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January 16, 2014, 15:00

Breaking grounds

Seminar in Harpa, Norðurljós recital hall, 16 January 2014 between 15 - 17

A seminar on the influence of Harpa and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – the Mies van der Rohe Award on contemporary architecture and the city life of Reykjavik will be held in Harpa, Norðurljós recital hall, between 15-17 on Thursday 16 January.

Participants in the seminar are a select group of individuals with diverse relations to Harpa.

15 – 15:10 | Introduction by the chairperson
Hjálmar Sveinsson, Reykjavík city councilman.

15:10 – 15:40 | First speakers
Sigurður Einarsson, architect at Batteríið Arkitektar, one of the architects of Harpa
Introduction to Harpa, with an emphasis on the architecture and the impact of the rewards.

Hilmar Þór Björnsson, architect at Stofan and influential blogger
Summary of the discussion on Harpa, which has taken place on the blog Arkitektúr, skipulag og staðarprýði.

Ólöf Örvarsdóttir, architect and a Managing Director of the Department of Environment and Planning, Reykjavik
Summary of the planning services regarding Harpa, its environment and development.

15:40 – 16:30 | Discussions
In addition to the first speakers, the following people will take part in the roundtable discussion:
Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, housed in Harpa
Eyjólfur Pálsson, furniture designer and owner of Epal, representative of service providers in Harpa.
Egill Helgason, symphony enthusiast, neighbor of Harpa, cultural critic, television host and blogger.

The following questions will be used as guidelines in the discussion: How does the structure help the many and diverse users of the building, from a design-oriented perspective? What significance can the Mies van der Rohe Award have for Harpa, Reykjavik, and Architecture in Iceland? How do we talk about Harpa and what image does the building have? How does Harpa work with the city environment and what role do we want it to have?

There will be a reception following the panel discussions, where the exhibition of the Mies van der Rhoe awards is installed.

Everyone is welcome, free of charge. The event will take place in Icelandic.

The seminar is a joint project of Evrópustofa, the EU Info Centre in Iceland, Harpa, Iceland Design Centre and the Icelandic assosiation of Architets.

The seminar is held in conjunction with the anniversary exhibition European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture "Constructing Europe: 25 Years of Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 1988-2013", which opened in Harpa 16 november and will stay open until 16 January 2014.