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ar+ d Emerging Architecture Spring Lecture Series

A series of three seminars and presentations by young architects from the 2011 ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture. Participants will discuss their work in general as well as describing their winning projects



Boonserm Premthada and Molo Design

Tuesday 7 February 18.30

Bangkok based, Boonserm Premthada’s design approach is one of adventurousness and artistic daring- particularly in
the application of materials. The Kantana Film and Animation Institute’s bold use of brick creates spaces that are at once dynamic, yet monastic. Boonserm talks about the inspirations behind the project and the challenges of creating this distinctive new learning environment in the tropics.

Enclosed by ribbons of twisted steel, Molo Design’s Nebuta House draws on Japanese building principles to create a new home for a national tradition. Nebuta Matsuri is a form of storytelling in Japan during which heroes and creatures from myths come to life as colourful, large-scale, illuminated paper lanterns (nebuta). Canadian practice Molo dicusses this unique cultural project and the challenges of how to balance the milieu of the city and the sheltered, comtemplative interior.




Creuse Carrasco Arquitectos and Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia

Tuesday 14 February 18.30

Creuse Carrasco Arquitectos are a practice whose work is concerned with creating social space and intervention. Their remodelling of the harbour at Malpica, a remote fishing village on Galicia’s ‘Coast of Death’ in north-eastern Spain, is inspired by place and landscape. Creuse Carrasco discusses the Malpica project, which provides facilities for the fishing fleet, while creating a dynamic new set of public spaces aimed at reversing the fortunes of the village and creating new visitor appeal.

Madrid based Estudio de Arquitectura José María Sánchez’s new centre for rowing located on the Alange Reservoir in south-west Spain is a striking new building addressing nature yet barely intruding into it. It provides elite training and competition facilities and brings together nearby facilities in a straightforward way. Jose Maria Sanchez presents this and other projects demonstrating the practices approach to lightness and material refinement.




Zigzag Arquitectura and Chinthaka Wickramage

Tuesday 28 February 18.30

Established in 2005, Zigzag Arquitectura have worked extensively in design and research. Recipients of several awards, they discuss their new social housing scheme in Mieres, northern Spain, which inventively reworks an urban archetype. A generic courtyard block has been reassembled to create new and varied compositions distinguished by bold geometries, while managing to remain humane in its scale.

Chinthaka Wickramage draws on the rich vernacular tradition of Sri Lanka while working to respond to modern day requirements. A new community centre in Thalalla built to a budget of £34,000 restores essential services to a community devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Wickramage discusses the project and an approach to building which adopts the ancient Buddhist tradition of tam pita viharas (construction supported on pillars), so that it can withstand the effects of flooding.




Talks are accompanied by a free exhibition of winning schemes in the Florence Hall until 29 February

Tickets cost £8.50 full price and £5.50 for RIBA members, student members and concessions

Tickets are available on 020 7307 3699





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