Auditorium 17/18 Act VI: Make
Auditorium 17/18 Act VI: Make
For us, making models is to continue the tradition of making things with your hands. We also like to solve issues three-dimensionally and work directly with different materials and textures. We like building things slowly, layer by layer.
Lecture by Benedetta Tagliabue (IT/ES)
A search for the discovery of the unexpected, a deep sensitivity to context and the experimental approach to forms and materials are the main characteristics of EMBT architecture. Treading the line between on the one hand nature and intuition and on the other hand craft as cultural expression, the studio uniquely questions the act of making. This episode of the lecture series will invite internationally renowned architect and co-founder of EMBT studio, Benedetta Tagliabue, to inspire the audience with her work, where the importance of critical inquiry and material research are crucial elements.
EMBT has a long proven experience with a variety of projects, which include educational, commercial, industrial and residential buildings and extends to renovations and landscape architecture. EMBT sees the design process as an opportunity to innovate, thanks to a method that combines strong technical and management skills with a creative tailor made approach to each project’s client, context, history and culture. The office completed several renowned projects such as the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh and the renovation of the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona. The idea of looking at the discipline as a laboratory where new ideas can be tested is definitely present in the work of EMBT on the level of thinking and making: according to Tagliabue the office champions a handmade approach by building models, making collages and translating this curiosity for craft to the scale of architecture. In this case it is the hybrid mix of tradition and experiments which leads to unpredictable results and the distinctive characters of their work. One of the projects that most renders the practice’s layered approach to materiality and making is probably the Spanish Pavilion completed for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, where the office investigated disappearing Spanish hand-weaving techniques, experimenting with several possibilities and expressing the findings of this research architecturally. Miralles Tagliabue EMBT was established in 1994 by Enric Miralles (1955-2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue.
Lecture series architecture, urbanism and design 2017/2018
ACT!ons – Architecture as a Laboratory
AUDITORIUM 2017-18 aims at delineating and expanding the territory in which architecture currently operates by means of a series of actions. If knowledge production is usually regarded as an introvert process, the aim of the series is to open it up by discussing and acting upon it. Much like scientific experiments take place to enable scientists to precisely test the interaction of complex variables, the idea of the laboratory as a space of action rather than a hermetic and controlled environment aims to incite change through (architectural) acts that carefully balance complex forces. The selection of voices intends to draft an inventory of possible actions as triggers that can generate unpredictable reactions. Thus entering a breeding ground where discoveries and new opportunities can unfold.
CURATORS Giulia Cosenza & Albert Takashi Richters | PARTNERS STUK Kunstencentrum, KU Leuven dep. architectuur, Existenz | SUPPORT BY Stad Leuven, Vlaamse Overheid | SPONSORING Febelcem, Vandersanden Group, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Media A+ Architecture in Belgium