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Alejandro Zaera-Polo in conversation with Lucy Bullivant
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Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
£9, £6 concessions
Book online at www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/
Hear leading Spanish architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo, founder of AZPA (2011-) and co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA, 1995-2011) in discussion with Lucy Bullivant, architectural curator, author and critic. Find out more about his design philosophy and approach to working across different cultures in key FOA projects such as Yokohama International Port Terminal (1995-2002), Carabanchel social housing, Madrid (2004-7) and Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London (2005-11).
Technically rigorous and inspired by the bridging of natural and artificial ecologies and by hybrid uses of space across different cultures, FOA's imaginative and versatile body of work has had a ground-breaking global impact.
Zaera-Polo (Madrid, 1963) has a Master in Architecture with distinction from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He collaborated with Rem Koolhaas at OMA before founding FOA in London with Farshid Moussavi in 1993. In 2009 he was awarded the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professorship at Princeton where he is undertaking a three year study of the building envelope. An agile theorist and prolific writer from his early twenties onwards, Zaera-Polo revels in discussions of architecture and societal conditions, including the impact of globalization, information technologies and representation in relation to architecture's cultural and political role.
Zaera-Polo's new book, Sniper's Log (published by Actar in 2012), is a collection of his essays written over a 25 year period. In analysing a varied and vivid sequence of cultural exposures, he applies knowledge and experimentalism as he evolves his personal reading of architectural theory and practice - not as dialectically opposed entities, but as a complex continuum.
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