In this conference Léon Krier explains the importance of urbanity and the essential artistic elements that compose a traditional city. He begins by explaining how fossil fuels have affected the design of architecture in big cities and how they are an important element to consider when developing one. He also explains how cities have evolved through time depending on the situation and the needs each civilization has had. Krier expresses his thoughts about modern architecture and modern cities and urges to a more romantic style of building by stressing on the importance of traditional architecture and traditional development of cities. He shows how modern tendencies have modified urbanity and the essential social purposes of cities in today's societies. Finally, he states the relevance of architects and appeals to them in the transformation that will affect the way people live and interact with others in the future.
Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Auditorium Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala, October 18, 2010
Arte Cívico Arq. Maria Fernanda Sanchez y Arq. Pedro Pablo Godoy
A New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, October 2010 Camera: Mario Estrada, Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Mynor de León; index and synopsis: Sergio Bustamante; content reviser: Sofía Díaz; publication: Carlos Petz/Daphne Ortiz
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Léon Krier is architect and urban planner of modern traditional architecture. He studied at Universität Stuttgart, Germany. He was professor of Architecture and Town Planning at the Architectural Association and Royal College of Arts, London; professor of Architecture at Princeton University, and Jefferson Professor at University of Virginia. He was advisor of HRH The Prince of Wales in the design of Poundbury, England. He received the Athena Medal of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Driehaus Prize for Classical and Traditional Architecture, and the European Culture Prize, among others.