ArtCast featuring architect Urs Primas

In todays edition, lasting about 20 minutes, you'll hear the conversation of Barbara with architect Urs Primas of urbjects. She met him at the vernissage of the Eidgenössischer Wettbewerb für Kunst (swiss art award) and they talked about his submission for the competition in the architecture section, which revolves all around highspeed trains in europe. That's some background about him:

Because of their awardwinning competition project „Underground“, the architects Martijn van den Ban (NL), Valéry Didelon (F), Christelle Gualdi (F), Urs Primas (CH) and Ed Ravensbergen (NL) were invited to join the Dutch exhibition „Groepsportretten 2000“. Together, they started „Le Zoom“, a label for urban projects. Le Zoom organized two exhibitions about questions of urban development, „Imagine Den Bosch“ and „Hilverzoom 2030“. In the Dutch architecture boom of the late nineties, young architects were expected to create fast, fresh and funny projects. A critical attitude had become utterly unfashionable. “Does that mean that we have to quit worrying, quit thinking altogether?” Le Zoom asked itself. Would this not be the ideal moment for a critique of the seductive image, similar to the one attempted in advertisement by Oliviero Toscani’s work for Benetton? 2002 was the end of Le Zoom - at least for the time being. Valéry Didelon and Christelle Gualdi left the Netherlands and returned to France. „Boba Fett“, a competition project designed by Urs Primas together with colleagues from Bosch Architects in Amsterdam proposed new concepts for housing in Switzerland and caused a bit of a stir in Zurich. Together with Proplaning AG and the general services contractor Batigroup AG, Urs won a competition for the renovation of a housing estate - „Three is a Crowd“- and returned to Zurich to create UP in the beginning of 2003. UP is an architecture firm: they design housing buildings, schools, offices or interiors. Their starting point is often an opinionated interpretation of the program – as for example with the project „Svalutation“ where they designed, together with Jens Studer, special apartments for the ageing generation of 1968. Another field of activity are urban studies, plans and scenarios like for example „Agglo Agro“, a project dealing with the future of agricultural areas in Switzerland. For this kind of assignment in the fringe area of communication and urban planning they tie in with the methods developed by Le Zoom and try to put them to use for their client.

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Barbara Strebel studierte Kulturanthropologie und Kunstgeschichte an der Universität von Michigan Ann Arbor; Ausbildung in Audiovisueller Gestaltung an der (damals) Kunstgewerbeschule Basel; initiierte und organisierte Plattformen und Events rund um die Themen Internet, Netzkultur, Netzkunst (Basler Knoten des Netzwerkes "the thing", des 1. öffentlichen Internetproviders; Mitorganisatorin von "comm-x-change.ch": Offenes Forum für analoge und digitale Kommunikation im Haus der Wirtschaft, ehem. Börse - jetzt baz); Konzept und Umsetzung des internationalen Architektursymposiums "A2B" im Rahmen der SwissBau 2001; Konzept / Organisation Orbit/Comdex-Kongress 2000/2002 in Basel

Patrik Tschudin Redaktor / Moderator bei Schweizer Radio DRS2 im Team der Sendung DRS2aktuell, seit Anfang der 90er Jahre journalistische und praktische Auseinandersetzung mit technischen, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Implikationen des Netzes. Mitglied radiolab.ch

Hannes Gassert arbeitet als CTO bei mediagonal.

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