A video recording of the lecture given by Philippe Rahm entitled, 'Meteorological Architecture', as part of the Bartlett International Lecture Series on 17 October 2012.
The problem of global warming has made the relationship between climate and architecture a central preoccupation. In order to assume our responsibility in the face of these new ecological concerns, we must make the most of the moment in order to reappraise the field of architecture in a broader way, extending it to other dimensions, other perceptions, from the physiological to the atmospheric, from the sensorial to the meteorological, from the gastronomic to the climatic. Might not climate be a new architectural language, a language for architecture re-thought with meteorology in mind? Might it be possible to imagine climatic phenomena such as convection, conduction, or evaporation for example as new tools for architectural composition? Could vapor, heat, or light become the new bricks of contemporary construction?
Philippe Rahm is an Architect and Principal in the office of Philippe Rahm Architects, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability.
He currently holds the Jean Labatut Professorship in Princeton University, USA. He has lectured widely, including at Harvard School of Design, Cooper Union, UCLA and the ETH Zürich. He is working on several private and public projects in France, Taiwan, Italy and Germany. His recent work includes in 2011 the first prize for the 69ha Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan, an office building of 13000 m2 in La Défense in France for the EPADESA; a convective condominium for the IBA in Hamburg, Germany; the white geology, a stage design for contemporary art in the Grand-Palais on the Champs-Elysées in Paris in 2009 and a studio house for the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in 2008. Monographic books include Physiological architecture published by Birkhaüser in 2002, Distortions, published by HYX in 2005, Environ(ne)ment: Approaches for Tomorrow, published by Skira in 2006 and Architecture météorologique published by Archibooks in 2009.
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