Learning From The Master #26 – Renzo Piano

“Perhaps the single most exceptional aspect of Renzo Piano’s production is the remarkable scope of the work, with buildings extending across a wide typological spectrum, constituting a great variety in terms of forms, material, and structure…

…Throughout his career, Piano has sought an architecture free of myths, save for the myth of primordial making; that is to say, the inborn, world-creating drive of the homo faber, which in Piano’s case has a peculiar significance, due to the maritime craft culture of the mediterranean from which his family stems.

The anti-academicism that is such a profound aspect in his character is pre-Renaissance in its fundamental spirit, which surely accounts for certain conflicting aspects of his professional career: on the one hand, his debt to Baconian empirical science, that is, to the Anglo-Saxon pragmatic tradition: on the other, his respect for Italian craft production, for il mestiere, the mastery that may be acquired only through apprenticeship.”

Placeform and produktform preface by Kenneth Frampton

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We will gather again for Learning From The Master series this month. We will discuss about Renzo Piano, Architect whom the laureate of 1998 Pritzker Prize.

Renzo Piano is perhaps best known for his controversial design of the Centre Georges Pompidou, located in the heart of Paris and completed in 1978. Conceived in collaboration with English architect, Richard Rogers and described by Piano as “a joyful urban machine … a creature that might have come from Jules Verne book,” Beaubourg, as it is called, has become a cultural icon, expressive of Piano’s love of technology.

Born in Genoa in 1937, Piano comes from a family of builders. Following his graduation from Milan Polytechnic Architecture School in 1964, he worked in his father’s construction company and later was associated with the offices of Louis Kahn in Philadelphia and Z.S. Mackowsky in London. He formed Renzo Piano Building Workshop in 1980, which now has offices in Paris, Genoa, an Berlin.

Renzo Piano’s architecture reflects that rare melding of art, architecture, and engineering in a truly remarkable synthesis, making his intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques as broad and far ranging as those earlier masters of his native land, Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo. While his work embraces the most current technology of this era, his roots are clearly in the classic Italian philosophy and tradition. Equally at ease with historical antecedents, as well as the latest technology, he is also intensely concerned with issues of habitability and sustainable architecture in a constantly changing world.

Di bulan ini, kami akan kembali mengadakan sesi Learning From The Master, Renzo Piano, arsitek yang menjadi penerima penghargaan Pritzker Prize ditahun 1998

Renzo Piano dikenal lekat dengan desain kontroversialnya yaitu Centre Georges Pompidou, terletak di tengah kota Paris yang selesai pada tahun 1978. Digagas dengan kolaborasinya bersama arsitek asal Inggris, Richard Rogers. Dideskripsikan oleh Piano sebagai “mesin urban yang penuh keriangan … sebuah kreasi yang mungkin datang dari buku Jules Verne,” Beaubourg, seperti itu sebutannya, telah menjadi ikon kebudayaan, ekspresi tentang kecintaan Piano terhadap teknologi.

Lahir di Genoa pada tahun 1937, Piano tumbuh di keluarga pembangun. Setelah lulus dari pendidikannya di Sekolah Arsitektur Politeknik Milan pada 1964, Ia bekerja di perusahaan konstruksi milik ayahnya yang kemudian menjadi rekanan kantor Louis Kahn di Philadelphia dan Z.S. Mackowsky di London. Ia membentuk Rezo Piano Building Workshop di tahun 1980, yang sekarang telah memiliki kantor di Paris, Genoa, dan Berlin.

Karya arsitektur Renzo Piano merefleksikan perpaduan yang jarang dari seni, arsitektur, dan keteknikan dalam sintesis yang sesungguhnya, membuat rasa keingintahuan dan teknik menyelesaikan masalah mencakup hal yang lebih luas seperti master terdahulu di tanah airnya, Leonardo da Vinci dan Michaelangelo. Di satu sisi karyanya mengimplementasikan teknologi paling baru di era ini, namun akar rumput nya secara jelas berdasar pada filosofi dan tradisi klasik Italia. Selarasnya pendekatan Renzo Piano terhadap sejarah leluhur dengan teknologi terkini, Ia juga peduli terhadap isu hunian dan arsitektur yang berkelanjutan di dunia yang selalu berubah.

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