June 19, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Hosted by the International Union of Architects (UIA), this International Seminar XVIII will take place on October 4-5, 2007 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. The theme is Visualizing the Invisible, derived from a quote from Mies van der Rohe: “The decisive battles of the spirit are waged on invisible battlefields.”
Modern architecture has developed processes and products in the realm of school design that are generated primarily by quantifiable ingredients. The learning program is reduced to predetermined measurements in three dimensions; the site is interpreted in terms of cut and fill, and building material selections are filtered only through a cost/maintenance analysis. These design parameters are readily visible and dominate the design decision-making process. However, there are other invisible factors, which need to be accounted for. These centre on the spirit of the learner and include concepts like freedom and creativity and their nemeses of power and authority. This seminar will explore the nature of these invisible forces in order to make them visible in the design of learning environments.
The UIA was founded in Lausanne (Switzerland) on June 28, 1948, to unite the architects of the world without regard to nationality, race, religion, or architectural doctrine, and to federate their national organizations. From the 27 delegations present at the founding assembly, the UIA has grown to encompass the key professional organizations of architects in 116 countries and territories, and now represents, through these organizations, more than 1,300,000 architects worldwide. Over time, the UIA has become an accomplished non-governmental organization, and a professional network of architects that reaches all continents.
The Working Programme Educational and Cultural Spaces was established very soon after the birth of the UIA. This Working Programme is particularly active in organizing international seminars to discuss basic concepts in planning, design and use of educational buildings. With the understanding that education and culture are basic human needs, independently of where they take place, the Work Programme concentrates not only on the mere buildings dedicated to them but also extends its interest and mission to their impact and role within society.
For more information, please visit www.cefpi.org/toronto2007/UIA-Programme.html