In architecture, a conference is one of the primordial ways of sharing knowledge. Critical Distance allows precisely that space, establishing a close proximity and dialogue between public and speakers. The guests are acclaimed architecture thinkers, with a consistent and singular career, recognised by critics. These cycles of conferences, made in partnership with Centro Cultural de Belém, aim to widen the field of reflection in generational and typological terms, including emergent authors and ways of designing beyond conventional programs.
Even though we privilege those who work in the realm of the so called “real” architecture, in this 3rd cycle of conferences we have opened our field to those who operate in the “fictional” realm, in the cinema field or through essays on high-tech that open new radical ways for the human habitat in extreme conditions.
Sergison Bates – Critical Distance Cycle
Established in 1996, by Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates, this studio has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s leading practices for projects ranging from urban planning to regeneration, public buildings and housing. Based in London, they are international in outlook and staff composition, and in 2010 a second office was opened in Zurich.
Their projects are informed by a sensitive approach to place, the experiential potential of materials and construction and a concern for the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability.
They aspire to create a design-led architecture that is contemporary and rooted in its context and are committed to a research-based approach supported by the partners’ academic work. The practice has won numerous national and international awards – among them the Erich Schelling Prize and Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal.
Speaker: Stephen Bates
Moderated by Cristina Veríssimo
Architect with a Harvard University Masters (2000-2002). Founded the studio CVDB with Diogo Burnay in 1998. Teacher at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada), since 2012.