Coy Howard answers questions from Eric Owen Moss about his installation in the SCI-Arc gallery. Moss questions the didactic nature of the work and suggests that it may be limiting by presenting only one point of view. Howard describes the work as being about experience and says it provides multi-sensory input that allows for processing in many different ways. When asked how the work qualifies as architecture, he explains that it represents many of his personal interests including an awareness of a tendency in contemporary architecture to use a single surface. Moss also asks Howard about his concept of visual braille and how it suggests a sensibility of experience that is often absent in architecture.
Videos | Yearly Archives2010 (33)
Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright presents recent built, proposed and conceptual work. She begins with a discussion of their methodology. Griffin discusses her interest in “groundform,” the relationship of architecture to movement, and strategies for achieving working successfully within site and budgetary constraints.
Brendan MacFarlane describes several of his works as a way of reflecting on his own design techniques. Some of these techniques include employing contextual research to extent a contemporary idea, as well as, material and surface explorations. MacFarlane also goes
into describing the detailing fabrication methods of his Orange Cube and Plug-Over buildings. He discusses the Docks de Paris project, tranforming an historic warehouse on the Seine with a massive “Plug-Over.” He describes the fabrication techniques and the environmental implications. MacFarlane discusses more projects, including the Frac Centre in Orleans, the Taipei Performing Arts Center, and the ?cole Sup?rieure des Arts et de la Communication (ESAC) in Pau. These projects propose using existing elements to inform performative surface manipulations, that suggest ebbs and flows of circulation and program. MacFarlane ends by discussing the relationship between the physical elements of his architecture and the psychological associations it creates to the users.
Geoff Manaugh, the creator of the BldgBlog site and author of “The BldgBlog Book,” discusses “how architecture and fiction overlap, where architectural ideas may be better expressed in fiction than in the built form, and conversely where fiction plays an analytic role in the pursuit of architectural ideas.” Manaugh discusses the fiction of China Mi?ville, student work from Columbia University, and Stephen T. Asma’s “On Monsters.” He characterizes the myth of Alexander’s Gates, associated with the Caucausus Mountains, as an architectural folktale about the creation of barriers against the Other. He talks about the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters,” and Soviet fantasy writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s short story “Quadraturin.”
Peter Zellner describes the 2010 Cleantech Corridor competition’s objectives, intentions, and ambitions. Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outlines his administration’s sustainable policy initiatives, and encourages continued input, especially from students, to refine them. A brief award ceremony acknowledges the Cleantech Corridor competition’s student and professional winners. The professional entrants describe their entries. The jury discusses Los Angeles’s infrastructure, the shifting political atmosphere and how public support is integral for creating postive change.
SCIFI coordinator Peter Zellner hosts a symposium which discusses the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor Competition. Along with the organization of the competition and its award ceremony, the group talks about the entries and the feasibility feats of the projects. They also describe the current Los Angeles condition in regards to policy making, green space, and automobile fetishism.
Juan Azulay is the director of the Los Angeles-based firm MM Matter Management discusses his work in architecture, media arts, film and urbanism.
Although he is well known as a theorist, for Bernard Tschumi, “theory does not precede practice any more than practice precedes theory.” He identifies five themes in his work: movement, juxtaposition, vectors, concept, and context. Tschumi discusses many projects, including Parc de la Villette, the Glass Video Gallery in Gr?ningen, the Rouen Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex, the Limoges Concert Hall, the Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, and the School of Architecture, Florida International University, the Blue Residential Tower in New York, the University of Cincinnati Athletics Center, Elliptic City IFCA in Santo Domingo, Al?sia Museum and Archaeological Park in Burgundy, Carnal Dome in Switzerland, the La Roche-sur-Yon bridge, Factory 798 in Bejing, and the Acropolis Museum in Athens.
David Benjamin is principal of the architecture firm The Living, and Director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The practice and the lab emphasize open source research and design, which offers results from experimentation in a way that others can use. Benjamin describes architectural research as an ecosystem where no project stands alone, and no project can be fully understood in isolation from the other projects.