Pietro Laureano: “Ecomimicry, the architecture of the fusion: design with Traditional Knowledge”

PIETRO LAUREANO

 

Pietro Laureano: “Ecomimicry, the architecture of the fusion: design with Traditional Knowledge”

Pietro Laureano, an architect and urban planner, is a UNESCO consultant for arid regions, water management, Islamic civilization and endangered ecosystems.

He lived eight years in the Sahara, engaged in the study and restoration of oases in Algeria. In numerous essays and books published since the late 1980s, he has demonstrated that oases are the result of human ingenuity, and that they represent a heritage of technical knowledge to combat aridity and a model of sustainable management for the entire planet. He has coordinated and managed projects based on the recovery of the ancient techniques of water harvesting systems with various international organizations throughout the Mediterranean, and in Yemen, Mauritania and Ethiopia. In particular, he has rebuilt the water systems of Petra, in Jordan, contributing to the UNESCO plan for ‘Greater Petra’, and restored canals and drainage systems in the monolithic town of Lalibela, Ethiopia, as team leader of the UNESCO and World Monument Fund (WMF) projects. He is currently producing an oasis eco-museum for the kingdom of Morocco and a publication that aspires to launch a worldwide appeal and to promote an alliance between Arab countries for the protection of oases.

He is the promoter of the recovery of the troglodyte city of the Sassi of Matera in southern Italy, which had been completely abandoned in the 1960s. To this end he spent ten years in the Sassi of Matera, living in caves he restored using traditional methods and recovering prehistoric systems for the collection of rainwater and methods of passive cooling. He is the author of the reports that led to the inclusion of the Sassi and the Cilento Park on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and has contributed, with his example and activities, to the model of success achieved in these two areas in relation to the recovery of urban ecosystems and the preservation of landscape.

He is founder and coordinator of Ipogea, Centre for Studies on Traditional Knowledge, a non-profit organization based in Florence and Matera that carries out projects to preserve landscape through the use of ancient systems such as dry stone terraces, water harvesting cisterns and catchment tunnels.

He is part of the work group responsible for drafting the new UNESCO Landscape Convention. As Italian representative on the Technical-Scientific Committee of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and as Chairman of the Panel for Traditional Knowledge, he has promoted the creation of a World Bank of Traditional Knowledge and its Innovative Use (www.tkwb.org). This initiative is being pursued with UNESCO through the creation of the International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI), based in Florence, which will have a decisive role in shaping the new Landscape Convention. His numerous publications and his work in general have been widely reported in the international press.

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Anne Holtrop: “A possible architecture”

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Anne Holtrop: “A possible architecture”

In my work I start with forms and materials which often come from outside the logic of architecture itself. With the idea that all things can be perceived and conceived differently, everything can become architecture. Like in a Rorschach inkblot, a butterfly and a lake can be seen in it. The way I work with this material is an intuitive way, more or less without a plan, and that is characterized with not wanting to know the end result on forehand, but being more interested in a certain way of making and seeing. In that way an architecture occurs by inventing what could be its next step, that is based on previous steps taken.

www.anneholtrop.nl

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6a | Tom Emerson: “Never Modern”

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Tom Emerson: “Never Modern”

Never Modern is an evolving talk explorating of the role of narrative, history, appropriation and craft in the work of London based 6a architects finding affinities between the architecture and Bruno Latour’s notion that contemporary society has entered into a pre-modern age. The talk will trace an approach that favour of metis, an ancient form of intelligence combining ‘flair, wisdom, forethought, subtlety of mind, deception, resourcefulness, vigilance, oppor­tunism, varied skills, and experience’. In the work of artists, Richard Wentworth as in that of Sempé, in Tati there is a fundamental optimism and a fascination with the resource­fulness of people as they get on with their lives. Like contemporary society at large, architecture is fundamentally a work of bricolage drawing from the debris of history and the comedies of everyday life in the world that surrounds us.

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Barão-Hutter: “One book and five projects”

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Barão-Hutter: “One book and five projects”

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Adam Khan: “The Feeling of Structure”

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Adam Khan: “The Feeling of Structure”

The talk will present a number of recent and ongoing projects which explore the emotional potential of material and construction. Rigorous craft and an intensive process of engineering and material design integration are the base for architecture that invites emotional attachment through physical presence and flexibility of use.

www.adamkhan.co.uk

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Arturo Franco: “Estados de ánimo”

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Arturo Franco: “Estados de ánimo”

Tal vez sea el momento de emprender un viaje. Un viaje que nos lleve a través del tiempo, saltando sin orden aparente, recorriendo lugares muy distintos, situaciones presuntamente distantes, pensamientos cruzados, obras. Algunas de las reflexiones e imágenes que se mostrarán en la conferencia han ido apareciendo explícita o implícitamente en nuestro trabajo durante los últimos años. Pertenecen a un ideario vital y recurrente, a una manera de ser y de mirar, también a una manera de trabajar. Serán sólo algunos ejemplos dispersos que ayuden a ilustrar las ideas que por aquí se han asomado. Entre ellas, y como consecuencia aparecerán las tres intervenciones realizadas en el antiguo Matadero de Madrid desde 2006 hasta 2012.

www.arturofranco.es

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Flores & Prats: “Conferencia de bolsillo”

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Flores & Prats: “Conferencia de bolsillo”

Una charla que cabe en tu bolsillo, que llevas contigo y que, al abrirla, despliega un encadenado de imágenes, todo el mundo del estudio guardado en ese pequeño objeto, en tu bolsillo. Cada proyecto se liga al siguiente, y éste al siguiente y al siguiente… haciendo que siempre sea posible parar la lectura y volver a empezar.
Los proyectos se pueden recorrer en doble sentido, de atrás hacia adelante y vuelta atrás, movernos varios pasos hacia delante otra vez, como lo hace el pensamiento, con saltos relacionados con la intuición o la sorpresa, deteniéndonos en una imagen concreta… un mundo continuo, que al llegar al fin te lleva al principio otra vez.
La escena se produce ahí donde la llevas. Al abrirse, comienza la función.

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