BASEL – To satisfy the needs of creatives from art-related disciplines during the annual Art Basel, Swiss manufacturer Laufen Bathrooms continues its tradition of the Architecture during Art symposium at Laufen Forum.
The theme of this year's discussion, Release Architecture, was conceived in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, Anh-Linh Ngo, editor in chief of Arch+, and the Swiss Pavilion's curator of the Venice Biennale 2016, Sandra Oehy. Over the course of two hours, a mind-probing discourse will tackle a relevant topic for the architectural profession: interdisciplinary collaboration.
Architects regularly straddle the realms of research and practice, as well as closely inter-relating their ideas with engineers, art experts and specialists to integrate the possibilities provided by the digital domain. Industry professionals continue to act as pioneers, navigating and synthesising knowledge from all perspectives. The talk will address the current strategies architects assume to digest and process this relevant information while understanding the design process' ability to overcome these unexpected obstacles.
Architect Christian Kerez at Incidental Space. Photo by Keystone/Gaëtan Bally
Professor of ETH Zürich's Architecture and Design department since 2009 and key note speaker for Release Architecture, architect Christian Kerez truly practices what he preaches. Kerez's House with One Wall in Zurich-Witikon implements a single slab of concrete for an architecture-driven spatial experience, a concept again implemented for the Incidental Space installation at the 2016 Swiss Pavilion. Recent proposals for a tower in Zhengzhou, China and a social housing project in Brazil have acquired international recognition. The project investigates the possibilities – technically, as much as in our imagination – of how to think, build and experience architecture differently to challenge frontiers and change perceived notions of and about architecture.
Swiss architect Benjamin Dillenburger.
Another Release Architecture keynote speaker, contributor to the 2016 Swiss Pavilion and assistant professor at ETH Zürich's Department of Architecture, architect Benjamin Dillenburger is known for being a finalist for the popular MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2015 as well as creator of the 3D printed Digital Grotesque installation. Dillenburger believes 'architecture has to explore digital technologies in design and fabrication in a most radical and open way, in order to shape richer, more expressive and stimulating built environments in a totally new manner.'
Digital production methods which manipulate material at extreme speeds with levels of intricacy before unfathomable, architecture has reached a critical crossroad. Dillenburger questions how these technologies can be applied to radically push the field into a new paradigm.
Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake.
Prolific Brazilian architect, Ruy Ohtake has a personal portfolio of constructed projects numbering in the 400s. As demonstrated in São Paolo’s iconic Hotel Unique, sculptural shapes are tinted with vibrant hues, fulfilling Ohtake's approach 'to give room for the unexpected to happen.' Redondinhos, government-funded residences in the favela of Heliópolis, resulted from years of communal engagement for a replicable typology of community-oriented architecture for low-income areas.
Moderator Sandra Oehy is the Swiss Pavilion curator for the Venice Biennale 2016. Photo Marcella Gschliesser
Co-moderating the evening will be Sandra Oehy and Anh-Linh Ngo. Oehy is the curator of this year's Swiss Pavilion at the just-opened 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice and also co-curated the German pavilion at the 2014 edition.
Editor in chief of Arch+, Anh-Linh Ngo
Editor in chief and author of German publication Arch+, Anh-Linh Ngo is a curator of the Landscapes of Surprise symposium, co-founder of international initiative project bauhaus and curator of the travelling exhibition Post-Oil City among others. Ngo's publication is also the platform for Release Architecture – Incidental Space which provides the theoretical background of the Swiss Pavilion edited by Sandra Oehy and architect Christian Kerez, also one of Food for Thought's keynote speakers.
Marianne Burki is Head of Visual Arts for Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia.
Before the panel of multidisciplinary creatives takes to the stage, opening words will be given by Marianne Burki, Pro Helvetia's Head of Visual Arts as well as Marc Viardot, Director Marketing & Products of Laufen Bathrooms AG.
Marc Viardot, Director Marketing & Products of Laufen Bathrooms AG. Photo Francois Halard
To witness these talented individuals discuss Food for Thought's relevant theme, be sure to RSVP by 10 June. Attendees can join a shuttle bus ride to the Laufen Forum and attend the event on 16 June. See the official invitation and programme here.
CH - 4242 Laufen
Free shuttle transfer from/ to Basel SBB 17:30 / 21:00