Thom Mayne - MORPHOSIS (USA), Shohei Shigematsu – OMA (USA), KCAP (Netherlands), Grahame Shane (USA), Vim Eckert- E2A, Eckert Eckert Architekten (Switzerland), Tham & Videgård (Sweden), Helen & Hard (Norway),Lassila Hirvilammi Architects (Sweden), Milica Topalović (Switzerland), Miodrag Mitrašinović (USA), Mirjana Milanović (Netherlands), Hans Ibelings (Netherlands), Juhani Pallasmaa (Finland), Boris Podrecca (Austria), Ljiljana Blagojević (Serbia)
THOM MAYNE - MORPHOSIS (USA)
Thom Mayne, winner of the 2005 Pritzker Prize, is the founder and lead architect of the Morphosis Architects, which is known for uncompromising design and striving to overcome the limitations of traditional forms and materials, but also for effort to discover new territory beyond modernism and postmodernism. Its architectural expression is related to the climate and cultural environment from which it originates. In simple terms, Southern California's climate benefits have allowed architects to experiment much more than anywhere in America, with far fewer limiting factors and more design space. During his stay in Belgrade he remarked – "…that the Serbian capital cannot be compared to metropolis as London, Paris or Moscow. Belgrade is located on the banks of two rivers and this advantage must be used."
SHOHEI SHIGEMATSU – OMA (USA)
What does “Revealing of Architecture”, which is the topic of the 8th Belgrade International Architecture Week, mean to you ?" I relate the topic to the story behind the architecture. It is important to find the story behind the design process. I am delighted to be able to share our intensively-researched and analyzed site impacts, which are beyond architectural and urban scope exclusively, but include sociological, political, cultural and technological influences as well. A compelling narrative has made it into a unique process that comprehensively fits the specific conditions of the site and program. As an architect, it is extremely important to know what modernization in the city means, but at the same time now, with experience in China, the Middle East and developing countries, I am interested in the potential of the crisis ." – Shigematsu explains.
JUHANI PALLASMAA (Finland)
I think it is wrong to strive to make every object spectacular today. Grand ideas in urban planning are doomed to fail. The dominant orientation in architecture today follows global globalization. It should be the other way around, more respect and rethinking of local conditions, local histories, local cultures ... Commercialization is also present, and many see architecture as a business. I do not trust colleagues who have this attitude towards the profession. An architectural project is always more a cultural than a business plan. "Spaces of the public", the main topic of BINA 2014, Pallasmaa considers as essential questions for understanding ourselves. “I am interested in the mental consequences of buildings and cities. Since recently I have been studying neuroscience because it has become so clear that architecture and the city are changing our brains. We really need to be careful about what we create because of the potential consequences” – Juhani Pallasmaa explains.