Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to architecture is significant: his thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Australia’s national capital, home to the most ambitious and most successful example of twentieth century urban planning in Australia.
The architect’s distinct and highly personal design character is expressed through his use of unusual sculptural shapes and angles, cantilevered planes of roof and deck, and concrete. Italian-born and trained, Taglietti featured in the Museum of Modern Art 1979 exhibition, Transformations in Modern Architecture. He completed his architectural studies at the Milan Polytechnic, studying under such luminaries as Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Bruno Zevi and Pier Luigi Nervi. In March 2007 Taglietti was awarded Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize—the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture.
This anticipated symposium is an opportunity to consolidate research and knowledge to assess the significance of Taglietti’s work and better understand its value for the future. Symposium speakers include international and national architects and designers, architectural historians and scholars, and some of the many people who have been touched by Taglietti's designs - school children, designer-makers, home owners and more.
The symposium is part of a series of dedicated festival events which will feature the work, poetics, personal style and contribution of Taglietti (now aged 92), as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival. Now in its fifth year, DESIGN Canberra is a festival with a regional and global focus which is a critical and collaborative forum for contemporary, relevant, experimental and authentic design. Last year the festival’s program of events, exhibitions, activations, installations, tours and talks attracted a record 94,000 people. The festival is the primary outreach program of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not for profit community organisation which for nearly 50 years has supported designers, makers, crafts people and artists at every stage of their careers.
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Pl E, Parkes, Canberra ACT 2600