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Cersaie 2011: Conferences and Seminars
New architecture. Architects from Emerging Countries

Tuesday 20 September - 2.00 p.m.
Galleria dell'Architettura - Gallery 25/26

A journey of exploration of sustainability-based architectural solutions.
The shared characteristic of the guest architects is the quest for sustainable form of development that prompts an innovative and eco-friendly approach. They offer their personal viewpoints based on the building and housing traditions of their countries of origin.


Jain Bijoy More

Jain Bijoy

Mumbai studio (India)

Biographical notes
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.

Studio Mumbai is a human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build the work directly. Gathered through time, this group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Here projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

The essence of the work lies in the relationship between land and architecture. The endeavor is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialog, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.

Zhang Ke More

Zhang Ke

Architect Standardarchitecture
Biographical notes
Master of Architecture 1998, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Master of Architecture and Urban Design 1996, Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture 1993, Tsinghua University, School of Architecture
standardarchitecture is a leading new generation design firm engaged in practices of planning, architecture, landscape, and product design. Based on a wide range of realized buildings and landscapes in the past five years, it has emerged as the most critical and realistic practice among the youngest generation of Chinese architects and designers.
Consciously distance themselves from many of the other “typical” young generation architects who are swallowed by a trend of noise making, the office remain detached in a time of media frenzy and their focus is consistently positioned on the realization of urban visions and ideas. Although standardarchitecture’s built works often take exceptionally provocative visual results, their buildings and landscapes are always rooted in the historic and cultural settings with a degree of intellectual debate.
Founded by Zhang Ke in 2001, the office now has three partners: Zhang Ke, Zhang Hong, and Claudia Taborda.
International Award Architecture in Stone, Winner, 2011
Design Vanguard (Architecture Record), 2010
WA Chinese Architecture Award, First Prize, 2010
China Architecture Media Award (CAMA), Best Young Architect Prize, 2008
WA Chinese Architecture Award, First Prize, 2006

Riccardo Vannucci More

Riccardo Vannucci

Architect Fare studio

Biographical notes
Architect Riccardo Vannucci lives and works in Rome.
After many years working freelance in fields spanning design, engineering and management in Italy, the Middle East and Africa, in 2006 he set up FAREstudio.
The first concrete project carried out by FAREstudio was the CBF, Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines, which was completed in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso in 2008 and obtained numerous international recognitions, including selection amongst the 19 finalists of the Aga Khan Award 2010.

Emilio Caravatti More

Emilio Caravatti

Biographical Notes
After several years of cantilever begins to study architecture and graduates in 1989. Since 1994 he is active in architecture, and in the same year he opens his own office near Milan in Monza where he still lives and works. He is busy with public projects and competitions, furthermore his works aim to realize some collaboration with west African countries. The uniqueness of his approach to the human-urban interrelation in architecture lies, among other, in enabling the workers employed in the construction of these objects to obtain, apart from the wages, some additional knowledge connected to the object they are building. The results are the After-school Community Centre in Bobodioulassò (Burkina Faso) a Neighbourhood Library in Katì-Cokò a Community school in N’tyeani village (Republic of Mali) (Biennal Architecture Prize ARCHES 2006) and 1° prize in International Competition for New Cathedral in Bamako (Republic of Mali 2004). After having completed a number of community projects in western Africa in 2006 he founded the NGO association AFRICABOUGOU onlus a multi-disciplinary association that goals are to continue responding to needs expressed by the local populations and transform these into joint projects, especially in the fields of education and community facilities. For his project “Public infrastructures in Beledougou”, on progress at the moment, won Special prize at Brick AWARD 2010 in Wien and a special mention in Gold Medal for Italian architecture 2009.
At the same time he is teaching Architectonic Planning at the Politecnico University of Milan and in a course about the architectural project in marginality areas (2007-2009). Among his works we remind:one family house in Marciana Marina Isola d’Elba (LI) 2002, the widening of the town hall in Olgiate Molgora, a dwellings building in Cesano Maderno (MI), a Cultural Center in Albiate (MI); FIRST PRIZE at national competition for Town Hall in S. Giorgio su Legnano MI (2001) Sporting Centre Pizzighettone CR (2004) for the new Culture Campus in Vercelli (2008) and for a Sporting hall in Grosio SO. Actually under constructions; Center of physical rehabilitation in Republic of Mali, a new housing complex in Zalau (Rumania) the Culture Campus in Vercelli (University library, new Civic Library and public spaces) and the new school at Fansirà Corò village also in Republic of Mali.His work has been shown in several exhibitions and magazines.

Moderator Fulvio Irace More

Fulvio Irace

Architect and Professor of history of architecture, Milan Polytechnic
Biographical notes
Fulvio Irace is a full professor of “History of Architecture” at Milan Polytechnic, where he holds the History of Contemporary Architecture chair at the Faculty of Civil Architecture and the Faculty of Design; he is also a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, and a member of the board of teachers for the PhD course in “History of Architecture and Town Planning” at Turin Polytechnic.
He is a member of the scientific committee of the Vico Magistretti Foundation and is on the board of trustees of the Piano Foundation.
In 2008-2009 he was a member of the jury for the Mies van der Rohe European Prize.
From 2005 to 2009 he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Milan Triennial and curator of the Architecture and Territory sector.
One of the founders of the national association AAI (Archivi di Architettura Italia – Italian Architectural Archives), he is one of the promoters of the “Architecture and Design” section of CASVA (Centro alti studi e valorizzazione delle arti – the Centre for Higher Studies and Valorisation of the Arts) of the Municipality of Milan.
Architectural editor for the publications “Domus” and “Abitare”, he has worked with the most important national and international magazines in the sector, and in 2005 was awarded the Inarch Bruno Zevi Prize for architectural criticism. Since 1986 he has been an opinionist in the field of architecture for the Sunday Supplement of “Il Sole 24 Ore”.
Attentive to the historiographies of Italian architecture between the two World Wars, to which he has dedicated much work through various exhibitions and publications, more recently his studies have concentrated on contemporary Italian architecture, and the figure of Renzo Piano, the subject of various monographs and an important exhibition at the Milan Triennial.
In the field of criticism and historical methodology he is the author of the following works:  Dimenticare Vitruvio, 2001 and 2008;  Le città visibili: Renzo Piano 2006; Divina Proporzione, 2007; Gio Ponti, 2009.
He has curated a number of architectural exhibitions.



Video interview

Bijoy Jain, Architetto, Mumbai Studio
Riccardo Vannucci - Architetto - Fare Studio
Zhang Ke - Architetto Standardarchitecture
Emilio Caravatti - Architetto
Fulvio Irace - Architetto e Docente di Storia dell'Architettura Politecnico di Milano
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