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Spanish architect designing Denver spaceport has exhibit in D.C. April 30

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Spanish architect Luis Vidal, one of the world’s premier airport designers, will appear at a reception and book signing April 30 for his interactive installation "Encounters" at Washington's District Architecture Center.

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The exhibit, now through May 3, is part of Architecture Week, sponsored by the Washington chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIADC).

"'Encounters' takes the viewer through a personal journey along the conceptual map of Luis Vidal and his collaborators," say the AIADC and the Embassy of Spain. The interactive exhibit features a "vertical garden" of 6,000 imaginary "flowers", 80 projects, and 18 cities.

Speaking of vertical, Vidal is best known in America for designing the Front Range Spaceport, near Denver International Airport, with the engineering and architecture firm HDR.

But he is best known internationally as the lead architect for Heathrow's Terminal 2a, "The Queen’s Terminal" (click here for video). Its first flight is to arrive on June 4 at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

He and his Madrid-based luis vidal + architects (LVA) have designed about a dozen other airports and terminals, in Madrid, Zaragoza -- winner of two international awards -- Pamplona, and other Spanish cities, and also the new Warsaw International Airport.

Based on his experience in airport design, Vidal created the concept of "airport hospitals", using "curative architecture" to reduce patient anxiety and promote faster recovery. Two of these LVA projects in Spain have won international awards: Vigo’s New Hospital in Galicia, and Can Misses Hospital in Ibiza.

LVA's interior design of the restaurant at Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum won the Architecture Prize of the City of Madrid for Best Commercial Establishment, 2005.

Vidal founded LVA in 2004 in Madrid, and now has offices also in London and Santiago de Chile.

"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness," as the renowned architect Frank Gehry has said.

For more info: "Encounters", District Architecture Center, Washington chapter of American Institute of Architects, http://aiadac.com/, 421 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 202-347-9403. April 30, 6-9 P.M. Luis Vidal will sign his book "Encounters". The event is in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy's SPAIN arts & culture, www.spainculture.us.

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