Tatiana Bilbao: Ways of Life

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  • Tatiana Bilbao, Ways of Life

    Conceptual collage by Tatiana Bilbao estudio

Past Event

This event was on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 7pm

The Mexican architect, Tatiana Bilbao, known for her human-centered work delivers a lecture exploring her unique approach to design – addressing ecology, subjectivity and philosophy. We hear from her in the context of a newly commissioned project in collaboration with artist Mariana Castillo Deball for Is This Tomorrow?

In her lecture, Bilbao will discuss the ongoing project developed by her studio Ways of Life, an evolving design for a 21st century house that can transform itself according to the human necessity of being isolated, yet communally connected. The design is developed through the consideration of ‘the 6 strings of life’: Connection with neighbours – Self – Communal & Collective – Semi-individuality – Temporariness – Family. Through a re-imaging of these concepts, the project imagines living space as a breathing organism which opens out or closes; transforming according to the number of dwellers.

Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.


This event is included in our Thursday Lates offer: book your ticket for the event together with admission for Is This Tomorrow? and save £4.95/£1.50 concs, plus receive a free drink at the Whitechapel Refectory.

About Tatiana Bilbao

Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, established in 2004, Mexico City, Mexico and Basel, Switzerland by  Tatiana  Bilbao (b. Mexico, 1972) is well known internationally for its use of traditional Mexican construction techniques, for creating sculptural effects that merge geometry with nature, and for a collaborative approach towards its clients.  Bilbao has been visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture in 2014–15, professor of Design at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in 2005 and Visiting Professor at the Universidad Andrés Bello, in Santiago, Chile in 2008. She was advisor for Urban Projects at the Urban Housing and Development Department of Mexico City in 1998–99. Current projects include a mixed use building for the University of Monterrey, Mexico. Past projects include the Tamayo Museum Pavilion Rufino, Mexico City, 2013; a sustainable housing study for Mexico, 2015, and a project for the Botanical Garden Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, 2004–16.