Check out these lectures by SANAA’s Ryue Nishizawa, MVRDV’s Nathalie De Vries and other architects and designers behind the best buildings and installations of the last year.
1 1024 Architecture in Quebec City on October 11
Part of the Vis-à-Vis lecture series, 1024 Architecture’s Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel discuss their audio-visual installations, micro-architecture, urban interventions and exhibitions. Last spring, the duo orchestrated the lighting for Daniel Buren’s vibrant installationat Paris’s Grand Palais. Musée de la civilisation, 85 Rue Dalhousie
2 Paul Fast in Vancouver on October 15
The structural engineer and founder of local firm Fast + Epp is lauded for his innovative use of timber to create hybrid structures of wood, concrete and steel. Among the firm’s most notable projects is the award-winning Richmond Olympic Oval Roof, which employs wood from British Columbia forests destroyed by pine beetles. University of British Columbia, 6333 Memorial Rd.
3 Toyo Ito in Cambridge, MA on October 16
Harvard Graduate School of Design invites the Japanese architect to discuss the Metabolist Movement in the 1960s and consider its significance today, by exploring the work of Kiyonori Kikutake, one of the movement’s major visionaries. Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St.
In another installment of the Vis-à-Vis series, architects Emmanuel Combarel and Tania Concko speak at the National Gallery of Art to explore and discuss the challenges of urban planning in cities such as Lyon and Ottawa. National Gallery of Art, 380 Sussex Dr.
5 Henri Bava in Vancouver on October 22
In Vancouver, Vis-à-Vis brings architect Henri Bava of Agence Ter to the University of British Columbia to talk about transformative landscape architecture. University of British Columbia, 6333 Memorial Rd.
6 Peter Busby in Pittsburgh on October 23
Canada’s preeminent eco-architect – and founder of the Canada Green Building Council – speaks at Carnegie Mellon University. Working out of the San Francisco office of the multinational Perkins + Will, Busby’s recent projects include Vancouver’s magnificient and sustainable VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. Carnegie Mellon University, 201 College of Fine Arts, Pittsburgh.
7 Nathalie de Vries in Cambridge, MA on November 2
A founding member of Rotterdam’s MVRDV, de Vries has collaborated with partners Winny Maas and Jacob van Rijs on such projects as the teetering holiday home in Suffolk, U.K., for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture program, as well as the recently completed Book Mountain library in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St.
8 Dion Neutra in Toronto on November 12
This second installment of the Design Exchange’s Sons of Architecture lecture series (Tomas Koolhaas, Rem’s son, was a speaker in September), features the son of Richard Neutra. Dion assumed the reigns of Richard and Dion Neutra Architecture in 1970 and continues to promote his father’s legacy with efforts to preserve his built works in California. Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.
9 Ryue Nishizawa in Toronto on November 16
Nishizawa is one-half of the Japanese Pritzker Prize–winning duo, SANAA. Together withKazuyo Sejima, he has designed such spacially innovative structures as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland. University of Toronto, 230 College St.
10 Pierre Hermé in Cambridge, MA on November 27
This is a sweet deal. The renowned Paris pastry chef reveals what went into three of his confections. Delving into shape, porportion, texture and flavour, he shows how his multi-layered creative process is akin to architecture, where “taste is the spatial medium.” Bonus: A selection of pastries will be served to the audience. Harvard GSD, 48 Quincy St.