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Architecture Lecture: “La Vision du Marcheur”

March 14, 2012 6:00 PM
Science Auditorium 402, Byblos campus

 The Department of Architecture and Interior Design is organizing a lecture by Luca Barello titled: "La vision du marcheur".

Luca Barello, architect, born in Torino, Italy. He graduated in architecture from the Politecnico di Torino and holds a PhD in architecture and building design. A professor of architectural design (Politecnico di Torino and NABA, Milano), he is visiting professor at Université Laval, Québec, and researcher on open spaces, on building in the alpine region, on the relations between architecture and landscape, same themes of his main built architectures.
Barello also designs experimental objects and prototypes, and has worked on graphic design for books and posters and for Amnesty International.
Workshops organizer as well as students building sites in natural parks, he is member of the IAM (Istituto di Architettura Montana) and founder of ateliermobile, traveling architecture summer school.

La vision du marcheur, projects and researches for the south face of the Alps
The Alpine region is a fragile territory where parts and traces of the ancient settlements and ways coexist with huge structures built to defend and to exploit the territory, recent infrastructures and new housing developments very close to urban patterns.
Designing in these sites is first of all trying to know them deeper, to understand their evolution, the rooted connections between settlements, topography and natural events. In the mountain area architecture and landscape design are strictly connected, linked to ways of life and economies that remained the same for centuries.
The researches on the alpine valleys lead to projects that used visuals and earth movements as ways of design, following traces and settlement rules, taking a step back in front of the existing natural and architectural environment, looking at it from a certain distance with a “vision du marcheur”, a slow and thought-out approach to places.
Looking for “a way to build in the mountains” as essential as it had always been, starting from what the context can offer to us, and capable to become an integral part of the surrounding landscape.


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