Thursday, October 1, 2009

Event | NYC , Portzamparc lecture at Center for Architecture, 29 September

Pritzker Prize winning architect Christan de Portzamparc presented a broad cross section of his oeuvre of architecture and urban planning to a standing-room-only crowd last night at the AIA Center for Architecture.

Known by many New York designers for his creation of the origami-skinned Louis Vuitton-Moët Hennessy Tower on 57th Street, he presented both individual free-standing works, as well as urban planning exercises.

Of special note were his built examples of neighborhoods which adhere to his philosophy of “open block” – a sort of hybrid planning strategy borrowing from historical contextual design while introducing a palate of diverse architectural forms and spatial interactions.