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María Langarita Lecture at Foros 2017

Foros 2017: Lecture by María Langarita entitled “Resistencias blandengues”

On Monday 24 April, at 7 p.m., the ESARQ – School of Architecture at UIC Barcelona will host a lecture by María Langarita, from Langarita Navarro Arquitectos, as part of the Foros 2017 lecture series The Agency of Architecture. Under the title “Resistencias blandengues” [Soft Resistance], Langarita will put forward the notion of categorising architecture on the basis of material consistency.

María Langarita will talk about description as creation. “Bust and pelt”, asserts the architect, “is a way of arranging the content of the physical part of the world. The bust represents the hard side of architecture: inorganic and inert, it erodes slowly and is expensive to alter. The pelt is organic and soft; it rots and decomposes easily. The annals of culture have focused their attention on and spoken and written about the bust. Techniques associated with the pelt, on the other hand, remain scattered among a host of registers that are of secondary value to the architect.”

“Resistencias blandengues” is, explains Langarita, “a willingness to record and apply the wisdom of the pelt in the city.”

María Langarita graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Navarre and is now a lecturer in Architectural Projects at ETSA Madrid. Together with Victor Navarro, she founded the Madrid-based practice Langarita-Navarro in 2005. Their work has been recognised with Special Mention at the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Awards, as well as with an award at the 12th Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, the 2012 FAD Award, the 2012 AR+D Award for Emerging Architects and the 2013 COAM award. Additional career accolades include the 2014 Young Architect of the Year Award and the 2013 AD Nuevos Valores Award. Their work has appeared in various publications and was featured in the monographic magazine 2G. Their work has also been selected to be exhibited in a number of different places and events, including the 2014 and 2008 Venice Biennale.


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