The Octave by Lord Norman Foster
by Andrea Serri
Date:September 5, 2016
Architecture is very much like symphonic music. It is so in its search for harmony through a whole vision of the different parts; it is so when – to become real – it involves the participation of different actors, all experts in their subjects/tools, but all working as one; it is so when it creates something to last over time instead of perishing to some trend of the moment; it is so when it needs an orchestra leader capable of interpreting the music/project at its best so as to create a masterpiece.
Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles for Architecture and Bathroom Furnishings, has been hosting since 2009 the Great Masters of Contemporary Architecture, all Pritzker Prize winners: from Renzo Piano to Shigeru Ban, from Eduardo Souto de Moura, to Rafael Moneo, Kazuyo Sejima, and Toyo Ito. Last year it hosted Glenn Murcutt, while Lord Norman Foster – a leader in architecture who certainly needs no introduction – will be this year’s guest of honour.
Lord Norman Foster, whose works are to be found across the five continents, will be delivering his eighth Lectio Magistralis on Tuesday Sept 27th at 11 am at Palazzo dei Congressi. He has decided to give quite an original and innovative lecture. Assuming that there is more than a line connecting all his works, and that design solutions are the result of a place’s specific peculiarities and of the inevitable ‘contaminations’ with the solutions envisaged by other great masters of contemporary architecture, Norman Foster will illustrate 10 of his works through 10 works by other important architects, analysing similarities and differences.
A new approach which, once more, confirms Cersaie as world architecture venue.
September 6, 2016