This lecture commemorates architect Raimund Abraham, who was teaching at SCI-Arc at the time of his death in 2010. In a talk specifically addressed to Abraham, Steven Holl reviews his recent work in terms of ambiguity of time, place, and scale, ambiguous systems, and programs, and the clarity of concepts.
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Steven Holl describes his view of “compression” as the simultaneous influence of multiple irreducible elements on a built form. Using his projects, Holl describes these irreducible elements and how he has tried to incorporate them into his work. He also discusses certain architectural devices that show up throughout the works.
Steven Holl use his own work and work by others to discusses how lighting, space, typology, program, and materials can create “phenomenological effects” in architecture. He describes his approach to urbanism as using context to reinforce the concept of his design, especially when dealing with a site neighboring natural landscape. He ends by fielding questions about his work, the passion towards his work, and the way the economy shifts his office into different directions.
Steven Holl presents an abbreviated text and accompanying project sited in Milan, Italy. This text focuses on his experiments in urbanism, dealing with densities, the relationships between perspective and plan in understanding a city, programming in parallel to designing, and the tactile impression of a city. Holl reads from this text while displaying accompanying images and diagrams to illustrate his intentions. He finally presents his project for a large site on the outskirts of Milan which incorporates many programmatic concepts and organizational methods of gradiated density.
The lecture title refers to the struggle between making architecture as an autonomous art and making architecture as a cultural statement. Holl infuses his projects with American vernacular manifested through building typology, which allows him to both acknowledge building traditions and elevate their elements to the level of architecture. The Pamphlet Architecture series, which was founded by Steven Holl is aimed at giving young architects an opportunity to explain and discuss their ideas. In this lecture Holl outlines several residential projects in which he resolves issues of proportion, and other relationships within the project while consciously employing the building typology to signal that the projects are rooted in American tradition.