Cersaie presents “Reinventing the City” with Markus Bader from Raumlabor Berlin and Arturo Franco Díaz
Date:June 24, 2016
Reinventing the City, a conference to be held on Thursday 1 October in the Architecture Gallery, will host two distinguished architects: Markus Bader, university professor, architect, artist, urban planner and founder of the group of associated architects Raumlabor Berlin, and Spanish architect Arturo Franco who is well known for his work focusing on urban spaces and the people who live there. The conference will begin at 10.00 am and will be moderated by Fulvio Irace from Milan Polytechnic.
Raumlabor Berlin is an experimental laboratory composed of architects, city planners and artists working alongside professionals from other sectors such as designers, filmmakers, musicians, ethnologist and sociologists. Raumlabor Berlin addresses the challenges of urban rehabilitation by collaborating and liaising with the various stakeholders while building social connections with the residents of the cities, in keeping with the principle that no one knows the problems of urban areas better than those who have to deal with them in their daily lives. Raumlabor Berlin works on projects for abandoned public areas in the conviction that one of the key goals of architecture is to revitalise such spaces and open up new horizons through urban experimentation and transformation.
Arturo Franco was born in La Coruña in 1972. After graduating with honours in architecture from the Escuela Politécnica of Madrid, he embarked on a career spanning architectural criticism, teaching, research and professional practice. For more than ten years he worked as an architecture critic for the daily newspaper ABC and has directed radio programmes, debates, conferences and seminars discussing the current state and future of the profession. Since 2008 he has edited the magazine of the Madrid Architects’ Association and was responsible for launching the Fundamentos Prize. He is currently associate professor of the department of architectural design at the Escuela Politécnica of Madrid and guest professor at the Pontifical University of Salamanca. His most important works include a number of contributions to the Matadero Madrid, a former slaughterhouse converted into an arts centre. He has been selected amongst the most successful young architects by the newspaper El País, Fundación Caja de Arquitectos, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (JAE), Architectural Digest and 2G, and amongst the top twenty-five international architects under 50 years of age by the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio. His work has been published in internationally renowned magazines.