Canada's entry for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture will explore how the country's multicultural mosaic has influenced design.

Migrating Landscapes is a project by Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture and Jae-Sung Chon, a first-generation Canadian.

"I would say as a first-generation immigrant, it's quite possible that other world audiences [are] interested in how their heritage is played up in Canadian landscapes," Chon told CBC News.

The project unites work by 18 emerging architects of diverse ethnic backgrounds, who were selected by a jury panel. Each was asked to create designs that reflect his or her own cultural history.

The result is 18 models that draw on visual elements from a variety of homelands, but which also offer the fresh perspective of immigrants to Canada, Deana Sumanac reports. 

Migrating Landscapes has toured the country, including appearing in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal. It will go on display at the 13 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice from Aug. 29 to Nov. 25.