Keynote lecture by Reinier de Graaf
(This event has been postponed – date to be announced shortly)
Reinier de Graaf was born in 1964. After joining the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1996, Reinier de Graaf was project director for De Rotterdam, a major mixed-use development on the banks of one of the world's largest harbours.
As Partner of OMA he is responsible for a number of projects in Europe and the Middle East. He is currently working on the master plan for the White City area of London; a harbour redevelopment in Riga and the first contemporary art museum for Latvia, also in Riga. In the middle-east his projects include two master plans in Dubai, a master plan in Kuwait and one in Ras-Al-Khaimah.
Reinier de Graaf is also the director of AMO, the research and design studio established in 1998 as a counterpart to the architectural practice, OMA. AMO applies architectural thinking to issues and opportunities beyond the conventional borders of architecture and urbanism. Sceptical of architecture’s capacity to keep pace with the frenetic rate of change exerted by the free market, AMO extends its thinking to other fields. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and master plans, AMO operates in fields including sociology, technology, media and politics. Currently AMO is working for the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg) and for fashion house Prada. In addition it is engaged in studies for the European Union and various OMA projects. AMO’s resume includes work for Universal Studios, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Harvard University, Condé Nast, Heineken, and Ikea. Recent works include the development of in-store technology for Prada, a strategy for the future of Volkswagen, a strategy for TMRW, a new organic fast food chain and work for Platform 21, a new design institute in Amsterdam.
For the sixth time around, SACES will be organizing its largest annual event, the workshop. During this event, the paricipating students are divided into a number of teams. Two architects will be appointed to each time in order to guide them through their assigned tasks. After the tasks are assigned, the teams attend brainstorming sessions to plan out how to tackle and construct their 'project'. The project will be constructed during the last three days, when the students live on-site, working hands-on, striving to achieve their goal. This year's workshop looks like it will be a huge success, with a large number of students eager to attend. Past workshop sites included sites of historic value such as Fort St. Elmo, Valletta Waterfront and Manoel Island.
(Sat. Oct 7, St. James Cavalier, 7.00pm, in German with English subtitles.)
Some of the most telling moments of this film, a sombre, finely-drawn portrait of life in East Berlin in the final days of the Communist regime, are long panning shots of the city's ugly, factory-like public housing. Shot from moving cars, these views of block after block of anonymous rectangular buildings evoke a joyless environment in which the imagination is systematically stifled and where people live in a state of chronic, low-grade depression.
Daniel Brenner (Kurt Naumann), is an idealistic architect in his late thirties. Daniel. Like many others of his generation, he is deeply frustrated by life under the Communists but somehow tolerates it. Hired to design a miniature city on the fringes of Berlin, he fools himself into thinking that he can counteract the prevailing gloom with a cheerier, more innovative approach. Working with a hand-picked team of friends who were classmates in architecture school, he comes up with a design that incorporates rooftop gardens, modern sculptures, architectural variety and generous breathing space.
This film portrays the destructive impact that a spiritually cold environment can have on the human spirit. download flyer
Panorama 2004 – Maison Cinema
(Sat. Oct. 14, St. James Cavalier, 6.30pm)
A collage of extract from various films on the theme of residential architecture and interiors. These extracts come from the likes of films by Dino Risi, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, and Peter Greenway to name but a few. This project aims to expose the public to the fundamental importance of architecture in our everyday environment, through the medium of cinema.
Antonio Borghi, author of this two-hour documentary, will be in Malta to introduce this work and will also be available for discussion following the showing.
Time for Architecture 2006
Time for Architecture is an initiative that was born in 2005, and consists of a series of events to mark World Architecture Day.
Time for Architecture is organised by the Kamra tal-Periti (KTP), in collaboration with the Society of Architecture and Civil Engineering Students (SACES). Last year’s events proved to be a huge success, and attracted a number of participants, both members of the profession and students, as well as members of the general public.
The main aims of Time for Architecture are to promote "good architecture", to increase the awareness of the work of Maltese architects and architectural firms among the general public, and to serve as a meeting point for the current and future members of the Kamra and others.
The theme for this year’s Time for Architecture will centre on the element of the city as a focal point of society, and will aim to delve into aspects of architectural quality in the development of a better quality of life for the inhabitants of the city. Furthermore the theme will focus on the role of the media in the public’s perception of quality in architecture and our built environment. Thus events of Time for Architecture 2006 will aim to achieve the notions behind each aspect of this two-fold theme – Cities, Magnets of Hope: Architecture and the Media.
World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October each year. This celebration was initiated by the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA), of which Malta is a member country. On the same day, the United Nations celebrates World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The theme for this year’s World Architecture Day and World Habitat Day, which fall on the 2nd October, is “Cities, magnets of hope”. This theme, chosen by the United Nations, aims to remind us all that the world is witnessing the greatest migration of people into towns and cities in its history. In 1950, one-third of the world’s people lived in cities. Just 50 years later, this rose to one-half and will continue to grow to two-thirds, or 6 billion people, by 2050. Cities are now home to half of humankind.
A walk along Merchants’ Street
(Sun. Oct. 15, 10.00am)
Merchants’ Street is a representational historical showcase of Valletta’s diverse Baroque architectural heritage. The walk will start from the church of Our Lady of Victories and proceed all the way to the Sacra Infermeria or former hospital of the Knights of the Order of St John. During the walking tour one will have the opportunity to appreciate the resplendent Baroque facades of churches such as those of Santa Catarina d’Italia, St James church and the Jesuit church, and also those of eighteenth-century palaces such as the Castellania palace and the Municipal palace. Besides the major monumental buildings there are also the infill townhouses and urban spaces which form an integral part of Valletta’s architectural and urban legacy. Some of the more well-known architects such as Gerolamo Cassar, Francesco Buonamici and Romano Carapecchia have contributed to the architectural formation of Merchant’s Street. Historically the street has served as a dynamic urban backdrop or stage-set to the public realm. We will also have the opportunity to visit the interiors of some Baroque churches and the Sacra Infermeria.
The walking tour will start at 09:45 on the 15th October from near the monument to Sir Paul Boffa. For logistic reasons there is a limit to the number of participants. The price is of Lm2.50 per person which includes a stop at the premises of the Malta Experience for refreshments and a light snack, whilst enjoying the panoramic view of the Grand Harbour.
Cities of the Grand Harbour
(Sun. Oct. 8, Cruise Passenger Terminal, 10.00am)
As part of the events of Time for Architecture 2006, the Kamra tal-Periti and Saces are presenting the public with the opportunity to learn more about the fortifications in and around the Grand Harbour. What better way to appreciate these masterpieces to the best than to take a trip around the Harbour and view them from the sea!
This guided tour will be led by Stephen C. Spiteri, who will provide an insight into how the fortifications and urban spaces, including also today’s industrial areas, in the Grand Harbour interacted and influenced one another, and continue to do so, thus producing an ever-evolving landscape.
The theme of this event will reflect that of World Architecture Day: Cities – Magnets of Hope. These fortifications and spaces are what distinguish the cities and settlements around the Harbour, and have in the past played an important role in providing protection and thus a sense of hope to the inhabitants of the islands. Even today, the industrial and maritime activity generated in the Harbour is of vital importance to the local economy.
This event will take place on Sunday 8th October, departing from the Cruise Passenger Terminal at 10:00. The participation fee is of Lm6.50 per person.
An annual event organized by SACES, aimed at giving the students reading the BE&A (Hons.) course the opportunity to exhibit to the general public, their work, which reflects the effort they put in throughout the year. Following last year's success, Designs will once again take place during Time for Architecture. During the summer months the students were given the chance to prepare and give some final touches to their works which were then submitted to the SACES committee. The various works ranging from 1st year work to 5th year thesis projects, were judged by a panel of distinguished architects from the local scene, appointed by the SACES committee. The best projects were chosen and set up for this year's exhibition, ensuring the high standard always achieved throughout Designs.
(Sat. Oct. 14, St. James Cavalier)
Following the success of last year’s workshop, it is the KTP’s intention to include a similar event in the activities of this year’s Time for Architecture. Children are the future of our society, and the KTP believes strongly that education is an important element in fostering a society that is aware of the need for quality in the built environment.
The proposal for this year’s workshop is based on the idea of the city as a place in which we live, work and play. As a result of these activities the city generates waste, which needs to be treated in some way, and preferably reused.
The workshop will start off by asking the children to brainstorm on what are the essential components of a city: what makes the city a city. This part will aim at exposing the children to the various elements of city life and to help them understand that a city is made up of a number of small parts that work together to form one whole.
The children will then be split into four or five groups, and each group will be asked to build one of these components of the city. A master plan would be prepared prior to the event and each model built would fit in a specific space on the master plan therefore building a sort of miniature city that one can walk through. The materials that will be used will be recycled materials or clean waste.
This workshop will be offered to a group of children, 20-25 in number, aged 8 to 11. This event is being organised in collaboration with the Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment together with WasteServ Malta Ltd.
Architecture and the Media – T4A Debate
In recent years the Kamra tal-Periti has begun to work on an agenda for a better built environment and a National Policy for Architecture. The KTP recognises that the architectural profession has a responsibility towards the current state of the Maltese urban environment. Yet it also recognises that without engaging the other stakeholders and actors involved in the production of the built environment, it can achieve little on its own. The ability of the architectural profession to improve the current urban scenario will not amount to much without parallel efforts in government, planning, investment and development and without a more informed public (consumer).
The media’s role as an opinion former is central to these efforts. It has tremendous power to reach consumers of the built environment and to help them to form educated outlooks and attitudes that can drive the agenda for urban change in directions that will result in better places for life, work and play that will also help to sustain prosperity in a country where the environment is an integral aspect of an economically vital tourism product.
The choice of Architecture and the Media as part of the theme for this year’s Time for Architecture is driven by the firm belief in the need for a media which is actively engaged in a positive informed search for a better urban and rural tomorrow. For this reason, the KTP will be inviting politicians, NGO representatives, journalists and influential people from the educational system for a debate, which will aim to instigate the stakeholders to put forward this agenda in our urban future. This debate will be followed by an open discussion from the floor and thus those who have the built environment at heart are urged to participate.
Many of the challenges and opportunities that are coming to define the early part of the 21st century are at their most visible in the cities, in which a growing proportion of the world’s population now lives.
Aside from a city’s physical infrastructure and geographical location, its most obvious characteristic is its people. And there are some significant forces shaping the future of people in all cities. Communities are becoming more fragmented, as individualism and consumerism are increasingly dominant modes of behaviour. Faced with the increasingly global influences that are shaping the way people live and work, cities have to find ways to understand and react to their citizens’ needs and preferences in rapidly changing circumstances.
The constituent elements of the city can be divded into six different asset groups, or capitals:
• Intellectual and social capital – people and knowledge;
• Democratic capital – participation and consultation;
• Cultural capital – values, behaviours and public expressions;
• Environmental capital – natural resources;
• Technical capital – man-made capital and infrastructure; and
• Financial capital – money and assets.
It is essential that these identified capitals are managed effectively by taking a holistic approach, since each of the capitals depends on the others.
In response to the importance of cities in the global economy, the Kamra tal-Periti has invited PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to discuss the City and Local Government Network, which was established in 2004. The Network aims to bring together city leaders so that they can share the experience, knowledge and insights that they have gained and to develop their ideas and strategies for the future. PwC will delve into this subject during a business breakfast which will take place on the 13th of October.
|Kamra tal-Periti (Chamber of Architects & Civil Engineers)
The Professional Centre
Gzira GZR 06
|Society of Architecture & Civil Engineering Students
c/o KSU, Students House,
University of Malta
|FRI, September 29||Launch of Event, Opening of DESIGNS||SACES
|MON, October 2||Keynote lecture by Reinier de Graaf (Postponed – date to be announced shortly)|
|WED, October 4||T4A Debate: Architecture and the Media|
|SAT, October 7||Film 1: The Architects, at St James Cavalier, 7.00pm - details|
|SUN, October 8||Cities of the Grand Harbour, Tour of the Harbour fortifications with Stephen Spiteri
Cruise passenger terminal, 10 am- details
|FRI, October 13||Business BreakFast: PWC: Urban Futures & tA||SACES
|SAT, October 14||Children's Workshop - details
Film 2: Antonio Borghi: Maison Cinema, at St James Cavalier, 6.30 pm - details
|SUN, October 15||A Walk down Merchants' Street, Architectural Tour with Conrad Thake, 10.00 am - details|