Peter Cook discusses mobile architecture and his passion for projects that investigate human involvement. He describes the freedom to create part to whole relationships in contemporary architecture. Cook stresses simplicity, style, and similarity, illustrating them with an entry in a tower competition.
Video Archive | Bauhaus (7)
Charles Jencks discusses how early modernism was linked with contemporary spiritualist movements. He describes the Bauhaus under Kandinsky and Mies van der Rohe. Jencks discusses the changing influence of the media on artists and the public. He argues that architects must represent the emergent order governing the universe.
Alberto Bertolli introduces Bella Lewitzky. Lewitzky explains one aspect of her interest in architecture coming from her marriage to the architect Newell Taylor Reynolds. Lewitzky also discusses her interest in the Bauhaus and especially Oskar Schlemmer. She describes dance as communication, and identifies different types of dance. She stresses the role of Isadora Duncan as the revolutionary creator of modern dance.
Shelly Kappe interviews five architects from Mexico; Enrique Del Moral, Agust?n Hern?ndez, Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n, and Augusto Alvarez. Additionally, she interviews Teodoro Gonz?lez de Le?n separately. The discussion with each architect is about the influence of their schooling at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Each architect acknowledges the influence of Le Corbusier. In
De Le?n’s interview he details his work with Le Corbusier.
Shelly Kappe separately interviews Mexican Architects; Enrique Del Moral and Agust?n Hern?ndez. Del Moral talks about his early architectural work in Mexico City. He says people did not initially make the connection between art and architecture. He explains that Le Corbusier was a direct influence for modern architects in Mexico, but that Walter Gropius was an even greater influence for him. Del Moral credits the Bauhaus for new thinking and new developments in construction. Agust?n Hern?ndez talks about his architectural career in Mexico, where he attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and where he now teaches. When asked whose work he admired growing up, he states Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, and Frank Lloyd Wright as influences. Hern?ndez states, “I don’t believe in theories. I believe in practice.” He explains “there are two types of spaces in architecture in Mexico…pre-Hispanic – cosmic space – religion of the sky…and after the conquest, the religion in the room…” Hern?ndez’s preference is pre-Hispanic and its geometric forms. He sees “architecture as a living sculpture.”
Enrique del Moral discusses the difficulty of working in Mexico during the 1930s in Mexico. This period was also a transition allowing architecture to open up to work that was artistic and not solely construction, as demonstrated by the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier. He also discusses the influence of the United States on the architecture of today.
Enrique del Moral discusses his travel to Russia, and the Bauhaus. He talks about the emergence of a Mexican architecture. He explains the 1930s as a period as a transition allowing architecture to open up to work that was artistic and not solely functionalist construction.