I oA Sliver Lecture: Luis Callejas

Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2023 - 19:00 Uhr

Universität für angewandte Kunst

I oA Sliver Lecture Series 2022/23 Architecting Matter(s)

Lecture "Recent works and persistent inquires" by Luis Callejas (LCLA Office)
I oA / Institut für Architektur

Luis Callejas is an architect, founder of LCLA office and professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Callejas’ projects and research bridge architecture and landscape architecture. Previous appointments include Harvard Graduate School of Design (2012-2016) the Louis Kahn visiting chair at Yale (2020) and Patrick Geddes fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2019)
In 2013 Callejas won the Architecture league of New York award for best young architects. The office has been nominated to the Mies van der Rohe award for European Architecture and the Mies Crown Hall award for architecture in the Americas. In 2016 Luis Callejas was on the three finalists in the Rolex mentor and protege program curated by David Chipperfield.
Completed works include the open air competition swimming facilities in Medellin for the IX South American games, and the renovation of the main stadium in Bogota, Colombia.
LCLA office’s works have been exhibited in most major biennales over the past years, including the Venice biennale, the Lisbon triennial, the Oslo triennial and the Seoul triennial among others.

Following the lecture we invite you to a small reception.

Architecting Matter(s)

matter (n.)

From c. 1200 as "a subject of a literary work, content of what is written, main theme;" sense of „arrative, tale, story" is from c. 1300. Meaning "physical substance generally" is from mid-14c.; that of "substance of which some specific object is or may be composed" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "piece of business, affair, activity, situation; subject of debate or controversy, question under discussion" is from late 14c. In law, "something which is to be tried or proved," 1530s.

matters (n.)

"events, affairs of a particular sort," 1560s, from plural of matter (n.).

matter (v.)

"to be of importance or consequence," 1580s

Architecture structures matter. In parallel, architecture engages with scales of social and cultural matters, and today our living environments are increasingly augmented by digital processes, platforms, and social media. Ultimately matter and matters reveal the health of our planet (1), observable by current technologies that allow for an unprecedented spectrum of data gathered at nano or planetary scales. Hence, our notion of matter(s) encompasses physical scales and processes beyond the visible, including the digital realm's immaterial building blocks and operations.

Interested in cultural complexities and architecture's operations within it, the Sliver Lecture Series 2022/23, titled Architecting Matter(s), presents material entanglements intertwined with networks of living things. As (architectural) design activities or investigations, these engage with matter and matters simultaneously and beyond the borders of disciplinary thinking. From actionable idealism of global operations to landscaping across vast territories, through the digital atoms of worldbuilding and back to physical translations foregrounding spatial affairs, the series touches on what is the matter of/with ideas and realities we produce.

(1) Seetal Solanki: Why Materials Matter: Responsible Design for a Better World


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Gastvortrag, Architektur, Research, Luis Callejas
Donnerstag, 12.01. 19:00
bis Freitag, 12.01.2024
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