The last 11 minutes of Christian de Portzamparc’s lecture. He describes in detail his LVMH tower in New York City. Portzamparc describes the rationalized form and material choices for this project in terms of the context–facing the dark Edward Larrabee Barnes IBM building–and his urbanistic ideas about variation of massing, and preservation of views.
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Portzamparc describes in detail his design for the Luxembourg Philharmonic, a proposed concert hall for Nara, Japan, and the Cit? de la Musique complex in Paris. He then delves into his early career to demonstrate how he has dealt with the issue of placemaking. He then discusses his views on urbanism, building massing, sightlines, and how they relate to modernism’s and classicism’s conception of the city. Portzamparc then presents several examples of his views put in action including the Quartier Massena. He finishes with a couple of buildings that are quite distinctive examples of public space, including the extension of the Paris Convention Center and the Espace des Sciences in Rennes.
After Neil Denari’s introduction, Rafael Moneo announces that he won’t be discussing his Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, out of a dislike for presenting projects that have only just begun. He proposes that a common stylistic language, such as Roman, Gothic and Modernism, doesn’t necessarily lead to homogeneity, but can cultivate distinct regional and cultural differences. Moneo presents in detail his building for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, stressing his desire to integrate his new structure with the existing museum by Mies van der Rohe. In contrast to Mies, his design densely “colonizes” the site, “like a city.” In contrast to the museum in Houston, Moneo discusses his Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm as a response to the city. He admires the way Stockholm has maintained a keen, solid tradition of building that engages its fortunate topography. Moneo discusses his City Hall in Murcia. He concludes with a discussion of the Kursaal convention center in San Sebasti?n. Moneo responds to a few questions from the audience.
Michael Speaks discusses the relevance of young Dutch architects and talks about Dutch firms Crimson, MAX.1, NL Architects, and One Architecture. Speaks included these firms in “Big Soft Orange,” a 1999 exhibition, which he curated. Speaks emphasizes the importance of research as a tool of architectural practice and how “we must all become historians of the near-past” to work as “scenario-makers” in the future. He also talks about the work of architects and critics which guides his work in particular, Alejandro Zaera-Polo. He explains the use of “datascapes” to produce architectural form and an application called “orgware.” Speaks shows design work by architect Greg Lynn.
Marc Mimram discusses his architectural engineering projects. He proposes space is a material and discusses the relation of structural members in space and continuity. He shows the design of a roadway and toll booth and describes the construction of its steel forms and talks about “catching the light inside the structure.” Mimram highlights the design of a 150-foot-high light tower, and a high voltage electric tower. He speaks about the void and feeling gravity in his work and the connection to the horizon line. He talks about how the structural void gives his work rigidity.
Vikramaditya Prakash discusses vernacular architectural practice in the developing world. He describes how the rapidly changing landscape in South East Asian cities has renewed interest in master planning as a way to create “coherent visions for new mega-cities.” He discusses the ethical dilemma of master planning, and describes cases where Indian communities have resisted and adapted to master plans. He characterizes the local and global as “allegories of each other,” and calls master planning to be replaced by bodies and processes that produce and revise plans.
Jon Jerde discusses some theoretical principles that have informed his latest work, stressing the importance of the field over the object. Jerde describes how his firm operates and how its identity has been established. He discusses globalism, coexisting cultures, and how this informs projects. He presents a series of projects built around the world. He describes his projects in Japan, including Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, which included water and nature in a mixed-use center. Jerde examines the development of Universal CityWalk, stressing the establishment of a formal language that responds to the context of Los Angeles. He documents a master-planning project for the island of Mallorca, noting the historical context, geography, and the process of collaboration with a local architect.
This event consists of two presentations by two French firms. In the first half, Jean-Marc Ibos and Myrto Vitart present a series of projects by their office, including a library, a church and an addition to a Beaux Arts building in Lille. In the second half, Dominique Lyon presents a series of projects, including offices for a newspaper and several libraries.