Video Archive | Charles Jencks (9)

Charles Jencks Towards A New Paradigm
Charles Jencks discusses architecture's shifting paradigm in accordance with seven emerging themes in contemporary architecture....
Charles Jencks Architecture Of The Jumping Universe
Charles Jencks argues for abandoning failed modernist views of society and favors engaging networks and complex systems to...
Charles Jencks Postmodern Classicism And The New Synthesis
Roland Coate introduces Charles Jencks, who discusses postmodern classicism as it evolved from modernism by pointing out selected...
Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture
Charles Jencks continues his 1976 lecture series by discussing Italian architecture's current direction and how it differs from...
Charles Jencks The Language Of Modern Architecture
Charles Jencks discusses the roles in which linguistics and syntax play in modern, postmodern, and Art Nouveau architecture. He...
Charles Jencks New Japanese Architecture
This video continues the lecture begun on the video Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture. Jencks...
Charles Jencks New British Architecture
Charles Jencks, starting from the reconstruction after World War II , reviews the evolution of current English architecture. He...
Charles Jencks Constructivism
Charles Jencks tracks the evolution of Russian constructivism as a way of bridging the gap between cubism, modernism, and the...

Charles Jencks Towards A New Paradigm

November 10, 2003 | Video Lecturer:
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Charles Jencks discusses architecture’s shifting paradigm in accordance with seven emerging themes in contemporary architecture. Using current architectural projects and current discoveries in science, Jencks argues for a more intricate architecture that uses orders of nature and laws of science to compliment emergent design processes that contain metaphors and signifiers to pursue meaning. Though he admits his vision is pristinely
positive, he cautions the kitsch usage will weaken the significance of architecture in mainstream culture.

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Charles Jencks Architecture Of The Jumping Universe

April 4, 1995 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks argues for abandoning failed modernist views of society and favors engaging networks and complex systems to stimulate architectural design. Jencks critiques modernism and modernization, reviews some responses to moderist failures, and investigates the modern movement in terms of capitalist ideology. Jencks ends with a contentious question and answer session.

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Charles Jencks Postmodern Classicism And The New Synthesis

November 5, 1980 | Video Lecturer:
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Roland Coate introduces Charles Jencks, who discusses postmodern classicism as it evolved from modernism by pointing out selected projects and typical features that exemplify the new movement. Jencks gives numerous examples that explain the polemics this movement tries to investigate in the wake of failed modernist dogma. He maintains the new style represents all the features of modernity without the machine aesthetic of modernism, and, in some respect, invigorates old theories with new formal ideas regarding symbolism and semantics, and, place and association.

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Charles Jencks discusses postmodern classicism by comparing the semantic qualities of the movement with the classical Greek...
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Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture

June 24, 1976 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks continues his 1976 lecture series by discussing Italian architecture’s current direction and how it differs from other movements in Europe, specifically England, during the 1950s through the 1970s. Jencks covers political and social beliefs, technological advances, architecture, and product design to show how and where Italian designers situate themselves. After that, Jencks introduces his next topic, Japanese architecture. Jencks describes some recent works by architects in Japan, and how they are changing the architectural culture. This video ends in the middle of the lecture and is continued on a separate video, Charles Jencks New Japanese Architecture.

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Charles Jencks discusses Japanese architectural developments through the 1970s. He introduces the Metabolists and the views of...
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Charles Jencks uses examples from industrial and product design, as well as, the commissions Italian designers get to explain how...
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Charles Jencks defends his views during a question and answer session. He responds to questions regarding meaning and signifiers,...
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Charles Jencks The Language Of Modern Architecture

June 6, 1976 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks discusses the roles in which linguistics and syntax play in modern, postmodern, and Art Nouveau architecture. He traces a history of form association and codified semantics aimed at describing an evolution from early twentieth century design to the current (1976) language of architecture. He identifies the modernist dilemma of signifier and signified with the bare forms modernism, and describes how a reintroduction of syntax and the semantic use of historic architectural elements came about to define social status. Throughout the question and answer session, Jencks negotiates through a barrage of skepticism and hostility.

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Charles Jencks paries questions about modernism overshadowing the Art Nouveau movement, the death of Art Nouveau, as well as that...

Charles Jencks New Japanese Architecture

May 28, 1976 | Video Lecturer:

This video continues the lecture begun on the video Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture. Jencks praises the use of metaphors and signs as a way to create architecture that is egalitarian and not elitist. The second half of this video contains the beginning of another lecture, covering the language of modern architecture.

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Charles Jencks New British Architecture

May 19, 1976 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks, starting from the reconstruction after World War II , reviews the evolution of current English architecture. He describes the styles and methods of the Smithsons, Cedric Price, Norman Foster, Archigram, James Stirling, and Ralph Erskine. Beginning at the Townscape movement and shifting to Brutalism, Pop Art, and Neo-Palladianism, Jencks discusses changing social trends, political tendencies, and architectural ideas that affected, advanced, and eventually asphyxiated the aspirations of each era.

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Charles Jencks answers questions on contemporary, English architectural practice. He discusses Archigram's waning influence....
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Charles Jencks begins in post-World War II England, discussing the politics behind the reconstruction in English cities according...

Charles Jencks Constructivism

May 17, 1976 | Video Lecturer:
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Charles Jencks tracks the evolution of Russian constructivism as a way of bridging the gap between cubism, modernism, and the prevalent International Style. Jencks describes the 1905 and 1917 revolutions and how designers approached both. He cites Lenin and Marx on the role of government in
regulating style through the early half of the twentieth century. He breaks down the architectural evolution of the movement from before Tatlin’s Tower through its spread to other Communist countries like Poland and China, and finally, the eventual decline of the movement in favor of the International Style.

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