Learning from… São Paulo

Lecture, in English, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 22 April 2010 , 7pm

Angelo Bucci, architect and professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, addresses the violence and changing environment of São Paulo in search of new urban forms.

São Paulo’s urban violence can be understood as ruining the experience of the city and, as a result, the purpose of the architect’s work. The lecture examines São Paulo not as a static object, but as an environment through which it is possible to outline the architect’s work as a continuously changing process, one that is specifically concerned with the role of images in the design process. The hypothesis is that the city holds the totality of knowledge and images that can be evoked in the design process, but the context of Sao Paulo may offer a key towards the creation of new, meaningful images.

Angelo Bucci is founder and principal of SPBR architects, based in São Paulo. Dedicated to both practicing and teaching, he has taught studio at the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU), University of São Paulo, and has been a visiting professor in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Venice as well architecture schools in the United States including the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s vastly influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.

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