Remarks about contemporary architecture and the relationship between the old and the new
Amongst the complexities of modern architecture, I have been primarily concerned with public buildings and public space. I have worked in many patrimonial sites and have, therefore, been confronted with fundamental problems in contemporary architecture, i.e., the relationship between the old and the new. Many people believe that introducing modern buildings in an ancient site is dangerous or even impossible. In my opinion, however, building in an historic site without a contemporary frame of thought is irresponsible. All sites are living entities, which is why they should not become museums of times past or parodies.
*The Madrid-based architect Jose Ignacio Linazasoro pronounced the 12th annual Inaugural Lecture at the Ecole de Chaillot, Paris, on February 2nd, 2016.
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Salma Samar Damluji and Elsa Ricaud, (RMH Fellow 2012)
Salma Samar Damludji, interviewed by Elsa Ricaud RMH Fellow 2012.
The “Lecon Inaugurale” took place at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine presented by Salma Samar Damluji, on March 4, 2014.
Salma Samar Damluji the great libanon-Iraki architect, a graduated from the AA School of Architecture of London, PHD, now is chair of Islamic Architecture at the American University of Beirut. She was the laureate of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012.
The Cité de Chaillot is honoring the work of RUDY RICCIOTTI, well-known for the use of concrete in his conceptions. In 2006, Mr. Ricciotti was awarded the National Grand Prix in architecture. In 2006 he designed the Villa Navarra near St Tropez and since then has undertaken large projets such as the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre (2012) the MUSCEM in Marseille 2013) and most recently the Jean Bouin Stadium (2013).