WDM online Lecture: The Architects’ sense for the landscape
7 September 2021 - September 7 @ 5:30 pm
07 September 17:30 -18.30 (CET) – Zoom
The Architects’ sense for the landscape
by Renato Bocchi (Università IUAV di Venezia)
The landscape in the foreground today on the contemporary scene is in fact a new landscape, which must deal with the rapid territorial change, with the serious problems of resource consumption, climate change, economic crisis, and which however cannot and must not forget the themes of history, of memory and above all of culture (material and non-material) on which even new landscapes can and must be reconfigured.
Overwriting the palimpsest-landscape is inevitable to affirm a serious design culture towards that “perception of the populations” to which the European Landscape Convention refers. The ways of this overwriting are to be found in a rich and profound interdisciplinary dialogue and in the re-foundation that can derive from this for the design disciplines.
The November Talks 2020 at the Iuav University of Venice has aimed to offer contributions to the debate around the relationship that contemporary architecture has often tried to establish with the figurative spatial and topographical aspects of landscape, as well as with its characteristics of dynamically changing perception, also developing, on the other hand, an evident interest in ecological problems.
This attitude has fostered a frequent and rich dialogue between architects, landscape architects and “environmental” artists, in an attempt to compare and combine the tools of the architectural design with those of the landscape design and environmental art. The five architects invited for the cycle of talks this year (Sandro Marpillero, Inaki Abalos, Joan Roig, Reiulf Ramstad, Juan Manuel Palerm) were chosen from the wide range of important contemporary architects whose research has developed the theme of new landscapes in original and peculiar ways, to the point of profoundly connoting their design responses according to this influence. The paper will resume the results of the cycle of encounters.
Renato Bocchi (Trento, 1949), full professor of architectural and urban design at the Iuav University of Venice until 2019, where he was director of the Department of architectural design from 2006 to 2009. He is currently teaching Theories of architecture at Iuav. The main field of his research concerns the relationship among architecture, art and landscape. Among his publications: La materia del vuoto, Universalia, Pordenone, 2015; Progettare lo spazio e il movimento, Gangemi, Rome, 2010.