The work of Philippe Rahm, of Philippe Rahm architectes, Paris, encompasses physiological and meteorological aspects of architecture. With projects in France, Taiwan, Italy, and Germany, his recent work includes the 69-hectare Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan (2011), a 13,000 sq. m. office building at La Défense, and a convective condominium in Hamburg. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide and has taught at the Accademia dell'Architettura at Mendrisio, the ETH Lausanne, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen, the AHO in Oslo, and Princeton University. His books include Physiological Architecture (Birkhaüser, 2002), Distortions (HYX, 2005), Environ(ne)ment: Approaches for Tomorrow (Skira, 2006), and Architecture Méteorologique (Archibooks, 2009).
At a moment of dissolution in design, technique is all an architect can grasp. Techniques occupy a beautifully indeterminate void on the fault line between theory and practice. Spared of reductive allegiance to either, design techniques are uniquely powerful. A technique may disrupt, innovate, communicate, or surprise. At the same time, techniques stand as silent markers of membership—opaque envelops delimiting communities of colleagues.
This symposium, the first event in the series "All that is solid...," interrogates the motivations, instruments, influences, justifications, effects, and origins of contemporary design techniques. Ultimately technique is how novelty manifests itself in architecture, expanding and advancing the inner core of our discipline. Introduction by Iñaki Abalos, with presentations by: Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, Johnston Marklee & Associates, Los Angeles, California, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architectes, Paris, France, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Camilo Restrepo Ochoa, Camilo Restrepo Arquitectos, Medellin, Colombia, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture Responses and panel discussion moderated by: Neil Leach, European Graduate School Professor, University of Southern California Adjunct Professor, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Fellow, Harvard GSD Visiting Professor in Architecture Carles Muro, architects Barcelona, Harvard GSD Design Critic in Architecture and Urban Design Supported by the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
Lecture date: 2005-04-28
Philippe Rahm of the architecture practice Dcosterd & Rahm, contributors to the AA exhibition Can Buildings Curate, talks about some of his recent projects. The work of Dcosterd & Rahm concentrates on what they term physiological architecture, explored through light and the invisibilities of space such as temperature and humidity.
The practice has participated in numerous exhibitions and represented Switzerland at the 2003 Venice Architecture Biennale.
0:25 Introduction by Richard Sommer
7:49 Philippe Rahm presentation
1:31:30 Q & A
On March 5, 2010, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto welcomed Philippe Rahm to present a bulthaup lecture.
Philippe Rahm is a Swiss architect, principal in the office of Philippe Rahm architectes, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He starts to teach architecture design at the GSD, Harvard University, USA, in Fall 2014. In 2002, Mr. Rahm was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice, and was one of the 25 Manifesto's Architects of Aaron Betsky's 2008 Architectural Venice Biennale. He is nominee in 2009 for the Ordos Prize in China and in 2010 and 2008 for the International Chernikov Prize in Moscow where he was ranked in the top ten. He has participated in a number of exhibitions worldwide. In 2007, he had a personal exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Mr. Rahm was a resident at the Villa Medici in Rome (2000). He was Headmaster at the AA School in London in 2005-2006, Visiting professor at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in Switzerland in 2004 and 2005, at the ETH Lausanne in 2006 and 2007, at the School of Architecture of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen in 2009-2010, in Oslo at the AHO in 2010-2011. From 2010 to 2012, he held the Jean Labatut Professorship in Princeton University, USA. He has lectured widely, including at Yale, Cooper Union, UCLA and the ETH Zürich.
The Daniels Faculty would like to thank bulthaup Toronto for its generous sponsorship of this lecture: www.toronto.bulthaup.com
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By divvying space into its constituent parts and highlighting the "wavelengths, humidity rate, light intensity, and heat transfer coefficient" used to measure it, the recent work of architect Philippe Rahm explores microclimates and the environmental thresholds at which architecture vaporizes.