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Marco Casagrande: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
Marco Casagrande: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series

The Portland State University School of Architecture is pleased to welcome Marco Casagrande as our third speaker in the "Unclad" international lecture series for 2013-2014.

Principal of Casagrande Laboratory, a Finland-based studio, Marco Casagrande moves freely between architecture, urban and environmental design, science, art, and circus, while contributing to the cross-over architectural thinking of commedia dell’architettura. “Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum (as quoted in ArchDaily). His work has been exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Havana Biennale and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial. In September 2013, he was awarded the prestigious European Prize for Architecture.

"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.

All lectures take place in the Shattuck Hall Annex on the Portland State University campus, at SW Broadway and Hall Street, and are 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.