Auditorium 17/18 Act I: Delineate
Auditorium 17/18 Act I: Delineate
Today’s increased complexity and entropy requires different spaces, organised around collaboration, co-learning, and synthesis. Insulated disciplinary typologies can be replaced by loose frameworks, compartmentalising to parts while remaining linked to a whole.
Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, August 2016
Lecture by Florian Idenburg
SO-IL sees every structure as the opportunity to create a moment of contemplation and engagement. By means of a hybrid methodology which mixes advanced digital tools with traditional craft, model-making, physical testing mock-ups and material innovation SO-IL is able to introduce a truly experimental and playful attitude to design. Their projects are characterised by subtle qualities, beautiful forms, clarity and “vibrant inexactitudes”, which play with ambiguity as a way to surprise, engage and interact with the user in a multidimensional way. In the recently published monograph Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura SO-IL presents “a visual and textual manifesto towards progressive practice in an interconnected and global environment”.
Stad en Architectuur will have the opportunity to discuss with founding partner of SO-IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Florian Idenburg. He is the 2010 laureate of the Charlotte Köhler Prize and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands. Together with Idenburg, this debate will embrace the complexity of the contemporary in a time of increased instability, in order to explore expanded narratives and delineate porous boundaries of what architecture can be.
SO-IL’s work spans from the production of buildings, interiors, furniture and installations around the globe. The office attaches a great deal of importance to the social, economic and natural environment in perpetual change, which informs their design on the level of context, function and opportunity, while leaving space to interpretation.
These themes are for instance visible in Breathe, a housing prototype presented in Milan during the Salone del Mobile 2017. The prototype looks at sustainability and environmental awareness by promoting “living as an active experience”. Using a special high-tech textile to cover the supporting steel frame, the skin doesn’t only filter to purify the surrounding air, but also works as a permeable threshold in-between the outdoors and the indoors, the public and the private; thus questioning the conventional wall and its purpose.
SO-IL was founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in 2008, and is currently led together with Ilias Papageorgiou.
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