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The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the 20th century. The podcast of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust builds on the repository of information available on Bawa and his practice, as well as the discourse on art and architecture in the island, through oral histories, lectures and discussions.

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The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the 20th century. The podcast of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust builds on the repository of information available on Bawa and his practice, as well as the discourse on art and architecture in the island, through oral histories, lectures and discussions.

    Oral Histories: Laki Senanayake

    Oral Histories: Laki Senanayake

    Laki Senanayke’s prolific body of work spans a wide range of media which includes painting, architecture, sculpture and landscape design. More recently, he dived into digital art. Laki began his career as an architectural draughtsman. After losing his first job because he established a trade union, he started working for architect Valentine Gunasekera. At age 18, Laki began working with Geoffrey Bawa at Edwards, Reid and Begg where Valentine was also a partner, eventually leaving the firm a few years later to collaborate with Geoffrey’s dear friend and client Ena de Silva on her Batik workshop.
    Laki and Geoffrey continued to work together on several key projects and Laki did the large-scale murals and reliefs for Geoffrey’s Triton and Neptune Hotels. He also did the chandelier for the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamber — which was inspired by a drawing he did of a double coconut tree at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the larger than life sculptural staircase he did at the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle.

    As the interview was conducted above Laki’s welding workshop, please note that jarring sounds can be heard in the following places within the recording; kindly skip over if necessary:
    24:20 – 25:00
    27:00 – 29:30
    32:05 – 34:20

    The Oral Histories Project is an ongoing endeavour that will continue after the centenary year celebrations, and the Trust encourages submissions of potential historians and anecdotes to archives@gbtrust.net.

    • 47 min
    Oral Histories: Anura Ratnavibhushana

    Oral Histories: Anura Ratnavibhushana

    Anura Ratnavibushana worked with Bawa at Edwards, Reid & Begg during the 60’s and 70’s. Eventually, he left the firm to set up his own practice in the 80’s although he continued to maintain his close connection with Bawa. In 2009, he distilled his passion for architecture and education into a book: “Creating Simplicity—Sri Lankan Tropical Architecture—Design & Landscaping”. This publication is copyright-free and shares many of the drawings and sketches he produced over the years. Accompanied by Bawa’s and Anura’s close friend, Sunethra Bandaranaike, we spoke to Anura at his home in Colombo. In this episode, Anura runs through his memories of Bawa as a mentor and on the nurturing and generous sides of Bawa’s personality. He detailed the thrill of working on projects such as the Osaka Expo Pavilion of 1970; and the Steel Corporation Building in Oruwala of 1969.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Oral Histories: Sunethra Bandaranaike

    Oral Histories: Sunethra Bandaranaike

    Sunethra Bandaranaike, was one of Bawa’s clients (he designed her famous Horagolla Stables home) but more importantly, she was one of his close friends. Sunethra is also a former Chairperson and Trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa and Lunuganga Trusts. Last May, we spoke to Sunethra at her Colombo home. With her flair for storytelling and a focus on detail, she recounted the first time she met Bawa; their collaborative creative vision; and the deep friendship they shared over many decades.

    The Oral Histories Project is an ongoing endeavour that will continue after the centenary year celebrations, and the Trust encourages submissions of potential historians and anecdotes to archives@gbtrust.net.

    • 48 min
    The Gift: panel discussion

    The Gift: panel discussion

    The Gift: A site-specific installation series at Lunuganga. Panel Discussion featuring the participating Artists
    Dominic Sansoni
    Lee Mingwei
    Chandragupta Thenuwara
    Dayanita Singh

    Moderated by:
    Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+, Hong Kong, and Trustee, Geoffrey Bawa & Lunuganga Trusts
    Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of Architecture & Design, MoMA, New York
    Shayari de Silva, Curator, Lunuganga Trust

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Kengo Kuma Memorial Lecture 2019

    Kengo Kuma Memorial Lecture 2019

    Geoffrey Bawa Memorial Lecture 2019 by Kengo Kuma.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    J. Fransisco Serrano and Juan Pablo Serrano Orosco Memorial Lecture 2014

    J. Fransisco Serrano and Juan Pablo Serrano Orosco Memorial Lecture 2014

    J. Fransisco Serrano and Juan Pablo Serrano Orosco, Geoffrey Bawa Memorial Lecture 2014

    • 1 hr 13 min

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