Firouz Firouz Speech

Iranian Architect and Artist Reflects on the Role of the Villa in Contemporary Architecture and Design

Firouz Firouz Iranian Architect & Artist

On the occasion of the Launch of the Villa Magazine "Italian Villas Issue"

 

 

November 15, 2023

Firouz Firouz on the Future of the Villa and Environmental Sustainability

Brief:
Firouz Firouz, a prominent Iranian architect and artist, spoke at the launch event of the Villa Magazine's special issue on Italian Villas. Firouz discussed the history and significance of the Villa, highlighting the work of Italian architect Vittorio Giorgini and his innovative approach to integrating architecture with nature. He also addressed the environmental crisis and the need for a new economic order to address the issue.

 

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Body News:
Firouz Firouz, an Iranian architect and artist, was invited to speak at the launch event of the Villa Magazine's special issue on Italian Villas. He began by thanking the ambassador and expressing his pleasure to be in the beautiful garden, which he noted was itself a Villa, known in Iran as a "kushk".

Firouz emphasized the international significance of the Villa, noting its origins in Latin and its presence in Japan, Europe, and Egypt.

Firouz then discussed the experimental nature of the Villa, highlighting the work of Italian architect Vittorio Giorgini and his innovative approach to integrating architecture with nature. He noted Giorgini's creation of the "Whale" house in Barati, Italy, as one of the most important Villas he had experienced due to its organic relationship with nature.

Firouz also addressed the environmental crisis and the role of the Villa in contemporary architecture and design. He questioned whether the Villa was more important as an experimental tool for architecture or if it was time to prioritize the environment and the landscape. Firouz quoted Slavoj Žižek, a philosopher and economist, who emphasized the need for a new economic order to address the ecological crisis.

Firouz concluded his speech by emphasizing the importance of addressing the environmental crisis and the need for a new economic order to change the way we produce and relate to the objects of our production. The Villa Magazine's special issue on Italian Villas, titled "Contemporary Villas in Italy, Discovering the Origins", is now available and features a discussion on the state of 27 Italian contemporary villas designed by 14 Italian architects and architectural studies.

The launch event was a success, bringing together architects, diplomats, and guests to celebrate the collaboration between Italy and Iran in the field of architecture and design.

 

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