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UEL hosts series of public lectures by top contemporary architecture academics


The international lecture series is organised by the University previously in cooperation with the Sto-Foundation

Top international professors and practitioners will be among the speakers at the University of East London for a series of four public lectures on contemporary architecture titled ‘Conversations about Water, via webinar. 
Curated by Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini, from C+S Architects, the fifth annual November Lecture Series at the University’s School of Architecture, opened on 17th of November and has a line-up of eminent international speakers throughout November and December. 
International speakers explore the role of water in developing architecture as a tool to tackle the environmental, social and economic urgencies of our contemporary times. 
The free public lectures, organised by the University previously in cooperation with the Sto-Foundation, a German Education Foundation and now with C+S Architects, an architecture practice dedicated to design innovation with interdisciplinary collaboration, based in London, UK and Treviso, Italy. 

Marco Navarra, a professor at the University of Catania and the principal of the architecture office Nowa, has opened the series on 17th November focusing on Landscape, Architecture, Nature, Archaeologies on the theme ‘Fragile Earth. Architectures, Archaeologies’. Marco Navarra was finalist at Mies van der Rohe Award (2003), EUROPEAN PRIZE FOR URBAN PUBLIC SPACE  (2006) in Barcelona and BBS Swiss Architectural Award (2008). 

Lecture: Nature Speaks with Anna Liu on Friday 27 November at 1pm. Attend the lecture by joining this link

Anna Liu is a partner of London based office Tonkin Liu and leads the studio’s public landscape and sculpture projects. The office has won 17 RIBA Awards and the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Prize for ‘new, experimental architectural talent’. Her lecture, titled 'Nature Speaks’ will be offered on 27th November and describe the office unique methodology ‘Asking, Looking, Playing, Making’.  

Lecture: WARKA WATER: Every drop counts on Tuesday 1 December at 1pm.  

Arturo Vittori is an Italian architect, designer, and artist, co-founder and director of the research and design studio Architecture and Vision and CEO of the non-profit Warka Water Inc., and founder of the ethical fashion brand Culture à Porter. His talk, next 1st December, will bring up the issues of one of the most pressing and concerning human rights such as the dispossession of traditional lands and territories from indigenous peoples considered as ‘primitive’, economically unproductive, or not in line with modern aspirations. His Warka Village aspires to transform the landscape of comprehensive human development, utilizing low-cost, sustainable, community-driven, high-impact multisector development interventions that are tailored to the village’s specific needs. This will address the needs of villagers in terms of essential services that impact their daily standard of living and overall quality of life. Rural infrastructure, Agriculture, Health, Water & Sanitation, and the Preservation. An integrated village designed to host 100 people, local ethnic groups of Cameroon in need to live with dignity. It will become a cultural centre as well, of social aggregation with quality spaces. An example of how to collaborate with rural communities, how to construct using indigenous techniques and local natural materials that respect the cultural identity of the place. An example of how to live in harmony with nature. 

Lecture: Learning from the ecosystems: from the desert to the stone cities on Friday 4 December at 1pm. 

Pietro Laureano is an architect, urban planner and landscape architect, and a UNESCO consultant on arid areas, water management, Islamic civilization, rocky hewn architecture, and endangered ecosystems. He is President and CEO of IPOGEA, Research Centre on Local and Traditional Knowledge. President of International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI). He rates among the top experts in water management, traditional technologies and desert oases interpreted as the products of human ingenuity, as landscapes created by virtue of an accurate management of local resources. Among his visions, realizations and interventions, which have been models all around the world, are: the restoration of the Sassi di Matera in Italy; the reconstruction of the gardens and water systems of the Greater Petra Park in Jordan for UNESCO; the restoration of the canals, drainage and terraced fields of the monoliths city of Lalibela in Ethiopia for UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund (WMF); the eco-museum of the oases for the Kingdom of Morocco; the re-creation of the Ighzer Oasis in Algeria; the park and visitors centre of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi. As Italian representative in the technical scientific committee of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and as President of the traditional knowledge Panel promoted a world data bank on the local knowledge system (  

Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini strongly believe in the power of exposing students and colleagues to international speakers to broaden the debate and share ideas and experiences especially in this period when the Covid 2019 is making travelling and visiting a little bit challenging: this is the reason why they have decided to continue the November lectures in webinar mode. 

Friday, 27 November 2020 13:00 to Friday, 4 December 2020 13:00