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The lecture series Architects, not Architecture (AnA) opted to become digital at the beginning of 2020 to accommodate the limits placed on cultural events due to the covid-19 epidemic. Virtual World Tour (VWT), their new talk series that ran throughout the year and into the first quarter of 2021, broadened its reach from a Eurocentric approach to a global system, unfolding intellectual biographies of renowned and relevant international architects through the screens of thousands of viewers in their own homes.
People like Elizabeth Diller (Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, United States), Simon Alford (RIBA President, United Kingdom), Gabriella Carillo (TALLER Gabriela Carrillo), Steven Holl (Steven Holl Architects, United States), and Maria Warner Wong were among those who AnA invited to speak at the conference (WoW Architects, Singapore). Of course, the presentations have been preserved on Architects, not Architecture’s website, as well as the particular archdaily tag, so you may view them again whenever you like.
In an increasingly interconnected world, Architects, Not Architectural promotes cultural interchange within the architecture community and helps bring architects together personally across national and international barriers. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the lecture was given by Lyndon Neri, founding partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office in Shanghai, China, in case you haven’t already:
During his speech on the 24th of March in the year 2021, Lyndon Neri covered a wide range of issues. Not everything has a connection to architecture, yet this distinction distinguishes Architects from other types of designers. Who would have guessed that Neri used to be a member of the Golden State Warriors’ cheerleading squad and was a fan of the team? The fact that he had to add, “but during the periods when they were losing!” was necessary to avoid seeming as though he was jumping on the bandwagon of their recent success, which point guard Steph Curry led. While these tales assist in humanizing the speaker, intriguing anecdotes arise that may be used to better understand the speaker’s background and influences. In the case of Lyndon Neri, he spoke about his experience at Harvard towards the conclusion of Rafael Moneo’s direction and the transfer to Rem Koolhaas, which he said influenced his architectural viewpoint.
Because of the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the inaugural Virtual World Tour, the AnA team has decided to launch a second season of the Virtual World Tour, which will begin on October 13th, 2021, and run for a total of 12 weeks. From now through December 8th, you will hear the experiences of architects from Hong Kong, Brazil, Japan, the United States (Los Angeles), and Turkey. The VWT Season 2 will feature its most significant highlight on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, when the Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito will speak. On Architects, all registrations are now open.