Potential Architecture: Construction Toys from the CCA Collection

Exhibition, Octagonal gallery, 4 December 1991 to 8 March 1992

Architecture, though constrained by boundaries of function and structure, is always ultimately an act of the imagination. Potential Architecture: Construction Toys from the CCA Collection explores twenty-one construction toys, made in the hundred years from 1850 to 1950, that were designed to challenge a child’s creativity. The toys illustrate how children learn to invent relationships between space, structure, and building forms, and hence to better understand the world around them. Each toy in the exhibition consists of parts or pieces that allow a variety of possible wholes.

Potential Architecture: Construction Toys from the CCA Collection is the second in a series of exhibitions featuring the CCA’s collection of architectural toys and games, acquired with the support of Bell Canada.

Curators: Norman Brosterman, New York, and Michael Lewis, CCA.


Other exhibitions in the series


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