Keller Easterling presents a survey of “spatial products” described by political actors she identifies as “believers” and “cheaters.” Drawing from the political maneuvering of world leaders, Easterling creates a profile of three typologies of “sites.” These sites include global trade hubs, high-tech agricultural developments, and tourist destinations in North Korea.
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Robert Mangurian introduces Raimund Abraham discussing Abraham’s history and accomplishments while emphasizing Abraham’s drawing. Abraham reflects on drawing and argues that ultimately architecture can be made with only a pencil, paper, and a desire to make architecture. Abraham shows slides of his work including drawings and installations during the sixties, his home in Mexico, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and his work in China.
Lise Anne Couture discusses Asymptote’s use of digital tools, specifically their interest in moving back and forth between the virtual and the real. She describes in detail the A3 office system they developed for Knoll, collaborations with fashion designer Carlos Miele, a pavilion in Amsterdam, a crematorium, and their master plan for the Venice Biennale.
Julie Bargmann discusses her work and offers suggestions about how to approach soil remediation and toxic waste sites. She discusses a project in Chicago on the site of a former steel yard and says, “Don’t hide the contaminated facts,” and recommends “Try to do what’s right for the site” when it comes to soil remediation. She cites Mel Chen’s Revival Field, and the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park in Germany by Peter Latz as excellent models of land reclamation and reuse. Bargmann details several aspects of the High Line project in New York and the idea of “urban wilderness.” She talks about being part of the TerraGRAM group on the project.
Fernando Romero discusses his work in Mexico, the U.S., China and Japan, including an enclosed bridge between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, a bridge with a tea house in Jinhua, China, the Immigration Museum in San Diego, the Holocaust Museum in El Paso, a recent private residence in Mexico, and a 34 story housing tower in Santa Fe, Mexico. He argues that “parallel lines and parallel columns makes a glass house typical of the Latin American modernity.”For him, “Architecture is a translation process.”
This event did not take place at SCI-Arc, but at the Redcat Theater at Disney Hall. Eric Owen Moss talks about redevelopment plans for Downtown Los Angeles, specifically Grand Street and SCI-Arc. Throughout, Moss defends Los Angeles’s uniqueness by comparing it to older world cities and pointing out how cities develop and function in respect to each other. During the lecture, Moss also defines SCI-Arc’s principles, belief systems, and ongoing influence in redefining its neighborhood and Downtown Los Angeles.
Josep Lluis Mateo gives an introduction to his work of the last three years, including a housing project in Amsterdam, a residential project on the island of Majorca, a master plan for the cultural center in Castelo Branco, Portugal, the Barcelona International Convention Centre and the Deutsche Bundesbank head office in Chemnitz, Germany.
Hernan Diaz Alonso introduces Oliver Lang as the speaker. Lang discusses his work and research up to date. He seeks to combine professional practice and research by looking at transformation, globalization, mass customization and dynamic change in architecture.