Written by Martin Sobota

Berlage Lecture Series

Berlage Lecture Series by Martin Sobota

The Cult of Celebrity: Superstar Architects in the Academy debate with George Baird, Thom Mayne and Mark Wigley, moderated by Vedran Mimica, 17 April 2007

I just got news about the Berlage Institute’s lecture series this term. It’s starting rather late, but as always impresses with a highly profiled list of speakers. It’s the pattern we all know and love: A few well known names mixed with a bunch of people maybe less known but definitely worth noticing.

Here’s the details:

  • Nov. 13th: Michael Cadwell
  • Practicing architect and Associate Professor at Ohio State University. Author of ‘Small Buildings’ and ‘Strange Details’, a ‘lively and unconventional appreciation of pivotal buildings by Carlo Scarpa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Louis Kahn that reveals enough idiosyncrasies and conceits to make any rationalist shudder’ (MIT Press)

  • Nov. 15th: Michiel Riedijk
  • of the well known Rotterdam practice NeutelingsRiedijk

  • Nov. 20th: Mansilla & Tuñón
  • Founders of Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos, Madrid (check their design for the Museum of Automotion)

  • Dec. 4th: Shelley McNamara/Yvonne Farrell
  • Founders of Grafton Architects, Dublin

  • Dec. 11th: Iñaki Abalos
  • of Abalos Herreros, Madrid. May we call him the thinker of this office? (No offense, Juan!)

  • Dec. 18th: Vasa J. Perovic
  • of BevkPerovic, Ljubljana. One of the most interesting offices in balkan Switzerland.

  • Jan. 15th: Ben van Berkel
  • Do we even have to link to UN Studio? Anyway, it will be interesting to hear what his idea of the future Berlage Institute is, now that he’s part of academias new boygroup.

  • Jan. 22nd: Robert Rubin
  • Well, to be honest, I don’t know… Wikipedia list him as an American banker who served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during both the first and second Clinton Administrations. Apparently that same Robert Rubin has bought the Maison de Verre in Paris by Pierre Chareau and has renovated it in painstaking effort. Might be him….

  • Jan. 31st: Marion Weiss/Michael Manfredi
  • Sorry for Wikipedia again: ‘Weiss/Manfredi, is an architectural firm headquartered in New York City, founded by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. Weiss currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.’

    We’ll find out more when the official poster including lecture titles will be out. Please note that this program is preliminary…
    Lectures will usually start at 19:00.
    For reservation contact Lenny at the reception one day before under: +31 (0) 104030399

    See you there!

    ps: the dates are corrected and now also in the calendar: subsrcibe your iCal to this.

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