Courtnay Bauer reviews the professional and academic career of Andrew Holder, noting that he has taught at UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Otis. She describes the scope of his current work, and research interests that inform the work.
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Andrew Holder documents a selection of five recent projects completed by his office. The first is an outdoor movie screen. He reviews the selection and development of the structural system and discusses the relationship of vehicle with the ground plane. Holder describes “Loftway,” a small real estate office in downtown Los Angeles, as inspired by the topology of the Sperry Topsider shoe. The third project re-examines the use of diagramming techniques in a series of retail stores for Surefoot. Holder reviews a competition for a project for sustainability and storm water remediation. He concludes with a residential project titled “Villa Down the Rabbit Hole,” This project takes an existing house with an open floor plan and investigates the proliferation of structural consequences under static loads.
Andrew Holder presents a multi-part polemic on the current state of architectural practice, documenting the causes of anxiety in the profession. Holder then introduces the concept of “fakeness,” with which he attempts to subvert the conventional value system.
Neutra discusses the influence that Frank Lloyd Wright, and Otto Wagner had on his father in terms of connecting with nature, using new technology and materials. He describes how these principles combine at the VDL compound. This video ends abruptly before the lecture ended.
Eric Owen Moss introduces Neutra and touches upon the enduring connection between Vienna and Los Angeles. Neutra frames his lecture as a personal perspective, and describes the VDL compound, its history, its significance, and its enduring relevance.
Alejandro Zaera-Polo describes the Flat Vertical X<Y envelope type with his Carabanchel Social Housing, and Trinity EC3, and the Vertical X=Y<Z envelope type with his WTC1 – Bundle Towers, World Business Centre, and Masaveu Tower Hotel.
Alejandro Zaera-Polo explains two types of envelopes. First, the Flat Horizontal X=Y>Z, as illustrated by the Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex, and Birmingham New Street Station. The Spherical X=Y=Z envelope type is illustrated by the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex, and Ravensbourne.
Ming Fung introduces Alejandro Zaera-Polo. He outlines the political connotations of his approach, and identifies four typologies of envelopes: Flat Horizontal, Spherical, Flat Vertical, Vertical.