Adrian Blackwell

Adrian Blackwell is an artist and urban designer whose work focuses on the relation between physical space and political economic forces.

His sculptures, maps, films, and photography have been exhibited at artist-run-centers and public institutions across Canada, and in international venues including the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and London’s Architectural Association. In 2007 he won the international competition to renovate Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square in collaboration with three other practices. In 2009 he designed and built Dymaxion Sleep with Jane Hutton for the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Metis in Quebec.

Blackwell has curated exhibitions, including Detours: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China and organized symposia, such as Architecture and Spectacle in (Post)Socialist China . His current research focuses on the urbanization of peri-urban spaces in contemporary China, on the political potential of virtual architecture, and on the disappearance of public housing in North America. 

Blackwell has been a visiting professor at Chongqing University, a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning and is an assistant professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. He is a founder and editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy.