SAFA ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR 19.-20.5.2017
Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland
HORIZONS – SAFA Architecture Seminar 2017 is the main event celebrating the 125 years of SAFA architects. HORIZONS -seminar looks into the future of the tools and trends of architecture in the decades to come.
What kind of architecture, and whith whom, will be made? Robotics and computer aided design are quickly making their way into the design process. What is to be learned from professionals working in other fields, or the end-users?
In the evening of 19th May it is time for the GALA DINNER celebrating 'SAFA's Birthday'!
Liam Young | Tomorrows Thoughts Today
LIAM YOUNG is a speculative architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Trained as an architect in Australia, Liam has worked for a number of the world’s leading practices including Zaha Hadid Architects. As technology increasingly became the fundamental driver of urban change Liam became frustrated with the slow pace of architecture and set up his own urban futures think tank, Tomorrows Thoughts Today.
TTT is a collaborative practice that tells stories about the future city using fiction, film and performance as imaginative tools.
To ground his design fiction practice in the realities of present Young has also cofounded the research studio ‘Unknown Fields’, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures.
He develops this research through teaching positions at the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture (London) and is visiting professor at Princeton University.
Lina Ghotmeh | Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture
Lina Ghotmeh – architecture is a critically acclaimed international firm of architects, designers, and researchers based in Paris and operating within the multi-disciplinary field of architecture. Lina Ghotmeh is emerging as one of today’s leading international architects, with recently completed award-winning works such as the Estonian National Museum (Grand Prix Afex 2016, nominee of the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2017).
Her designs, infused with innovation and poetics, reveal her transversal and multidisciplinary approach to architecture. Lina Ghotmeh’s projects are all sustainably designed. They derive their aesthetics from a close relationship with nature and affirm themselves as the very expression of the material in which they are sculpted. Among her upcoming projects, a 14-story wooden tower in Paris named "Réalimenter Masséna” - winner of Reinventer Paris’ call for innovative projects; Stone Gardens Art Foundation and housing tower in Beirut; and interior renovation of Palais de Tokyo’s restaurants in Paris.
Lina Ghotmeh was selected by the European Architects Review as one of 10 'visionary architects for a new decade' in 2010, she won several awards including the AJAP prize by the French Ministry of Culture in 2008 and the Prix Dejean by the French Academy of Architecture in 2016.
Achim Menges | Stuttgart
Professor Achim Menges, born 1975, is professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design since 2008. He also is Visiting Professor in Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design since 2009.
From 2005 to 2008 he was Professor for Form Generation and Materialisation at the HfG Offenbach University for Art and Design in Germany.
Achim Menges’s practice and research focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing that enables a highly articulated, performative built environment. His work is based on an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with structural engineers, computer scientists, material scientists and biologists.
Achim Menges has published several books on this work and related fields of design research, and he is the author/coauthor of numerous articles and scientific papers. His projects and design research has received many international awards, has been published and exhibited worldwide, and form parts of several renowned museum collections, among others, the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Rainer Mahlamäki | Arkkitehtitoimisto Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
Professor Rainer Mahlamäki graduated as an architect in 1987 from Tampere University of Technology. He has served as Professor of Architecture at the University of Oulu since 1987. He established Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects together with Professor Ilmari Lahdelma in 1997. Since 1985, the partners have won a total of 36 first prizes and 58 other prize positions in both general and invited architectural competitions in Finland and abroad.
The most noted of the architects’ most recent works includes the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, completed in spring 2013, which won the first ever Finlandia Prize for Architecture in 2014. The museum also received the highest recognition from SARP, the Association of Polish Architects, in 2013: it was elected the building of the year and the best publicly funded building. The same year also saw the completion of the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, which was awarded the Finnish Wood Prize. Their other award-winning projects induce the Kastelli School and Community Centre in Oulu (2014) and the Kotka Maritime Centre Vellamo (2008), which won the Street Structure of the Year award of the same year. The architects are recipients of the Finland Prize in both architecture (1996) and art (2008). Rainer Mahlamäki has served in several elected positions, including as the Chairman of SAFA from 2007 to 2011.