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Tadao Ando: Potential of Architecture

Switzerland Section Directors Maureen Reinertsen and Lee Luxford write to inform members of a lecture by Tadao Ando in Basel for 16 December 2005. The lecture, in Japanese with translation into German, is free and open to the public. Attnedance wil earn at least one AIA/CES credits. Members with questions and interest about obtaining credits should please contact either Maureen or Lee by 10 December. The appropriate CES forms will be on hand the night of the event for those who request them in advance.

The architect will speak about his work, offering a glimpse into the background of his design process. Ando’s first building in Europe was the Conference Centre at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Tadao Ando Architect & Associates are currently working on the design for a building for the Novartis Campus scheduled to open in 2008.

The lecture takes place on Friday, 16 December 2005 at 18h00 in the Great Festival Hall of the Basel Trade Fair complex. The introduction will be made by City Council Member Barbara Schneider, Chairman of the Basel City Building Department. A reading from Werner Blaser’s book “Die Nähe des Fernen” completes the evening. Attendees will have an opportunity to buy a copy of the book signed by Tadao Ando.