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Days of Oris 17, Zagreb

October, 2017

The largest regional architectural symposium – Days of Oris

The organizers made an effort this year to present us wide spectrum of architectural workers and different approaches in designing.

Moderator work was excellent by Maroje Mrduljaš and Dinko Peračić. They introduced us and gave a great conclusions after each lecture. We enjoyed in small chat between lectures about our impressions.

This year nine architects presented their work. The subject was to share their ideas, their proces of working and how they see practice develoment. We will highlight few of them.

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RCR Arquitectes is a design office founded in 1987 by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilal in the Catalan town of Olot. Its founders live and work there today, and their architecture is closely related to the local context in which they realized a large part of their projects. In May this year they won the world's most prestigious architectural award, the Pritzker Prize. Their approach to architecture is very calm and thoughtful. We can say that they fully enjoy in architectural designing in its luxurious, unburied edition. Despite being lauded for architecture grounded in its local surroundings, RCR Arquitectes’ influence is global.

Ofis architects from Slovenia, which we had on our Days of Architecture in Sarajevo before few months, again fascinated us with their alipine shelters and bivouac projects in Slovenia.

The SHL Architectural Office comming from Denmark, was founded by Morten Schmidt, Bjarne Hammer and John. F. Lassen in 1986 in Aarhus. SHL today have offices in Aarhus, Copenhagen and Shanghai, and are known for their large building projects for culture. They presented a large scale projects such as hospitals, museums and libraries, mixed use tower, etc. Their work is typical „world scale“ projects in a big cities like Shanghai, Detroit, Achen... Their presentation was a good contrast in the architectural aproach compared to the Spanish architectural studio from Olot.

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Important to mention is architect Go Hasegava from Japan because eastern cultures have different architectural credo. Go Hasegawa is one of the most interesting Japanese architects of the younger generation. Since 2009 he has been visiting professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, the University of California (UCLA) and the Harvard University Postgraduate Study. He is the author of numerous project for individual housing and received a lot of prominent awards for his work. Throughout his career, Hasegawa has focused on the spatial dimensions, gravity, and time perceived by a person. He strives to expand the possibilities of architecture.

Oris's old guset, lecturer and moderator is Vedran Mimica.

He is current professor of architecture and urbanism at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. Vedran's lecture was about historial facts and social impact on urban design and architecture. He explores new ways to research and project new models of global urbanization. The presentation was in his authentic style - very imaginative and humorous.

Trip to Zagreb was very inspirational. Oris, same as each year brought a dozen of good and various style lectures. Hopefully it will be like this in the coming years.

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