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Italian exhibition on urban regeneration and design

Within the context of the annual architecture AZA Conference 2016, which will take place from 1-3 September at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, there will be an array of exhibitions hosted in the various venues where the Conference is held. These exhibitions consider new work at various scales from the design of new universities and urban design schemes to small-scale objects.

Photo: Matilde Cassani, Italian Architect

The ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in Pretoria will proudly put on display a panel exhibition on Italian architecture and urban regeneration which will be opened on Thursday 1st September starting from 5.00pm on the First floor in Oppenheimer Life Sciences building, University of the Witwatersrand.

This exhibition offers a sample of Italian urban design rehabilitation projects in progress. Though operating at different levels and scales, they all have in common the theme of the relationship between pre-existing architecture and the urban environment. The different opportunities presented by the projects and the choices made by the architects all share the common goals of urban renewal, architectural quality and professional dignity. Responding to the problems of our contemporary economic climate, and in a context that no longer tolerates costing errors and the wasting of public or private land or resources, a whole generation of architects and urban planners have had to apply a synergy of interdisciplinary methodologies in elaborating their projects. The result of this process has hopefully been ‘beneficial architecture for everybody’, and a better-informed, more civic-minded and more participatory citizenry.

The ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in Pretoria is proud to bring the Italian Architect Matilde Cassani as the keynote speaker who will open the AZA Conference 2016 on September the 1st, at 9:15am with a talk on ‘Architecture as context’.

AZA16 is the 6th annual South African architecture conference presented by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and proudly sponsored by PPC Cement.

AZA16 is a three-day architecture and design festival, lasting from Sept. 1st to 3rd, showcasing six international and 20 local speakers, over and above workshop and tour leaders. This year it is hosted by the Architecture and Planning of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on its Braamfontein, Johannesburg campus and surrounds.

Matilde Cassani, born in 1980, studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and the Univesitade Tecnica de Lisboa, and Architecture and Urban Studies ('Metropolis') at the CCCB (Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in Barcelona. She holds a PhD in Spatial Planning and Urban Development. After studies she worked for GTZ in Sri Lanka, where she developed a research on the post-tsunami reconstruction. She teaches at Politecnico di Milano and at Domus Academy. She acts as consultant for the World Bank and works on research project on 'Holy Urbanism'. Her practice reflects the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in contemporary western cities. Matilde Cassani moves between the confines of architecture, installation and performance. Her works have been showcased in many cultural institutions and galleries and published in various magazines.

The programme intersperses keynote lectures with parallel sessions which offer delegates a choice of design and professional practice streams. The festival delves into the theme of SCALE, how it transcends professions, and the endless array of interpretations it manifests.

AZA16 aims to assert the capacity of architects to work at and across all scales. Expert speakers will explore topics ranging from the effects of big data on complex design ecologies, systems and territories, to the intimacies of crafted detail and local communities. It will examine how architects and other designers work across scales, how they handle ‘bigness’ and ‘smallness’, and how the micro and the uber intersect.

The ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in Pretoria

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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