Enrique Norten: This Will Kill That
07.03.2012 - 07.03.2012
AIA New York Chapter 536 LaGuardia Pl NY, NY 10012, USA
Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA
How has space evolved and changed through time?
The lecture by Enrique Norten will focus on this question:
What has happened to physical space in the age of mass media and accelerated communication?
We know that modern forms of communication, electronic devices and the web have been said to put at risk both the printed word and public space. This, electronic media, will kill that: the book and the architecture of public space.
Thanks to contemporary forms of communication we prefer to get connected and receive information rather than read a book or to go a park, public square, or the streets. The open space of modern architecture can and must work as an open stage for the representation of the public, as a political space in the classical sense of the polis, as the city where strangers meet and work, talk, think, live together.
People have gone out and occupied a place, their place. Architecture has now to reply, to give a response: architecture must be responsible.
There will be a book signing by Enrique Norten of his recently published monograph after the lecture.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Enrique Norten began his formal study of architecture in Mexico City and obtained his M.Arch from Cornell University. He is the founder and principle of TEN Arquitectos (Taller de EnriqueNorten Arquitectos) which has offices in Mexico City and New York City. Mr. Norten was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture and received the 'Legacy Award" by the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to American Arts and Culture. He has lectured all over the world and participated in numerous international juries and award committees. Enrique Norten currently holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.