Glen Small hosts a panel discussion of architects who work outside of “mainstream architecture.” Rick Davidson reviews his career trajectory, from Marion Manley’s office in Miami to full-time antiwar activist in Los Angeles. David Greenberg presents a rapid slideshow of images of Los Angeles, from his company, International Environmental Communications, Inc., which sells still and moving image documentation of the Los Angeles urban environment. John Pastier, the first architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, discusses his path from engineering, to architecture, to participating on the Los Angeles city plan, to six years of journalism. Elsa Leviseur (identified here as “Elsa Fleischmann”) discusses her evolution from architect in South Africa to land preservationist and landscape architect in Southern California. Glen Small briefly discusses his transition from architect to visionary. There is a lively question and answer exchange with the audience, which includes Eric Owen Moss and Bill Simonian.
Videos | Yearly Archives1975 (7)
This video is not a lecture, but documents several different SCI-Arc events circa 1975. The first part consists of meetings between students and faculty on how the students might organize to participate more effectively in the school. At another meeting Ray Kappe solicits comments and ideas for the Educational Development Plan that is being drafted for the National Architectural Accreditation Board as a preliminary to their visit (NAAB visited SCI-Arc November 19-21, 1975, and submitted their favorable report December 1). The middle of the video is part of a lecture by Roland Coate, Jr., perhaps from February 5, 1975. The video ends with Stephen Albert assisting Ray Kappe’s students in evaluating and interpreting the information they have gathered about a small arts college needing a new campus.
Paul Kennon begins the lecture with a description of what architects should be, what abilities they should possess and what avenues need further investigation. He states that architecture is problem solving and emphasizes the importance of the concepts of indeterminacy, intermixing, immaterialism, and spatial awareness. He talks about gaming as the process of playing a game in which the typical roles of the team are challenged. He discusses the use of a systems approach, the utilizations for the computer and then goes into discussion of some of their projects, which focus on energy efficiency.
Ken Kellogg presents a series of projects including conceptual, built, and proposed projects that encompass his interest in organic form, collaboration, and construction processes. He explains his early influences by Frank Lloyd Wright and the development of his own independent trajectory. He discusses his long collaboration with sculptor and glass artist Jim Hubbell.
In this 17 minute clip, Herb Kahn discusses questions of circulation in Los Angeles, focusing on the relationship between land use and transportation, and the possibility of responsive circulation routes. His mapping technique includes forms of transportation which are yet to be determined and are open to technological change. Kahn describes the difficulty in implementing land use plans, but argues that transportation can be used to define the urban form.
Frank Gehry presents early and lesser known retail and commercial projects completed approximately 1966-1970. Gehry focuses on his attempts to shift the status quo of retail and commercial lighting from acoustical tile and evenly distributed fluorescent down-lighting toward a more responsive task-based lighting and an emphasis on indirect lighting for overall spaces. Throughout, he describes cost saving solutions that allowed him to innovate while still selling his modifications to his clients.
Frank Gehry continues his lecture by presenting some of his smaller scale projects including his early investigations of cardboard furniture. While showing images of the furniture being “strength-tested” with elephants and automobiles, he explains the hoops they were required to jump through to demonstrate the durability of cardboard. Next, he presents his design for the 1968 Billy Al Bengston exhibition at LACMA which marked the beginning of his interest in corrugated steel. This material exploration continued into the next set of projects in which he investigated minimalist sculpture along with flexible program and perspectival illusion, i.e. the O’Neill Hay Barn and the Davis Studio.