Diaz Alonso explains his work in the SCI-Arc context. He compares the SCI-Arc faculty to the Coyote and the Roadrunner, discussing the architect’s ambiguous search to achieve the impossible and the development of a territory for critical thinking. Wes Jones talks about his practice, and shows several projects, one of them a project designed for a competition among the faculty of SCI-Arc. Eric Owen Moss discusses education at SCI-Arc in terms of moving forward into a venue you don’t yet recognize.
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Stanford Humanities Lab directors present their work and the goals of the SHL (Stanford Humanities Lab). Jeffrey Schnapps explains the project of SHL, what it is up to, where it goes and how it relates to SCI-Arc’s interests. Michael Shanks talks about his career as an archaeologist, he explains what he does and its relation to architecture. He pays close attention to topics like context, project, research, and practice. Henry Lowen. discusses gaming theory and who has the ultimate control over the design of a game.
Michael Speaks and Florencia Pita present a new initiative, an exchange between Stanford University and SCI-Arc. They introduce all the lecturers for the evening: Michael Shanks, Jeffrey Schnapps and Henry Lowen from Stanford, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Eric Owen Moss and Wes Jones from SCI-Arc, and Brett Steele from the Architectural Association, London.
Shigeru Ban presents projects that deal with relief solutions for disaster sites in Turkey, India, Japan and Sri Lanka. Ban’s involvement with the UN ignited him to develop alternative structures using paper tubes and recycled locally-sourced materials. The solutions for sheltering are flexible and adapt to the specific region and specific needs, from temporary interiors, to temporary roofing and structures, to permanent communities.
Shigeru Ban discusses the use of alternative intelligent structural solutions in his practice of architecture. Ban presents a project for an office building in Osaka that uses wood as a fire retardant material and the Pompidou museum for Metz that uses laminated bamboo as a structural material. He goes on to describe several of his paper tube structure projects including the Japanese pavilion for Hanover expo that uses recycled paper tubes, paper honeycomb and a hybrid of wood and paper as a structural material.
Shigeru Ban discusses his projects in relation to concepts of transparency of space. Ban compares Mies Van der Rohe’s visual transparency through the use of curtain walling to that of physical transparency used in traditional Japanese architecture. He goes on to describe how his projects aim to expand the physical limits of architecture and create flexible spaces.
Eric Owen Moss introduces Shigeru Ban as the speaker.
During the question and answer portion of the lecture, Ingels and De Smedt discuss their environmental considerations, their design approach, the reason for naming their firm Plot, the lineage of their projects, and the architectural context of their projects.