OPEN LECTURE: ENRIC RUIZ-GELI. It’s all about particles

Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Pikk 20 Tallinn

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Opening the architecture Open Lectures 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.

Enric Ruiz-Geli and his interdisciplinary architectural team Cloud 9 in Barcelona works at the interface between architecture and art, digital processes and technological material development. The architect’s multifaceted projects include stage designs and buildings, installations and patents, and are realized together with collaborative partners. Committed to the use of new technological developments for digital fabrication and the performative character of architecture, which creates intelligent structures in emulation of nature, its green agenda is to look at Pilot Projects in Global Warming Scenarios.

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9 has been awarded nationally and internationally for the Research and Innovation applied to the design at, above other multiple times, the Research and Development Award of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Catalonian Award of Environment for the Sustainable Architecture.

Their most important projects include the Villa Nurbs in Empuriabrava, an organically formed, ecological and futuristic house; the Millennium Project in Valladolid, with an urban retrofitting and using for the first time 10 urban wind turbines; elBulli Foundation for the chief Ferran Adrà as a living laboratory in Cap de Creus; and the Media – ICT building in Barcelona that has been awarded as Best Building of the World by WAF 2011; a Net Zero Building with a very competitive cost of construction.

About Enric Ruiz-Geli:

The Open Lecture Series brings to Tallinn a number of exciting architects, urban planners, academics from across the world. All Open 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.

The lecture is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Tallinn.
The series is funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment

Curators: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam
More info: Pille Epner / / +372 642 0071

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