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03.07.12 | SCI-Arc Lecture Series, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Philippe Rahm: Meteorological Architecture

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

Intro by Marcelyn Gow

Philippe Rahm is Principal of Paris-based Philippe Rahm Architectes. In 2008, he was one of twenty architects invited by Aaron Betsky to the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2009 Editions Archibooks published his book, "Architecture Météorologique." He was appointed director of the Symposium on Architecture and Climate: Towards an Atmospheric Architecture held at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Rahm is currently working on a number of projects, including office buildings in France and Italy.

"Climate change is forcing us to rethink architecture radically, to shift our focus away from a purely visual and functional approach towards one that is more sensitive, more attentive to the invisible, climate-related aspects of space. Slipping from the solid to the void, from the visible to the invisible, from metric composition to thermal composition, architecture as meteorology opens up additional, more sensual, more variable dimensions in which limits fade away and solids evaporate. The task is no longer to build images and functions but to open up climates and interpretations."