In the first of two introductions, Tom Gilmore describes observing Eric Owen Moss closely for the last fifteen years, evolving from instigator, to teacher, to leader, and now back to instigator.
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Wolf Prix and Eric Owen Moss discuss Prix’s Open House project and Moss’s work in Culver City as explorations of openness that don’t reference forms of the past.
Todd Gannon proposes five general guidelines to graduate students embarking on their thesis:
- Privilege Difference Over Similarity
- Avoid Cliché Making
- Privilege How Over What
- Develop New Vocabularies
- Enfranchise New Constituencies
Elena Manferdini describes some of the upcoming events in the Spring 2015 Thesis Research seminar following Andrew Zago’s lecture.
Andrew Zago briefly outlines the recent trajectory of thesis at SCI-Arc, stressing the ideas of relevance and plausibility–which he distinguishes from feasibility and practicality. He illustrates the difference with the progression from Taut’s Alpine Architecture (1917), to Mies van der Rohe’s 1921 Friedrichstrasse tower, and SOM’s 1952 Lever House.
Andrew Zago discusses how a project’s architectural plausibility can be made visceral through the visual presentation strategy, citing work by Mies van der Rohe, Isozaki, Koolhaas and two of his thesis students, Paul Stoelting and Lung Chi Chang.
Andrew Zago distinguishes creatively working through tradition from taking refuge in tradition as a validation. He acknowledges some relevance of the re-evaluation of postmodernism (e.g. Sam Jacobs), and argues that the discipline of drawing is probably no longer a fruitful issue for exploration.
On the theme of technique, Andrew Zago distinguishes between architectural drawing and illustration, and technique and the technical. He ends with work by Foujimoto, Gehry and Nouvel that are provocative in themselves and provocative challenges in terms of how they might be presented.