Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017 | 7pm | IKA R211a

Lecture Christophe Girot | Landscape Topology

How does one enter a site, topically? through a topological method that is specific to landscape architecture. With advanced capabilities of a point cloud models, topology can simulate more fully physical aspects of a site. Whether this method leads to a better design depends on the designer’s creative capacity to grasp a landscape's essence. As a method, then, topology is neither infallible nor does it guarantee better designs, but with a renewed effort to employ physical landscape models as departure point, it can cast an entirely different light on our approach to design. It is precisely this faculty—to navigate through a terrain precisely via a geographically informed, 3D digital space—that makes the difference in the approach of a design. Beyond the explicit, physical properties of a site, topology brings up the cultural limitations with which the designer is faced: language and concepts of nature that he or she may have to promote. Through repeated testing, it is possible to see a project evolve virtualy before its eventual realization.

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Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017

Looking at a landscape as a full, physical body provides an entirely different reading of reality than a conventional two-dimensional layered map, and, as a result, also promotes a different operating mode. Topological methods place the landscape designer at the heart of a virtual site that can help distinguish various elements of a place with a differentiated viewpoint. The virtual space of a point cloud model enables entirely new relationships and meanings to emerge between the very same landscape elements, namely because they now appear in a completely different order than in a 2D plan. In this way, the point cloud model introduces the notion of perceptual relativity in landscape design, which is quite different from conventional codes of planning and perspectival imaging.

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Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017

Christophe Girot wurde 1957 in Paris geboren und ist Professor am Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur am Departement Architektur der ETH Zürich. Seine Lehr- und Forschungstätigkeit umfasst die Entwicklung neuer topologischer Methoden im Landschaftsentwurf, den Einsatz Neuer Medien in der Landschaftsanalyse- und Wahrnehmung, sowie die Erforschung der Geschichte und Theorie des Landschaftsentwurfs. Der Schwerpunkt seiner praktischen Tätigkeit liegt in der Auseinandersetzung mit der zeitgenössischen Landschaft.

 

Image credits:
Placer Mine II ( Rosebel ) © Bas Princen 2016
Villa Zimmermann Garten in Brissago © Atelier Girot 2017

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Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017

Lecture Bas Princen

“I will focus on the aspect of  ‘a document (that describes the a piece of the world), the construction of an image, the image in a space, and the image as object and if it is then still a document that describes the world’ in short, the transformation of reality into an object.” Bas Princen

Bas Princen is an artist and photographer living and working in Rotterdam and recently in Zurich. He was educated as industrial designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven and later studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Since then, through the use of photography, his work focuses on urban landscape in transformation, researching the various forms, outcomes and imaginaries of changing urban space.
Recent exhibitions include: Breuer Revised, at the Met in NY, 2017 , Earth Pillar, solo Gallery, Paris, 2016, Constructing Worlds in the Barbican Art Gallery, London 2014; ‘Room of Peace’ in the Arsenale exhibition ‘Monditalia’, at the 14th Venice Bienale; Reservoir, deSingel Antwerp 2011; Five Cities, Depo, Istanbul 2010; Refuge, Storefront for art and architecture NY 2010;

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Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017

Invisible frontier, AUT, Innsbruck 2008; Nature as Artifice, Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo and Aperture Foundation, New York 2009; Spectacular City, Nai, Rotterdam, 2006; The Venice Bienale of Architecture 2004 2006, 2010 and 2012
In May 2004, he published his first book“Artificial Arcadia” with 010 Publishers; further monographs include "Rotterdam" with Witte de With Publishers 2007; "Galleria Naturale" for Linea di Confine, Rubierra 2008, "Five Cities Portfolio" with SUN Publishers 2009 and ‘Reservoir’ with Hatje Cantz 2011, and ‘The Construction of an Image 2016 with Bedford Press.
In 2004 he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands” and at the 2010 Venice Bienale of Architecture he was awarded the silver lion for his collaborative work with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen.

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Christophe Girot | Bas Princen

Chair: Kathrin Aste

Lecture Monday 27.03.2017

The lecture series tries to explore the consciousness of crisis in architecture and its potential with emphases on geography, landscape and cities by considering eight positions from different fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, cultural studies and art.

IKA Lecture Series Summerterm 2017

Curated by K.Aste, Platform Geography Landscapes Cities | Supported by: Halotech Lichtfabrik | Pema | Ing. A. Sauritschnig Alu-Stahl-Glas GesmbH

27th March | Christophe Girot | Bas Princen | Chair: Kathrin Aste | 7pm | IKA 211a

15th May | Angelika Fitz | Andreas Spiegl | Chair: Marco Russo | 7pm | Aktsaal

22rd May | Francois Roche | Cristina D.Moreno + Efrén G.Grinda | Chair: Oliver Domeisen | 7pm | Atelierhaus Prospekthof

12th June | Andy Lomas | Matteo Zamagni | Chair: Marjan Colletti | 7pm | IKA 211a