HORDEN, Richard

Micro Architecture

Date: Thursday 12 March 2009
Time: 00:00
Running time: 82 mins
Micro Architecture is essentially about intensifying the relationship between man and nature, using less mass, embodied energy and low-carbon emissions in architecture. These high-quality small well spaces offer new visions and opportunities for short-stay urban and natural settings.The lecture outlines the approach to low-carbon architecture and lifestyle developed by students at TU Munich under Hordens direction. It shows how they address urban, mountain, waterside, desert and Antarctic locations, using the maxim of touching the earth lightly. Richard Horden (AA Dip 1969) founded Horden Cherry Lee Architects (HCLA) in 1999 and Richard Horden Associates in 1986, after working at Foster Associates. Major HCLA projects include the Glasgow Millennium Tower and the Queens Stand at Epsom racecourse. He is Professor of Architecture and Product Design in TU Munich where he has worked on a programme of micro-architecture studies and has developed astronaut workstations with NASA. He is the author of Micro Architecture.

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