Preparations for the Fourth International Architecture Congress are all going according to plan. The event, organised by FAS (Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad) with the collaboration of Dynamobel, is set to be held from June 29 to July 1 in the Chamber Hall of the Baluarte conference centre in Pamplona.
The first two congresses upheld austerity and solidarity as tools for addressing the crisis that afflicts the country and the profession. The third one seeks to put emphasis on architecture as something we need to improve the environment and people’s lives, but also as an activity that must avoid unnecessary works and unnecessary expense. For this purpose it is bringing together a mix of leading and emerging architects who are known to combine professional excellence with attention to sustainability and the social dimension of architecture.
The motto of this new symposium, ‘Necessary Architecture’, has two meanings that are mutually reinforcing. On the one hand, it proposes the necessary, as opposed to the excessive or the extravagant; on the other hand, it defends the need for architecture against those who deem it superfluous. The first sense of the motto advocates restraint and moderation, preferring austerity and laconicism instead of material and symbolic squander: an architecture that uses reasonable means and makes scarce gestures. The second stresses the importance of this public art, which cannot be reduced to mere construction: architecture understood as a vehicle for presenting and conveying cultural values. Writes Luis Fernández-Galiano about the congress.
SPEAKERS Y RELATORS OF THE CONGRESS.
This is the relationship of figures invited to the congress:
- Rem Koolhaas (OMA), Rotterdam
- Pierre de Meuron (Herzog & de Meuron), Basel
- Richard Ingersoll, Florence
- Jean-Philippe Vassal (Lacaton Vassal), París
- Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (Snøhetta), Oslo-New York
- Llàtzer Moix, Barcelona
- Iñaki Ábalos & Renata Sentkiewicz (AS+), Cambridge-Madrid
- Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), Berlín-London
- Antonio Lucas, Madrid
- Dietmar Eberle (Baumschlager Eberle), Lustenau-Zúrich
- Winy Maas (MVRDV), Rotterdam
- Peter Buchanan, London
- Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Copenhague-New York
- Vicente Verdú, Madrid
Download the event programme here PDF.
More information on the official website of the congress in this link.