The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture the $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome prize for their project Table for 12, which will allow hosts from eight cities to set the table for informal conversations about architecture. The aim of the project is to promote Canadian architecture, identify synergies between cities and provide opportunities for global exchange. These ‘tables of 12’ will include architects and their clients, journalists, politicians, artists and engineers among others. They will discuss the state of design in their respective city as well as their policies and what it takes to create a strong design culture.
The host cities span four continents. Table for 12 will launch at the Winnipeg Design Festival in September 2013, followed by discussions hosted in Mexico City, New York, Lisbon, Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Tokyo, and Sydney. In June 2014, the journey will conclude in Winnipeg, where the project’s findings will be shared during the RAIC Festival of Architecture.
“With Table for 12, 5468796 Architecture is positioning Canada as a global leader,” said Robert Sirman, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “The project’s ambitions are perfectly aligned with the intent of the Professional Prix de Rome and the growing appetite for greater public engagement in cultural development.”
Founded in 2007, and in just six years, 5468796’s projects have received every significant Canadian design award there is, and a number of important international prizes including the 2013 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award and a 2012 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for Bloc_10. Last year, they were Canada’s official representation at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture with Migrating Landscapes.