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Barozzi/Veiga | Paul Ghirardani | Future Architecture Platform

Critical Distance



In architecture, the conference is one of the primary forms of sharing and expanding knowledge. Critical Distance provides precisely this space establishing a direct dialogue between the public and the invited architects. From 2017 to 2019, the invited guests of this third series are authors whose practice and solid career has drawn considerable critical praise becoming references in the international architectural scene.

This public programme now extends the field of the architectural thinking in generational and typological terms, inviting emerging authors and embracing a wide range of projects going beyond concrete and conventional programmes. A new space is now open for those operating in the fictional field through scenography and high-tech experimentation. On this topic, Critical Distance focuses on cinematographic works in which/where architecture plays a significant role, as well as experimental projects associated to the most sophisticated technology rising radically new paths to human habitat under extreme conditions.

The Barcelona-based studio Barozzi Veiga is the author of projects in different parts of Europe, notably the Philharmonic of Szczecin * (Poland), the Fine Arts Museum of Chur, and the new building for the Musée des Beaux Arts In Lausanne, both in Switzerland. One of the singularities of this architectural firm, founded in 2004 is the desire to find and draw on the primal condition of each location where they build.

The second conference, on 17 May, explores fictional architecture inviting the Supervising Art Director of Games of Thrones Paul Ghirardani who will present the backstage of the cities of the most awarded television series of our times. A graduate of Kingston School of Arts in the UK, Paul Ghirardani has been working in cinema and television since 1998, having already won five Primetime Emmys and two America Awards.

The third lecture is with four emerging architects selected from the Future Architecture Platform Call for Projects. Held on 26 October, it will put forward different experiences through the presentation of projects in areas as diverse as: editorial, curatorial, construction and research. The guests are Leopold Lambert (France), editor of The Funambulist magazine; B'ka Rebek (Austria) who worked in the MET NY, FAKT (Germany) young architecture studio and Lucia Tahan (Spain) presenting a research work on the occupied territories of Palestine.


Conferences Calendar

Critical Distance #1
Barozzi/Veiga, 4 April 2017 CCB Main Auditorium (19h)

Critical Distance #2
Paul Ghirardani - Game of Thrones, 17 May 2017, CCB Main Auditorium (19h)

Critical Distance #3
Future Architecture Platform 26 Outubro 2017, CCB Small Auditorium (19h)

4 april to 26 october
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