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Warming Hut Design Build, ED3. Photo: Dylan Hewlett

  “But if by digressions, we can reach new truth, what harm is there in making one now, so that we may not lose this knowledge, remembering also that we are not tied down to a fixed and brief method but that we meet solely for our own entertainment? Indeed, who knows but that we may thus frequently discover something more interesting and beautiful than the solution originally sought? - Galileo

“Science is the poetry of the intellect and poetry the science of the heart’s affections.”
- Lawrence Durrell

The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.) is dedicated to the exploration of architectural possibilities through making, experimentation, invention and discovery.

Here, led by a form of serious play and the “digressions” so essential to the process of architectural thought and design, structural and technical investigations are carried out in the spirit of poetic invention.

Our work is rooted in physical play with materials and forces. Our methods of approach are sometimes those of sculpture and other abstract arts, sometimes those of builders, sometimes those of science and engineering -- in this way the disciplines of art, engineering, architecture, and construction are all called upon to bestow their separate gifts to the search for new ways of thinking, building and designing.

The C.A.S.T. Building on the University of Manitoba campus, has been specially designed and built to facilitate and sustain this approach to education and research. It is located between the faculties of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Biosystems Engineering, and is also close to the sculpture, ceramic, and painting studios of the School of Fine Arts. The C.A.S.T. also hosts musical performances from visiting artists as well as students of the University of Manitoba’s School of Music.