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Festival of Ideas 2013: Library Landscape Workshop and Architectural Projections

When Oct 29, 2013 10:00 AM to
Oct 31, 2013 08:30 PM
Where Department of Architecture
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The Department of Architecture invites you to two free, public events that will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Festival of Ideas; The Library Landscape Workshop, and Architectural Projections.

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(Wednesday 30 October and Thursday 31 October)

Following on from the success of the first Architectural Projections event earlier this year, the Department of Architecture is delighted to invite you to attend two free film screenings in the department. The films will be shown in the recently listed Brutalist extension to Scroope Terrace, which was opened in 1959 by Le Corbusier and Henry Moore. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion that will explore the architectural issues relevant to each film, including urban design, the environment, and social & political concerns. The discussions will be led by members of the Department, and include leading academics and architects.

Additionally, there will be an exhibition of students work. ArcSoc will be curating an exhibition showcasing current Part II tripos work. This includes an in depth study of sixteen Florentine Palazzos dating from the renaissance to twentieth century, an opportunity for the audience to critique and engage with abstract spatial analysis and mapping by students working in Bow, east London + the merchant town of Stamford.

Architectural Projections is free to attend, and open to all. Free drinks and snacks will be provided. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so come along early!

Urbanized (Wednesday 30 October, 18:00)

Director: Gary Hustwit. United States 2011. 85 mins. Doors open at 17:30.

Over half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. This documentary explores the design of cities and the way they shape our lives, and features Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, and Oscar Niemeyer.

+ Panel discussion led by Dr. Ying Jin (University Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture University of Cambridge) with Di Haigh (Director, Allies and Morrison), David Levitt (Former Director & Co-Founder, Levitt Bernstein), and Jonathan Rose (Principal, AECOM).

Good Bye Lenin! (Thursday 31 October, 18:00)

Director: Wolfgang Becker. Germany 2003. 121 mins. Doors open at 17:30.

To protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany has disappeared.

+ Panel discussion led by Dr. Maximilian Sternberg (University Lecturer, Dept. of Architecture at University of Cambridge) with Dr. Camillo Boano (Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit at UCL), Dr. Henriette Steiner (Research Associate, ETH CASE at ETH Zurich), and Prof. Andrew Webber (Head of Dept., Dept. of German and Comparative Culture at University of Cambridge).

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(Tuesday 29 October)

We are delighted to invite members of the public to a day-long design workshop on Tuesday 29 October. The day will run from 10 until 5 and will be punctuated by a series of informal discussions and breaks with snacks provided.

The workshop is centred around the design brief for the Cambridge University Library Landscape competition. Participants will work individually or in small groups and be guided through a series of design techniques, drawing and modelling skills that are commonly used in studio teaching in the Department. Work will be posted on the competition website and samples will be exhibited alongside the full entries at the end of the competition.

No previous design experience is required and the workshop is open to all. There are 15 places available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact the team at to request a place. Further details are available at