Recorded: February 26. 2010
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, co-founder with Farshid Moussavi of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA), presents the firm’s recent work and current projects under design and construction including the Meydan Shopping Center in Istanbul, the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in Greenwich, UK, and Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid. Awards to the firm include the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture; the Kanagawa Prize for Architecture; three RIBA Worldwide Awards; the Special Award in Topography at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale; the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture; an RIBA European Award for Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid; and a 2009 RIBA Award for the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex. FOA also represented Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. The work of the firm has been widely published and exhibited.
In parallel to his professional activities, Zaera-Polo has developed a substantial role within academia. He was the Dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and currently occupies the Berlage Chair at the Technical University of Delft. He is also a Visiting Professor at Princeton University and the first recipient of the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professorship at Yale. He has published extensively as a theorist in El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Volume, Log and many other international magazines and is a member of the London School of Economics Urban Age project. The practice’s multi-award winning Yokohama International Cruise Terminal in Japan — a dramatically formed port integrated with urban facilities noted for its fascination with the interplay of architecture, landscape and nature and — is credited by the Design Museum as “a design sensation, alive with bustling urbanity and seaside tranquillity.” Zaera-Polo graduated from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and Harvard GSD with Distinction and worked at OMA in Rotterdam prior to establishing FOA in 1993.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
In his 2016 essay “Well into the 21st Century,” Alejandro Zaera-Polo attempted to define and categorize new forms of practice that have emerged in the last decade. As a follow-up, Zaera-Polo and Guillermo Fernández-Abascal applied the categories to emerging architectural practices, creating a “political compass” inspired by Charles Jencks’s famous evolutionary diagrams. At the invitation of the CCA, Zaera-Polo and Jencks met to discuss diagrams.
It’s Greg Lynn, in conversation with architects of seminal digital projects included in the exhibition Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention. In this episode, Greg talks to Alejandro Zaera-Polo.
Watch the full series: http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/issues/4/origins-of-the-digital/39907/the-greg-lynn-show
Read more about the exhibition: http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/calendar?event=38273
Greg Lynn sur scène, en conversation avec les architectes de projets inclus dans l’exposition Archéologie du numérique : Complexité et convention. Dans cette épisode, Alejandro Zaera-Polo est mis en vedette.
Regarder la série complète : http://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/issues/4/des-origines-du-numerique/39907/the-greg-lynn-show
En savoir plus sur l'exposition : http://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/calendrier?event=38273
ALEJANDRO ZAERA-POLO, Madrid 1963. Arquitecto ETSA, Madrid, tras colaborar en OMA, co-funda junto a Farshid Moussavi en 1992 la oficina FOA en Londres (Foreign Office Architecture - Terminal de Yokohama). Recientemente, junto a Maider Llaguno funda la oficina AZMPL. Decano del Berlage Institute en Rotterdam (2002), profesor en la Universidad de Princeton desde 2008 y luego Decano de la Escuela de Arquitectura (2012), Zaera-Polo colabora regularmente con las principales publicaciones de arquitectura como El Croquis, Quaderns, A.D., A+U, Arch_, Volume y Log. Fue curador de la exhibición y libro "Facade' de la XIV Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia.
Wednesday, January 29, 2013
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
In this lecture, AZPML Principal and Princeton School of Architecture Dean Alejandro Zaera-Polo deepens his ongoing exploration of the meanings of the envelope, touching on rainscreens, insulation, airtightness, green and media walls, and other technologies.
Sponsored by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York
Alejandro Zaera-Polo begins by describing his current research with Maider Llaguno into airflow around buildings as part of a larger theoretical interest in building interpretations of the world. He discusses recent projects concerned with air, including the Shenzen Super City plan, and the office tower in Vienna for Austro Control. Projects focusing on the earth or the ground include the (CEAR) sailing center in Santander, and two buildings for Weifang University. He discusses Landscape Preservation Camouflage, a project on tourism developed for the Greek pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Zaera-Polo concludes with "earth"-focused projects that engage rural sites: a large house in Sotogrande, and a cultural center in Northwest Spain.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Professor and Director of Critical Studies and M.A./Ph.D. programs, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
In conversation with:
Co-founder of Foreign Office Architects, London
Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s describes the envelope as the most important element of his architecture because it links technology, representation and politics. The envelope is more than a surface, it establishes the relationship between the shape of the container and the construction of the skin. By categorizing building envelopes into four distinct typologies (Flat Horizontal, Spherical, Flat Vertical, Vertical) he explains their potentials, and presents projects in relation to each category.