Wim Wenders discusses the relationship between film and architecture while illustrating this link with numerous examples of his own work. First, Wenders explains how the stories and histories of places inform his films. He then visits the topic of the No Man’s Land, citing specific examples of locations he has filmed while documenting specific works of architecture. Finally, he revisits his most recent work, a film shot in downtown Los Angeles.
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For ten minutes, Wim Wenders answers questions from the audience. Wenders discusses new technologies and the possibilities of new networks of independent expression and distribution via the Internet. He discusses science fiction and the future. Wenders also discusses motivations behind creativity.
Peter Cook begins by discussing his fascination with apparent randomness, and how it is achieved through an alternative sense of order. He stresses the importance of inspiration from non-architectural objects, such as music and landscape, and in his own work, and how this translates into an ordered architectural communication through drawing. Topics include Archigram, his Shadow House, Veg Village, Plug-In City, residential projects in Berlin and Moscow, his own residence, and the research project Super Houston.
Jinai Kim presents her architecture and urban design work in Korea. followed by a short Q&A with the audience. She discusses being inspired by flowers,
building interiors, and cityscapes. She believes, “architects and urban designers could be much humbler,” and “not make decisions for other people.” She describes her goal “to make some kind of interaction at the right time and at the right place,” and summarizes her four design principles as Create as little intervention as possible, Create as many options as possible for circulation and experience, Control and not-control and Nature as a metaphor.
Rose Mendez introduces the lecture. Manuel De Landa presents his latest work on the organization of institutions and cities based on emergence, hierarchies, and the rhizome. He uses examples ranging from high-tech companies to Italian city-states to illustrate the formation of economic networks. Other topics include artificial life, and simulation.
Karl Chu, Jeffrey Kipnis and the UN Studio founders Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos discuss with moderator Michael Speaks the emerging trend toward algorithmic and diagrammatic design techniques. The panel argues that emergent properties, computation techniques, and information diagraming make it possible for architecture to free itself from representational figures, thus creating an architecture in line with a shifting society. After individual presentations from the panelists, the floor is opened up to a question and answer session, in which the group further describe the reasons for their viewpoints.
Eleni Gigantes and Elia Zenghelis present the first project they produced as an office, Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, which created housing while responding to the difficult history of the area. They discuss the design of bungalows on a beach in Greece in terms of landscape design and urbanism. They present projects for Parc de la Villette, the Venice Biennale, and a competition for the Dominican Republic. They present a selection of recent work from their office in Athens. They document a government sponsored competition for a casino located on reclaimed land. They present another casino project, discussing the influence of Jon Jerde’s CityWalk. Gigantes and Zenghelis conclude with dormitories for a summer camp in Japan, designed with attention to the site and natural surroundings. They discuss their collaboration with engineers and builders.
Iara Lee is a movie and music producer whose work involves human interaction with technology and architecture. She presents her video Synthetic Pleasures, which documents attempts to synthesize natural environments to make them easier to consume. It raises questions of the ethical limits of technology and presents technology not as a solution to any problem, but as a tool to escape reality. She also presents three short films, Enclosed Nature, Terminal Happiness, and Towers of Wind which deal more specifically with architecture and its relationship to music and technology.