The fourth installment of the 2012/13 “Shanghai State of Affairs” lecture series by Bert de Muynck at the HKU Shanghai Study Center is dealing with ‘Architectural Practice before and after the 2010 Shanghai World Expo‘. Invited speaker this Tuesday is Igor Peraza – Director Shanghai Office Miralles Tagliabue EMBT – who will not only talk about his professional experience of practicing in Shanghai 上海, but bring these in relation with past experiences in Japan during the 1980s.
Presentation and debate will take place this Tuesday April 9 – from 19.30 pm till 21.00 pm – at the HKU Shanghai Study Center.
To date, the main Shanghai-projects designed and constructed by EMBT are the Spanish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the Campus of Fudan University School of Management (currently under construction).
Born in Caracas (Venezuela), Igor Peraza graduated from the CentralUniversity (U.C.V), completed his Master and Doctorate (PhD) in Japan (Sapporo-Hokkaido y Kumamoto-Kyushu) where he resided for 10 years collaborating with Arata Isozaki, he went to Spain to direct the Domus (the House of Man) project in La Coruña, where he also developed projects with César Portela, and began to work on his own projects. He arrived in Barcelona in 2000 as the director of the project to renovate the Santa Caterina Market for the office of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT. In the year 2009 he moved to Shanghai as project architect and architect on site for the Shanghai Expo 2010’s Spanish Pavilion.
MIRALLES / TAGLIABUE EMBT
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT has a main office in Barcelona and a branch in Shanghai, and operates all over the world. EMBT was founded in 1991 by Enric Miralles (1955-2000) and Benedetta Tagliabue (1963) and their work to date includes a number of high-profile buildings and projects in Barcelona — Diagonal Mar Park (1997-2002), Head Office Gas Natural (1999-2006), and the Market and quarter of Santa Caterina, (1996-2005) – as well as projects across Europe and Asia, including the School of Music in Hamburg (1997-2000), the City Hall in Utrecht (1996-2000), and the Spanish Pavilion for Expo Shanghai 2010. EMBT works not only within the scope of architecture, but also within that of landscape, urban infrastructure, rehabilitation, and design, trying to preserve the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition.
About Shanghai State of Affairs lectures
“Shanghai State of Affairs” is a series of ten lectures on the state of the city by Bert de Muynck [Assistant Professor HKU Shanghai Study Center]. The purpose of the “Shanghai State of Affairs” public lectures is to have a more in-depth reading of Shanghai’s contemporary architectural and urban changes and to bring together a wide group of architects, urbanists and stakeholders that day-in-day work in the city of Shanghai 上海. The presentations are informal and function as a test ground to develop new ideas about the city of Shanghai, as well gain further knowledge from its urban and architectural development by focussing on those working on it day in and day out.
About HKU Shanghai Study Centre
The Faculty of Architecture operates programs in Shanghai, at our Shanghai Study Centre, which is a vital counterpart to other programs in Hong Kong. Our goal is that every undergraduate in the Department of Architecture, and eventually the Division of Landscape Architecture, spends one complete semester of their studies in China, without interrupting their degree program at HKU. With the opening of this Centre, the Department of Real Estate and Construction has the advantage of a well-placed and equipped facility to augment its Taught Postgraduate China Program.
The HKU Shanghai Study Center also houses the HKU Shanghai Office, the HKU Journalism and Media Study Center, and architecture SH (a public gallery for the exhibition of design projects related to the mission of the Centre). The joint studios and other activities that the Department of Architecture conducts with other overseas Universities will also utilize the Centre.
HKU Shanghai Study Centre Address
298 North Suzhou Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200085 上海虹口區北蘇州路298號
For more information, please call 021-6307-7018. Should you feel that there are like-minded colleagues interested in these programs, we will be happy to include them in future invitations.
Previous Shanghai State of Affairs
Updating & Rethinking Shanghai’s Design & Architecture | Neri & Hu, March 9, 2013