This video begins with partial footage of an unrelated panel discussion hosted by Shelly Kappe with guests Thornton Abell, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Gregory Ain, and Raphael Soriano. Ray Kappe gives a lecture on his personal practice and how it was started. He also discusses the formation of his collaborative work as a partnership with Herb Kahn and Rex Lotery. He talks about his interest in urban issues as well as social and land issues. Kappe shows examples of his work and gives an account for some of his design choices. He discusses materials such as wood and steel and the advantages and disadvantages of both. He also deals with structures, mechanical systems, and perceptions within a system.
Video Archive | Raphael Soriano (4)
Raphael Soriano discusses architecture, art, culture and science and emphasizes a need to steer clear of nonsense and entertainment. He discusses the purity of children, and how their inborn understanding is marred by the brainwashing of education. He plays a series of audio clips to demonstrate the declining quality of media and the problematic attempts to connect all of the arts. He suggests that the arts should be allowed to exist separately and their meanings distinguished and understood independently. Soriano concludes with a presentation of slides and discusses the issues he sees in defining rules of proportion and scale.
Raphael Soriano cheerfully dismisses as irrational whimsy the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Paolo Soleri, Eric Mendelsohn, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and others. He contrasts their “gimicks” and complexity with the simplicity, order and regularity of natural structures. Soriano characterizes the irrationality of urban design intellectuals, patterned toilet paper, and embroidered clothes as analogous to diseased and healthy tomatoes and flowers from his garden. Soriano rapidly surveys his own buildings, from the first houses and shops. He stresses his extensive work in prefabriation, and modular construction. He argues that it’s necessary, at this historical moment, to choose between the culture of Albert Einstein, which has put men on the moon, and the culture of Salvador Dal?, which has accomplished nothing.
Raphael Soriano discusses his ideas and opinions about architecture. Referring to music, he contrasts Bach’s “natural” compositional procedures with the “gimmicks” of John Cage. He says that he does not know what the definition of “spiritual man” is, and that people are bamboozled by merchants of publicity who keep us from being natural humans. Ornate architecture that goes beyond its structure is “dangerous” because when one works for society, one must act with great responsibility.