Rivoli – Grande Auditório
Who is the Great Architect?

Chaired by

David Basulto

Is the Great Architect a divine being who is capable of creating a shared space between heaven and earth, a connection that allows matters of the spirit and everyday existence to mingle and thereby contribute to a life that is safeguarded in existential terms? Or is the Great Architect a kind of practically-minded God, who intervenes when the world seems to be chaotic - charting new paths through the use of imagination, research and planning, and bringing peace during times of emergency and alleviating the suffering endured by victims of catastrophes? Inevitably there are differing opinions on this subject. But the discussion can also originate new ideas and possible collaborations, associated to, and at the heart of, dogma.This conversation will take place between Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (1942, Italy), chair of the Pontifical Committee for Culture, and one of the Vatican’s most open-minded voices, and Chilean architect, David Basulto, curator of the Nordic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, and founder and director of ArchDaily, whose concerns include anticipating the problems and challenges that the three billion city dwellers will face over the next 40 years. What tools and approaches do we need to achieve coexistence, respond to disaster, and live as a society? When the world seems deregulated, can we rely on new liaisons and possibilities of collaboration?

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