Architectural and urbanistic operations after the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition

Grand Projects – Urban Legacies of the late 20th Century

For the conference “Grand Projects – Urban Legacies of the late 20th Century” we have invited the following researchers, policymakers, practitioners and thinkers:

Christian Schmid is geographer und urban researcher. He is Professor for Sociology at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich. His scientific work is on planetary urbanization, on comparative urban analysis, and on theories of urbanization and of space. He is a founding member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA). He made a critical reconstruction of Henri Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space. Together with architects Roger Diener, Jacques Herzog, Marcel Meili and Pierre de Meuron he co-authored the book “Switzerland: an urban portrait”, a pioneering analysis of extended urbanization. He is collaborating with Neil Brenner (Harvard GSD) on a long-term project on planetary urbanization, and he leads a project on the comparison of urbanization processes based at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) Singapore. Together with Milica Topalovic he is currently working on a research project on extended urbanization based on case studies in different locations across the globe.

Claire Colomb is full Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.She is a sociologist/social scientist and urban planner by background, with a first degree from Sciences-Po, Paris and a PhD in Town Planning from University College London. Her research interests include international and comparative planning, urban sociology and urban politics. She is the author of the book Staging the New Berlin (Routledge, 2011), European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation (Routledge, 2010, with S. Dühr and V. Nadin), and co-editor of the book Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City (Routledge, 2016, with J. Novy).

Gonçalo Byrne is President of the Portuguese Architects Association (Ordem dos Arquitectos). He is an architect graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon holding an Honorary Degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and from the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, in Italy. In 1975, he established his own practice and, in 1991, he founded the studio Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos. Since 1970, he is a member of the Portuguese Architects Association, and since 2008, a member of the Italian Province of Vicenza Architects Association. He was part of the Portuguese Board of the U.I.A. and a delegate of the World Assembly and Congress of this same organization. Between 1985 and 1987, he was director of Jornal Arquitectos, the journal published by the Portuguese Architects Association. Byrne has been teaching at several international universities including Lausanne, Harvard, Venice, Mendrisio, Leuven, Pamplona, Milan, Kansas State University, among others.

Trained as an architect and an historian, Jean-Louis Cohen holds since 1994 the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.In 2014 he has been appointed to the first chair for architecture at the Collège de France.He has published more than thirty books, including: France, Modern Architectures in History (2015), Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013), The Future of Architecture. Since 1889 (2012), Architecture in Uniform (2011), and Le Corbusier and the Mystique of the USSR (1992).Among the numerous exhibitions he has curated feature the centennial show “L’aventure Le Corbusier” (1987), at the Centre Georges Pompidou; “Architecture in Uniform at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995 and 2011); and Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” at the Museum of Modern Art (2007). He received in 2014 the special mention of the jury for his French pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

João Pedro Matos Fernandes is Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Energy Transition. He is graduated in Civil Engineering by Oporto University and holds a Master degree in Transportation by Instituto Superior Técnico.His professional course in the public and private sector is centred on transportation, logistics, planning and infrastructures. He served as President of the Governing Board of Águas do Porto (2014-2015); Advisor to the Governing Board of Terminais do Norte and Portos do Norte, Director of Port of Nacala (2012-2013); President of the Association of Portuguese Ports (2008-2010); Chairman of the Governing Board of Viana do Castelo Port (2009-2012) and Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Environment (1997-1999). He was Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Consequences of Transport) and lectured in several universities.

Josep Acebillo is an Architect by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and currently a Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.Has taught in several architecture schools, among them the Faculty of Yale and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) of Harvard. Acebillo was the Technical Director of the Olympic Holding of the city of Barcelona, in charge of leading the projects and building of the main infrastructures for the 1992 Olympic Games. Currently is the director of the Barcelona Regional Metropolitan Agency for the urban and infrastructural development of the city and former chief architect of the city of Barcelona. Under the urban leadership of Acebillo, Barcelona has received worldwide recognition for its positioning in the international architecture scene. Josep Acebillo work has been awarded with various recognitions as the Honorific Medal of the City of Barcelona 1992 and the RIBA award Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1999.

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