By Jacqueline Mainguy / Translation Jeanette Weston
The Rolex Centre under construction, Lausanne, July 2009 / Photo Epfil Alain Herzog
Did Lausanne and the hills bordering the Leman inspire Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, creators of the Japanese studio Sanaa, in designing the Rolex Learning Center for the Federal Polytechnic (EPFL)? An “architecture in motion” where a harmonious curve combines space, nature and spirit… The Ecole Spéciale de Lausanne (its original name) specialized in science and technology, was founded in 1853. Since then much has changed. Little by little a campus was created, a surprising campus without a proper central area, empty of places to meet. The Rolex Center, an experimental project, meets this need. Continue reading
View toward the Abbey of Saint Antoine in the Isère region, one of the sites studied by John Robbins in 1990.
We are pleased to annonce a new title in the digital library of RMHP Fellows’ and Scholars’ Final Reports, thanks to the generous support of the Sondra & Charles Gilman, Jr. Foundation.
John Robbins, the First American RMHP Fellow
In 1990, the first Richard Morris Hunt Prize laureate wrote “the traditions for the historic sites and monuments are different in France than in the United States. In France they are mainly works of art and architecture; in the United States, they are principally monuments of political and social history. A subtle but important difference. Both American and French preservationists have a lot to offer and the exchange made possible by the RMHP is an excellent beginning”. What foresight, John.
That was almost 30 years ago! There are now 33 laureates. What human wealth, friendships made, professional enrichment and progress. The research projects undertaken by the laureates are more and more concerneed with the problems of tomorrow’s architecture. Each year brings new possibilities, an aid to the profession, illustrating the RMHP motto: “Innovate to preserve”.
— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich, RMHP Founder
Click here to access the RMHP Final Reports Collection
John Robbins is Deputy Administrator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He was first trained as an architect at the University of Virginia, and later worked for the National Park Service. This year, John was elected to the ICCROM executive committee. To learn about his career and ICCROM nomination, follow this link.
The 23rd annual Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel
will be held in Paris from November 2-5, 2017, at the Carrousel du Louvre.
Theme for 2017 : Tourism and Heritage
Associated with this event are the Ateliers d’Art de France
Follow this link for more information: https://www.patrimoineculturel.com/?lang=en
Near the Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: John Robbins, Bob Hotes, Thom Minner, Florence Declaveillère, Tina Roach. Washington, D.C., August 2017
From our Scholar’s journal…
Currently travelling in the United States as part of her research mission, 2016 Richard Morris Hunt Scholar Florence Declaveillère had the opportunity to meet with Tina Roach (Fellow 2009) and Bob Hotes (Fellow 2011) during her passage through Washington, D.C., organized by RMHP USA Program Director Thom Minner. Visits included the Mellon Auditorium, the Georgetown waterfront and C&O Canal. John Robbins (Fellow 1990), Deputy Administrator of the National Gallery of Art, received Declaveillère for a luncheon and tour of the beautiful public building under his watch.
According to our latest news, Florence Declaveillère was dreaming under the luxurious live oaks of Savannah, visiting house museums and discovering that beautiful city under the guidance of SCAD professor and ICOMOS board member Jeff Eley. We wish Florence all the best as she continues her exploration of America’s waterfront towns.
© National Gallery, Berlin, 1968
By Jacqueline Mainguy
It was at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona that the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe first exhibited his avant-garde talent. The German Pavilion was nestled in a wooded corner on the hill of Montjuic Park: Mies van der Rohe didn’t want to be crowded in by the many other international exhibitors. He was representing Germany, and welcomed the Spanish monarch Alfonso XIII as well as German officials. Through his building, Mies van der Rohe presented all the essential aspects of his architectural philosophy: perfect symmetry, space, clarity, simplicity and minimalism. Continue reading