Legendary architect Renzo Piano -- the mind behind such indelible buildings as The Shard in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the new Whitney Museum of Art in New York City -- takes us on a stunning tour through his life's work. With the aid of gorgeous imagery, Piano makes an eloquent case for architecture as the answer to our dreams, aspirations and desire for beauty. "Universal beauty is one of the few things that can change the world," he says. "This beauty will save the world. One person at a time, but it will do it."
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A conversation with high-minded Italian architect Renzo Piano about his aim of thinking big for his home nation’s suburbs and we look to the Netherlands where fans are celebrating the creator of Miffy the rabbit – master graphic-designer Dick Bruna.
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Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment
October 30, 2006
The Ulrich Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment is an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for architecture and the environment.
On October 30, 2006, Renzo Piano gave the inaugural presentation of this new series at the Cooper Union. This podcast is an excerpt of his lecture, with introduction by League President Calvin Tsao. During his lecture, Piano reflected on his first major commission, with Richard Rogers, to build the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1971, as well as his work on the urban regeneration of Otranto in 1979. In keeping with the lecture’s special designation, Piano discussed various brownfield remediation sites, such as his work on the Schlumberger renovation in Montrogue and the master plan for the redevelopment of the Genoa Old Harbor. Among other projects then under development, Piano touched on plans for the London Bridge Tower (a.k.a. “the Shard”) and the New York Times Building, commenting in both cases on the extensive environmental considerations that had been integrated into the designs.
Intervista con Renzo Piano, di Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genova, Italia) e G124 (gruppo di lavoro del Senatore Renzo Piano, Roma), architetto selezionato per la 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.
Interview with Renzo Piano, architect selected to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
“Architecture is a funny combination of precision and fantasy. Fantasy is interesting, but it’s not enough.” The lauded Italian architect Renzo Piano admires fellow Pritzker Prize-winner, Jørn Utzon, for his ability to combine the magical and the rational. Watch him talk about the world-renowned Danish architect, who would have turned 100 in 2018.
“I always admired everything about him: stubbornness – the famous stubbornness – but also the desire to find rational things, geometrical constructions. And at the same time the fantasy of understanding vision.”
Piano argues that if you have total freedom, you’re in trouble, but if you add something like gravity or geometry, you can create something truly great – and poetic. Utzon, he continues, was able to do exactly this, and not only in regards to the Sydney Opera House: “Jørn Utzon was able to do something with the rational, the force of gravity, structure, construction – and beauty, vision, fantasy.”
Renzo Piano (b. 1937) is a lauded Italian architect. His most known buildings include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. In 1998, Piano won the highly prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, the jury comparing him to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, praising him for “his intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques as broad and far-ranging as those earlier masters of his native land,” and crediting him with “redefining modern and postmodern architecture.” In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. For more see: http://www.rpbw.com/
Jørn Utzon (b.1918-d.2008) was a Danish Pritzker Prize-winning architect responsible for notable buildings such as the Sydney Opera House (1973) in Australia. When it was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, Utzon became the second person to have received such recognition for a work during his lifetime. Other noteworthy buildings by Utzon include Bagsværd Church in Denmark (1976) and the National Assembly Building in Kuwait (1982).
Renzo Piano was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his offices in Paris, France in November 2017. The interview is part of a collaboration with the Utzon Center in Aalborg, Denmark in connection with Utzon’s 100th birthday in April 2018.
Camera: Mathias Nyholm
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2018
Supported by Dreyers Fond
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Columbia University GSAPP
Celebrated architect Renzo Piano presents work by Genoa, Paris, and New York-based Renzo Piano Building Workshop — a client roster that includes the Chicago Art Institute, the Morgan Library and Museum, the New York Times, the Whitney Museum, and Columbia University. Once completed, the university's 17-acre and 6.8 million square-foot Manhattanville campus will retain the existing street grid, improve pedestrian access, enhance waterfront views, introduce open space to the public, and provide new homes for the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the School of the Arts, Columbia Business School, the School of International Public Affairs, an academic conference center, and more. Response by Dean Amale Andraos and Nicolai Ouroussoff.
Sponsored by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York.
Recorded October 27, 1997
On the occasion of the publication of his monograph Renzo Piano: Logbook, the architect was invited to speak as part of the 1997-98 Current Work lecture series. The lecture is available here in its entirety. Explaining a growing interest in educational work, Piano began by describing his recent visit to the Ise Grand Shrine in Japan — a temple that is rebuilt every twenty years. Piano noted that during the festival, participants twenty to forty years old who are attending for the first time learn to build the shrine; those forty to sixty actually construct the building; and those sixty to eighty teach the younger cohort. In this educational spirit Piano began his lecture and stressed the importance of explaining “the pleasure of invention” to younger generations. Presentations of public, large scale, built work followed, such as the Workshop’s Kansai Airport, the San Nicola Football Stadium, and Amsterdam’s National Center for Science and Technology, among others. Piano also highlighted important projects for the arts including the Menil Collection and Cy Twombly Pavilion, both in Houston.
At the conclusion of his lecture, Piano warned against the “temptation to seperate technology and art” and against those who desire to “solve” the relationship between tradition and modernity, allowing one to subsume the other. Remembering words of Jorge Luis Borges, Piano asserted that “making art is like being suspended between remembering things and forgetting them.” The forgetting produces the “black holes to be filled with invention,” but always within the fabric of memory.
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.
A London exhibition sheds new light on maestro Renzo Piano’s life work; we sit down with the man himself. Plus: we head Las Vegas to discover how graphic design has shaped Sin City.
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