26 January 2017
ARCHITECTURE LECTURE ON THE WORK OF EVA LOOTZ 'FORM FINDING'. FREI OTTO, A FREE MAN
Hours: 7 pm to 8 pm
On the occasion of the closing of the exhibition Cut Through the Fog the CGAC is organising a talk on architecture linked to the work of the artist Eva Lootz. Fermín Blanco links the quests on form, material, and generative process of an artist with an architect's production.
Living up to the literal translation of his name, Frei Otto always defined himself as a free man in the exercise of his profession. His work and thought were consistently coherent throughout his career, invariably breaking down barriers between disciplines, whether architecture, biology, engineering, or sociology. These fields aroused his interest and influenced him as did the tumultuous historical reality of the period he happened to live through in a Germany that was damaged and reconstructed, divided and reunified, causing him to lose faith in its consolidated, massive, and everlasting architecture. Lead by scientific thought, he set off on a never-ending search for solutions full of inventiveness and efficiency, in pursuit of an ideal, light, adaptable, and short-lived architecture.
In his lecture, Fermín Blanco puts forward a retrospective approach to the research carried out by Frei Otto through the Institut für leichte Flächentragwerke (Lightweight Structures Institute) of the University of Stuttgart, relating it to Eva Lootz's interest in the behaviour, properties, and expressive possibilities of materials. Art, science, and technology are connected by a thematic thread that draws us to the thought of its promoters.
Lecture Audio Recording [spanish] (Fermín Blanco, 26 January 2017)
Fermín Blanco is a PhD architect by Madrid's Universidad Politécnica and an architect by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Valladolid. His professional career is imbued by the educational and informational nature of his projects that are always within an interdisciplinary field. Since academic year 2011 he is professor of Construction Systems at the IE University.
He began his professional career with the architect Manuel Gallego (2003-2006) and as of 2006 he works from his own architecture studio in A Coruña. Since then he has exhibited, taught courses and given lectures related to architecture, design and didactics throughout Spain and abroad, namely at: architecture colleges in Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias, Basque Country, Navarre, Galicia, and Cadiz; at museums and cultural institutions such as Medialab-Prado, Patio Herreriano, MUSAC, Fundación Luis Seoane, Cerezales, or the CGAC; at universities such as Universidad Politécnica de Madrid or Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès in Barcelona; and at congresses such as the international Engineering Conference in Bangalore, India.
In 2008 he patented the LUPO system, a modular system for teaching that is industrialized under different versions and serves as a testbed for study. The workshops and didactics that are developed through this multiplatform are part of a project aimed at an in-depth analysis of educational changes and their adaptation to present-day circumstances.
DIRECTION: Fermín Blanco
COORDINATION: Virginia Villar