La Villette, reloaded
【Guest Speaker】Colin Fournier
【Time】14:00-16:00, Saturday 28 May 2016
【Venue】3F Theatre, Power Station of Art
【Language】English (Chinese translation)
*This lecture is admission free and no reservation required. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance.
About the Lecture
The lecture at PSA will be focused on the La Villette project, the first major built project of Tschumi and the one that brilliantly established his career. The talk will explore the broader historical and cultural context of the project, particularly in the light of the other “Grands Projets” initiated in Paris by President Francois Mitterand. It will seek to show how an ambitious and radical intellectual program was translated into built form without losing any of its conceptual clarity. It will also analyse how, since its inception in 1983, the park has very much remained alive, continuing to grow and diversify through the interventions of other architects.
About the Speaker
Colin Fournier, born in 1944, was educated at the Architectural Association in London. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), where he was, until recently, Director of the MA course in Urban Design. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was an associate member of the radical experimental design group Archigram Architects and Planning Director of the Parsons Corporation in California, USA, implementing major development projects such as the new town of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.
He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the design of the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Sir Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus, an art museum in Austria, completed in 2003. His “Open Cinema” project, in collaboration with artist MarysiaLewandowska, was realised in Guimarães, Portugal (2012), Lisbon (2013)and Hong Kong (2016). He was, in Hong Kong, President of the Jury for the M+ Museum International Architectural Competition and Chief Curator of the 2013-2014 Urbanism and Architecture Bi-city Biennale for Hong Kong and Shenzhen (UABB*HK).