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Sou Fujimoto: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series (new date)
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:00pm
Sou Fujimoto: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series (new date)

The Portland State University School of Architecture is pleased to welcome Sou Fujimoto to the "Unclad" international lecture series for 2013-2014.

Sou Fujimoto is a principal of Sou Fujimoto Architects, a Tokyo-based practice distinguished by its provocative buildings that combine material experimentation and structural subtlety with transparency and permeability. Known for his residential and cultural projects, in 2013 he became the youngest architect ever to be invited to design the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in London. The Serpentine Gallery’s website states, “Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment.”

"Unclad," Portland State University School of Architecture's 2013-2014 lecture series, features five internationally renowned lecturers hailing from the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, architectural criticism, and commedia dell’architettura. Lecturers include Barcelona architect Iñaki Alday, Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, Finland-based multidisciplinary architect Marco Casagrande, acclaimed Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and UT Austin professor and environmental architect David Heymann. These visionaries will discuss their work and ideas as they address architecture’s seemingly opposing tasks: concealing and revealing, enclosing and disclosing.

The theme of the series springs from Adolf Loos’s two seminal essays, “The Principle of Cladding” (1898) and “Ornament and Crime” (1908), in which the author first discussed the origins of architecture as essential enclosure for human activities, and then went on to argue for the stripping away of inessentials from the surfaces of buildings. The trajectory of architecture’s development, from enclosure to, by Loos’s time, sets of walls layered with adornment, sparked fierce debate and led to new theories of architecture that called for a complete lack of ornament, or cladding. “Unclad” seeks to push these issues further and examine architecture as it is stripped of formulaic solutions and exposed in the nakedness of its possibilities.

This lecture takes place in the Lincoln Recital Hall (Lincoln Hall, Room 75) on the Portland State University campus, 1620 SW Park Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

AIA continuing education credits will be available for most lectures; check with the School of Architecture office at (503) 725-8405 or for more information.

Image credit to David Vintiner.