08 April 2011
Gaudi public lecture draws hundreds
Almost 700 people packed RMIT University's Storey Hall to hear Professor Mark Burry gave a public lecture, "Embedded with Gaudi".
Professor Mark Burry at the lectern. Photos: Mila Robles.
The lecture covered his three decades' experience of research and working on Antoni Gaudi's Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.
Professor Burry began the lecture with a short section of film displaying what the Pope saw as he entered the Sagrada Família for the official opening of the interior in November 2010.
He then went into a brief history of Gaudi's works, ranging from his first projects as a graduate architect, to his final masterpiece, the Sagrada Família.
Professor Burry then talked about the importance of advances in technology, with the introduction of the computer one the biggest turning points in the project's history.
New technologies held a great importance for the project and its future but were not always the answer, as there were still traditional methodologies of Gaudi's that were embraced on site today, he said.
The way in which Gaudi bridged fields such as art and photography, and design and mathematics, was still a living process for the team working on the project.
Professor Burry is the Executive Architect and Researcher to the Temple Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
He is an Australian Federation Fellow (Complex Architecture and Convergent Design) and Professor of Innovation (Spatial Information Architecture) at RMIT, the Director of the RMIT Design Research Institute and of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory.
The lecture was introduced by Dr Robin Batterham AO, a member of the External Advisory Panel of the RMIT Design Research Institute.
The lecture was followed by a Deep Practice Symposium event. Pictured at the symposium dinner at Melbourne Town Hall are Dr Terry Cutler, symposium co-convenor; Dr Megan Clark, keynote speaker and CEO of the CSIRO; RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, who also spoke; and Professor Mark Burry, co-convenor.