Peter Noever discusses the problems conventional museums have regarding space and site. After observing a moment of silence for the late Raimund Abraham, Noever discusses artists such as James Turrell, Anselm Keifer, Donald Judd, Paul McCarthy, Chris Burden, and Vito Acconci.
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Marcelyn Gow introduces John Southern. John Southern shows the progression of his own work and his interest in urban activism and research. He references Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and shows examples of some public spaces his office has changed.
As part of his Fall 2009 installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery, Joe Day hosts a discussion with photographer Josh Melnick, and nonprofit art space director Lauri Firstenberg. Melnick discusses the New York subway portrait photographs he contributed to the SCI-Arc installation, and their display, which he also designed. Firstenberg, Melnick and Day debate the “functions and dysfunctions of the white cube and black box.” Melnick talks about his current project, Chair Work which he sees as “moving much more into a social practice.” Day comments about Melnick’s framing of subjects and its connection to reflecting, mirroring emotion.
Hernan Diaz Alonso introduces Xu Weigo, of XWG architecture studio and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Weigo discusses the cultural exchange between China and America and characterizes the theme of his talk as dynamic response. He defines architecture as people, nature, and beauty, and discusses work from his office.
Hernan Diaz Alonso welcomes Jonah Rowen to the school as a new faculty member. Rowen introduces his lecture on conceptual labyrinths. Rowen argues seven points of the labyrinth. Todd Gannon joins Rowen to discuss various contemporary and historical debates within the field of architecture touched on by Rowen’s presentation.
Jos? Oubrerie shows the audience drawings given to him by Le Corbusier, and his own sketches–some produced as he addresses the audience–to explain the process behind the Church of St. Pierre in Firminy. He stresses the importance of maintaining the church’s original design, while solving problems using contemporary technology. He also discusses his own idependent work.
Ming Fung leads a discussion of SCI-Arc and Caltech’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. Event participants contrast their Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype (CHIP) with the nineteen other entries. Wes Jones explains the team’s desire to address the competition criteria without regard for traditional images of a house. They debate the imagery of CHIP, and the creation of an architectural icons. Wes Jones discusses the process by which the team arrived at the CHIP design, noting the long sequence of interresting iterations and alternatives. Ming Fung asks about the team’s strategy for shipping the house from Los Angeles to Washington. Brian Zentmyer discusses the decision not to follow the example of most previous Decathlon teams and build an easily-transportable modular design. Andrew Gong and Cole Hershkowitz discuss their design of CHIP’s electrical systems, especially control mechanisms and interactive features. Ming Fung asks participants how much they used prior knowledge and how much they learned on the job. Dwayne Olyer discusses the relationship between architects and engineers, and the process of prioritization.
Jeffrey Kipnis leads a discussion between Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss regarding their views on architecture’s relationship with politicsKipnis opens up the discussion with the premise that throughout history, architecture has primarily served people in power. Responding to Kipnis. Mayne and Eric Owen Moss debate their role as architects within the political realm. Mayne discusses his views on the nature of the city and t. he architect’s contribution to public life. Kipnis argues that Moss is individualistic and idealistic as a formalist, while Mayne is more pragmatic and idealistic as an urbanist. Kipnis asserts that multiple truths are valid, while Moss is more interested in the exception, rather than the rule, as the only truth architecture can impart to the public. Kipnis and Mayne discuss school projects as political projects. The discussion concludes with a Q&A Session, covering China, Russia, totalitarianism, social inequality, typography, e.e. cummings, Mark Z. Danielewski’s “House of Leaves,” Rem Koolhaas, and meaning and symbolism in architecture.