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.
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Eric Owen Moss and Henry Cobb discuss Cobb’s extensive tower projects. Cobb talks about lessons he has learned from decades of experience. The pair describe their working methods and general views toward mute form, urban planning, and the changing role of the tower. Cobb talks about his fascination with trying to make towers dance.
Henry Cobb comments that he will use his lecture to talk about his tower projects, as well as reflect on his career. Recalling Robert Venturi’s idea of the “double-functioning element,” he describes architecture as both dream and function. Cobb describes a series of early towers, and then focuses on Boston’s John Hancock Building. Cobb talks about the existing site conditions of neighboring Copley Square, as well as the political motivations that shaped the project. Cobb contrasts the muteness of tower forms with the verbosity of signage. He discusses his intention to manipulate the cube into a form that changes shape as the observer moves around it. Cobb argues that skyscrapers meet the ground, not the sky, and looks for the typology to change from portraying authority to portraying diversity.