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Spectacular Architecture Forum Cevisama 2020

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Natucer would like to congratulate Cevisama for organizing this spectacular architecture forum scheduled for its next edition in 2020.

The international ceramic and bathroom fair closes a stellar programme for its Architecture and Design Forum, which will be held as part of its next edition, from 3 to 7 February at Feria Valencia.

Rarely has it been possible to bring together so many names and so many illustrious people in the same programme. The Cevisama 2020 Architecture and Design Forum will have a stellar panel, with the participation in its cycle of conferences of professionals who are authentic international references, among them two Pritzker Prizes: the American Thom Mayne and the Catalan studio RCR Arquitectes, but also the renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the award-winning Barozzi/Veiga team, and three other leading names in contemporary architecture: Antón García-Abril, Belinda Tato and Benedetta Tagliabue.

Cevisama, the international trade fair for ceramics, natural stone and bathroom equipment organised every year by Feria Valencia, is once again making a qualitative leap forward in its content programme, complementing the best commercial offer in an edition that is scheduled to take place historically from 3 to 7 February. As part of this programme, the cycle of conferences will concentrate on the 4th and 5th and will once again be curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano.

The first of the sessions will open with Antón García-Abril (Madrid, 1969), RIBA Charles Jencks Award 2019, founder of Ensamble Estudio. Doctor of Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM) and Professor at the School of Architecture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), García-Abril has put his stamp on works such as C'an Terra, a lyrical and unusual intervention in an old quarry in Menorca, the headquarters of the SGAE in Santiago de Compostela or the Casa del Lector in Matadero Madrid.

It will be followed by Benedetta Tagliabue (Milan, 1963), director of Miralles Tagliabue EMTB. RIBA Award 2013, Tagliabue counts among its projects with works such as the Parliament of Edinburgh, the Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona, the Spanish Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Kálida Sant Pau Centre in Barcelona, the first realization in Spain of the exemplary Maggie's Centres for cancer patients.

This first session will be closed by Bjarke Ingels (Copenhagen, 1974), leader of the influential Danish office BIG and author of projects such as the Lego headquarters in Billund or the bridge-museum "The Twist" on the outskirts of Oslo. Ingels, with offices in Copenhagen and New York, has been named innovative architect of the year in 2011 by the Wall Street Journal and is listed in Time magazine's 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The second session, on February 5, will bring to Valencia the Barozzi/Veiga team, an award-winning study that has received among others the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015 by the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland. Founded by Frabizio Barozzi (Rovereto, 1976) and Alberto Veiga (Santiago de Compostela, 1973), whose last great international work has been the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts of Lausanne.

Then Belinda Tato (Madrid, 1971), founder together with José Luis Vallejo of the Estudio Ecosistema Urbano, will share in Cevisama projects such as the coastal remodelling Open Shore, near Miami. Tato is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has directed works in Norway, Spain, Italy, USA, Ecuador, Mexico, Bahrain and China.

For his part, the renowned and charismatic Thom Mayne (Waterbury, 1944) will fill the Valencian auditorium to talk about some of his most recent works. Mayne, Pritzker 2005 and AIA Gold Medal (American Institute of Architects) founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective of architecture, urbanism and design based on rigorous research and innovation; that same year she helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture and since then has taught at Columbia, Yale, Harvard, the Berlage, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and UCLA a.UD. (Architecture Graduate Students Association).

To crown it all, the Pritzker (2017) RCR Arquitectes winners will bring to Cevisama their architecture, as radical in its language as it is anchored to the place and committed to nature. The studio founded by Rafael Aranda (1961), Carme Pigem (1962) and Ramón Vilalta (1960) is the architect of such singular works as the Tosca Stone Park or the Horizon House in Catalonia and the Soulages Museum in Rodez (France).

"We are very proud of this program. It is probably one of the best architectural forums to be seen at a fair, and we are sure that we will turn Cevisama into the international capital of architecture to reinforce ourselves as an unavoidable appointment for prescribers from all over the world", states the president of Cevisama, Manuel Rubert. All presentations are free of charge prior registration until full capacity and will be held at the Events Center of Feria Valencia. All information and timetables will be available at www.cevisama.com.

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