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Hybrid Architecture: object-landscape-infrastructure

Subject: Architecture and Landscape
Speaker: Rita Pinto de Freitas
Date: Jan 15, 2015 At 18:00
City: Beirut
Address: The Library, IBA 2, Furn El Shebbak, Beirut, Lebanon

The second branch of the Department of Architecture at the Lebanese University cordially invites you to a lecture by Rita Pinto de Freitas on Thursday 15th of January, 2015, at 18:00, at the library:

Hybrid Architecture: object-landscape-infrastructure


Contemporary architecture and urban development requires a complex architectural and interdisciplinary approach to an architecture that becomes inseparable from its infrastructural conception and from its role in the configuration of land(city)scape.

Hybrid architecture conceived as architecture that is simultaneously object, landscape and infrastructure reveals the responsibility and ability of architecture in the configuration of the common space.

Hybrid architecture is conscious of its unavoidable incidence in the physical reality, beyond the limits of its area of intervention, and maximizes its commitment with it, assuming all its potential of urban transformation and reconfiguration of the land(city)scape.


Rita Pinto de Freitas is graduated architect, Master in “Large Scale Architecture” and PhD from the School of Architecture of Barcelona.

Her activity integrates research, teaching activity and professional practice.

Teaches since 1999 in the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) where has been Vice- dean, Chair in Architectural Design and PhD supervisor, and is currently guest professor at the Lebanese American University.

Has coordinated international workshops and has been guest professor or invited juror in several international universities: École d'Architecture de l'Université de Montreal, Departement Architektur Eidgenösische Technischen Hochschule Zürich, Fakultät für Architektur Technische Universität München, School of Architecture of Washington University in St. Louis, Faculdade de Arquitectura do Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie in Sao Paulo, Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Diego Portales in México.

Has her own practice in Barcelona, with a wide experience in the scale of design that links architecture with the configuration of the city/ territory.

Develops her activity often as a member of multidisciplinary teams, working on public projects and taking part in international competitions

Is co-author, with Eduard Bru, of the book “Coming from the south”.

Takes part in international conferences and symposiums, and the most significant publications and journal articles conceive architecture, landscape and infrastructure as inseparable realities. Has hold lectures in several universities abroad: Aalto University, Southeast University, Nanjing, China; National University of Singapore; Tongji University; Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, México…

Rita Pinto de Freitas is a member of the research group Cercle from the Technical University of Catalonia and realised research stays in the School of Architecture of Princeton University, in the Fakultät für Architektur der Technische Universität München and in Tongji University, Shanghai.


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