Video Archive | Architectural criticism (3)

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Michael Rotondi introduces Michael Sorkin to SCI-Arc students as a model of an invented life. He runs through a list of Sorkin's...
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Kaplan describes his role as a critic to be one in which requires dialogue among architects and the non-architect. He sees...
Paul Goldberger
The first few seconds have no sound. Los Angeles AIA president Henry Silvestri hands out awards, and introduces Bernard...

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February 14, 1996 | Video Lecturer:

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Michael Rotondi introduces Michael Sorkin to SCI-Arc students as a model of an invented life. He runs through a list of Sorkin’s projects including a public housing project in Vienna, an art installation in Hamburg, a proposal for Weed, Arizona, and his projects Neurasia and Shrooms. Sorkin is a professor of Urbanism and the Director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His books include Variations On a Theme Park, The Exquisite Corpse, and Local Code. Beginning his career in the 1970s as an architectural journalist, Sorkin switched to a full time teaching and design practice by the late 1980s.


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October 30, 1985 | Video Lecturer:

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Kaplan describes his role as a critic to be one in which requires dialogue among architects and the non-architect. He sees himself as an educator, which has a responsibility to create awareness amongst his readers as a public advocate. Cities are comprised of people and focal points, or landmarks. He states cities are a marketplace for the exchange of materials, services, goods and ideas, while providing a meeting place
for all people. He states that present day malls have become equivalent to the main streets of the past, and therefore improvement upon them is necessary. He emphasizes the importance of public plazas.


Paul Goldberger

The first few seconds have no sound. Los Angeles AIA president Henry Silvestri hands out awards, and introduces Bernard Zimmerman, who announces some upcoming AIA-sponsored lectures. Frank O. Gehry welcomes Paul Goldberger as a sign that the “Eastern Establishment” is finally taking an interest in Los Angeles. Paul Goldberger begins by observing that SCI-Arc is the third architecture school in California he’s lectured at in the last few days “and it’s the only time I’ve felt I was in a vaguely interesting space.” He quotes the warning against “trust in critics” from Byron’s “English Bards and Scotch Reviewers,” and warns that his talk will be more about journalism and criticism than architecture. He describes his work situation, which artificially equates him with the dance, drama and film critics, even though “buildings are not entertainment.” He sees his role as articulating the forces behind new and proposed buildings and places. He points out the example of residential developer H. R. Shapiro, who was quoted as saying “Architectural amenities are sheer nonsense” a few months before going bankrupt. Goldberger discusses the problematic building designs of the New York phone company and his hopes that his article on their latest will influence them to reconsider the trajectory of their built works. He discusses the role of government in the design review process, suggesting that a simple massing guideline is not enough, but that a full aesthetic review has dangerous potentials. Goldberger gives an example of successfully using his platform at the Times in 1974 to focus public outrage against Harry Helmsley’s proposal to eviscerate the interiors of McKim, Mead & White’s 1882 townhouse for Henry Villard to accomodate a new luxury hotel designed by Emery Roth. The publicity and subsequent design review process resulted in a new design that preserved the integrity of the Villard house.

 

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