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P.E.I. Architecture Week looks at designing a better world

Can humans really design a better world? That's the theme of this year's World Architecture Day as well as Architecture Week on P.E.I.

'People don't really understand what architecture is'

P.E.I.'s architecture week 2016 includes several events in Charlottetown. (Shutterstock/Darryl Brooks)

Can humans really design a better world? That's the theme of this year's World Architecture Day as well as Architecture Week on P.E.I.

"There's many issues we believe architecture can help out," David Lopes, the registrar of the architects association of P.E.I., told Island Morning's Matt Rainnie.

It's not structural engineering, there's an element art to it. There's a spiritual element.— David Lopes

Lopes points to the themes explored in the documentary Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, which is being screened Tuesday night at City Cinema in Charlottetown at 9 p.m. Admission is free. 

Fogo Island, N.L., which used to have a vibrant fishery, set its sights on attracting artists to an architecturally iconic inn — a move which has succeeded in revitalizing its economy. 

"It's kind of a modern example of social entrepreneurship," Lopes said. 

'There's a spiritual element,' to architecture says David Lopes with the the Architects Association of P.E.I. (David Lopes/LinkedIn)

Another highlight of the week is something called a PechaKucha in which six architects will talk about one of their works in a fast-fire succession. Each will show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, giving them a total of just under 7 minutes for their individual presentations. 

That's at the Haviland Club Friday at 7 p.m. and admission is free. 

A new exhibit at the Confederation Centre about the Ark, an architectural experiment in sustainable living built on P.E.I. in the 1970s, is being sponsored by the association. That begins October 22.

'Everybody can put up a box'  

One of the main reasons for the celebrations is to educate Islanders. 

"People don't really understand what architecture is," said Lopes. "It's not structural engineering, there's an element art to it. There's a spiritual element."

"Everybody can put up a box — but [it's] whether or not you like being in that box," he added. 

For more details check out the association's Facebook page here

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With files from Island Morning

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