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The View from Villa Tugendhat and Architectural Structures

An exhibition by the Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology at the Czech Center New York, June 1st—9th, 2011. Exhibition opening: June 1 at 6pm.


An exhibition by the Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology at the Czech Center New York

June 1st—9th, 2011
at the Czech Cente New York at the Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

An exhibition opening will take place on Wednesday June 1st, 2011 at 6PM, followed by a panel discussion with the architects from 7PM.

“When the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was invited to Brno in 1928 by Fritz and Greta Tugendhat, he found impressive constructions at the recently opened Exhibition Grounds. His journey eventually led him to a steep meadow, where he built an elegant villa with a magnificent view of the city. Today, students of architecture continue to come from overseas, showing that van der Rohe’s connection to Brno lives on.”
Josef Chybik, Dean FA BUT

In the current atmosphere influenced by new digital and parametric technologies, the Brno School of Architecture continues to maintain a modern esprit based on the tradition of Czech Modern architecture, accurate geometry and sophisticated craftsmanship.

A complex collection of eighteen paper models of three-dimensional structures documents unique contemporary and historical buildings designed by renowned architects, both Czech and international. These models were made during the first year of studies at the Faculty of Architecture of the Brno University of Technology under the guidance of associate professor Jaroslav Drapal, author of the exhibited Tensegrity structure.  The polypropylene forms folded in the shape of pendant lights were constructed by students in the studio of associate professor Jiri Palacky.

The exhibition is accompanied by recent student projects characterized by their high quality and architectural purism, which reflect the present and peer into the future, such as the project on Living in Prague in 2050.

The exhibition will be opened by associate professor Iva Poslusna, and the following panel discussion will be chaired by associate professor Jiri Palacky. Academic sculptor Oldrich Rujbr is the exhibition's curator. Associate professor Maxmilian Wittmann is the exhibition manager.

Iva Poslusna is an architect, Vice-Dean for Education and Head of Department of Design I. In her pedagogic and research activities she focuses on the working of environmental issues, the social aspects of housing, and the typology of living in apartment houses, especially targeted at slab block and high-rise buildings.

Jaroslav Drapal is an architect and lecturer at the Department of Theory. In 2007 he was awarded for his life-work the Personality of Czech Architecture prize of the Grad Prix Society of Architects. Together with his wife Olga, they are authors of a number of architectural works and many interventions in historical and sacred sites. Among his works figure the installation of an exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that took place at the Brno House of Arts.

Jiri Palacky is an architect, Vice-Dean for External Relations and lecturer at the Department of Theory. A part of his education was received at the University of Brighton, School of Architecture and Design in Great Britain. He is co-author of several significant architectural works in Brno, two of which were awarded a prize in the award exhibition of the Grand Prix Society of Architects in 1998 and 2000.  In his pedagogic activities he develops structive modeling. He also deals with brownfield regeneration.

Oldrich Rujbr is an academic sculptor. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague where he studied under Otto Eckert. A part of his professional life has been devoted to lecturing at FA BUT. His lecturing style is characterized by his ability to guide students with the aim of having their projects be based on solid concepts connected to a story or event that goes along with the work. His extensive performance is presented not only in the Czech Republic, but also in international art galleries, museums, and private collections. His recent work, the clock mechanism located in Freedom Square in the Brno town center is certainly worth mentioning.

Maxmilian Wittmann is an architect and lecturer at the Department of Theory. His practical and theoretical work is targeted at urban environment formation in present-day towns. He is co-author or author of a number of publications dealing with the development and formation of the urban environment. He participates in urban research projects.

More information: www.fa.vutbr.czwww.fa.vutbr.cz/new-york