Jeffrey Kipnis prefaces the final conversation of the Look! You got it all wrong series by introducing the session’s topic: history. Eric Owen Moss proposes history as a way of defining coordinates to orient oneself, presenting images ranging from the Nazca lines to Lucien Freud, and quotes from Ecclesiastes to Veronica Wedgwood’s “History is an art–like all the other sciences.” Kipnis and Moss discuss precedents, experience, significance, and learning about architecture historically. With a student in the audience they discuss John Lukacs’s The Hitler of History.
Henk Ovink frames a survey of his work with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force with a discussion of Sandy as a crisis that created an opportunity for rethinking environmental and infrastructural vulnerabilities. He briefly outlines the Dutch culture of water management. The Rebuild By Design initiative began as an attempt to create a similar ethos of water management in Manhattan and New Jersey. He describes the teams engaged in field research and extensive engagement with locals and relevant government agencies. Ovink concludes with a discussion of five of the projects developed by Rebuild By Design teams for water management and infrastructure for Manhattan and New Jersey.
Suha Ozkan begins by reviewing essential principals of architecture from Vitruvius to Ken Yeang. He discusses projects that creatively respond to difficult environments in Saudi Arabia, India, Bangladesh, and Egypt. He reviews recent projects that employ locally-available materials, including work by Hassan Fathy, the Association pour le Développement d’une Architecture et d’un Urbanisme Africains (ADAUA), Cal-Earth, Balkrishna V. Doshi, Charles Correa, Jean Nouvel, and Foster + Partners. He concludes with innovative approaches to urban preservation in Mostar Old Town, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Asilah, Morocco.
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Suha Ozkan reviews recent projects around the world that creatively engage with challenging environments, including the Hayy...
Themes: Appropriate technologies
, Desert architecture
, Hassan Fathy
, Landscape architecture
, Saudia Arabia
, Sewing machines
, Water systems
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
Andrew Zago briefly outlines the recent history of thesis at SCI-Arc in terms of relevance and plausibility, illustrating how a project’s plausibility might be made visceral through the visual presentation strategy. Zago distinguishes working through tradition from taking refuge in tradition. On the theme of technique, he distinguishes architectural drawing from illustration, and technique and the technical. He ends with work by Foujimoto, Gehry and Nouvel that pose challenges in terms of how they might be presented.
CJ Lim begins with a discussion of different ways food distribution and production shape communities, and describes some of the inefficiencies of the existing food infrastructure. He guides the audience through his Food Parliament project (2011-3), which superimposes a layer of food production and distribution over present-day London, employing built analogues for eighteen key parliamentary roles and sites, from The Queen to Big Ben.
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CJ Lim outlines his Food Parliament project (2011-3), proposing a radically new layer of food production and distribution...
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CJ Lim reviews some of the inefficiencies of the food infrastructure, especially food waste and transportation.
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CJ Lim hypothesizes that the modern food infrastructure could be redesigned to restructure urban space and reorient communities...
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Marcelyn Gow welcomes CJ Lim of Studio 8 Architects, and professor of architecture and cultural design at the Bartlett,...
Jeffrey Kipnis starts the fifth of the Fecundity of a Mossy Climate conversations by discussing the challenge of encountering work by younger architects like Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu. He shows clips from three movies to illustrate the theme of architectural effects, and surveys the last eight years of Oyler Wu Collaborative’s work. Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu respond to Kipnis’s interpretation of their work, and discuss careers, trajectories, competitions, intuition, and the influence of SCI-Arc.
Todd Gannon moderates a discussion with nine entrants from SCI-Arc in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 2012 competition for a museum in Helsinki: Eric Owen Moss (Eric Owen Moss Architects), Ivan Bernal (Xefirotarch), Margaret Griffin and John Enright (Griffin Enright Architects), Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts (Hodgetts + Fung), Florencia Pita (Pita & Bloom), Jenny Wu (Oyler Wu Collaborative), Russell Thomsen (Idea Office), Tom Wiscombe (Tom Wiscombe Architecture), and Wes Jones (Jones, Partners: Architecture). Gannon begins with an attempt to categorize them by formal strategies, and then invites the panelists to respond to his categorization. Wes Jones’s assertion that entries need to be strategized based on knowledge of the jurors prompts a general discussion about architectural competitions. From the audience, Thom Mayne challenges the panelists to articulate what their project’s position was, and each panelist responds.