Summer solsticed


Why is the Design Exchange exhibiting ostrich-plume art? Because the wispy sculptures, inscrutably titled “Hylozoic Ground,” will fill Canada’s pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale from August to November.

1–Mathieu Fitzgerald, sales rep at The Condo Store Realty.
2–Brad Keast, land development associate at Smart! Centres; and major and aerospace engineer Jake Einarson, Canadian Forces Base Borden.
3–Hylozoic Ground designer, Philip Beesley, a U of Waterloo architecture prof; Eb Zeidler of Zeidler Partnership Architects, esteemed as the dean of Canadian architects, and Jane, his art-consultant wife.
4–Criminal lawyer Adele Monaco and Angelo Moretti, manager of Yonge and Eglinton ristorante Grazia.
5–At the DX exhibition opening: Cecconi Simone partner and interior designer Anna Simone, Globe and Mail architecture critic and sometime contributor to Canadian Interiors John Bentley Mays, and Core Architects partner Babak Eslahjou.


The Summer Solstice Party, the yearly salute to the longest day, hosted by Diamond + Schmitt Architects, always draws a diverse crowd of designers, clients, politicians and artistes to the lobby of the firm’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

1–Mark Potter, construction manager at Hines, the developer creating Calgary’s Eighth Avenue Place office complex; D+S partner Don Schmitt; and planning consultant and former City of Toronto planning commissioner Robert Millward.
2–Kelly Henderson, project co-ordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital; Tara Plett, D+S contract administrator; and public school teacher Trisha Hobbs.
3–David Dow, principal, D+S; Alex Spiegel, president, One Development; and Jay Ingraham, co-host and producer of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet.
4–Michael Fortin, president, marketing agency Elliott Sinclair; Jessica Cherniak, founder of Fourth Trimester, which assists mothers who have just given birth; and Gillian Diamond.