Pope L. "Misconceptions" at Portikus

Exhibition, 8 September – 21 November 2021

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Final Reviews Architecture Class

Event, 9 – 10 September 2021, 17:00–21:30

THE WHISTLE—Absolventenausstellung 2021

Exhibition, 3 – 19 September 2021

Daniel Lie: Rotten Energy

Online Lecture, 24 June 2021, 19:00

Eyal Weizman: Cloud Studies

Online Lecture, 1 June 2021, 19:00

Breaking Glass III – Virtual Space

Symposium, 28 – 30 May 2021

David Gianotten: Contextual Engagement

Online Lecture, 20 May 2021, 19:00

Ellie Ga: Artist talk

Online Lecture, 18 May 2021, 19:00

Hassan Khan class: AUTONATURA

Class Project, 14 – 16 May 2021

Etta Madete: OCHA-African Avant-Garde

Online Lecture, 11 May 2021, 19:00

Willem de Rooij class: Premiere

Class Project, 7 – 21 May 2021

Banu Cennetoğlu: neither a mirror nor a hammer

Online Lecture, 6 May 2021, 19:00

Elif Saydam: The House Always Wins

Online Lecture, 20 April 2021, 19:00

Lectures Summer Semester 2021

Online Lecture, 20 April – 8 July 2021

Summer semester 2021

Information, 12 April – 16 July 2021

Willem de Rooij "PIERRE VERGER IN SURINAME" at Portikus

Exhibition, 27 March – 18 July 2021

STADL: Schtorona

Radio Show, 19 – 21 February 2021, 18:00–19:00

Willem de Rooij Class: Raum I7

Class Project, 19 February 2021


Event, 19 – 21 February 2021, 16:00–20:00

Bani Abidi: Funland

Online Lecture, 16 February 2021, 19:00

Olga Balema

Online Lecture, 4 February 2021, 19:00

Henrike Naumann: Aesthetics of Power

Online Lecture, 28 January 2021, 19:00

The Otolith Group: Infinity Minus Infinity

Online Lecture, 21 January 2021, 19:00

Manuela Moscoso: Liverpool Biennial 2021

Online Lecture, 19 January 2021, 19:00

Jason Mohaghegh: Dreams of the Last King

Online Lecture, 12 January 2021, 19:00

David Gianotten: Contextual Engagement

Online Lecture20 May 2021, 19:00online
Potato Head Studios (OMA), Bali, 2019 Photo: Kevin Mak, Image courtesy OMAPotato Head Studios (OMA), Bali, 2019 Photo: Kevin Mak, Image courtesy OMA

Through OMA’s projects at different scales and geographical locations, David Gianotten will discuss contextual engagement at different stages of the architectural cycle. The selection of projects will showcase a wide range of typologies, programs, materialities, details, and processes—within the context of each project. While defining parameters, does the context restrain architectural innovation, or does engagement with the context expand possibilities in architecture? Gianotten illustrates how contextual design can actively challenge and transform definitions of existing architectural typologies, the socio-political role of architecture, and ultimately, the initiative of an architect.

David Gianotten is a managing partner and architect at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Rotterdam. He oversees the overall organizational and financial management, business strategy, and growth of OMA in all markets. Gianotten currently leads the design and construction of projects in different regions, including the Taipei Performing Arts Centre; the masterplan of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord City and the Feyenoord Stadium; Amsterdam’s Bajes Kwartier—conversion of a 1960s prison complex into a new neighborhood; and Van der Meulen-Ansemsterrein (VDMA)—transformation of an unused site in Eindhoven into a mixed-use urban hub. Gianotten has led the design and realization of Potato Head Studios—a resort in Bali (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip in Perth (2020), Prince Plaza in Shenzhen (2020), White Cube LIRCAEI in Lusanga (2018), MPavilion 2017 in Melbourne, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange headquarters (2013). He was responsible for the end stages of the CCTV headquarters in Beijing (2012). Gianotten joined OMA in 2008, launched OMA’s Hong Kong office in 2009, and became partner in 2010. In 2015, he returned to the Netherlands to oversee OMA globally. He is Chair of Transformational Architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology.


The lecture will be held in English language.

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