This video contains three broadcasts about the SCI-Arc Urban Odyssey program, a one week urban camping trip in student-built tents at various locations around the city. In the first segment, the hosts of KABC-TV’s “A.M. Los Angeles” morning show poke fun of the students and ask if they’d like to remove all buildings and replace them with a tent city. Those interviewed respond that their interest is in taking advantage and connecting with the city in a new way and to work within its context rather than continue a push toward the boundaries of the urban area. Adhe Lathi and student Bambi Moise are interviewed more sympathetically on KCAL-TV’s “The Morning Show.” The last clip is a brief report on the project by reporter Dick Garton for the KTLA-TV evening news.
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Sheila de Bretteville discusses the work of designers and architects such as Eileen Gray, Catherine Beecher, Susana Torre, Mother Ann Lee of the Shakers, and Alice Constance Austin. De Bretteville observes the different values of men and women, as expressed in communication design, object design, building design, and environmental design. De Bretteville aslo addresses the issue of the symbolic nature of form. She discusses rational form’s relationship to public space and emotional form’s relationship to private space.
This video functions as a time capsule for SCI-Arc’s early days including shots of the interior of the Berkeley Street building, students, and models and drawings by students. It includes a news segment and interview
with Glen Small about SCI-Arc students and a project to design tent structures which they lived in over the course of a week in locations around Los Angeles. Additionally, the opening moments of several lectures from the schools initial lecture series are included.
John Lautner responds to questions from the audience after a lecture. (The video of the lecture has not been located.) Topics include clients, lenders, building codes, standardization and his current work, mentioning the Hope residence (1979) and unbuilt houses for Horseshoe Bay, Texas (1974). The video concludes with the image of an unidentified man lecturing with audio of a KNX 1070 news broadcast from October 24, 1973.
Herb Kahn discusses his work on the circulation distribution program for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Kahn covers various issues related to the planning of future public transportations in the central business district of downtown Los Angeles. The last three clips are another event. Slides of Arcosanti, the experimental town imagined by Paolo Soleri, are presented with comments by two men. Slides of Arcosanti continue as previously recorded interviews with Soleri are played. A static slide of Arcosanti is accompanied by a live interview with Paolo Soleri about projects planned for the site in the upcoming year.