Frei Otto Spanning the Future
Date(s) - 21/09/2016
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6/F Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road East
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The documentary celebrates the life and work of one of the 20th Century’s most influential architects, Frei Otto.
As an architect and engineer, he was widely recognized for his original, creative thinking and highly sought after, to collaborate on projects with complex architectural and structural challenges. Frei Otto, along with Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, was a visionary whose approach to form finding is the foundation for modern architecture.
His influence, however, is far greater than the imaginative spaces and constructions he produced. In awarding Frei Otto the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2015, the Jury noted not only his pioneering work in the field of lightweight structures and advanced ideas of sustainability, but also his contribution to the collective knowledge of architecture.
“Mr. Otto practiced a holistic and collaborative approach to architecture, working with environmentalists, biologists, engineers, philosophers, historians, naturalists, artists, and other architects … Frei Otto was a utopian who never stopped believing that architecture can make a better world for all.”
BuroHappold Engineering’s Nick Greenwood, Partner and Asia Regional Director will provide a short introduction, as Frei Otto was instrumental in helping BuroHappold with its first “proper job” in 1976. Now celebrating their 40th Year, BuroHappold’s Chairman, Mike Cook, describes Frei as, “…one of the most outstanding, creative minds working in our field in the past hundred years. Bridging the world of architect and engineer he defined a new way of creating space underpinned by the belief that natural forms give us the best answers.”
Simon Chiu the film’s Executive Producer will be present for questions.
We look forward to welcoming you to the event, to learn and be inspired by the story of a key figure in Architecture and Engineering of the last century.
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