The lecture series The Ordinary Daylight aims to draw attention to the quality of daylight – rather than the amount of light required by building codes and regulations that sometimes can overwhelmingly hijack conversations about natural daylight in contemporary buildings today. The lecture series does this through focusing on architects who work consciously and qualitatively with the effects of daylight in architecture. Each lecture being an opportunity to share work and ideas, providing an insight into approach and methodology while collectively providing an outline of various ways to explore and engage with daylight.
On Wednesday, January 8th architects Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores will do a lecture in the series. The lecture is called “The Discipline Of The Existing”. Flores & Prats is an architectural office dedicated to the confrontation of theory and academic practice with design and construction activity. They have worked in rehabilitation of old structures for new occupations, in the design of public spaces with neighbour’s participation, as well as in social housing and its capacity to create community. Their work has obtained among others the Grand Award in Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts of London for their Mills Museum in Mallorca, the City of Barcelona Prize and the Special Mention at the Spanish National Awards for the Sala Beckett International Drama Centre and the City of Palma Prize for the Cultural Centre Casal Balaguer. They have been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards 2005, 2015 and 2016, and exhibited at the last four editions of La Biennale di Venezia. Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores are professors of Design Studio at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, at the RMIT of Melbourne and Guest Professors at ETH Zurich.
Previous lecturers in the series include among others Stephen Bates, co-founder of Sergison Bates architects (UK); Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, founding partners of Pezo von Ellrichshausen (CHL); Johan Celsing; founding partner of Celsing architecture studio (SWE) and Hiroshi Sambuichi (JPN).
The lectures are a collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and Aarhus School of Architecture and kindly supported by VELUX Denmark. Lectures will be held at both schools and will be open to the public, so students, faculty, practice, as well as other interested parties, will be able to take advantage of the knowledge and experiences presented.