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ARCHITECTURAL DYNAMICS – A Conversation with Julien de Smedt

Julien de Smedt, Founder, JDS Architects, in conversation with

Julian Worrall (Assistant Professor, Director of LLLABO, Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University)

Bruno Peeters (Architect-Professor, Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Belgium)

Norio Watanabe (Ishiyama Laboratory, Architecture Department, Waseda University and Principal of METAVORTEX)

and a select audience.

  • When: Wednesday,  31 March 2010, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Where: INAX Ginza, 8F, Kyobashi 3-6-18, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
  • Language: English, Japanese (partial Japanese to English)
  • Capacity: 80 (Registration required)
  • Registration: Please register using the online form below.
  • Entry Fee: ¥500 (includes entry to JDS Lecture event at 6:30pm)
  • Contact: Julian Worrall
  • Poster: To download poster, click here.

「危機」Kiki. Crisis. The Japanese word for “crisis” combines the meanings of “danger” and “opportunity”. These twin threads of criticality and optimism weave through Agenda: Can we sustain our ability to crisis?, a book documenting a year in the life of celebrated young European architect Julien de Smedt and his architectural practice JDS Architects. A year spanning the Lehman shock and the Obama election, in which many of the assumptions – financial, social, political, aesthetic – underlying contemporary architectural production radically shifted. A year of wrenching change.

On the occasion of his visit to Japan to launch this book, LLLABO and Waseda Architecture join Julien de Smedt in a conversation about creative practice under conditions of rapid change. Borrowing vocabulary from the physics of moving bodies such as displacement, velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, collision, action, and reaction, the conversation aims to explore the experience and responses to crisis and change in contemporary architectural practice. A conversation, in short, about architectural dynamics.

Julien De Smedt is the founder and director of JDS Architects based in Copenhagen, with offices in Brussels and Oslo. An award-winning designer and architect whose work is known in Europe and abroad, Julien’s commitment to the exploration of new architectural models and programs has helped to re-energize the discussion of architecture in Denmark and beyond. Born in Brussels and educated in Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles before receiving his diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Julien worked with OMA, Rotterdam and co-founded well known architecture firm PLOT with Bjarke Ingels in Copenhagen in 2001. Winner of the Henning Larsen Prize in 2003, an Eckersberg medal in 2005, and the Maaskant Prize in 2009, Julien has lectured in universities and institutions in Europe and North America, and his work has been exhibited in numerous locations around the world, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Paris, New York City, and Sao Paulo. The second monograph of JDS Architects’ work, entitled “Agenda: Can we sustain our ability to crisis?” was published by Actar in January 2010.

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