A series of Mexican architects are interviewed individually by Shelly Kappe and discuss the development of modern architecture in Mexico. Enrique Del Moral talks about his early days as a student of Jos? Villagr?n, and how winning the lottery enabled him to travel. Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n talk about their partnership which is more like a history of collaboration than a traditional office. Charles Eames speaks at LACMA in 1976 about various topics important to his practice, beginning with education and ways of learning. A 1973 WNET documentary “An Eames Celebration“ features an interview with Charles and Ray and focuses on their house for the Case Study House program five years after its completion.
Video Archive | Ricardo Legorreta (2)
Ricardo Legorreta presents a selection of his work and discusses his philosophy and the history of Mexican architecture. He states that he is proud to be Mexican and that Mexico is badly misunderstood in the United States. Born and raised in Mexico, Legorreta recalls that when he asked Walter Gropius if he should leave the country to study, his advice was to stay in the place where he planned to live and work, but to travel as much as possible. He talks about the loss of a sense of grandeur in architecture, arguing that we do many big things, but seldom do great things. In presenting his own work he discusses a school project for a small town in which he tried to keep each component scaled appropriately for a small city. He presents a distribution center he designed for IBM that gave him the opportunity to do a building with walls that have very few openings.