Bernard Tschumi describes how his book book Architecture Concepts (2012), prompted aproposal of a retrospective exhibition at the Pompidou, which in turn prompted a reconsideration of his work as a whole. After describing stages of the conceptualization, design and implementation of the exhibit, he reviews his work under five themes: Space and event, Program and juxtaposition, Vectors and envelopes, Context/Concept/Content, and Form/Concept.
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Vicente Guallart argues that the global financial collapse of 2007 created an opportunity to rethink Barcelona’s future. He proposes a self-sufficient city made of “productive neighborhoods at human speed, inside a hyper-connected metropolis.” He discusses projects to reintroduce nature into the city, and to integrate history into contemporary life, and efforts to upgrade the city’s information infrastructure hardware. Guallart describes current projects to cultivate self-sufficient neighborhoods, including new centers for digital fabrication, and a series of prototype solar houses.
Peter Trummer discusses his disciplinary approach and the aggregated figure and its unfolded ground. He discusses form not as a means of representation but as an investigation into the dynamics, material circumstances, and organizational patterns.
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.
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.
Antonio Jim?nez Torrecillas muses on the inspiration he receives from mountainous and arid landscapes, a feature of both Los Angeles and his home, Granada. He discusses several projects, including Muralla Nazari, the conservation and restoration of a 15th century Nasrid Dynasty wall, the Centro Jose Guerrero art gallery in Granada, and public grain shed in Posito de Huescar , the Dal Bat Showroom in a 150 year old residence, an unbuilt spa project, and a small agricultural building remodel.
Mohamed Sharif reviews his Miesien education in Scotland, his un-Miesien Ben Nicholson studio at IIT as an exchange student, and his investment in pattern making and pattern scrutiny. Sharif presents three of his projects done at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD): an architecture lecture hall, a library adaptation, and the Inside Jobsexhibition. He presents four projects for Santa Monica. The first, Liquid Sky, is a public space stemming from his obsession with the conical hourglass. The last three, forwardneverstraight, Treemedia, and Santa Monica Orthodontics express moments when a building you are looking at winks back at you.