Milieux…

Dear Students of Architecture,

Thank you for the incredible response at the first Kosmic meeting on September 23rd. In response to your voice regarding the venue selection, we have made further progress in renting the Aberdeen Pavilion. The event (although not completely set in stone) will be held on Thursday December 1st, 2011.

After much thought and consideration, we are taking further action in creating an event that is progressive and optimistic for the community of architecture at Carleton. We believe the events history has come to a point where a new focus is both appropriate and necessary. We have discussed this concept in the previous meetings with students and faculty. Us, as students of architecture have the ability to host an event that connects the student body to the city of Ottawa; an event that promotes architecture and how design shapes our communities. With a new approach, this event has the potential to regain lost respect towards to our student body. An event that takes action through design. 
To complete this transformation, we feel rebranding the event will speak of this desired focus.
MILIEUX.
We hope you will share this enthusiasm, and help create an event that sets the standard.
The next meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday October 12th, 2011. The meeting will address the event’s theme. We request any suggestions for themes to be e-mailed to this address prior to the meeting. We encourage sending image(s) to support your theme proposal. Voting will take place at the end of the meeting on Wednesday.


Sincerely,
Shane Dalke | Wyatt Armstrong


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7 responses to “Milieux…

  1. Really? After 38 years of tradition we just decide to forget and move on? Who’s idea was it? I agree with changing the themes/venues/objectives etc… but completely re-branding the event seems like an step too far to me. Carleton wants to change their focus, but it seems like it just cut off the past with no real vision for the future.

  2. “The lover that truly loves doesn’t stop loving if her hair changes color but rejoices in the fact that her heart stays the same” – (specially if she looks better with the new hair color)

  3. Part of the tradition of Kosmic is that it isn’t fixed and that it is in the hands of the current organizers to change and remodel as they see fit — of course, with a sensitivity and consideration to both its past and future. Students have been struggling with “what should Kosmic be” at least as long as I have been involved with the school (since 2001) and I would assume long before. It seems one of the major issues for years has been a bit of an obsession with what Kosmic once was. While talk of what it could be has been part of the discourse and challenge for years, it’s been hard to let go of the mythologized and nostalgic image of what it was — an inherited image rather than experienced event for most of us, myself included.

    The name change is a bit of a hard thing to swallow.

    Kosmic has taken on many forms. The name doesn’t necessarily reflect any one incarnation. I support this year’s proposed change of format, venue and goals. They seem to be sensitive and responsive ideas that continue the slow process of reinvigorating and redirecting the event by allowing it to be what it is now and considering what it might become rather than obsessing over its past. But it has been a process.

    I think the unease of discontinuing the name comes from a sense that there is a desire to disassociate completely from the past. We all want to see Kosmic move forward but also want to preserve the connection to where it’s been and to the journey it has taken.

  4. In regards to the first comment – for the past couple years the vision of Kosmic has been only a vague memory of what it once was. No one was able to identify what Kosmic had lost. What it had lost was direction and the initiative to move forward and explore the possibilities. At its heart, Milileux will still be what we all loved about Kosmic.

  5. In regards to the first comment – for the past couple years the vision of Kosmic has been only a vague memory of what it once was. No one was able to identify what Kosmic had lost. What it had lost was direction and the initiative to move forward and explore the possibilities. At its heart, Milieux will still be what we all loved about Kosmic.

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