Toplight: Roof Transparencies from 1760 to 1960

Exhibition, Octagonal gallery, 23 October 2008 to 15 February 2009

Toplight: Roof Transparencies from 1760 to 1960 traces the evolution of skylights from their origins at the end of the eighteenth century, when this type of fenestration was first explored in Paris’s new Halle au blé (1763–1782), to James Stirling’s History Faculty Building, University of Cambridge (1963–1968).

The exhibition is organized around a series of case studies and typologies, including railway stations, factories, world’s fairs, museums, department stores, private homes, and tenements. Their evolution reveals how the emerging upper middle class dwelt, shopped, travelled, entertained itself, accumulated wealth, and housed the workers it employed.

Curated by Pierre-Édouard Latouche, CCA. Graphic design by Black Sheep Design, Montreal.

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