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Sketches for the Future Exhibition : Moscow Architectural Biennale

2nd Architectural Biennale Moscow Exhibition : Architecture Information

26 May 2010

Sketches for the Future

Architekturbiennale 2010 : Skizzen für die Zukunft – Werner Sobek und das ILEK

26 May – 8 Jun 2010

Prof. Sobek:
Sketches for the Future - Werner Sobek
photo : Christoph Reichelt, Dresden

Prof. Werner Sobek and his office in the framework of the 2nd Architectural Biennale in Moscow.

The exhibition “Sketches for the Future” will be shown from 26.05.-8.06.2010, and following an invitation by the Goethe Institute Prof. Sobek will also be a keynote lecturer at a conference on sustainable architecture taking place on the occasion of this exhibition.

Sketches for the future – Werner Sobek and the ILEK

Exhibition and panel discussion at the Moscow Architecture Biennale 2010

The Goethe-Institut Moscow, the Werner Sobek office and the ILEK (Institute for Lightweight Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart) are showing the exhibition “Sketches for the Future: Werner Sobek and the ILEK” as part of the Moscow Architecture Biennale 2010. The exhibition is dedicated to the interface between architecture and construction, which is increasingly coming to the fore in architectural design. With his diverse activities, Werner Sobek is one of the most important protagonists in this field internationally. As a “researching, designing and constructing engineer” Werner Sobek – in collaboration with well-known architects – appeared in the creation of often spectacular concepts as well as an architect with independent projects and well-regarded buildings. He teaches as head of the ILEK in Stuttgart and is Mies van der Rohe professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The exhibition presents numerous photos, plans, research objects as well as a number of unusual research objects from the ILEK in Stuttgart as well as models of realized buildings from the Werner Sobek office. The work is divided into four large thematic blocks: “Transmission Adaptivity” – “Material Creativity” – “Production Optimization” – “System Minimization”. The exhibition outlines the current state of civil engineering in practice, teaching and research through didactically prepared and visualized topics.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. At the end of the exhibition, Werner Sobek and the Russian architect Sergei Tchoban will speak on June 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the large auditorium of the Polytechnic Museum on the question “How will we live in the future?”. This panel discussion marks the start of the large-scale series of discussions “The Present of the Future”, which will bring together a high-ranking German and a Russian representative for a discussion on specific questions of the future.

Werner Sobek stands for engineering, design and sustainability worldwide. His group of companies has branches in Stuttgart, Dubai, Frankfurt, Cairo, Moscow and New York. The work of the office is characterized by high-class design based on outstanding engineering and sophisticated concepts to minimize energy and material consumption. The company, founded in 1992 with more than 200 employees, processes all types of structures and materials. The main focus is on lightweight construction, high-rise construction, facade planning, special constructions in steel, glass, titanium, fabric and wood as well as the planning of sustainable buildings.

The Institute for Lightweight Design and Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, headed by Werner Sobek, combines research and teaching into the areas of design and design that are dominant in architecture with the areas of analysis and construction as well as materials science that are at the heart of civil engineering. On the basis of a goal-oriented and interdisciplinary approach, the institute deals with the conceptual and cross-material development of all types of construction methods and supporting structures. The range of work areas spans from building with textiles and glass to new structures in reinforced and prestressed concrete. From the individual detail to the entire structure, it is about the optimization of form and construction with regard to material and energy consumption, durability and reliability, recyclability and environmental compatibility.

Exhibition “Sketches for the Future – Werner Sobek and the ILEK”; Date: May 26 – June 8th, 2010 (Vernissage: May 26th, 2010, 4:00 pm) Location: “Dom Khudozhnika”, Krymslij wal 10, 119049 Moscow

Lecture by Prof. Werner Sobek on “Architecture and Ecology”; Date: May 27, 2010, 10:30; Location: “Peter and Paul Cathedral”, Starosadsky Pereulok, 7/10, Moscow

Panel discussion “How will we live in the future” with Werner Sobek and Sergei Tchoban; Date: 8.6.2010, 19:00; Location: Polytechnic Museum, Novaya Ploshad 3-4, Moscow

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