Jeffrey Kipnis begins the eighth and final Fecundity of a Mossy Climate conversation by arguing that even though architecture has traditionally been focused on sobriety and rectitude, it can reflect other aspects of human experience. He discusses some projects by Hernan Diaz Alonso, stressing the use of animation as a design tool. Diaz Alonso and Kipnis discuss horror, ephemerality and impermanence as positive values, working within given problems, and digital versus filmic sensibilities. Diaz Alonso and Kipnis respond to comments from the audience, touching on temporality, nostaligia and working. They respond to Eric Owen Moss’s question about buildings that are virtual and buildings that exist in reality.
Video Archive | Eric Owen Moss (62)
Henry N. Cobb discusses with Eric Owen Moss his Hypostyle installation, stressing that the array of opaque vertical elements is meant to be very legible and experiential. When Moss wonders if the tabletop city of Loos’s Tribune Towers is meant ironically, Cobb distinguishes between the architectural proposition made of 3 by 8 foot doors, from the the Loos urban proposition. Cobb stresses the significance of scale and proportion, and the work’s experiential aspect. Cobb and Moss continue their conversation, touching on plan versus section, timelessness, and minimalism.
Todd Gannon moderates a discussion with nine entrants from SCI-Arc in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 2012 competition for a museum in Helsinki: Eric Owen Moss (Eric Owen Moss Architects), Ivan Bernal (Xefirotarch), Margaret Griffin and John Enright (Griffin Enright Architects), Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts (Hodgetts + Fung), Florencia Pita (Pita & Bloom), Jenny Wu (Oyler Wu Collaborative), Russell Thomsen (Idea Office), Tom Wiscombe (Tom Wiscombe Architecture), and Wes Jones (Jones, Partners: Architecture). Gannon begins with an attempt to categorize them by formal strategies, and then invites the panelists to respond to his categorization.
Wes Jones’s assertion that entries need to be strategized based on knowledge of the jurors prompts a general discussion about architectural competitions. From the audience, Thom Mayne challenges the panelists to articulate what their project’s position was, and each panelist responds.
Jeffrey Kipnis begins the third public discussion component of the seminar Look, You Got It All Wrong, with a discussion of intuitions of space in art and architecture. In questioning Kipnis’s attempt to theorize intuition, Eric Owen Moss proposes working without guarantees. He notes how architects need to cultivate both the ability to imagine, and the ability to imagine a method of implementation. Kipnis and Moss discuss the role of intuition in architecture.
Russell Thomsen and Eric Owen Moss discuss the historical, ethical and political issues behind Thomsen’s proposal, with Eric Kahn, for Auschwitz. Thomsen characterizes it as temporarily “blanking” the site, making it inaccessible
and invisible. Moss raises the question of appropriate or inappropriate uses, citing Peter Eisenman’s Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
Jeffrey Kipnis begins the second session of the seminar with Eric Owen Moss with images of the significance of construction details. Kipnis then introduces this session’s topic, as finding a personal ethos in relation to one’s own architectural practice. Eric Owen Moss presents the horse from the movie The Wind as an image of abstract forces embodied in a concrete form. He argues the value of getting away from what’s known in favor of exploring possibilities. Kipnis and Moss discuss the role of tradition, and personal and public motives in architecture, and pursuing practice critically.
Jeffrey Kipnis describes this seminar as a debate on the issues Eric Owen Moss’s SCI-Arc directorship stressed, especially as they relate to the students’ imminent engagement with practice. For the first session, the topic is the pleasure of building. Eric Owen Moss responds to the topic by describing his Penelope theory of architecture, in which building and making are necessarily accompanied by unmaking and doubt. He reviews important influences, and then discusses in detail the Trivida office, and the Waffle building, stressing the relationship between design and realization. Kipnis and Moss discuss the importance of designers anticipating what will be technological feasible, stressing the element of wonder or surprise as a core value.
Eric Owen Moss welcomes everyone to Graduation 2014, remarking that it marks a propitious moment for SCI-Arc, and the new graduates, in their effort to re-imagine what the future might be.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti argues that with the help of designers like the new graduates, cities will become the generators of solutions to contemporary problems. Garcetti concludes by offering four words of encouragement:
- Be fearless, i.e. dare to dream boldly.
- Be humble, i.e. consider all the ways to powerfully benefit cities that are not ego-driven, or monumental–citing the Ise Grand Shrine and CicLAvia.
- Learn to listen, which combined with boldness and humility makes for a great leader.
- Lead with love–acknowledge that design is about connecting people, for purposes of furthering what Aristotle defined as the purpose of cities: the good life.
Graduating B.Arch student Anthony Morey describes recently looking at his picture on his SCI-Arc i.d., and realizing how radically he has changed and grown in four and a half years. He recalls one of his first instructors, Eric Kahn, inspiring students to become the authors of their own stories, and not to be afraid of getting lost.
Hsinming Fung presents several academic honor awards:
- The SCI-Arc Service Awards go to Manori Samanthika Sumanasinghe (B.Arch), Alexander Torrez Chang (B.Arch), Taryn Bone (M.Arch 1), and Austin Samson (M.Arch 2)
- The Alpha Rho Chi medals go to Anthony Morey (B.Arch) and Jeffrey Halstead (M.Arch 2)
- The Henry Adams certificates of merit go to Christopher Nielson (B.Arch), and Scotty Zane Carroll (M.Arch 1). The Henry Adams medals go to Matheos Mulugeta Asfaw (B.Arch) and Garrett T. Santo (M.Arch 1)
Diaz Alonso and John Enright present diplomas to the graduating B.Arch, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2, ESTm and SCIFI students.
Eric Owen Moss presents awards for thesis projects:
- Merit award for undergraduate thesis: Uriel Alexander Lopez, Su Yun Jessica Hong, Shane Ritter-Roth, Jing Yan, Kyle Branchesi, Anthony Morey, Matheos Mulugeta Asfaw, Hung The Diep
- Merit award for graduate thesis: Julian Rui Huang, Morgan Wright Garrard, Han-Yuan Chang, Nan-Yen Chen, Sofya Lapina, Garrett T. Santo, Daiki Tsutsumi, Jordan Squires.
- SCI-Arc Gehry Prize: Jie Yang (B.Arch), Hannah Goodale Pavlovich (M.Arch 1), Jeffrey Halstead (M.Arch 2), Mustafa Kustur (M.Arch 2)