For Didier Faustino, the process of the architect, artist, or designer must preserve an engagement with political, social, and cultural issues. Since founding his Bureau des Mésarchitectures in 2002, Faustino has developed an expressive multidisciplinary practice in art and architecture that highlights the complex relationship between the body and the spaces it inhabits. By challenging the boundaries of these spaces, his work explores the precarious equilibrium between public and private space, publicity and intimacy. His lecture will feature ten projects chosen to make explicit the issues on which he focuses in his practice; these projects include his “under construction” building in Mexico and the project Alumnos 47, with which he will explain his method of “building intimacy.” Faustino’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions and has received several prizes, including the Académie d’Architecture’s Dejean prize for lifetime achievement in 2010. He currently divides his time among architecture (in Spain, Mexico City, Portugal), art (with exhibitions in Grenoble, London, and Rome), and teaching (AA School, Diploma Unit 2); and he is also editor-in-chief of the French architecture and design magazine CREE.
Supported by the Rouse Visiting Artist Program and Copresented by Harvard Graduate School of Design and the French Cultural Center
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