Video: Cecil Balmond’s Special Lecture at reSITE 2013

A couple of months ago we told you about reSITE Conference 2013, the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. During the conference, the reSITE dPAV Competition Workshop also took place. Led by Cecil Balmond, formerly of Arup Engineers and currently leading Balmond Studio in , and Tyson Hosmer, Lead Designer, , dPAV: 2.5 Days in Prague competition workshop was a 2.5 days intensive and collaborative investigation to compete to design the future reSITE pavilion to be used in urban design festivals around Central and Eastern Europe.

At the end of the workshop (whose results we will feature in the near future), Cecil Balmond gave a special lecture that we share with you entirely today. And don’t forget to check our own interview with Balmond during the workshop. Enjoy!

AD Interviews: Cecil Balmond at reSITE Conference

A few weeks ago, investors, business leaders, real estate developers, politicians, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, experts in transportation, innovation, engineers, economists, financiers, community organizers, scientists, artists, students and those with an active interest in urban development gathered in to attend the reSITE Conference. As part of the conference, Cecil Balmond– formerly of Arup Engineers and currently leading Balmond Studio in London — led a two-stage international design competition workshop to imagine the future mobile event pavilion. (Stay tuned, we’ll be posting these results soon!)

Our media partner sat down with Balmond and asked him a few questions relating to the design competition workshop. In the interview, Balmond speaks about his work with pavilions and their importance as catalysts not only for architecture, but also for the city at large. With the opportunity to experiement with materials and systems of assembly, pavilions have informed his work on larger structures. Hear what Balmond is focusing on in his research-based practice and find out more about his collaborative projects in the video.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 / Toyo Ito + Cecil Balmond + Arup

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Architects: Toyo Ito, Cecil Balmond, Arup
Location: Kensington Gardens, London, UK
Area: 309.76 sqm
Year: 2002
Photographs: Sylvain Deleu

Toyo Itorecipient of the Pritzker Prize 2013, along with Cecil Balmond and Arup were in charge of the design of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion back in 2002. What appeared to be an extremely complex random pattern was in fact derived from an algorithm of a cube that expanded as it rotated. The intersecting lines formed different triangles and trapezoids, whose transparency and translucency gave a sense of infinitely repeated motion.

You can see more images of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002 after the break. And don’t forget to check ArchDaily’s exclusive coverage of the 2013 Pritzker Prize.

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond

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Authors: Anish Kapoor & Cecil Balmond
Location: Olympics B+B, Omega Works, 4 Roach Rd, London, Greater London E3 2LX, UK
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 114.5 sqm
Photographs: Gautier Deblonde, Courtesy of ArcelorMittal

Star of Calendonia / Cecil Balmond and Charles Jencks

Courtesy of Balmond Studio

Cecil Balmond of Balmond Studio and Charles Jencks have developed the winning design, Star of Caledonia, for the border crossing between England and Scotland at .  Aiming for a 2014 completion date (just in time for the Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow) the design of this contemporary landmark sculpture will draw inspiration from Scotland’s scientific heritage and will feature a series of S-curves marking the cross of St. Andrew.

Nebula / Cecil Balmond

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Architects: Balmond Studio – Cecil Balmond
Location: Milan, Italy
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Germano Borrelli, Nicola Vascellari

IN-SITE / Cecil Balmond: Exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura

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IN-SITE brings Cecil Balmond’s workshop to life. Featuring never-before seen material, the show covers Balmond’s work and collaborations, featuring over 100 original sketches and models. Included are Weave bridge for University of Pennsylvania (2010), the Pedro e Ines footbridge in Coimbra (2006), art installations, such as H_edge and Danzer, and Orbit, the 120m high sculpture designed with for ’s 2012 Olympics.

IN-SITE is scheduled to tour other galleries worldwide this autumn and is currently on show at the Casa da Arquitectura as part of Porto’s Open Source architectural event. The exhibition will continue until September 10. Some images after the break.