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OCADU Faculty of Design Speaker Series continues

with Kim Herforth Nielsen


(Toronto — October 25, 2010) OCAD University’s Faculty of Design Speaker Series continues on Friday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. with the talk “How Architecture Shapes Behaviour” by architect Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN Architects, Denmark.

Architect MAA/RIBA Kim Herforth Nielsen is founder and principal of 3XN. Founded as Nielsen, Nielsen and Nielsen in Aarhus in 1986 by the architects Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen (partner until 2002) and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen (partner until 1992), the firm is now known as 3XN. The three Nielsen architects quickly became known for two things: their preference for ground‐breaking architecture, in defiance of the anti‐humanistic modernism, and projects demanding a high level of detail and employing workmanship of the highest quality.

“Architecture can get people talking together,” explains Herforth Nielsen. “Architecture can calm children in the classroom. It can make passive people more active. It can shape corporate culture. Architecture can encourage people to find new paths, discover new aspects of their city — and of themselves.” 3XN believes that architecture can shape behaviour and that buildings — like people — are more than the sum of their parts. By applying holistic principles 3XN is constantly exploring the potential for achieving a synthesis of design, function and context.

In his talk, Herforth Nielsen will exemplify how architecture shapes behaviour with a number of projects from 3XN’s portfolio.

Faculty of Design Speaker Series:
Kim Herforth Nielsen: “How Architecture Shapes Behaviour”
Friday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
www.ocad.ca | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The Faculty of Design Speaker Series is generously supported by TD Bank Group, and continues on January 27, 2011 with a talk by Rachel Wingfield of Loop.pH (UK).

Kim Herforth Neilsen’s visit is presented in partnership with Taylor Hazell Architects (THA) and the Daniels School of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

More about Kim Herforth Nielsen
Kim Herforth Nielsen graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981. He has been the driving force behind 3XN, and involved in all the practice’s major projects, including The Blue Planet, Kubus in Berlin, the Museum of Liverpool, Ørestad College, Muziekgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, the Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Architects’ House in Copenhagen. Herforth Nielsen is often called upon as a jury member in international architectural competitions, and as lecturer at art academies and universities around the world. A Knight of Dannebrog, he has received Denmark’s highest architectural honour, the C.F. Hansen Medaille.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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