Michael Speaks and Florencia Pita present a new initiative involving exchange between Stanford University and SCI-Arc. Pita explains the main points of the evening are design, collaboration and education. Speaks explains that there will be 10 minute presentations. The first presentations are made by members of the SHL (Stanford Humanities Lab): Michael Shanks, Jeffrey Schnapps and Henry Lowen. After some questions, SCI-Arc Faculty Hernan Diaz Alonso, Eric Owen Moss and Wes Jones make presentations. Brett Steele from the Architectural Association, London, joins the panel after the presentations.
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Shigeru Ban presents his work, from his first projects developed in Japan to his later projects in Europe and his projects for disaster relief. He discusses the transparent qualities of his architecture and his focus on finding intelligent solutions through structure and spatial organization.
Bjarke Ingels and Julien De Smedt founded the firm Plot in 2001. They discuss projects that are often associated with one of the two partners but stem from this partnership. These projects reflect a continuum of ideas, often with a clear lineage from one project to the next, addressing urban environmental concerns of connecting people with their surrounding landscape.
George Yu presents a wide range of his recent projects, varying in scale from a gallery installation to a shopping center of over one million square feet. Yu divides the lecture into three distinct components, documenting work, living, and shopping spaces. He discusses extensively his successes and difficulties working in collaboration with clients. Finally, Yu discusses his office’s engagement with technology and design for interaction.
Michael Rock presents the work of 2×4 from the past ten years. Their design for Any magazine uses two type faces and one grid for the entire series. Their design of Mark Taylor’s book Hiding uses shifting typography and paper types. He describes how they make physical mock-ups of books, such as the Rem Koolhaas and the Harvard Project for the City Lagos. Their work involves many collaborations with OMA and AMO such as the Guggenheim in Las Vegas, the IIT McCormick Tribune Center, and a series of projects for Prada.
Gunther Domenig talks about two projects he has worked on: repurposing the Nazi Congress Hall in Nuremberg into a documentation center, and the ongoing design of his house in Steindorf Austria. In the documentation center in Nuremberg, Domenig penetrated the fragmented existing structure with a spear that serves as a main circulation shaft. Domenig’s “Steinhaus” is a house that emulates the mountains and stone of its landscape. He considers the house his life’s work and uses concrete, steel and glass to produce an explosion of shapes and spaces.
Ali Rahim discusses the development of the digital analysis of dynamic systems, from the first ENIAC computer in the 1940s through his upcoming book Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design, stressing the importance of dynamic systems. He discusses several projects, including a leisure center for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, a residence for a fashion designer, a Reebok store in Shanghai, a digital library in Karachi, two towers in Dubai, and a 2002 furniture project.
Momoyo Kajima of Atelier Bow-Wow presents a series of projects that address the contemporary urban condition in Tokyo. She first documents a project that looks at the “Post-Bubble City.” The result of this investigation is a guidebook for the residents of the city. Next, Kajima presents a series of small residential projects that engage with both urban and rural conditions. She concludes with a collection of the firm’s more recent artworks.