26th August - Beauty
Dr. Yael Reisner has a PhD in Architecture from RMIT Univ. Melbourne, Australia, a Diploma in Architecture from the Architectural Association in London, RIBA Part 1 & Part 2 and a BSc in Biology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Born in Tel-Aviv, she has lived in London since 1990 where she is the director of Studio Yael Reisner for Architecture and Design. Her research activities have moved progressively into combinatory techniques involving textiles, acoustics and light modulation. She currently teaches internationally (Sci Arc in LA, Lund Univ. in Sweden, AA in London) after nine years of teaching at the Bartlett (UCL) where she was the Master course coordinator, a group tutor and a Unit master of Diploma Unit 11. Her book with Fleur Watson Architecture and Beauty, Conversations with Architects about A Troubled Relationship was published in April 2010 by Wiley UK. A contributor to the Architectural Design magazine on the issue of Exuberance, March 2010, and to the Architectural Review magazine to the VIEW section, Sep. 2010. Lately was commissioned by Karelic company to be the art director of a unique contemporary porcelain lighting.
27th August - Urban Evolution / Sci-Fi Urbanism
Bjarke Ingels started BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humour. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House, and the following year he received the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses. Since its completion, The Mountain has received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum Aid Award and the MIPIM Residential Development Award. Recently, Bjarke was rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by New York based Fast Company magazine. He is contributing to the Audi Urban Future Award at the Biennale.
28th August - Display
William Menking is an architectural historian, writer, critic, and curator of architecture and urbanism. He is professor of architecture, urbanism, and city planning at Pratt Institute and has lectured and taught at schools in the United States and Europe. He has been published in numerous architectural publications, anthologies, and museum catalogues. He has curated and organized international exhibitions on the visionary British architects Archigram, the Italian radical architects Superstudio, and contemporary English design, and he served as Commissioner of the U.S. pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. He co-authored (with Aaron Levy) Architecture on Display: On the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is Editor in Chief of the Architects Newspaper.