Running time: 31 minutes
Emilio Ambasz was born in Argentina, but trained at Princeton University. From 1970 - 1976 he was Curator of Design at MoMA, New York, gaining great acclaim for his exhibition there "Italy, The New Domestic Architecture". Since 1976 he has run an architectural practice in New York and a design office in Bologna, Italy. He has gained many awards and honours, and his work has been widely published and exhibited. He has lectured at many universities. He is still much involved with the activities of MoMA, and from 1981 - 1985 he was President of the Architectural League in New York.
In his talk this prolific designer and inventor describes a number of his architectural projects and some of his graphic and industrial designs. Intrigued by the ceremonies and rituals of daily life, he sees architecture as a stage setting for this human activity and as a myth-making act to give poetic form to the pragmatic. Understandably he has been described as "a pragmatic visionary and a practical romantic" and as "a master of pure geometry and sculptured landscapes".
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