Lawrence Halprin is an environmental designer, town planner, landscape architect, and filmmaker. He presents slides of his work, and comments on the current state of architecture. Halprin questions the meaning, content, and intention of architecture, and asks what the real value of building places. He states that for human beings to live in, be creative in, and live out a biologically sound life, architecture should be deeply emotional and more than the sum of its parts.
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Acconci reviews his work from 1970 to 1982. He begins by explaining how he started as a writer. First he describes what thoughts and circumstances made him switch disciplines to become an artist. He explains the evolution of his work, and how each one of his projects evolves into the next one. He describes the projects in detail, and tries to reproduce the users experience by doing live performances and descriptions of the audio of several installations. He focuses specially on the questions he asks himself after a project is finished and how these thoughts lead him to the next stage of his work.
Raimund Abraham describes his drawing techniques and working methodologies while presenting a series of homes and competitions in the form of melodic sketches and intricate models. Abraham expresses his sensibilities as geometric investigations colliding with every possible physiological aspect of architecture. His emotive confessions are reinforced by renderings meant to capture the ethereal affects of space, shadow, and form.
Daniel Libeskind argues that architects and the field of architecture has lost touch with reality, aborbed by its own needs, and a pawn of wider societal struggles. Homer’s story of Ulysses and the sirens suggests the need to voluntarily restrict ourselves in order not to be distracted by ruses. In order to maintain an accurate picture of reality, we must occasionally bind ourselves from temptation, or commit ourselves to another’s cause. Libeskind compares the current state of architecture to Jonah stuck inside the belly of an whale, without any desire to escape, or face reality.
The concluding 13 minutes of Libeskind’s lecture. He finds most of contemporary architecture misguided. On the other hand, he claims that many architects of his generation are rethinking assumptions, and rethinking the nature of architecture. He quickly displays some of his models and drawings to show how his work tries to deal with the themes of his lecture.
Bernard Tschumi walks the audience through his Manhattan Transcripts. He points out commonalities through the different scales of the different drawings, and touches on formal expression, deconstruction, and the importance of drawing to express his ideas. Throughout, Tschumi continually links the drawings with his design philosophy.
Ken Butti presents the history of solar technology from ancient civilizations to the modern times. Butti addresses how every major civilization has incorporated climate design and specifically the use of the sun into their architecture. He gives examples of solar communities, cities and homes in Asia, Europe and the United States from the 5th century B.C. through the 20th century.
Ray Kappe discusses recent projects, both built and unbuilt, focusing on the form and energy aspects of the design. He first demonstrates that his previously built high glazing residences are more energy-efficient than houses that meet California’s prescriptive building code. Kappe’s view is that energy and ecological considerations should be like structural considerations, always present, but not the main driver for a project. Kappe also gives a talk on the founding of SCI-Arc, the focus on a practicing faculty, and some of the trials and tribulations of its early days.