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AAA Black Talk 4 - Elias Torres: ET0707

Elias Torres
Formal CPD
3 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 02:37:38
Elias Torres has made his mark in Spain, particularly in public works, for thirty years. In this Australian Architectural Association Black Talk 4 he exhibits an array of his works, from a series of private residences in Ibiza, to his many restorations and finally his collection of public buildings and spaces. Using stunning images of these works Torres examines each in turn, defining the details small and large that combine to create each building, public space or bus shelter. He alludes to the rich architectural influences Spain, particularly Gaudi’s school, and Torres’ favourite Jujol.
In his entertaining discussion, Torres explores his own creative process and shares the foibles and difficulties that he has faced in restoration of historical buildings and spaces. Finally Torres explores his current work-in-progress of The Forum in Barcelona, with enormous scope and enormity in construction the viewer can appreciate the absurdism and joyfulness that Torres brings to all his works. 
  • Have the ability to inform action through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents in architecture – in particular the early twentieth century architecture style of Barcelona.
  • An understanding of issues of heritage and conservation in the built environment
  • An awareness of the cultural and spiritual dimensions of place
  • An understanding of tangible and intangible channels to architectural creativity.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Elias Torres is a Spanish architect and partner in the firm Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos, S.L.

    Trained in architecture at the Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), Mr. Torres opened his private office with José Antonio Martínez Lapeña in Barcelona during 1968. Among their best-known projects are the Vila Olímpica Housing Complex (Barcelona), the La Granja Escalator (Toledo), the Restoration of the Ronda Promenade in the City Walls (Palma de Mallorca), the Restoration of Gaudi´s Park Güell (Barcelona), and the Forum 2004 Esplanade and Photovoltaic Power Plant (Barcelona), as well as several works in Japan including the Kumamoto Museum Annex.

    The projects and completed works of Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos are widely exhibited and published in numerous monographs and catalogues. Mr. Torres has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and is currently a doctorate professor at the ETSAB.

    Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos