Ray Kappe introduces Ron Herron as the speaker. Herron presents several projects from his own practice, some collaborations and some work connected to the Archigram group. He reflects on his interests in set design, insertions into places and landscapes, scaffolding and layering. Qualities of spectacle and non-permanence, as well as hints of irony and play are stressed.
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Zvi Hecker surveys the exploitation of geometrical form in architecture. He admits that geometry, while it is a small component of architecture, still merits rigorous study. His own work explores space packing and draws inspiration from forms found in nature, such as bubbles, and geometric art, including Islamic and Jewish traditions. A series of projects are shown exhibiting the different scales these geometries can be deployed in.
David Gray begins by wondering what experimental architecture might be. He presents his work in design, restoration, low-income housing, plus his work as a builder and educator. He questions the level of experimentation in each of the projects. Gray discusses examples of architecture he believes to be experimental, such as The George Pompidou Center in Paris and Frei Otto’s buildings. After the lecture he discusses with the audience his interest in minimum energy housing and the importance of building in architecture.
In this partially documented lecture architect A. Quincy Jones discusses the Herman Miller manufacturing plant in Michigan. Quincy Jones show slides and talks about the program, function, and module system used in the plant. He also discusses circulation in terms of a spine and a catwalk.
Shelly Kappe introduces Stanley Tigerman as an architect and the organizer of Chicago Architects, an exhibition about Chicago’s great American and Western tradition of the modern architecture. During the presentation Tigerman describes the process of preparing the show, and describes several slides of architecture in Chicago from the last century. He pays close attention to the first and second Chicago Schools.
This video begins with partial footage of an unrelated panel discussion hosted by Shelly Kappe with guests Thornton Abell, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Gregory Ain, and Raphael Soriano. Ray Kappe gives a lecture on his personal practice and how it was started. He also discusses the formation of his collaborative work as a partnership with Herb Kahn and Rex Lotery. He talks about his interest in urban issues as well as social and land issues. Kappe shows examples of his work and gives an account for some of his design choices. He discusses materials such as wood and steel and the advantages and disadvantages of both. He also deals with structures, mechanical systems, and perceptions within a system.
This video contains four separate programs:
1. A presentation of architecture in China by Ray and Shelly Kappe (00:07 to 14:50)
2. A documentary about Chicago architecture featuring architect Mies van der Rohe (15:10 to 47:08)
3. A segment from a documentary about Chicago architecture which includes architect Daniel Burnham (48:25 to 01:17:51)
4. An episode of the Dick Cavett Show featuring architect Philip Johnson (01:18:59 to 01:48:22)
Ray Kappe presents his formal processes for developing a number of single-family homes and speculates on the future of architecture’s relationship with technology in the post-Archigram era.