Lecture: Alessandra Cianchetta, AWP Office for Territorial Reconfiguration: ‘Future Tense’

Date: Thursday 12.05.2016

Time: 19:00

Venue: Michael O’Donnell Theatre (Room 259), Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

AWP is an award winning interdisciplinary office for territorial reconfiguration and design. It is based in Paris and Basel (AWP-HHF) and develops projects internationally working on a wide variety of programmes : architecture, landscape design, strategic planning, urbanism, ranging from major large scale public projects to temporary installations both in France and internationally. The practice is run by partners Marc Armengaud, Matthias Armengaud and Alessandra Cianchetta. The practice was awarded the French Ministry of Culture’s Prize for Best Young Architects in 2006, and the French Ministry of Transport, Housing and Ecology’s PJU urban planning award 2010.

Alessandra Cianchetta is a leading architect and a founding partner of AWP Paris. The practice works across scales and genres – from the 160 ha strategic masterplan for the Paris CBD to pavilions, landscapes, interiors, exhibitions and publications. AWP’s work is regularly presented at venues worldwide such as MAXXI, Cité de l’Architecture, MoMA, the Storefront for Architecture and the 14th Venice Biennale (with Superscript), and has been featured in NY Times, Le Monde, Wallpaper, The Guardian and Architese. Alessandra is currently Thesis Adviser at The Berlage Center for advanced studies in architecture and urban design and teaching design studios at Columbia University GSAPP having formerly been Visiting Critic at Cornell University and Visiting Professor at Carleton University. Alessandra gives equal weight to the substance of building and its intangible effects, addressing sensual and perceptual experiences at large urban scales. Current works include a 85,000 square-metre housing and mixed-use sector project in Lausanne, which will transform the landscape of the city, a 70,000 square-metre public space adjoining the Grande Arche de la Défense, including a unique series of new buildings, the masterplan of Paris’ CBD, and Poissy Galore, a sequence of public buildings and follies set in a park by the Seine. Her publications include Nightscapes, Nocturnal Landscapes (Gustavo Gili, 2009), Alvaro Siza: Private Houses 1954–2004 (Skira 2004), and Park Güell (Gustavo Gili, 2002). She lectures and exhibits her work worldwide.


photo credits : AWP-HHF-photo Julien Lanoo

This talk is part of the Multidisciplinary series, a series of AAI talks in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland. This talk is facilitated by the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology.

The standard entry fee is €5, with the option of purchasing an official CPD receipt for an additional €5. Admission to this event will be at a reduced rate of €2 for students (id required). Entry and CPD receipt for this event is free for AAI Annual pass holders and students of Dublin School of Architecture.

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