DAY 1: THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH

Architecture as Character, Aarhus (Photo Credit: Visit Aarhus)

8.30-10.00          Breakfast and conference check-in

10.00-10.30        Welcome

Welcome to Aarhus Architecture Festival & Aarhus2017 Conference
Josephine Michau & Mads Farsø, Directors & organizers, AAFx

Fuga For Aarhus
Static Teller (DK), artist, musician

Aarhus2017 as Legacy
Jacob Bundsgaard (DK), Mayor, Aarhus Municipality

Architecture as Character
Juliana Engberg, Programme Director, Aarhus2017

Introduction to conference programme
Moderators Boris Brorman Jensen, Independent researcher, Architect MAA PhD & Lisa Diedrich, Professor, SLU.

Form of Form Exhibition at Lissabon Architectural Triannial. (Photo: Tiago Casanova)

10.30-12.00         ARCHITECTURE AS A PROVIDER OF IDENTITY

This first session introduces architecture as a provider of identity, asking how the meaning and symbolic
power of architecture is reflected in contemporary culture. How can architecture represent a neighbourhood,
a city, or even a national culture?

ARCHITECTURE AS CHARACTER

Flavio Janches (AR),  
Architect, Professor, BJC Architecture Studio, University of Buenos Aires.

Prof. Dr. Flavio Janches, has since 1985 been partner, with Ricardo Blinder of the office A:BJ&C architects, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor Janches received his PhD at TUDelft and has worked as an architecture and urban design professor at Harvard University, TUDelft, University of Buenos Aires, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Quito and the Berlage Institute, among others.

 

THE FORM OF FORM: LETTER FROM LISBON

André Tavares (P)
, architect, co-curator, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, André Tavares Arquitecto

 

Besides working as an architect, lecturer and editor, André Tavares was co-curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2016. Under the theme ’The form of form’, the Triennale highlighted currents of thought considered important for the production of architecture in a social context undergoing constant transformation.

 

IRONIC, JAZZY, AMBITIOUS. THE MODERNITY OF A NEW SECOND CITY

Mikkel Thelle (DK)
, Director, Danish Center for Urban History, University of Aarhus.

Mikkel Thelle, born and raised in Copenhagen, is a writer and a historian. He has written extensively about the modern city, urban riots, industrialisation, modernisation, and everyday urban life. He has received large grants from The Danish Council for Independent Research and his current work focuses on city history and urban development.

 

DEBATE AND QUESTIONS.

Moderation by Boris Brorman Jensen


12.00-13.00         Lunch Break

Credit: Z33’s new house for the arts designed by the Italian architect Francesca Torzo.

13.00-14.30       ARCHITECTURE AS A GESTURE OF GENEROSITY

Is there enough artistic generosity in contemporary architecture? Architecture is more than a fulfillment of functions.
It offers unexpected solutions, it raises questions, it challenges existing societal structures, and it opens new realms of
community and culture. But who are the generous artists or architects on the contemporary scene? How and where can
generosity be experienced in Aarhus?

ARCHITECTURE AS A GESTURE

Jan Boelen (BE), artistic director Z33
Jan Boelen is Head of the Masters Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) has, as it’s Artistic Director, reformed the Provincial Centre for the Visual Arts into Z33, a house for contemporary art. Z33 has been fashioning projects, research, commissions and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters and surroundings in a novel manner. By the end of 2018 Z33 will open it’s new extension designed by the by the Italian architect Francesca Torzo.

 

LANDSCAPES OF GENEROSITY

Kristine Jensen (DK)
, Architect, PhD, Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue

Kristine Jensen, founder of the Aarhus-based office Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue, does visionary work within landscape architecture and urban planning. Besides working on projects throughout northern Europe, her office has won several competitions in and around Aarhus, e.g. the realisation of the new central harbour square and the new Moesgaard Museum landscape.

 

STRATEGY OF INCLUSIONS

Søren Leth (DK)
, Architect and founder, SLETH Planning and Architecture

Based in Denmark with offices in Aarhus and Copenhagen, SLETH presents an explorative international approach, participating in various competitions, venues, exhibitions and academia. Since 2009, the Aarhus-founded practice has won numerous international competitions and awards. Its founder, Søren Leth, is an appointed member of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Architecture 2014-2017.

 

PANEL DEBATE with presenters and
Lars Steffensen (DK), Partner, Architect MAA, Henning Larsen Architects

Since 2002, Lars Steffensen has been a Partner and member of the management team at Henning Larsen Architects. He is responsible for the compa­ny’s healthcare and research-related projects and has many years’ experi­ence with large hospital projects throughout Scandinavia. He was in the judging committee for the selection of an architect for the new university hospital in Skejby, and has been a lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Archi­tecture, for a number of years.

Moderation by Boris Brorman Jensen

 


14.30-14.45       Coffee break

SCHWEIZWEIT exhibition at Swiss Architecture Museum (Credit: Swiss Architecture Museum)

14.45-16.15      ARCHITECTURE AS A CULTURAL TRAJECTORY

Architecture can be seen as as the physical anchoring of a ‘Heimat’ experience. But how does contemporary
architecture express cultural values and questions of local awareness while confronted with a global homogenization
of the built environment?
Does the Architectural Biennial in Venice manifest an international frame of reference for architects?
When do we feel truly ‘at home’? And what characterizes a contemporary Heimat?

L’ARCHITECTURE SUISSE N’EXISTE PAS (SWISS ARCHITECTURE DOES NOT EXIST)

Andreas Ruby
(DE), Director, Swiss Architecture Institute

Andreas Ruby is the director of the leading institution in the mediation of contemporary architecture in Switzerland. He co-founded Ruby Press in 2008 and is also the co-founder and Principal of Textbild in Berlin, He is a visiting Professor for Architectural Theory & Design at the University of Kassel, Germany. He works as a critic, writer and curator across the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts.

 

URBAN LIFEWORLDS: FROM VENICE TO AARHUS

Henrik Reeh (DK)
, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

Henrik Reeh covers the research fields of humanistic urban studies and studies in modern culture, as exemplified in his recent co-edited book Spatial Culture: Studies in Urbanity and Aesthetics, published in 2012. Reeh is also the head of the Urban Culture Lab, which was established in 2014 as an interdisciplinary forum for studies in urban culture at the University of Copenhagen.

 

DEBATE with presenters and

Stephen Willacy
(GB), City Architect, Aarhus

Aarhus City Architect Stephen Willacy graduated as an architect from the University of Oxford, for the last 33 years, he has lived in Aarhus  He has worked at Kjaer & Richter A/S and as a partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, where he built up its international relations department focusing on England and China.

Trine Bertholt (DK), Associate Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Architect Trine Bertholt is an Associate Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, where she has had a key role in the conceptualisation and design of Aarhus’s new main library, Dokk1 on the harbourfront. Trine Bertholt has previously worked at 3xN and from 2014 to 2016 she was prorector at the Aarhus School of Architecture.

Moderation by Boris Brorman Jensen

 


16.15-16.45       Coffee break

Framegrab, Concrete Love - the Böhm Family by Director Maurizius Staerkle Drux.

16.45-18.15       ARCHITECTURE AS A CINEMATIC MATRIX

Architecture has been likened to cinema: it has a plot, a duration, a time sequence and auditive qualities.
It can showcase movement, create framing and ambience. Cinema can make us more aware of how architecture
attains character from its users, from its protagonist or from the surrounding landscapes. In this session we ask:
What can architectural practice learn from the cinematic practice?

THE ARCHITECT AS CHARACTER

Maurizius Staerkle Drux (DE)
, filmmaker & sounddesigner, MAXDRUX & CO

Maurizius Staerkle Drux was born in Cologne in 1988, and grew up in Zurich, where he studied Filmmaking at Zurich University of the Arts. He later graduated as a film-maker and sound designer and went on to establish MAXDRUX & CO. His fabulous and award-winning documentary film Concrete Love – The Böhm Family (about the German Pritzker prize awarded architect Gottfried Böhm, his wife and his three architect sons) was shot over  two years within the house of the Böhm family.

 

CITY AS CHARACTER

Morten Meldgaard
(DK)
, filmmaker, Associate Professor, KADK School of Architecture

Morten Meldgaard, PhD, is an architect and filmmaker. He is an Associate Professor of the KADK School of Architecture and a guest teacher and former head of research at the National Film School of Denmark. Besides his research and publications on the relations of film and architecture, he is engaged in teaching how the montage can artistically stimulate both film and architectural practice.

 

PANEL DEBATE with presenters and
Rikke Munck Petersen (DK), Landscape Architect PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen.

Rikke Munck Petersen is Landscape Architect PhD MAA MDL and Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Copenhagen. Her research focus is the incorporation of sensory-aesthetic exploration and atmosphere theory and approach in cartography, landscape analyses methods and design, based on media mediations as key sensory, reflective and projective transference in landscape design practice and planning.

Moderation by Boris Brorman Jensen

 

 

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