El Aguila Alcatel, collective housing. Madrid, Spain, 2012, SOLID architecture.

Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture: Javier Maroto

January 26, 2015
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Javier Maroto, the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor of Architecture, will deliver a talk titled Living Better Than Inhabiting as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series. A practicing architect since 1981, Maroto and his partner, Alvaro Soto, co-founded the firms SOLID architecture and Maremoto Paisajes in 2001 to carry out projects of architecture, urbanism, and landscape in a holistic manner, with the goal of linking architecture, city, and territory.

Maroto's lecture will focus on the construction of a paradox between living and inhabiting. The needs and the aspirations settled within the current frame of our lives should be squeezed and mingle to redefine a new contemporary space concept suitable to a better and more conscious lifestyle. The acknowledgment of the evolution of a wide range of archetypes, forms, and concepts and their progressive meaning are leading us into a new universe of paradigms, in which institutions, housing, public spaces, and landscape will intersperse active roles in the postulates of improvement, knowledge, and social responsibility.

Maroto teaches design studios at the intersection of landscape and architecture as a tenured full professor at the ETSAM. UPM.DPA in Madrid, Spain. He is a lecturer and principal in seminar and postgraduate courses focused on the histories, theories, and contemporary practices of architecture beyond building and between urbanism and landscape. He is a co-founder and active member of UPM's merged research group Nuevas técnicas, Arquitectura, Ciudad, which explores contemporary collective housing study cases with the use of new design tools, applied to sustainable design, social dwelling, and the meaningful development of cities. His research focuses on the attributes of landscape and architecture in relation to contemporary urbanism, dealing with the investigation of growing processes of cities through the analysis and study of residential systems.