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City Talks: Sofie Willems & Joan Raun — Spektrum Arkitekter

City Talks: Sofie Willems and Joan Raun — Spektrum Arkitekter

Sofie and Joan talk about Danish tendencies in their work with landscape and buildings under the influence of communities and weather

City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square

Monday 1 February, 6pm

Free entry

City Talks, an initiative of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington, are back for 2016.

To kick off the 2016 series we are joined by Sofie Willems and Joan Raun Nielsen, the two partners in Spektrum Arkitekter of Denmark, who are visiting New Zealand thanks to a ‘Share Your Practice’ grant from the Danish Art Foundation. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Sofie and Joan, and to learn more about their projects, approach and working methods.

Spektrum Arkitekter’s extensive portfolio of work is centered around considering the development and co-operation of the users of space, pursuing methods for socially sustainable architecture by involving local people in each project. Their significant built projects include the Fjelstervang Uderforsamlingshus, a multi-purpose hall built at low budget by the local community of 500 people during summer 2013, and People’s Park, a renewal of a complex, disparate and unsafe park that socially integrated the many users of and invited the wider neighbourhood to engage in their park.

Spektrum Arkitekter is a young architectural studio whose work integrates architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and citizen involvement. They place the users centrally in their architecture through inclusion, social awareness and commitment, striving for an architecture based upon qualities of the specific location. The common denominator in all the company’s projects is the relationship between architecture and context—the landscape, people, history, culture, and social relations.

The talk will be followed by refreshments.

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