What Is Green Architecture? A Talk by Prof. Werner Sobek Print
Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:17

A Talk by Prof. Werner Sobek Lecture + Dialog

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The Goethe-Institut New York presents What Is Green Architecture?, a series of conversations, lectures, and events exploring the cutting-edge developments in the field and their impact on contemporary life as well as implications for the future. The series continues with a talk by noted architect Prof. Werner Sobek, followed by a discussion moderated by Andres Lepik.

Werner Sobek is Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and head of the famous Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. As successor to architect Frei Otto and engineer Joerg Schlaich, Werner Sobek advocates a unique approach of bringing architects and engineers together, both during their training and in their professional activities.

While the ILEK specializes on the research into new materials and new concepts for lightweight and adaptive structures, Werner Sobek’s office is one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe. It excels through excellent engineering combined with first-rate design of constructional elements and sophisticated concepts for sustainable buildings. A particular focus lies on special structures in steel, glass, titanium, concrete, textiles and wood.

Werner Sobek has offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Khartoum, Moscow, and New York, The works of Werner Sobek have been awarded numerous awards and distinctions, e. g. the DuPont Benedictus Award, the European Gluelam Award, the Fritz Schumacher Award, the iF Design Award, the SEAOI Structural Engineering Award, AIA awards of the American Institute of Architecture, the Hugo Haering Award, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal and the UIA’s Auguste Perret Prize.

What Is Green Architecture? series curator Dr. Andres Lepik studied art history and German literature at universities in Augsburg and Munich, earning his Ph. D. in Rome on Architectural Models in the Renaissance. He has curated noted architecture exhibitions, including solo shows highlighting the work of Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, and Oswald Mathias Ungers at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the German venue for The Museum of Modern Art’s Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Die Berliner Jahre 1907-1938 at Altes Museum. He is currently Curator in the Architecture & Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art, as well as author of Skyscrapers.

Via The Goethe Institute

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