The program includes lectures with architects from the two of the most influential studios in Architecture: Zaha Hadid Studio and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, relax and prepare to experience a unique exploration into your 5 senses in Actiu London Showroom during 20th - 22nd May Clerkenwell Design Week.
Actiu, a Spanish company specialized in the creation of office furniture with a strong commitment to the environment, has prepared a series of activities intended to re-kindle and enhance your sens. Their purpose is to go beyond our rigid structured thinking and illustrate other Architecture, other Design concepts which are organic, dynamic, adaptable and flexible by nature. To illustrate this new thinking they are delighted to announce that they have 2 members from two of the most influential practices in this area Zaha Hadid Studio and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
The five senses will be the focus on the Wednesday 21st May:
Through the sight, at 18.45h, the visitors will be able to interact with a Soft Modelling Java application after a presentation by Manuel Jimenez and Roberto Garcia. The application has been developed to address not only a specific Project, but also can cover the basic function of a digital design software as its code is open source and easy to manipulate in order to create multiple versions by using Processing as a framework. (The software combines both poly modelling and physical simulation, two of the most-used design Tools). Our Visitors will be given the opportunity to test the Software and produce a 3d printed version of their design at the venue.
Through the sight we have prepared a series of Lectures will be performed where renowned speakers will address topics relating to dynamic architectural models, adaptive systems and patterning experimentation for spatial development:
19.00h Millenium Dome Project: Pedro Morales from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Pedro Morales, Lead Architect in Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who has worked on several projects for the firm, including Madrid Barajas Airport T4, Jacob K Javits Convention Center (NY) and the Millenium Dome (London). Pedro will speak about the Millenium Dome Project. The Millennium Dome, colloquially referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building, originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium, located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London, England. The exhibition was open to the public from 1 January to 31 December 2000.
19.20h Serpentine Sackler Gallery: Torsten Broeder from Zaha Hadid Architects
Torsten Broeder, Lead Architect in Zaha Hadid Architects and tutor in the AA School Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL) in London has worked on a number of commissions and competitions, including Channel Pavilion (Paris), Dubai Opera House and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery (London). In this conference, he will speak about this last project: the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The project consisted of two distinct parts, the conversion of a classical 19th century brick structure - The Magazine- and a 21st century tensile structure design
19.40h Complex Matter Speech: Rob Stuart-Smith from Rob Stuart-Smith Design
Robert Stuart-Smith, founding director of Rs-sdesign and a co-founding director of the collaborative research practice Kokkugia and Studio Course Master in the AA School Design Research Laboratory (AA.DRL). He is an internationally renowned lecturer and critic. Robert will discuss a number of their recent projects, including The Helsinki Public Library.
Through the touch we will experience the new innovative finishes displayed in the showroom, hard and soft textures to compliment alternative design and manufacturing excellence.
The smell and taste will be the best. We have kept to last, at 20.00h, throughout the week our Visitors will be treated by a selection of Tapas and traditional Valencian cuisine prepared to the very highest of standards by our very own Chefs in Spain. We will therefore guarantee that you will remember your experience here at the Actiu showroom.
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