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Void / Body / Breath / Care: Four Conversations on a Changing World Between Canada and Italy - CONVERSATION 1 (VOID)
CONVERSATION 1: VOID (VUOTO)

The ongoing global pandemic is forcing us to rethink the word VOID, that we all experienced with the lockdown and the social distancing - an empty space in our homes and cities, but also a feeling of unhappiness because someone or something is missing. Instead of filling the void, we'd like to explore the positive and generative possibilities of new forms of the empty space with Davide Pizzigoni, architect, scenographer and artist, author of The shape of the empty space, and Bruce Kuwabara, one of Canada’s leading architects, founding partner of KPMB Architects, in conversation with moderator Francesca Molteni.

Sep 23, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Bruce Kuwabara
Founding Partner @KPMB Architects
Bruce Kuwabara is one of Canada’s leading architects. His unwavering belief in the power of architecture to implement social change and maximize cultural, environmental and economic potential has earned him an Officer of the Order of Canada, the RAIC Gold Medal and the Ontario Association of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award. His exemplary projects include the LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. Recently completed works include the Remai Modern art gallery in Saskatoon, and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Davide Pizzigoni
Architect, Scenographer, Artist, Author
Davide Pizzigoni (Milan) attended university in Rome where he graduated in architecture. His first painting exhibition, presented by Alessandro Mendini, was held in 1986 in Milano. In 1987, he began a collaboration with Olivetti designing posters, covers and lithographies, which culminated in 1990 with the publishing of a drawing book about the cities of Arabian Nights. He has designed set and costumes for Die Frau Ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss (Zurich Opera House); the world premiere of Gesualdo by Alfred Schnittke (Staatsoper – Wien); L’Heure Espagnole by Maurice Ravel and the ballets Bolero and Dapnis et Chloè, to name a few. From 1995, the stage experience led him to begin his research about space, which turned into a real investigation about The shape of the empty space, based on ethical and philosophical thoughts, exploring the physical and metaphysical dimension of the empty space. Since 2008, Davide Pizzigoni has been working on the theme of invisibility.