15 February 2015
by Gwen Webber
Tirana-based Atelier Albania has invited ADF Director Vicky Richardson to join AA Head of Exhibitions, Vanessa Norwood, and founding director of dRMM and AA President, Sadie Morgan, to speak at a public lecture at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana on Tuesday 24 February.
Atelier Albania is housed within the National Territorial Planning Agency where it conducts research and organises architecture competitions, exploring bottom-up planning practices to identify appropriate planning solutions for the country. In addition, it hosts public lectures, workshops and exhibitions to encourage public participation and debate around planning and design.
Sadie will discuss the emotive subject of colour – how we relate to it and how it can effect our view of our cities. Her presentation will also showcase dRMM's contemporary timber projects, discussing the case for a European tradition of inventive use of wood – the world's oldest, and most modern, construction material.
Vanessa will explore the effect of 'cultural insertions' in the city and examine the role of the artist and architect in provoking dialogue through the act of positively interrupting everyday life. The AA has always viewed the city as a potential playground, where ideas and speculations can be tested and revealed. Vanessa will show examples of AA exhibition projects outside the gallery and ask the question: ‘what can creativity bring to the city of the future?’
Vicky will present projects that have brought designers together to come up with inspiring and original solutions to urban and architectural problems, highlighting the important role of international collaboration in cultural regeneration. Examples include a cafe created from a derelict town hall in Korea; an urban masterplan for Old Doha, Qatar; a workshop with 20 international architects in east London; a pop-up design school in Marrakech, Morocco, and a design residency in Bandung, Indonesia.
For more information about Atelier Albania, visit its Facebook page.