Jeffrey Kipnis and Eric Owen Moss discuss the importance of designers anticipating what will be technological feasible, stressing the element of wonder or surprise as a core value. To a question about whether new tools help or hinder this wonder, Moss argues it’s a question of seeing where the tools haven’t been. Kipnis suggests that new tools never quite solve the problem they were designed to address, but, rather, create a new mode of practice.
Video Archive | Codes (2)
Charles Jencks begins a different lecture that deals with signs, codes, and language as a way of conceiving and communicating architecture. He explains how modern architecture can be viewed as a language that failed to communicate, resulting in its demise. Using Minoru Yamasaki’s Pruitt-Igoe development in St. Louis, Jencks describes systems and codes that reveal themselves to the user as being based on the user’s past associations with particular architectural elements.