Lebbeus Woods: Projecting Realities

4th November 2014
Lunchtime lecture

Organised by Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos

Projecting Realities, organised by Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos (Intermediate Unit 3 tutors), celebrates the life of the radical and visionary architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). A professor of architecture at the Cooper Union, Woods co-founded the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture in 1988, which today continues to respond to changing social, political and technological conditions through the advancement of experimental architecture, design and science. For this event guest speakers Didier Faustino, Liam Young and Theo Spyropoulos will address the influence and legacy of Woods’ work. A round-table discussion will follow.

Scavengers and Other Creatures is an on-going lecture series hosted by Intermediate 3, which explores the realm of fictional buildings, technological natures and cybernetics. An eponymous book of the unit’s student work, interviews and articles will be published in 2015.

Didier Faustino lives and works between Paris and Lisbon. His work reciprocally summons up art from architecture and architecture from art, indistinctly using genres in a way that summarises an ethical and political attitude about the conditions for constructing a place in the socio-cultural fabric of the city. Spaces, buildings and objects show themselves to be platforms for the intersection of the individual body and the collective body in their use.

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator based in London. He is co-founder and director of Minimaforms, an experimental architecture and design practice. His work has received international attention which have included nominations for the Chernikhov Prize in architecture, named one of the top ten international public art installations by the Telegraph for his work Memory Cloud and most recently Minimaforms was awarded best idea / creative work in the 5th Chinese International Beijing Biennale.This presentation contains video material from SCI-ARC’s online archive.

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. His projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group who explore the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms and co runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, a nomadic studio that travels on expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies.

Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos are principals of NaJa & deOstos. They are the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad and Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces. They have been nominated for the 2012 Iakov Chernikhov prize for young architects around the world. Nannette has worked for Wilkinson Eyre and Zaha Hadid. Ricardo has worked for Peter Cook, Future Systems and Foster + Partners. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden and is currently an Associate Professor at École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. He was appointed curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture in 2008 and 2010.


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