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Life After Metamorph: The Last Six Years Of Architecture

Architecture Saturdays

Kurt W. Forster

Director Biennale Architecture, 2004
16th October 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Guest Speakers: Luis Fernandez Galiano, Bjarke Ingels

I chose METAMORPH not only as the title but also as the theme of the 9th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale of 2004. The transformations that were at work in architecture heralded a time of accelerated change and uncertain direction. The overall design of the Biennale in 2004 that was created by Studio Asymptote (New York) also intimated change.

The time is now ripe to revisit the premonitions of 2004 and discuss the course architecture has been charting as it moved into new territories. We will be joined by Professor Luis Fernandez-Galiano (Madrid), director of the journals Arquitectura y Vivienda and Arquitectura Viva, who has gained recognition for the acumen with which he assesses not only events in architecture but also interprets their significance.

Architect Bjarke Ingels of the Danish studio BIG (Copenhagen) was the youngest participant and prize-winner in the Biennale of 2004.
Fernandez-Galiano and I plan to debate the nature and character of the Biennale of 2004, followed by a relaxed walk through the Biennale of 2010 to discuss the latest manifestations of architectural ideas. Bjarke Ingels, who has strengthened the involvement of various communities in his designs—linking directly with the current year’s theme—will present some of his own projects and join in a discussion of the tendencies that have gained or lost ground during the last few years.
The public will be welcome to join in discussion and visits.
Kurt W. Forster