Tertulias NYC:
Benedetta Tagliabue


Benedetta Tagliabue in conversation with Ana Maria Torres
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
8:00 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
1.0 HSW CEUs

This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Nick Anderson at anderson@archleague.org.

Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT will present and discuss her most recent designs, as part of Tertulias NYC. The League is pleased to host the first two programs of this new series of gatherings organized by Ana Maria Torres.

Tagliabue’s recent work includes the Spanish Pavilion in Shanghai, which recontextualizes ideas about sustainability by integrating wicker – a traditional material that has long been used in Chinese and Spanish handicraft– into a technologically sophisticated steel and glass structure. “We wanted to revisit a forgotten material and see what application it has in a big-scale architectural design,” says Tagliabue. “We talk about… natural materials,” she says, but don’t often investigate the ways in which buildings can represent traditional human craftsmanship – something closer to “the human nature.”

Born in Milan, Italy, and based in Catalonia, Tagliabue and her partner Enric Miralles designed the renovation of the market quarter of Santa Caterina, Barcelona (2005), and the Scottish Parliament Building (2004), for which Tagliabue received, among other awards, the Spanish National Architecture Prize Manuel de la Dehesa.

Tertulias NYC, conceived and curated by Spanish architect Ana Maria Torres, aims to continue the Spanish tradition of the informal social gathering, the Tertulia, held partly to amuse and partly to edify. The inaugural series of Tertulias focuses on architecture, community, and environment, and invites leading practitioners to share recent projects and lend direction to the evening’s conversation. Tertulias in a series tend to occur at a regularly scheduled time, and often bring together speakers with likeminded objectives or aesthetics.

Ana Maria Torres is a Spanish architect based in New York City and principal of at architects. She is the author of Isamu Noguchi: A Study of Space, 2000, and Carme Pinós: Architecture of Overlay, 2003. She has organized exhibitions at IVAM of the work of Marjetica Potrč, Scott Burton, and James Turrell, as well as the Biennal de Canarias with Carme Pinós.

Tapas will be served.

This program is free and open to League members. Please rsvp to anderson@archleague.org.

Tertulias NYC is presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Spain in New York and The Architectural League of New York. Additional support is provided by New York Stone, Global Operations, and Tambour Paint USA.

Spanish Pavilion in Shanghai, EMBT

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