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Marcelyn Gow Tropes
Marcelyn Gow, after clarifying that her practice, Servo, has an office in Stockholm, consisting of Ulrika Karlsson, and...
Alejandro Zaera Polo Recent Cosmologies
Alejandro Zaera-Polo begins by describing his current research with Maider Llaguno into airflow around buildings as part of a...
Eric Owen Moss Not Farewell But Fare Forward
Eric Owen Moss begins by announcing, "I'm the enemy," and discusses the absence of shared narratives. He presents animations...
Havana LA Havana Symposium
After Marcelyn Gow's introductions, Ramiro Diaz-Granados begins by noting President Obama's call last December to...
Wolf Prix Dynamic Raumplan Gallery Talk
Eric Owen Moss asks Wolf Prix about architecture as a universal language, and influences such as Keith Richards and Los Angeles,...
Frank O Gehry & Eric Owen Moss You Can’t...
Frank O. Gehry, the fifth Raimund Abraham Memorial Lecturer, discusses with Eric Owen Moss the title of this evening’s...
Jeffrey Kipnis & Eric Owen Moss Look You Got It All...
Jeffrey Kipnis prefaces the final conversation of the Look! You got it all wrong series by introducing the session's...
Henk Ovink Design And Politics
Henk Ovink frames a survey of his work with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force with a discussion of Sandy as a crisis...

Marcelyn Gow Tropes

March 25, 2015 | Video Lecturer:
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Marcelyn Gow, after clarifying that her practice, Servo, has an office in Stockholm, consisting of Ulrika Karlsson, and another in Los Angeles, which she runs with William Mohline, discusses “precise inexactitude” and geometry versus the formless in her work. She proposes to review some projects in terms of six tropes:

  • Abjection overruled
  • Abjection sustained
  • White paper
  • Blackening
  • Rustication
  • Graining

The projects range from installations (Lattice ArchipelogicsSporg, Aqueotrope), green roofs (for a science center outside Stockholm), exhibition designs (at the Bonniers Konsthall), lecture halls (at the Royal Institute of Technology/KTH), and mixed-used facilities (the Blockterräng).

 

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In introducing Marcelyn Gow, Hernan Diaz Alonso notes how her often brutal and aggressive work is the opposite of her...
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Alejandro Zaera Polo Recent Cosmologies

March 24, 2015 | Video Lecturer:
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Alejandro Zaera-Polo begins by describing his current research with Maider Llaguno into airflow around buildings as part of a larger theoretical interest in building interpretations of the world. He discusses recent projects concerned with air, including the Shenzen Super City plan, and the office tower in Vienna for Austro Control. Projects focusing on the earth or the ground include the (CEAR) sailing center in Santander, and two buildings for Weifang University. He discusses Landscape Preservation Camouflage, a project on tourism developed for the Greek pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Zaera-Polo concludes with “earth”-focused projects that engage rural sites: a large house in Sotogrande, and a cultural center in Northwest Spain.

 

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Elena Manferdini introduces Alejandro Zaera-Polo, formerly of FOA, and since 2013, a principal of Alejandro Zaera-Polo &...
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Eric Owen Moss Not Farewell But Fare Forward

March 18, 2015 | Video Lecturer:
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Eric Owen Moss begins by announcing, “I’m the enemy,” and discusses the absence of shared narratives. He presents animations of form studies, and images of built work. He discusses built and unbuilt work, including a proposal for the reuse of La Térmica power plant in Barcelona, five linked new cities in the Nanjing wetlands, and several projects in Culver City. With regard to a project for the Smithsonian, Moss stresses the importance of wonder as a value in architecture.

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Eric Owen Moss discusses several built works and proposals for Culver City, including the Samitaur Tower and the Pterodactyl...

Havana LA Havana Symposium

After Marcelyn Gow’s introductions, Ramiro Diaz-Granados begins by noting President Obama’s call last December to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S. By focusing on a single site in Havana–the U.S. embassy building and the adjoining plaza–Diaz-Granados evokes 56 years of architectural, urban and political conflicts. Belmont Freeman argues that even if the U.S. embargo ended, the city of Havana would not change rapidly. Universo Garcia Lorenzo describes the obstacles facing architects attempting to work in Cuba, and presents work by architecture students of the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE). Holly Block describes Wild Noise an exhibition of Cuban and U.S. artists created by the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (MNBA). Claudio Vekstein describes two projects: a playground with housing in a historic part of Havana, and a memorial plaza in Rosario, Argentina for Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Florencia Pita and Dwayne Oyler join the presenters to discuss preserving the past while building the future, the political, economic and material obstacles to practicing architecture in Cuba, how the revolution’s legacy of architectural stagnation is both negative and positive.

 

 

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Marcelyn Gow introduces the participants of the symposium, regretting the absence of Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, who was unable to...
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Wolf Prix Dynamic Raumplan Gallery Talk

Eric Owen Moss asks Wolf Prix about architecture as a universal language, and influences such as Keith Richards and Los Angeles, and The Open House project. Prix describes his Dynamic Raumplan installation at the SCI-Arc Gallery in terms of his desire to get away from the discourse of energy-saving buildings and explore the possibilities of energy-producing buildings.

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Frank O Gehry & Eric Owen Moss You Can’t Rehearse Something You Haven’t Invented Yet

Frank O. Gehry, the fifth Raimund Abraham Memorial Lecturer, discusses with Eric Owen Moss the title of this evening’s conversation, a quote from jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and it’s relevance to the process of architecture. In the course of their conversation, Gehry describes his curiosity about the work of very different designers, and characterizes his involvement in the development of design software as part of a larger ambition to take back control of more of the project for architects. Gehry agrees with Lucien Freud’s assertion, “All art is autobiographical,” adding that with architecture the autobiographical aspect is the personal signature brought to bear on the specific problem. He describes how early exposure to the study of the Talmud influenced him greatly—not in terms of theology or religion, but by authorizing a persistent asking of “Why?” Staying curious is the most important thing. When Moss presents a score by John Cage, Gehry describes some musical memories: participating in a Gagaku orchestra, and watching Pierre Boulez generate passionate music with a few minimal and precise gestures. Gehry describes the disinterest of the East Coast and Europe in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s as a positive thing that offered him freedom to experiment.

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To Eric Owen Moss’s presentation of a score by John Cage, Frank O. Gehry describes some musical memories: participating in a...

Jeffrey Kipnis & Eric Owen Moss Look You Got It All Wrong 4

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.

 

 

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Henk Ovink Design And Politics

February 18, 2015 | Video Lecturer:
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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.

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