October 15, 9am to 12noon
The Power of Beauty
The Nordic region offers beautiful scenery that many people find attractive, with the sea, high mountains and wild forests. But why are our opinions so divided when it comes to architecture?
Our opinions on architecture changes over time, so what do we really mean by “beautiful” and “ugly” architecture? In this seminar, we will discuss how we create beauty in architecture by building with care, creating a world that lasts for those who want to live in buildings within our urban environments. And we discuss how best to combine aesthetics with function, sustainability and economy. Because beautiful architecture is about so much more than the aesthetic, which is in the eye of the beholder.
The architecture track “The Power of Beauty” is aimed at professionals who, in their various ways, contribute to building our social environment – everyone from urban planners to municipalities and regions, to builders and architects.
Architect Dr, Yael Reisner Studio, London
Yael Reisner is an internationally acclaimed architect and author, based in London with a world-wide work field. The aspects of beauty in architecture has been a long-time focus for Yael’s architectural practice, her research and teaching, and her curatorial work, and was further explored in her book Architecture and Beauty, Conversations with Architects about A Troubled Relationship.
Architect, Descrise Studio, Shanghai
Shanghai-based architect Danni Tian is a former editor for Time+Architecture journal, a project architect and a project manager in Atelier Archmixing. Danni believes that architecture is a profession of expertise in integration and negotiation with time-space. Through her thesis work Internal Depth (2018) at Chalmers, Sweden, Danni has started a new direction of practice to explore understanding and method in architecture with pure architecture drawing.
Architect, Studio Granda
Steve Christer was born in Blackfyne, UK, and lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he founded Studio Granda with Margrét Harðardóttir in 1987. Studio Granda’s work is characterized by a respect for the traditional materials of Iceland, such as stone, sheet metal and timber and a sensitive awareness of local context.
Emma Nordhamn is a Swedish architect and a recent graduate of Chalmers School of Architecture. In her thesis Rags to Riches: Becoming an architect she reflected on the complex emotions of becoming and being an architect, through an artistic exploration of the architect’s workspace in which beauty became a central theme.
Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects
Working with clients that have global reputations for excellence, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has redefined architecture for the 21st century with a repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe. Form and space are woven within the structure of buildings that evolve from their surroundings and tie disparate programmes together. Enticingly contextual, each project combines an unwavering optimism for the future with concepts of connectivity and integration. Receiving the highest honours from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide, ZHA is one of the world’s most consistently inventive architectural studios—and has been for four decades.
Jan Willem Baijense
Architect, Associate de Architekten Cie
De Architekten Cie. stands for intelligent, inclusive and integral designs. We have the ambition to create sustainable environments for clients and users and for the community and culture within which our designs are realized. We have 30+ years of experience in the realization of buildings and areas.Jan-Willem Baijense has been working at de Architekten Cie. since 2005. Currently he’s working on a concept for modular and circular apartment buildings in the Nordics and the Netherlands. The objective is to make collective housing more affordable and sustainable in combination with a faster and less complicated building process.