Habitat is an installation that makes reference to Habitat 67, the iconic experimental social housing project built for Expo 67 in Montreal. At its inception, Habitat 67 was intended to illustrate housing solutions in increasingly crowded cities around the world: the ultimate goal for the project, which was to create affordable housing en masse, failed when demand for the unique units drove up the rental costs. The issue of affordable housing is a pressing and urgent one in Toronto and neighbourhoods with increasing numbers of new residents need better housing options. This installation considers how residential architecture approaches some of these concerns 50 years later and in each location will call attention to the housing constraints in those communities.
This work was installed for the YTB Gallery exhibition, From A to B isn’t always linear, curated by Geneviève Wallen, Marsya Maharani, Anjuli Rahaman.
photos by Heather Rappard