Architecture Whispers

Architecture Whispers was a series of intimate multidisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations between emerging, established and visionary international architects and their colleagues in other disciplines. They took place in the Silencio Club in Paris, an exclusive venue for writers, directors, and musicians, established by American filmmaker, visual artist and musician David Lynch.


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Conceived and curated by Matteo Cainer, these intimate conversations drew together key individuals who have made a significant contribution to architecture by exploring creativity, innovation and redefining the social, political and economic issues of today. Arranged as a think tank, architects, critics, designers and thinkers who shared common aspirations, engaged in a critical examination of architecture as a wide-ranging discipline. The programme of conversations not only looked to inspire, redefine and challenge architecture but created possible collaborations among emergent and established figures in urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability.

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The series of conversations assembled speakers who strived to understand and develop new theories and approaches through advancing technologies. Arranged as a think tank, participants had a unique opportunity to meet and discuss pressing issues so as to develop new synergies and hybrid collaborations.

At a time when images appear to count more than words, whispers presented an opportunity to advance and extend the architectural discourse. To take away the Ego from the equation, there were no images, no slides, and no special effects to seduce or blur that objective. There was and still is a strong belief that an architectural debate must re-emerge and to do so the introduction of face-to-face discussions and personal interaction are essential.


- 2014 -

June 27th -Silencio, Paris
Opinions, thoughts, and comments on the 14th International Architecture Biennale of Venice
Odile Decq, Philippe Barriere, Mathias Armengaud, Sony Devabhaktuni

April 11th -Silencio, Paris
AW 8- Millennium Theories
Architectural #hashtags and advanced conceptual thinking
Alexis Meier, Luca Galofaro, Bostjan Vuga, Edouard Cabay

Feb 28th -Silencio, Paris
AW 7- Fashion and Architecture, Sophisticated Innovation and Fluid Complexity
The propagating and cross-pollination of concepts, strategies, and techniques shared by architecture and fashion
Lina Ghotmeh, Didier Faustino, Brendan MacFarlane

- 2013 -

Nov 29th -Silencio, Paris
AW 6- Consuming Architecture:
Transforming, Restructuring, the effects on the language of architecture
Hedwig Heinsman, Jorge Ayala, Luca Galofaro, Philippe Rahm, Umberto Napolitano

October 17th -Silencio, Paris
AW 5- The City as the 6th Sense,
Facing cultural complexity, social unrest, and global homogeneity
Lina Ghotmeh, Matthias Armengaud, Clement Blanchet, Jenny Rose, Mary Johnson

October 4th -Silencio, Paris
AW 4- Architecture in Darkness- Embracing the light.
Darkness as opposing presence to light and architecture as a contrast to the human condition and as a dystopian vision of the future
Ricardo de Ostos, Didier Faustino, Odile Decq

June 21st -Silencio, Paris
AW 3- Leonardo versus the Terminator
Bostjan Vuga, Kim Herforth Nielsen, Odile Decq, Peter Zellner, Philippe Barriere

May 17th -Silencio, Paris
AW 2- Brand Development or Architecture Design Research
Manuelle Gautrand, Isabel Herault, Harold Fallon, Karsten Huneck, Bernd Truempler

April 19th -Silencio, Paris
AW 1- Digital submission or architecture Domination
Odile Decq, Didier Faustino, Luca Garofalo, Veronika Valk, Theodore Spyropoulos


Architectural Whispers 2013-2014
Silencio Talks 
Paris, France
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