The Jerusalem Seminar in Architecture
Previous Conferences // 2000: Reinventing Space // Speakers
11 - 14 June 2000

Bernard Tschumi

'Form follows fiction' is one example of Bernard Tschumi's rules of 'architectonic notation' that have made him an internationally influential theorist. He has applied his theories to the problems of cultural and educational institutions, with his approach evident in his successful proposal for the project that catapulted him to prominence, the Parc de la Villette in Paris (1998). The 125-acre site of dramatic buildings, walkways, bridges, and gardens draws eight million visitors a year. This project catalyzed the creation of Bernard Tschumi Architects whose major projects include Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts (1997); Lerner Hall Student Center at Columbia University (1999); the Marne La Vallee School of Architecture (1999); and Interface Flon, a transportation station and pedestrian bridge in Lausanne (2000 --projected). Born and trained in Switzerland, Tschumi has taught at the Architectural Association, Cooper Union, and Princeton University. Since 1988 he has been Dean of the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Tschumi has garnered numerous awards, among them the Legion d'Honneur (1986), the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (1998), the French Grand Prix National d'Architecture (1996), the British Royal Victoria Medal (1994), and the American Architecture Award (1999). His four books are in great demand.
Bernard Tschumi

Image: Lerner Student Center, Columbia University, New York, USA
Photo: Peter Mauss/EST

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