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Stephen Phillips Kiesler’s Robots
Stephen Phillips describes several of Frederick Kiesler's most significant designs, including the 1962 Universal...

Stephen Phillips Kiesler’s Robots

September 30, 2011 | Video Lecturer:
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Stephen Phillips describes several of Frederick Kiesler’s most significant designs, including the 1962 Universal Theater concept for a show at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. Kiesler believed that traditional architecture lacks the adaptability and flexibility necessary to meet the demands of modern society. Kiesler’s proposals incorporated the temporal variation of space and form to synchronize with the human body’s rhythms. Phillips describes how Kiesler, while teaching at Columbia and Yale, did research into human motion and perception. Phillips presents a number of Kiesler’s installations that illustrate Kiesler’s ambition to engage the viewer in novel ways. Beyond employing movable elements, Kiesler proposed flexible, expanding and contracting spaces. Todd Gannon joins Phillips to discuss the nature of Kiesler’s work and his impact on architecture. They credit Kiesler with being the first to insist on the value of architectural ideas that aren’t realized. They discuss Kiesler’s obsession with control, always to the service of the corporate good, and the social and political implications of this view. Phillips discusses Kiesler’s Endless House project, and his embrace of contemporary trends. Though ignored by both the modernists and the postmodernists, Phillips argues that Kiesler is one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, and one whose ideas are still relevant.

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Phillips discusses Kiesler's Endless House project, and his embrace of contemporary trends. Though ignored by both the...