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LECTURES: Wed, March 5, 2014

Wolf D. Prix on Raimund Abraham: Visions in Exile or: Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by Eric Owen Moss

In the early years of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Raimund Abraham was a role model - later on a friend. On the occasion of the Austrian government "Staatspreis" awarded to Raimund Abraham, Wolf D. Prix held the speech of honor, and characterized him as one of the main representatives of the Austrian architectural approach of celebrating space.

In his upcoming SCI-Arc lecture, Prix will explain Abraham's influence on the early works of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU as well as references to the recent international and well-known buildings. How would visionaries like Abraham and Le Corbusier have developed and expressed themselves in today’s digital time? How would digital tools have influenced their designs?

Prix refers to the complexity and chances of open systems – systems that incorporate the opportunities for failures and turn them into evolutionary advantages. A red dot on a butterfly’s wing as an example in nature for a random mistake becoming a key to progress. "If you only think about architecture, only architecture comes out."

Wolf D. Prix is co-founder, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, which he founded in Vienna in 1968. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and SCI-Arc. Prix is a member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the American Institute of Architecture (AIA).

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has been operating in the fields of art, architecture, urban planning, and design. In numerous countries the team has realized museums, concert halls, science and office buildings as well as residential buildings. Well-known international projects include the Falkestrasse attic conversion in Vienna, the multifunctional UFA Cinema Center in Dresden, the BMW Welt in Munich, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, the Busan Cinema Center in Korea, and the Dalian International Conference Center in China. Presently, the office is working on various projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including the Musée des Confluences in Lyon and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

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