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"Water and Architecture" at the ICA in Budapest

This year's motto of the International Convention of Architecture in Budapest (Hungary) is "Water and Architecture" - matching the so called “EU Danube Region Strategy” by the European Council.

In 2011, Hungary will have the presidency of the EU and therefore the international attention will be drawn to the country. Hungary also looks forward to the adoption of the so called “EU Danube Region Strategy” by the European Council. For this reason, the motto for the International Convention of Architecture on 5 March 2011 in Budapest is "Water and Architecture".

As Peter Davey wrote in the AR in 1998: “Water and engineering were integral to Roman culture: the chief priest was called Pontifex Maximus, greatest bridge builder, the man who made links over water. Roman aqueducts brought water to the cities, where its arrival was celebrated in ceremonial fountains. The baths with their huge volumes of water were a focus of public life.

A wealthy Roman almost always included a nymphaeum in his villa: a fountain and basins dedicated to the gods of water and springs (nymphs). In even relatively modest Roman houses, water played an integral part, for the atrium, with its central impluvium (rain-water pool), was the first space to be encountered on entering.

Under the compluvium (the opening that let the rain in), the impluvium was more than just a cistern, for the image of the sky was caught in it, and light was reflected upwards to the roof and surrounding rooms, as well as reaching them from above.(...) We have lost much of the virtuosity in its use which Roman and Renaissance designers commanded so comprehensively. It is time to rediscover it.”

Leading questions to be discussed at the conference:

  • Is there a different kind of architecture for buildings along banks and shores of rivers or seas?
  • What are the features the reflection, ripples, sound of the water can add to a building?
  • How does architecture relate to water?
  • Water, reflections, fluid, thermal baths – the latest and the most relevant works. Lakes, rivers, plots, springs in urban context.

Date: 5 March 2011 (Saturday)
Venue: Piarist Event Hall, Hungary, Budapest Pesti Barnabas u. 8.
Official language: English and Hungarian
Admission fee: 70.00 Euro

Programme

08.00–09.00 Registration
09.00–09.20 Conference welcome: Louise Cox UIA president, Erno Kalman president of the MESZ
09.20–10.00 Opening keynote: Akos Moravanszky (Zürich)
10.00–10.30 Lecture by Tamás Levai (Budapest)
10.30–11.00 Coffee break
11.00–11.50 Lecture by Jens Thomas Arnfred (Vandkunsten, Copenhagen)
11.50–12.40 Lecture by Nuno Mateus (Lisbon)
12.40–13.30 Lunch
13.30–14.20 Lecture by Boris Podrecca (Wien)
14.20–15.10 Lecture by Jeni Reuter (HollmenReuterSandman, Helsinki)
15.10–15.40 Coffee break
15.40–16.30 Lecture by Vito Acconci (New York)
16.30–17.20 Lecture by Cui Kai (Beijing)
17.20–18.00 Introduction of the conference site (Lecture by Janos Golda, visit)

Organizer: Artifex Kiadó Budapest,Hungary
E-mail: infodo not copy and be happy@artifexkiadodot or no dot.hu
Phone: +36-1-783-1711 Mrs. Ágnes Berta

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