Kamel Abboud lecture entitled "Kahn ya Makan" Tuesday, December 11 at 18:30 in our premises.
Synopsis of the conference
Little known in Europe and the Middle East, Louis Isadhore Kahn (1901-1974) is however one of the most emblematic and most controversial architects of the 20th century.
Like Le Corbusier, his biggest projects were made in India and Bangladesh, but unlike Le Corbusier, his work was clearly detached from the movement of modern architecture called "international". In this regard, he said: "Modern architecture lacks deep, timeless and spiritual dimensions, as has always been the case in previous architectures."
In contrast to the universalism of "Modern Architecture", he advocated the search for new roots, not in the European culture that was rediscovering America at the time, but in the context of each project and in the very nature of the matter.
His ultimate quest was Truth in the act of building: "Architecture is a quest for truth."
His work has been described as monumental, grandiose, poetic, unique, authentic but also, and that's what mattered most, mystical and spiritual.
"A Kahn project can be recognized by the feelings it inspires: a combination of exhilaration and rests, a sense of intimacy and expansive possibilities ..." (W. Lesser, biographer).
It redefines new "archetypes" of architecture, based on pure geometry, the primordial role of the alternation of light and silence in creation.
In this presentation, we will try to decipher the content of his message, his contribution to the precepts of the theory of architecture still taught today, and the extent of his influence with the most eminent architects of the late 20th century. and the beginning of the 21st, including Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Richards Rogers, Robert Venturi, Tadao Ando, Ioh Ming Pei, Charles Correa, Balkrishna Doshi, Rogelio Salmona ...
About the speaker:
Born in Beirut in 1961, Kamel Abboud is a graduate architect of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 1986. Major of promotion, he won the prize of the Order of Architects and Engineers of Beirut and obtains a grant from the French Government for pursue postgraduate training in Paris. In 1988, he obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CEAA) in Architecture and Animation of Socio-Cultural Equipment (Theaters and Museums).
His professional experience started early, in parallel with his studies, at ADU, Basile, Homsi & Associates, an agency that he will briefly re-join as a partner in 1994, after having worked 7 years in Paris in various Architecture and Urbanism agencies.
In 1997, he founded his own agency "AK-Architects" while starting a career as a First Class teacher at Alba. After having been in charge of the First Class for 13 years, he now runs the Second Class. He is a member of the pedagogical council of the School of Architecture, teacher of diplomas and member of the final jury.