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Jeffrey Cook Trust Memorial Lecture: HEALING

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  • Event Date: Jan 23, 2024 06:30pm - 08:30pm
  • Registration Opens: Jan 12, 2024 12:00pm
  • Registration Closes: Jan 23, 2024 06:00pm

Join Vietnam-based architect Võ Trọng Nghĩa as he discusses the ways in which designers can contribute to healing the Earth, from increased mindfulness to the many sustainable practices he employs in his own work. This lecture will touch upon his use of bioclimatic materials and collaboration with local skilled labourers to merge traditional Vietnamese construction techniques with contemporary design. He will also expound on the value of meditation as an effective modern design tool. Võ spent years meditating intensively at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery in Myanmar, then using the knowledge and experience he developed there to contribute to social and environmental wellness through his architectural projects.

A graduate of the University of Tokyo and of Waseda University, architect Võ Trọng Nghĩa established his eponymous practice, Hanoi-based VTN Architects, in 2006. Celebrated for infusing his work with lushly planted walls, hanging vines, structure-piercing trees, weathered stones and sunken landscapes, he incorporates traditional Vietnamese building techniques, such as complex bamboo trusses, perforated blocks, cooling water systems, shaded terraces and thatched roofs, into his uniquely innovative designs. In 2014, the World Economic Forum selected Võ as a Young Global Leader, and he was named Architect of the Year by Dezeen in 2019.

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

1 Spadina Crescent DA170 (Main Hall) Toronto, ON M5S 2J5

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This event is part of the Daniels Faculty's Winter 2024 Public Program.