WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today 3/4_MUOTO Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau. Public Lectures

WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today 3/4_MUOTO Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau
WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today 3/4_MUOTO Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau
Ball Theater ©Schnepp Renou
Ball Theater ©Schnepp Renou
Public Condenser ©Myriam Tirler
Public Condenser ©Myriam Tirler

Academy of Architecture

Date: 11 April 2024 / 18:30 - 21:00

Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio

Public Lectures 2023/24
WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today


MUOTO Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau 
practice of freedom 


Thursday, 11 April 2024 18:30
Teatro dell'architettura Mendrisio


Muoto, meaning form in Finnish, is a practice established by Gilles Delalex and Yves Moreau in Paris in 2003. Muoto's work is characterised by minimal structures that can combine different activities, evolve over time and merge economic and aesthetic issues. Muoto's activities range from architecture, urban planning and design to teaching and scientific research. Since its very beginning the office has realised various projects for master plans, public buildings, housing and installations. In 2023, Muoto curated the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Gilles Delalex holds a Doctorate of Arts from Alvar Aalto University, Helsinki. He is a Professor at the School of Paris-Malaquais, where he heads the department of Theory, History, and Design. He has taught at ENPC Paris, Harvard GSD and TU Wien and is co-director of the Liat research Lab (Infrastructure, Architecture, Territory).
Yves Moreau was awarded the Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes and Paysagistes in 2008. He has taught at Harvard GSD, the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Dusseldorf and TU Wien.

abitare oggi/living today

In years of a necessary overall rethinking of architectural making, can the search for archetypes and common roots offer strategies for new paradigms of living? The changed social and economic, cultural and psychological needs of populations lead to the search for innovative housing typologies and new flexibilities, associated with the experiences of shared and collaborative living, which will increasingly have to be combined with productive-entrepreneurial, commercial, and cultural dissemination activities, in addition to the essential facilities/services open to residential neighbourhoods. This is why, for example, revisiting experimental settlement patterns of the past referring to different cultures and geographical areas may once again become highly relevant. All this necessarily goes through processes that must be able to subvert established prejudices and to dismantle mental superstructures and cultural mechanisms linked to planning-administrative and economic development models that are by now obsolete and no longer pursuable, also in respect for future generations.
The lecture series intends to bring attention back to a key topic in architectural education by bringing to the Academy of Mendrisio a series of European architectural practices that in different ways have successfully addressed the issue of living.

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Free entrance subject to availability.
The Lecture is also streamed live on www.arc.usi.