Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Brazilian Architecture, Pearl River Tower, both at IIT Today

The fall season of architectural events is revving up with a vengeance. Today, Wednesday, September 3rd, the Illinois Institute of Technology has two worthwhile events.

Pearl River Tower - at 3:30 P.M. in the Rem Koolhaas-designed, McCormick Tribune Student Center, Roger Frechette of Skidmore, Owings & Merill will talk on the firm's Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China, a 71-story skyscraper designed as a "zero-energy" structure that produces as much energy as it consumers.

Panorama of Modern Brazilian Architecture - tonight at 6:00 P.M. in the Mies van der Rohe designed Crown Hall, 3360 S. State, there will be an opening reception for a new exhibition, to be followed by a lecture, Boundaries of Architecture, by Ciro Pirondi + Rafic Farah of Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo. The exhibition, which includes 58 panels and runs through September 30th, includes, among others, the work of Oscar Niemeyer, still working at 100, Lina Bo Bardi and 2008 Pritzker Prize winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Both events are free to the public.

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