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Lawrence Bird

Lawrence Bird's work focuses on the relationship between cities and their mediated image. He works in urban design and architecture, and has a visual art practise encompassing film, installation, and drawing. His artwork has been shown and screened in Canada and the UK. Most recently his aerial image tracking of the Canada/US border parallel was included in the show Movable Borders: Here Come the Drones! at Furtherfield Gallery, London, UK (May 2013). He writes for academic and arts journals; he is a regular contributor to furtherfield.org, for whom he has interviewed Michel Bauwens, Andreas Broeckman, Bryan Connell, Ricardo Dominguez, Roger Malina, and Mariateresa Sartori. On occasion he edits; and he writes short screenplays. His postdoctoral research/creation project Beyond the Desert of the Real will be published as a chapter in Emerging Landscapes, Farnham, Surrey, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate (2014). His current design work includes architectural and urban design of elements of a major urban regeneration/T.O.D. project in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bird holds a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture (McGill, 2009), an M.Sc. in City Design and Social Science (London, 2000), and a professional degree in architecture (McGill, 1991). His dissertation concerned the Metropolis narrative cycle (Fritz Lang, 1926; Osamu Tezuka, 1949; Rintaro, 2001). His work has been funded by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Québec’s Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture, the Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho), the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Film Group. He has worked in and taught architecture, urban design, architectural theory and drawing in the UK, the USA, Japan, and Canada. Bird lives in Winnipeg, and continues to be fascinated by the knot of social conditions, geography, history and creative arts that binds this city.

Winnipeg, Canada