CCA hosts Urgency, a free public conversation with international architects Greg Lynn and Yung Ho Chang

The Canadian Centre for Architecture presents Urgency, a public conversation with Greg Lynn and Yung Ho Chang on June 13, 2008. Renowned for their innovative projects and thinking, these two major international figures of the architectural world presents issues of vital importance in contemporary practice. The event includes individual presentations followed by a conversation moderated by CCA Director Mirko Zardini. Urgency is free and takes place in the CCA’s Baile Park from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

This is the second annual presentation of Urgency, following last year’s popular discussion with Rem Koolhaas and Peter Eisenman, which attracted an audience of over 700.

Greg Lynn founded his office Greg Lynn FORM in Venice, California in 1992, after working in the offices of Peter Eisenman and Antoine Pedrock. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1986 with degrees in Philosophy (B.Phil) and Environmental Design (B.E.D.). He received his Master in Architecture from Princeton University in 1988. Given his dual degrees in philosophy and architecture, Lynn has been involved in combining the realities of design and construction with the speculative, theoretical, and experimental potentials of writing and teaching. In 2002, he became a Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He has also been a Studio Professor at UCLA and the Davenport Professor at Yale University for several years. Lynn was ranked among the ”100 Innovators for the Next Century” by Time magazine. He is the author of six books that combine his interests in contemporary and popular culture with the rigours of architectural theory and history, including: Intricacy (2003), Animate Form (1998), Folds, Bodies and Blobs: Collected Essays (1998), and Folding in Architecture (1993).

Yung Ho Chang is widely regarded as one of China’s most accomplished architects. Professor of Architectural Design and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was previously Head and Professor of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University. He received his Master in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and taught in the United States for 15 years before returning to Beijing to establish China’s first independent architecture firm, Atelier FCJZ in 1993. FCJZ’s projects range from private residences to large and small-scale museums, government buildings, urban planning projects, and installations at the Venice Biennale and Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as experimentation in furniture and graphic design. He has exhibited internationally as an artist as well as an architect, and his many publications include the monograph Yung Ho Chang/Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the city, materiality, and tradition. He often combines his research activities with design commissions.

Urgency reflects the CCA’s ongoing exploration of critical issues facing architecture and contemporary society. The event is presented in conjunction with the annual CCA Soire held on June 12, 2008.