World-renowned architect Bernard Tschumi is showing his work at the Temple Gallery from Nov. 7 to Dec. 13. The exhibit is titled: “BERNARD TSCHUMI – CONCEPTS vs. CONTEXTS.”
“I’m excited to see Tschumi’s work,” said sophomore architecture student and Temple Gallery employee Stephanie Toye. “Tschumi believes in his work and sticks to his ideas. If his work is criticized at first, he does it anyway.”
The exhibit will include two of Tschumi’s newest projects: A new Architecture School at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., and plans for EXPO 2004, an international exposition, in Paris/Seine St-Denis.
Both projects were designed by Tschumi’s firm, Tschumi Architects.
For the FIU project, Tschumi Architects started with this thesis:
“Architecture can generate interaction. Through their programs as much as through their spatial organization, buildings can intensify social or cultural interfaces.”
According to the company’s Web site, “the scheme [for the FIU architecture school] strives to capture the imagination of passersby and to suggest a melting pot of cultures.”
Plans for the new building include two “sober” wings and two “exuberantly colorful generators,” one red and one yellow. These “generators” are actually large square-ish areas covered in yellow and red tiles that house a lecture hall, a gallery and a reading room. The wings and the two generators create an open courtyard in the middle that is shaded by palm trees and the generators.
Plans for the FIU architecture school will be on the second floor of the gallery. This exhibit includes all of Tschumi and his partner’s drawings, designs, plans and models for the architecture building. A projection is also included.
The FIU architecture building is one of Tschumi Architect’s more recent projects. The building was dedicated April 11, 2003.
The EXPO 2004 portion of the exhibit will be located on the first floor of the gallery. The plans for the theoretical building will be displayed on a series of hanging digital print-outs on canvas. Another small projection of images will be located in a small back room.
Exposition Internationale is an annual architecture exhibit. France won the bid to host the 2004 exhibit, but later cancelled it.
Tschumi Architect’s plans for EXPO 2004 will remain in a virtual, theoretical state as a result of the cancellation. The theme for these plans is “the image in all of its manifestations.”
Tschumi will further discuss the FIU architecture school and EXPO 2004 at the Third-Annual PSFS Lecture on Modern Architecture, where he is this year’s speaker. The lecture is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel at 1201 Market St.
Admission to the lecture, also titled “Concepts vs. Context,” is $25 for the public and $15 for Temple Architecture and Tyler Alumni. Proceeds from the event will benefit Temple Tyler’s Architecture program.
The Temple Gallery is located at 45 N. Second St. Tschumi’s exhibit will open Nov. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will also be available to the public during the gallery’s regular business hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
More information on Tschumi Architects can be found at https://www.tschumi.com.
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