1·Lectures | Georges Descombes SOLD OUT

Georges Descombes, architect, trained at the University of Geneva and the Architectural Association in London, has worked “in the landscape” since the Parc de Lancy (1980-1986) and his participation in the “Swiss Path” (1987-1991). During his 1·Lectures, Descombes will share some of his works, including the prize-winning Aire River project.

Among his other best known architectural realizations are the Swiss Path around Lake Uri in Switzerland, the Bijlmer Memorial in Amsterdam, and Parc de la Cour du Maroc in Paris. He teaches at the Institut d’Architecture in Geneva, and has been a guest professor in Berlage Institute, Versailles, Rapperswill, and at Harvard and the University of Virginia.

The Aire River project 
In 2001, the State of Geneva opened a competition with the idea of restoring the Aire to its original shape and meanders by eliminating the canal. In the process, as Georges Descombes stated in the proposal, “the canal becomes the pointer for the transformations, a reference line giving the possibility to understand the ‘before’ and ‘after’—a becoming which superimposes both situations” and accepts that “something began which was already there”. 

Date: 18 May 2017
Time: 8 PM
Location: Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, Waterlooplein 213
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Tickets can be purhased in our webshop.

In addition, tickets can be purchased at the door from 7:30 PM on the evening of the lecture itself (if available). University of Architecture students are entitled to free admission on presentation of their student ID card.
Language: English


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