Department of Architecture and Urban Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts is happy to present the Open Lecture Series lineup for the autumn semester – a number of exciting architects, urban planners, academics from across the world. The lectures are free of charge, in English, take place every fortnight, and are open to everyone – for both students and professionals of the field, general audience and students considering architecture for their further studies.
Opening the season on the 5th of October at 6 pm will be Enric Ruiz-Geli, Spanish architect whose innovative practices in the field of building energy efficiency, climate change led changes to construction and understanding of a building on a molecular level have inspired the world for nearly a quarter of a century. Ruiz-Geli was designing bio-architecture already ten years ago, and has – unlike most – had his designs also built: his office building in Barcelona has an inflatable smart facade to regulate sunlight and temperature reaching the interior of the building. At present, Ruiz-Geli is co-operating with Ferran Adria and El Bulli, one of the most innovative restaurants in the world, currently being transformed into a scientific research institute for food – the goal being that the building to house the research for the future of food should also represent the future of architecture.
On the 19th of October at 6 pm, the next speaker in the series will step on stage at Kanuti Gildi SAAL, our usual venue for the lectures. In his research, Daniel Köhler focuses on mereology of cities – meaning, how particles form a whole in the example of cities, making this a lecture that in addition to architects should definitely capture the attention of urbanists.
Arriving to Tallinn on the 2nd of November is architect and artist Didier Faustino, who is focused on how people relate to space and creates human-scale spaces – Faustino’s spatial installations are especially well known: he’s designed striking temporary stages that invite people to perform and speak up, as well as created spatial installation projects for exhibitions, asking questions about the sense of a space. This is a lecture that sculpture, installation, spatial design and interior architecture students, lecturers and audience should definitely not miss.
The fourth speaker of the Autumn semester is Matthias Rippmann – member of the team led by ETH Zurich researchers that constructed the Armadillo Vault – an expansive canopy using 399 slabs of limestone and no glue – for the 2016 Venice biennale main exhibition. Rippmann’s lecture in Tallinn on the 11th of November will also revolve around innovative new uses of limestone in architecture, making this a lecture interesting for architects as well as interior architects, designers and material researchers.
To finish the Autumn lecture series, on 14th of December is architect Artem Kitaev from KOSMOS architecture office. Originating from Moscow, Kitaev is working with a team based now in Moscow, Basel, New York and Bangkok. KOSMOS works across typologies and on different scales – from door handles to the city, from earnest architecture to temporary installations. KOSMOS, in their own words, combines art with technology, global experience with respect towards local context and European professionalism with Russian passion.
05.10.2017 7 pm – Enric Ruiz-Geli
19.10.2017 7 pm – Daniel Köhler
02.11.2017 7 pm – Didier Fiuza Faustino
16.11.2017 7 pm – Matthias Rippmann
14.12.2017 7 pm – Artem Kitaev
The architecture and urban planning department of the Estonian Academy of Arts has been curating the Open Lectures on Architecture series since 2012 – each year, a dozen architects, urbanists, both practicing as well as academics, introduce their work and field of research to the audience in Tallinn. All lectures are in English, free and open to all interested.
The series is funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment
Curators: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam
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