Inaki Abalos

Inaki Abalos
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

About the Speaker:

Inaki Abalos

Founder and Director of Abalos & Herreros (1984-2006).
Founder and Director since 2006 of Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos.
Founder and Director of Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos LTPC since 2001.
RIBA International Felowship 2009. Royal Institute of British Architects.
Chaired Professor, ETSA Madrid (2002).
“Kenzo Tange Professor” GSD Harvard (2009)
Visiting Critic in Architecture and Urban Design GSD Harvard (2010-2012)
Professor in Residence” (2012-) GSD Harvard University.
Chair of Department of Architecture GSD Harvard University (2013-)

He was appointed “Buell Book Fellow” and “Visiting Professor” at Columbia University (New York, 1995), “Diploma Unit Master” at the Architectural Association in London and “Professeur Invite“ in the EPF Lausanne 1998. He was “Jean Labatute Professor” at the University of Princeton (New Jersey, 2004-2007),“Visiting Professor” at Cornell University (Ithaca, 2007-2008), and Professor at BIArch (Barcelona, 2010-2012).

His work has been widely published in journals and monographs, such as “Abalos & Herreros” edited by Gustavo Gili in 1993, “Areas de Impunidad” in 1997 and “Recycling Madrid” in 2000 both edited by Actar, “Abalos & Herreros, Grand Tour” in 2005, published by the CAAM and the ICO Foundation, “Abalos, Herreros, Sentkiewicz Architects,” published by COAA, 2008, “Abalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos, Thermodinamic Beauty”, 2G nº 56 edited by Gustavo Gili, 2011, “Highspeed Train Station and Urban Plan in Logroño” (Q estudio, 2012).

Author of “Le Corbusier. Skyscrapers” (Madrid Town Hall, 1988), “Técnica y Arquitectura” (Nerea, 1992), “Tower and Office” (The MIT Press, 2003) and “Natural Artificial” (EXIT, LMI,1999) with Juan Herreros. On his own he has written “La Buena Vida” (GG, 2000), (“The Good Life”, GG, 2001, english version, “A Boa Vida”, GG, 2002, portugese version), “Campos de Batalla/Battlefields” (COAC, 2005), “Atlas of the Picturesque” (vol. I, GG, 2005 and vol. II, GG, 2007)and “Naturaleza y Artificio” (GG, 2010)

Lecture Synopsis:
The interpretation of the architecture from the tectonic tradition in the twentieth-century exacerbated a picturesque race for reaching the heights disregarding the true nature of the new urban species with unknown capacities. Nowadays, we are assisting a thermodynamic turn that implies a radical transformation of concepts and systems, methods and techniques.
A thermodynamic conception of the architecture means to rethink it as biotech entities endowed with new vitality, able to expand, fold or collapse, react to the urban climate and social context; adapt to their environment through what might be called thermodynamic somatisms. These somatisms respond to physical and chemical principles that are found individually and collectively in all organic species. To move towards this new approach is necessary to reconstruct the knowledge, abandoning the established inertia and to come into possession of techniques whose foundations are no longer tectonic but biological and thermodynamic. The evolution of the architecture demands a reconstruction of disciplinary knowledge according to the ecological scales of urban problems, the emergence of new design tools and the aspiration for fuller experience of urban life.

This lecture is open to the general public.

The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.