour and black-and-white illustrations. It is available in an English edition at the CCA Bookstore.

Exhibition Dates

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, 20 May until November 2009.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami Beach, 17 September 2010 until 20 February 2011.

CCA Online

While celebrating the 20th anniversary of its public opening throughout 2009, the CCA opens a new online presence designed to make its Collection, exhibitions, research activities, and programs more accessible and relevant to its audiences locally and around the world. The website enhances the institution’s engagement with contemporary issues by increasing visibility and access to all resources and activities. With an innovative site architecture and navigation tools, the new website allows the CCA to engage and expand its audiences and build a strong network for the exchange of ideas on contemporary issues in architecture. In addition to the main site, CCA lectures and videos are available through iTunes and YouTube, as well as dedicated microsites for special exhibitions.

New online: The third annual Urgency discussion with Adam Caruso and Brigitte Shim, which took place on 13 June 2009. Previous editions also available feature Greg Lynn with Yung Ho Chang (2008), and Peter Eisenman with Rem Koolhaas (2007).

About CCA

Founded in 1979 with the conviction that architecture is a public concern, the CCA is a research centre and museum that shapes current discussion in architecture and the city by raising unexpected questions and by giving a platform to big, small, and overlooked ideas. Speed Limits continues the CCA’s long-standing exploration of major questions posed by contemporary architecture, in particular about urban, social and environmental issues. The exhibition follows Actions: What You Can do with the City; Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa (2008); 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas (2007); Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow with Gilles Clément and Philippe Rahm (2006); and Sense of the City (2005), an innovative exhibition dedicated to the theme of urban phenomena and perceptions that have traditionally been ignored, repressed or maligned.

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