International Lecture Series: Francesca Torzo

16:30 - 18:00
Auditorium 2
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 53
1435 København K

Open lecture with the italian architect Francesca Torzo. The lecture 'A mythical thought on spaces' is a part of the 'International Lectures Series'. 

The research proposes three territories to reflect on the discipline of architecture: culture, primary relations and character. The goal is to trace an hypothesis of a pattern of thinking based on the non-linear exchange between observation, logic and intuition in the process of interpreting the human and natural phenomena through the act of drawing and building. The recognition of primary relations among phenomena allows us to express the culture of our time in dialogue with the past ones.

 Objects, buildings and cities express the slow phenomena of human culture, that unravels in time far beyond the life of an individual being, thus the question underlying our work is how to instrument them in a way that they can resound truthfully to people, rousing memories of what already exists and kindling visions of something which does not exist yet.

The hypothesis at the base of this search is that relations among spaces and human gestures have a specificity that allows them to awaken memories of other spaces and gestures, beyond form and beyond material.

In our practice the process of design starts from an understanding of the material constrains and of the cultural context where we are called to operate, through a discipline of observation and reflection. The goal is that of formulating the primary relations, which have to be preserved through the complete process, from design to detailing and execution phase, in order not to deceive an expectation of experience.

Francesca Torzo (Padova 1975) Studies in TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, AAM in Mendrisio and IUAV in Venezia. She developed the diploma at AAM and graduated with honours at IUAV with arch. P. Zumthor, prof. U. Tubini, arch. M. Kreisler, eng. J. Conzett. In 2001-2002 works as project architect by Peter Zumthor Architekturburo and in 2003 by Bosshard Vaquer Architekten. In 2008 she started her own office in Genova.

Since 2017 professor at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole, Norway.

She has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, such as ENSAC in Paris, aut in Innsbruck, TUM in München, USI AAM in Mendrisio, Brickworks International Speakers Series Australia, TUW in Wien, Museum Alvar Aalto in Helsinki, Design Museum in Gent, Triennale di Milano, ArchiSummit in Lisboa, Frieze Art & Architecture at RIBA in London.

In 2018 she was a participant at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venezia FREESPACE and is appointed 4th Chairman of MVSF in Gent. The project Z33 is awarded the international 2018 Piranesi award.

Studio profile
The studio consists of a small international team of young architects and students with a core of stable collaborators and a high turnover of the others. 

Collaborators are named project architect for individual assignments, but they are required to train a knowledge and an awareness of all projects running in the office. Such an approach calls for an honest and straightforward engagement. 

The choice of entrusting with the combination of an individual responsibility with a common dialectic is grounded on the belief that thoughts need to be daily exposed to a critical process in order to achieve a shareable clarity. 

The teaching and the academic research, the collaboration with builders and the design practice challenge and influence each other in the perspective of building a public discourse, which may support the awakening of a curiosity for understanding our way of living and a confidence in taking responsibility for it. 

The studio has intentionally chosen for more than 10 years a defiladed position to gain the time and the necessary quietness to focus on the work. 


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