Open Lecture Series: Maria Keinicke Davidsen on 19th April

Exploratorium at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense

The next lecturer of the Open Lecture Series this spring semester will be Maria Keinicke Davidsen, stepping on the stage of Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn) on 19th of April at 6 pm to talk about how we can create environments that encourage and invite to an active lifestyle.

Keinicke Davidsen asks what can we, as architects, do to make people want to have an active lifestyle? How can we, through our design and planning, create spaces that makes people want to be spontaneous and active. How can we invite them and tempt them to play, learn and be active – just for fun?

Maria Keinicke Davidsen has more than 10 years’ professional experience in developing sports buildings and active public spaces. She focuses on creating atmospheric universes that invite movement, in which, motion is a naturally integrated and fun experience for the user. With creative combinations of effects such as light, shape and colour, she unfolds the original interior and creates changes that transform people. Since 2003 she has worked as an architect and teacher. She has taught architecture, processes and methods at the Copenhagen School of Interior Design, and teaches at the University of Copenhagen in connection with interdisciplinary urban planning. Maria is currently working at Keingart, an architectural office that she founded with Flemming Overgaard in 2007 (initially called Keinicke og Overgaard Arkitekter).

One of their best examples of this approach is the Athletic Exploratorium at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The project was established in collaboration with the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark, and will serve as the Institute’s outdoor laboratory for movement. The project is based on the traditional athletics sports i.e. short put, long jump and running, and at the same time, it is also a challenging playground for university students and residents of the city, who could try out both classical and new extraordinary exercises.

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 architecture and urban design 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, drawing an audience of students as well as professionals and academics from the fields of architecture, design, engineering but also fine arts. The series is funded by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Curators: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam

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Posted by Pille Epner