Tom Wiscombe, Marcelyn Gow, Alvin Huang, and Roland Snooks respond to Greg Otto’s question on the role of digital tools in investigating architectural fundamentals.
Video Archive | Architectural principles (6)
Tom Wiscombe, Marcelyn Gow, Alvin Huang, and Roland Snooks respond to audience comments on building fundamentals, and the issues within architectural discourse that remain relevant or arise as new problems.
Jeffrey Kipnis begins the second session of the seminar with Eric Owen Moss with images of the significance of construction details. Kipnis then introduces this session’s topic, as finding a personal ethos in relation to one’s own architectural practice. Eric Owen Moss presents the horse from the movie The Wind as an image of abstract forces embodied in a concrete form. He argues the value of getting away from what’s known in favor of exploring possibilities. Kipnis and Moss discuss the role of tradition, and personal and public motives in architecture, and pursuing practice critically.
Jeffrey Kipnis and Eric Owen Moss discuss the role of tradition in James Joyce, Immanuel Velikovsky, and personal and public motives in architecture. Kipnis maintains that architecture’s fundamental role is to create new ways of being in the world. Moss doubts his personal history as a reader provides a useful model, arguing that a person finds what they need if they look for it. Pursuing practice critically is not for everyone, and creates conflicts, but “if you need to do it, you find a way to do it.”
After introductions by SCI-Arc directors Michael Rotondi and Neil Denari, founding director Ray Kappe discusses his body of work as a continuum. Kappe describes multiple projects, and the architectural principles that he applies to his work. He also talks about why he left Cal Poly and founded The New School, which later became SCI-Arc, and the spirit in which the school was founded.
Ray Kappe concludes his lecture by explaining his architectural principles. He describes that a house should be sympathetic with nature, providing minimum separation from the elements, and emphasize space perception. He finishes with a ten-minute silent slide show of his projects, followed by a few more words about SCI-Arc.