EVENT: Richard McGuire, author of HERE, in Toronto FEB 12


We’re quite happy to announce that Richard McGuire, graphic novelist and creator of one of 2014’s greatest books, “HERE”, will be in Toronto on Thursday, February 12th, as part of the Daniels Fora, in a program called @home: Architecture Inside Out, in an event by The University of Toronto and Random House Canada.

Tickets to the event are free, and must be acquired via Eventbrite in order to attend. You can get’em here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/home-architecture-inside-out-tickets-15403644716

Daniels Fora – @home: Architecture Inside Out
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

Free (Tickets Required)

On Thursday, February 12th graphic novelist Richard McGuire, author of the acclaimed book HERE will join Danielle Aubert, co-creator of the book: Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies: Lafayette, Detroit, to discuss the architecture of domesticity, depictions of the home, and how they frame our understanding of the changing ways that our private and public lives play out in the space of the city. Part of the Daniels Fora series, the event — @home: Architecture Inside Out — will explore how the architecture and urbanism that we inhabit is not just the setting for but the narrative subject of human life.

Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, and Associate Professor Robert Levit, director of the Daniels Faculty’s Master of Architecture program will moderate.

While conceptions of domestic life and our everyday experiences have been an established focus of modern literature, modern architecture and urbanism have, with few exceptions, remained steadfastly committed to an abstract and conceptual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the sometimes-idiosyncratic way that we occupy our homes and other domesticated spaces can not only inform representations of the built environment, but also influence the way in which we design buildings and cities.

Architects are just beginning to imagine buildings and cities by populating them with people, ephemera, and stories that were deliberately absent a generation ago. Drawing directly on modes of visual description associated with photography, comics, graphic novels, film, painting and historical modes of architecture, the most pioneering work in this area can be found at the boundaries of conventional architectural drawings, narrative description, storytelling, and an expanding repertoire of other media (including digital models, computational language, net-based sound and image archives).


Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Le Monde, and Libération. He has written and directed for two omnibus feature films: Loulou et Autre Loups (Loulou and Other Wolves, 2003) and Peur(s) du Noir (Fear[s] of the Dark, 2007). He has also designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and he is the founder and bass player of the no-wave band Liquid Liquid. The six-page comicHere, which appeared in 1989 in Raw magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that would expand the possibilities of the comic medium. Its influence continues to be felt twenty-five years after its publication.


Danielle Aubert, Lana Cavar and Natasha Chandani are graphic designers based in New York and Zagreb, Croatia. Their collaborative group, Placement examines the interaction of people with places. Their first project, Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies, a book about Lafayette Park, Detroit, (Metropolis Books, 2012) was selected by the AIGA as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012 and described by architecture historian Phyllis Lambert as “a superb field guide” to the neighborhood. They are currently working on their second book project, which looks at the life of the Holiday Inn hotel in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Aubert, Cavar and Chandani met in the Graphic Design MFA program at Yale University. Photo by Charles Roussel
About the Daniels Fora
The Fora series feature popular discussions that aim to bring together different perspectives in order to create debate, build relationships, and stimulate discourse among practitioners, scholars, and the general public on topics related to architecture, art, urbanism, landscape, and design.