Cascieri 20: Brendan MacFarlane

Stories | Histoires

The Orange Cube

The Orange Cube

Photo by Roland Halbe; Roland Halbe

  • 03/29/2012

  • 7 PM  - 9 PM

  • Cascieri Hall
    320 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA


  • Lectures

"Stories are often an aspect that remains untold or hidden behind our projects; yet we feel that they are the reason that gives depth to certain projects, going beyond just what we see. They are often the very motor to projects." - Brendan MacFarlane.

In this lecture, Brendan will share and explain these stories behind his work, how they have developed and given form and meaning.

Brendan MacFarlane was born in New Zealand, and received his B.Arch degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and his M.Arch degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has held teaching positions at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, and at SCI-Arc.

Jakob+MacFarlane is an architectural firm based in Paris, France. Its work explores digital technology both as a conceptual consideration and as a means of fabrication, using new materials as a possibility to create a more flexible, responsive and immediate environment.

Projects include the Restaurant Georges at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; the reconstruction of the Theatre of Pont-Audemer, France; the Florence Loewy Books by Artists Bookshop; the Communication Center for Renault; the Fondation Ricard. The Docks of Paris project includes a fashion and design center, three buildings for the 100 Apartments project in Paris and The Orange Cube, Cardinal Headquarters and RBC Showroom in Lyon.

Current projects include the Euronews Headquarters in Lyon, the new FRAC Architecture Exhibition Center in Orléans, a Dance and Music Conservatory in Noisy-le-Sec and the High school of Art and Communication of Pau.

Jakob + MacFarlane projects have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2003), SFMOMA (San Francisco, 2004), the Museum of Architecture (Moscow, 2000), Artists Space (New York, 2003), Carnegie Melon (USA, 2001), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), at the MOCA in LA (Skin+Bones exhibition), the Pompidou Center, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris), and at the Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Exhibitions and Conferences (1999, 2001, 2003) and a personal exhibition at the FRAC of Orléans in 2005. Jakob + MacFarlane were among the architects selected by France for the 2002 Venice Architecture Biennale, and in the International 2004 selection as well as 2008.