Video Archive | Contextualism (32)

Brendan MacFarlane Walk-clip_4060
Brendan MacFarlane discusses more projects, including the Frac Centre in Orleans, the Taipei Performing Arts Center, and the...
Henry Cobb Eric Owen Moss Conversation-clip_4908
Eric Owen Moss talks about images and representation in corporate buildings, particularly skyscrapers. Henry Cobb relates his...
Thom Mayne-clip_4662
Mayne's early desire to build the houses Morphosis designed came from a desire to maintain control of the process and the work....
Make It New Downtown Symposium-clip_4962
The panelists discuss Los Angeles and the culture that defines the city. They characterize skyscrapers as serving commercial...
Josep Llu?s Mateo-clip_4794
Josep Llu?s Mateo presents three unbuilt competition entries. He explains that all of these projects deal with nature, their...
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Stan Allen presents field conditions, infrastructural urbanism, and contextual tactics as the three major issues in his work. He...
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Stan Allen discusses the driving concepts behind his latest publication entitled Points and Lines. Infrastructural...
Stan Allen
Stan Allen discusses the driving concepts behind his recent publication Points and Lines. These points and lines...

Brendan MacFarlane Walk-clip_4060

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November 3, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Brendan MacFarlane discusses more projects, including the Frac Centre in Orleans, the Taipei Performing Arts Center, and the ?cole Sup?rieure des Arts et de la Communication (ESAC) in Pau. These projects propose using existing elements to inform performative surface manipulations, that suggest ebbs and flows of circulation and program. MacFarlane ends by discussing the relationship between the physical elements of his architecture and the psychological associations it creates to the users.


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Eric Owen Moss talks about images and representation in corporate
buildings, particularly skyscrapers. Henry Cobb relates his experiences and his knowledge of tower projects by describing several of his projects and their urban intentions, notably Boston’s John Hancock Building. They discuss the impact towers have on cities.


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November 13, 2002 |

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Mayne’s early desire to build the houses Morphosis designed came from a desire to maintain control of the process and the work. The early houses involved the integration of revered objects and their manufacturing process into the designs, along with other methods of subverting the conventional construction methodologies. The lanscape and interfacing site and building became more important, such that buildings became a form of site augmentation, as is evidenced in the Chiba Golf Club, Museo del Prado Competition, and Artspark Performing Arts Pavilion Competition.


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The panelists discuss Los Angeles and the culture that defines the city. They characterize skyscrapers as serving commercial interests, instead of people. Tom Gilmore argues that it’s time for Los Angeles to escape the “young city” stereotype.


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April 11, 2001 | Video Lecturer:

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Josep Llu?s Mateo presents three unbuilt competition entries. He explains that all of these projects deal with nature, their sites, and contextual relationships. The first is a sport and health spa complex in Switzerland. The second is a bank building in Germany with a translucent facade responding to a cold climate. Then he presents a proposal for a bridge to a housing project in Lille.


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February 24, 1999 | Video Lecturer:

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Stan Allen presents field conditions, infrastructural urbanism, and contextual tactics as the three major issues in his work. He is also interested in the language of detailing and construction that is self evident. He is interested in a tactical notion of the field as exemplified by post-minimalist art, as opposed to the serial repetition of minimalist art. Frederick Kiesler’s Endless House shows how interstitial spaces can arise from a loose fit within field conditions. Allen’s 1995 competition entry for the National Diet Library in Kansai is an example of this loose fit approach applied to a project.


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February 24, 1999 | Video Lecturer:

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Stan Allen discusses the driving concepts behind his latest publication entitled Points and Lines. Infrastructural urbanism is a way of dealing with all of the networks and systems that enable a building to exist rather than simply looking at the building itself. An example of this approach is Allen’s 1996 competition entry for the Logistical Activity Zone for the port of Barcelona, that was given not as a final master plan, but rather as a montage of potential scenarios that could take place on the site. In describing his idea of contextual tactics, he explains the use of montage as an activity of escalation with increasingly diminishing returns. His competition entry for an extension of the Museo del Prado in Madrid is an example of looking for more interesting and sophisticated ways of creating difference within the new field of the modern city.


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February 24, 1999 | Video Lecturer:
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Stan Allen discusses the driving concepts behind his recent publication Points and Lines. These points and lines together describe systems and networks that contain intermediate zones and interstitial spaces that are just as important as the network itself. He presents field conditions, infrastructural
urbanism, and contextual tactics as the three major issues in his work. He is also interested in the language of detailing and construction that is self evident. He is interested in a tactical notion of the field as exemplified by post-minimalist art, as opposed to the serial repetition of minimalist art. He discusses his National Diet Library in Kansai, the Logistical Activity Zone for the port of Barcelona, an extension of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, renovation and addition to a house by Marcel Breuer and other houses.

Allen’s interest lies in a tactical notion of the field as seen in examples of modern art. Infrastructural urbanism is a way of dealing with all of the networks and systems that enable a building to exist rather than simply looking at the building itself. Contextual tactics also try to go beyond montages and collages, looking for more interesting and sophisticated ways to create difference within the new field of the modern city.

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