Raimund Abraham discusses the importance of solitude, stating that when complexity in architecture simply mirrors the complexity of life, it becomes a tool of that complexity. Based on a dream, he presents a house project about stability, where the destabilization of the cube leads to an infinite number of geometrically complex juxtapositions. Interested in an uncontrollable occurrence of ideas that reoccur under unpredictable circumstances, his work is about continuous experimentation, but is also focused on eliminating speculation. An example of confronting architectural form with use, his Times Square Tower is about an interplay between a formal condition one has absorbed and learned, and an attempt to resolve an architectural problem in its most elemental form. Similarly, his Berlin Wall Church is about an inversion of simple elements to create a place where all of the social, political, and physical forces of the city would converge and come to a halt.
Video Archive | Berlin Wall (5)
Lars Lerup lectures on the relationship between subject and object and the attempt to create movement through the development of a promenade as a key goal of modernism. He presents several projects through drawings, models and diagrams including concepts for architectural interventions at the Berlin Wall. Each relates to movement and stasis generated through form and organization. Lerup is interested in combating a differentiation between inside and outside. He emphasizes the importance of metaphor, thinking and language in service of form. Lerup maintains that the ultimate building would be nothing but promenades, moving around, above and below while you sit in place.
Lerup presents a series of diagrams and a list of terms that relate to the Berlin Wall. He discusses ways of addressing the wall, creating in-between or meandering spaces, and creating connections and divisions. Lerup shows drawings and models that represent the imaginary realities in which, according to him, his practice typically operates. He discusses the stoa, and his interest in combining the stoa with a M?bius strip to create movement which is both outside and inside. Lerup affirms he is interested in combating inside-ness.
Stanley Tigerman’s project for the 2000 exhibition at the Staatsgalerie in Berlin comments on the present condition and possible future of the city. The project breaks the Berlin Wall at a series of points that result in passages that let people freely pass over and under the wall, and creates a linear park along both sides. Tigerman responds to questions from the audience, stating that it’s impossible to remember who
one is and what one has done, and that honest reflections of the current state of things are ethical considerations.
Raimund Abraham talks about his, then, most recent work; a church on the Berlin Wall. While describing the project he suggests that the typology of wall and bridge are continually suggestive of the church typology and begins to intertwine the three types through layers of tactility and symbols. As he wraps up his lecture, Abraham insists on investigating the physiological in architecture by means of time and memory.