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The sensitive architecture of Odile Decq and Benedetta Tagliabue at Cersaie 2021

August 2021

Two internationally acclaimed female architects will speak a conference entitled “Sensitive Architecture”, due to be held as part of Cersaie’s “Building, dwelling, thinking” cultural programme.

Odile Decq is a French architect and urban planner who rose to international fame in 1990 with her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France. Since then she has maintained her combative approach while diversifying and radicalising her research. Receiving the Golden Lion for Architecture at the Venice Biennale in 1996 gave an extraordinary early boost to her career. Odile Decq’s work is more than just a style, attitude or process, it is a complete universe spanning urban planning, architecture, design and art.

Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for over 25 years and has held guest professorships at a number of prestigious universities, including Bartlett University in London and Columbia University in New York.

Benedetta Tagliabue graduated in architecture from the IUAV University in Venice and is the director of the international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, with branches in Barcelona, Shanghai and Paris.

Some of her most important projects include the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, Diagonal Mar Park, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, the Campus Universitario de Vigo and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which won the prestigious RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” award.

She has received numerous international awards, including the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005 and the RIBA Jencks Award 2013.

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