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 | Thornton Abell (2)
Shelly Kappe interviews Thornton Abell (1906-1984) in the garden at his home. Abell reviews his education from 1920s Sarasota, to USC in the 1930s. He covers his work with the Case Study Houses in the 1940s, and his work since then. Students also ask questions, and Abell shows his house. In the second half, Shelly Kappe interviews Whitney Smith (1911-2002) at his office in Pasadena. He discusses his education at USC, working with Harwell Harris, his Case Study House projects, and subsequent career. It ends with a few shots of the office exterior. This interview also exists in an independent video in this Archive.