Virtual Talk
Bordeaux: Laboratory of Architecture


Tuesday, April 20, 2021
6:30pm ET
In English • LIVE on Zoom

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and Fabrizio Gallanti, director of arc en rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, will explore the idea of “city” through this tour of Bordeaux’s past and present.

For centuries, Bordeaux has been a city where architecture and urban planning have reinvented how citizens live together. A UNESCO World Heritage site, its majestic neoclassical buildings, airy squares, marvelous garden make Bordeaux one of the most famous European cities for its architecture.

More recently this legacy can be seen in the reclamation and redevelopment of industrial neighborhoods along the Garonne River bank. While Rem Koolhaas’s OMA firm is collaborating on a state-of-the-art transportation and urban housing masterplan, the city is more and more addressing issues of climate change and spatial equality.

40 minutes with Q&A

Barry Bergdoll

Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the former Chief Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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    • A specialist in the history of modern architecture with a particular emphasis on 19th century France, he curated numerous exhibitions at MoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Musée d’Orsay, and other venues, including Le Pantheon: Symbole des Revolutions (1989), Les Vaudoyer: une dynasite architecturale (1991), Mies In Berlin (2001), Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009-2010), Rising Currents : Projects for New York’s Waterfront (2010), Latin America in Construction : Architecture 1955-1980 (2015) and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 : Unpacking the Archive (2017).

      He is the author most recently of Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions (2017 ; with Jonathan Massey), and many other publications including European Architecture 1750-1890 (2000).

      A former President of the Society of Architectural Historians, Bergdoll is the President of the Board of the Center for Architecture, New York.

Fabrizio Gallanti

Fabrizio Gallanti is the director of arc en rêve centre d’architecture, in Bordeaux.

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    • He holds a PhD in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (2001) and a M.Arch from the University of Genoa (1995). He was the first Senior Mellon Fellow at Princeton University in 2014. Since 2014 he is a visiting professor at the Architectural Association, London within the Master in History and Critical Thinking.

      In 2003, together with Francisca Insulza, Gallanti founded the Montréal-based architectural research studio FIG Projects (2003-present), which curated international exhibitions, such as “The World in our Eyes” for the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and edited journals such as Harvard Design Magazine “No Sweat’ in 2018.