Presented at the University of Sydney on the 18th of July as part of the Urban Islands program: www.urbanislands.net
The talk will address the issue of social housing design, its capacity to generate a community among its inhabitants, and the research on how a building can work as a bridge between your house and the city. Nowadays the global trend of the society is that people tend to isolate themselves more and more and they don’t relate to one another. We strongly believe that our duty as architects is to try to reverse this trend by encouraging people to socialise as a community, taking advantage of the positive exchanges that this involves. Our architecture must have this principle as a goal, creating a framework for these situations to happen.
Flores & Prats Architects is an architecture office established in Barcelona by Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, dedicated to confront theory and academic practice with design and construction activity. They have been part of the Wallpaper* Directory of Emerging Architects 2007 and selected for the Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2005 and for the Bienal de Arquitectura Española 2011. They obtained the Grand Award for the Best Work in Architecture at the 2009 Summer Show of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and the International Award Dedalo-Minosse 2011 for the New Campus for Microsoft in Milan. At present they are working on the construction of the Cultural Centre Palau Balaguer in Palma de Mallorca and the new Theatre and International Drama School Sala Beckett in Barcelona. Besides their professional practice, Eva and Ricardo are both Associated Professors of Design Studios at the School of Architecture of Barcelona. www.floresprats.com
The Thursday Night Lecture series explores the latest approaches to architecture, design and the built environment. Each year, the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning selects speakers from amongst our lecturers, alumni and distinguished industry professionals to share their approaches to the challenges our society faces. The lectures are held in the Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney.
For more information, visit http://sydney.edu.au/architecture