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José Oubrerie
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José Oubrerie
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José Oubrerie
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François Roche
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François Roche
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Ali Rahim
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Kivi Sotamaa
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François Roche & Ali Rahim
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José Oubrerie & François Roche
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José Oubrerie & Kivi Sotamaa
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Kivi Sotamaa
 
Architects with an Attitude -seminar
22.5. 14:00-18:00
LUME, SAMPO HALL
How does significant Architecture happen? On Tuesday, 22 May, Architects with an Attitude seminar will discuss the importance of vision, persistence and attitude in the creation of Architecture.

The seminar features Ali Rahim, François Roche and José Oubrerie, who has worked with Le Corbusier on most of Corbusier’s important projects and who, despite endless obstacles, completed the construction of the Saint-Pierre de Firminy church last summer, 40 years after Le Corbusier’s death and received raving critiques from international architectural community for his work. Ali Rahim is an award-winning developer of digital design and production technologies, who creates formally complex architectural forms with simple means. François Roche designs poetic, eerily beautiful buildings from discarded materials and ludic aspects of contemporary society that others overlook and despise. One of his most renowned projects is a building in Bangkok which over time becomes covered in dirt and dust from the polluted air, resulting in a beautiful, soft, cloud-like skin. The seminar is moderated by Kivi Sotamaa, the Finnish protagonist of digitally driven sensual architecture.


Speakers
José Oubrerie (FR), Ali Rahim (USA), François Roche (FR)

Moderator
Kivi Sotamaa

Seminar program
14:00 Opening of the seminar
14:15 José Oubrerie
15:00 Ali Rahim
15:45 Break
16:15 François Roche
17:00 Panel discussion
17:30 Conclusion


Seminar is kindly supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs


José Oubrerie
is a French architect and author and a professor at The Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture and founding principal of the firm Atelier Wylde-Oubrerie. He studied architecture at the Ecole Nationale Superiéure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes, France.

As an apprentice to Le Corbusier, arguably the twentieth century's most influential architect, Oubrerie helped develop the designs for the church of Saint-Pierre de Firminy in France, the last of Le Corbusier's unfinished projects. CThe church was commissioned in 1960 as part of a redevelopment scheme for the former mining town, five years later Le Corbusier passed away. Oubrerie begun the construction 10 years after the commission. Work stopped on the project in 1979. Under Oubrerie's direction, the church was completed in 2006. No major design by a celebrated modern architect has ever been completed decades after its commission.

Other major works by Oubrerie include the Miller Residence in Lexington, Kentucky; the French Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria; and the reconstruction as a "manifesto " of L'Esprit Nouveau L-C's exhibit hall in Bologna, Italy, with Giuliano Gresleri.

Le Corbusier, by design
Oubrerie CV
Wexner Center for Arts



Francois Roche
(1961), partner of  R&Sie... with Stephanie Lavaux.  “Making with…” is their (Roche/Lavaux) way of describing their research into a critical experience of architecture through a mutation of contextual parameters. Scenarios of hybridization, grafting, cloning, morphing give rise to perpetual transformation of architecture which strives to break down the antinomies of object/subject or object/territory. Experimental and inventive, the architecture of R&Sie… seeks to be profoundly critical and “deceptive”: an architecture which “contrasts a non-form which seems made of material from each situation"...

R&Sie(n) through François Roche was teaching in London at Bartlett School, in Vienna at TU, in Barcelona at ESARQ, in Paris at ESA, in Philadelphia at UPenn, and is teaching now in advanced studio at Columbia NY, USA.

Their projects have been exhibited at the Tate Modern (London 2006), Columbia University (New-York, 1999-2000), UCLA (Los Angeles, 1999-2000), ICA (London, 2001),   Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), the Pompidou Center (Paris, 2003),  MAM / Musee d'Art Moderne (Paris, 2005, 2006), Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris, 2006), Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Conference (1999, 2001, 2003). R&Sie(n) were among the architects selected by France for the 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2002 (refused) Venice Architectural Biennale, and were also featured in the 2000, 2004 international selection

R&Sie...
Roche CV



Ali Rahim
[Master of Architecture with Design Honors, Columbia University] is an Architect and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he teaches and co-ordinates the last year of the Master of Architecture Design curriculum. He is also the design director at Contemporary Architecture Practice, New York [www.c-a-p.net] .

Contemporary Architecture Practice has established an award winning profile in futuristic work using digital design and production techniques. Their portfolio includes a wide range and scales of work from product design to high-rises. Contemporary Architecture Practice’s work was most recently on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Entry 2006 Expo in Essen, Germany. Past exhibition venues include Artists Space, New York, Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA], London and the Shanghai Architectural Biennale’s in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Rahim’s projects and writings have been published extensively in the international press including Der Spiegel, The New York Times and the London Independent. His work has been selected into 10x10_2 [Phaidon Press, 2005], which "presents the world's most exceptional emerging architects selected by 10 internationally prominent critics, architects and curators" and for Design Vanguard 2004 as one of eleven architectural practices worldwide "building the future of architecture". His books include Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design 2006 and three issues of Architecture Design [AD]; Elegance, 2007, Contemporary Techniques in Architecture, 2002 and Contemporary Processes in Architecture, 2000.

Rahim has lectured about his work nationally and internationally. He is a permanent member of the design faculty at Penn (University of Pennsylvania) and currently is the Louis I Kahn Visiting Professor at Yale University and served as Visiting Professor at Harvard University in Spring 2007.

Rahim at PennDesign
Contemporary Architecture Practice
Interview with Ali Rahim at Arch'it


Moderator:

Kivi Sotamaa [1971] is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the graduate design of the Ohio State University, 2006 visiting professor to the Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Institut für Architektur in Vienna and the principal of SOTAMAA DESIGN ltd.

Architect and critic Greg Lynn wrote of Kivi Sotamaa that he combines “a deep appreciation for architectural design in terms of materials and construction with a keen awareness of contemporary fashion and design culture” and is “without question the most couture of his generation” and produces “the most stunning and beautiful forms designed on a computer.” [Praxis Magazine # 6 2004, Constellations In Practice -article]

Sotamaa’s creative work is widely published and exhibited. His work has been exhibited by MoMA, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Fondazione Trussardi and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa. Publications featuring his work include the New York Times, Phaidon’s 10×10 Architects, New Scandinavian Design, Forum Sweden, AD, Praxis, Kenhiku Bunka, L’Arca and Domus. His most current projects are the PS1 Young Architect Award finalist entry currently on display at MoMA and Vortex -an apartment building in USA.

Sotamaa holds a Masters degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki [UIAH] and in addition has studied at the Helsinki University of Technology and the Royal College of Art in London.

Sotamaa Architecture and Design
Reven Cultural Events
Sotamaa at KSA