Itsuko Hasegawa – Ordinary and Heroic

Lecture date: 2013-03-06

Itsuko Hasegawa is known for kicking against the grain of architectural expectations. At a time when architecture demands more public involvement, and architects work as facilitators, or even administrators, she is prepared to lead, challenge and, sometimes, to be unpopular. However, Hasegawa builds lasting connections with the communities she works with. For this lecture, Hasegawa will address her approach to her work and explore ways in which architects can negotiate with clients, the public and planners while also retaining control and exercising design leadership.

This lecture is part of a series of events taking place at the AA to coincide with the the RIBA exhibition, Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture (26 February – 27 April):

For the first time, the exhibition from the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale is being updated and brought back to Britain. Venice Takeaway presents the work of ten architectural teams that travelled the world to seek imaginative responses to universal issues. Charting a course across Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA, the installations and objects of Venice Takeaway encapsulate ideas for change and remind us that the practice of architecture is as much about observation and thinking as it is about design. The exhibition is curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the AA.


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