Antoine Predock describes projects in which he tries to understand the site intimately before designing, aiming to produce buildings that fit well with their site, purpose and climate. Ron Golan, Russel Thomsen, and Eric Kahn of Central Office of Architecture present urban research and completed buildings. Both Predock and COA have a very keen sense of site, and try to build in a way that enhances the landscape.
Video Archive | Antoine Predock (2)
This video begins with an 18-minute 1984 documentary Toxic Earth: the need to unite, from the OSHA/Environmental Network, advocating collaboration between labor unions and environmentalists. After an introduction by Shelly Kappe, Antoine Predock presents his work from an autobiographical perspective. Predock discusses the big landscapes of the Southwestern U.S. and how these have inspired and informed his work. He goes through a series of projects reflecting on the rituals of place and site, the New Mexico High Plateaus, the High Alpine region and the Rio Grande Valley, while simultaneously giving glimpses into his influences and his travels around the world.