Mirko Zardini speaks tonight at the National Gallery of Canada

Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism has announced that Mirko Zardini, director and chief curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, will continue the 2010-2011 Forum Lecture Series tonight, Monday, November 22, 2010.

His lecture, entitled Is it True? Critical Space, Urgent Matters will take place at 6:00pm at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Admission is free and open to the public.

The popular series brings several national and international architects to Ottawa to educate students, faculty and the general public about the profession and the impact that architecture has on design. Forum has presented an impressive lineup of speakers over the years, including Moshe Safdie, Arthur Erickson and Daniel Libeskind.

Mirko Zardini is the director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, a post he has occupied since 2005. Born in Verona, Italy, he received a degree in Architecture from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in 1980, and has practiced in Milan and Lugano. In 2004, he won the international competition for the Giardini diPorta Nuova, with Petra Blaisse (Inside Outside), Michael Maltzan, Irma Boom, Piet Oudolf and Rob Kustler.

A former editor of Casabella magazine, Domus and Lotus international, his articles have appeared in journals including Lotus International, Casabella, ANY, Archis, and El Croquis. As an architect, his writings and design projects engage the transformation of contemporary architecture and its relationship with the city and landscape. Prominent themes in his work include sensorial conceptions of urbanism, the place of the individual with the city, and the often ambiguous limits of technological progress and economic growth.

Under his direction and in collaboration with Giovanna Borasi, the CCA has undertaken a series of thematic exhibitions and publications which have explored topical economic, social and political issues related to architecture and urbanism, including Actions: What You Can Do with the City (2008-09), Sorry, Out of Gas: Architecture’s Response to the 1973 Oil Crisis (2007-08), Sense of the City (2005-06) and Out of the Box: Price, Rossi, Stirling and Matta-Clark (2003-04).

For more information and to watch lectures from 2009-2010, please visit. www2.carleton.ca/architecture/forum-lecture-series/forum-lecture-series