Architecture Lecture: Christophe Hutin
October 23, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Loranger Architecture Building
As part of the School of Architecture's 2013-14 lecture series, a presentation will be given by Christophe Hutin of Christophe Hutin Architecture in Bordeaux, France. He will address the question of whether sustainable development can consist of making sustainable what preexists.
Hutin's work spans the intersection of small-scale private residences, government and cultural buildings and the rethinking of lodging in the urban context. Most notable is his firm's re-imagining of 50,000 housing units into a more sustainable Bordeaux. Prior to his training, Hutin spent time in Soweto, South Africa. In 2008, he returned to Johannesburg to establish the first European Union National Institute of Culture Studio, addressing improvements to the typology of public housing blocks. In that same year he was selected for Ordos 100, a development of 100 villas in Inner Mongolia designed by 100 architects under the planning efforts of Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.
Hutin will spend the week working with UDM students in the 2013 Detroit Collaborative Design Center Studio and The Alley Project (TAP) based in southwest Detroit, to create an installation responsive to the community needs at the intersection of Avis and Elsmere Streets. This event is made possible by the generous support of the French Consulate of Chicago.