Anthony Vidler moderates a panel discussion with architects Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Eric Own Moss, Thom Mayne, Peter Noever, and Wolf Prix. The panelist participated in a competition for a new campus for the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Vidler talks with the panelists about architectural dreams, language and perception, and the influence of location. Drawing a connection between Los Angeles and Vienna, Thom Mayne states that ideas and dialogue can make places, “placeless.”
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Anthony Vidler discusses digital technologies and the contribution they are poised to make in postmodern residential design. Vidler argues that digital tools will disrupt existing design methodologies far beyond changing architectural representation. He focuses on housing because he it contains both a high degree of standardization, and a high degree of personalization. Vidler references works by Le Corbusier, Rem Koolhaas, and Diller and Scofidio.
Anthony Vidler presents an argument tracing the trajectory of historicism and its contribution to the development of the concept of the historic monument. Introduced by Ron McCoy, he explains how Nietzsche’s idea of the past becoming the gravedigger of the present applies to such examples as the restoration of St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, among others. Describing a sometimes cult-like obsession with objects of the past, Vidler shows how historicism developed through the 19th and 20th centuries. Concluding with a look at post-modern fascinations with the historic sublime, he notes how ridiculousness is often another side of the same coin.