John Lautner gives a brief speech, joking about the hardships associated with contemporary media and publicity. He stresses the difficulty of speaking about architecture because it includes everything. Lautner presents a slide show of selected projects, begining with a cabin built by his father.
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John Lautner discusses his work and highlights construction details of several buildings in Los Angeles. He also shows the family home, a Swiss cabin on Lake Superior where he worked as a carpenter on the house when he was twelve years old. He includes details about his first house, built in 1939 and the Sheats Apartment Building, 1948. Silvertop, a residence in which he describes his use of silicon joints and hanging glass walls. He states, “I have at least ten practical reasons for one aesthetic reason to do anything.” Lautner also expresses his dislike of Los Angeles.
An edited sequence of comments by John Lautner, Craig Ellwood, Ray Kappe, Daniel Dworksky, Leroy Miller, and Frank Gehry. Lautner discusses his decision to become an architect and the advantage of a profession from which no one retires. Ellwood discusses his desire to truthfully express structure, and he reflects on the limitations of architecture when compared to art. Kappe talks about the diversity of the field of architecture, and describes his design process, emphasizing the importance of dealing with all aspects of decision making. Daniel Dworksky gives an account of traditions in architecture, and discusses his own related interests. Leroy Miller talks about goals, and how cities and architecture shape our values. Frank Gehry discusses individuality and art.