The panelists review the contents of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, contrasting the work in the Arsenale exhibition and the work in the national pavilions. They discuss criticism as a means of assessing contemporary practice.
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Michel Rojkind presents a series of projects illustrating his interest in the idea of contagion in architecture. He discusses projects of varied scales, spanning his career, elaborating on the broader implications of the work. Rojkind stresses existing urban conditions, proximity and interface with other design proposals, and extreme requirements for execution.
Rojkind presents a proposal for a hotel comprised of aggregated horizontal elements organized to establish different venues and atmospheres in a larger complex. He describes his entry in a competition to create park space and public housing for Mexico City. His entry was highly critical of the project brief and of city policies.
Neil Denari introduces Bart Lootsma as a central voice of contemporary Dutch architecture criticism, and notes the exhibits he curated at the Pompidou in Paris and the Kunsthalle in Vienna.
Michael Rotondi introduces Jeremy Gilbert Rolfe. Rolfe is a painter as well as a critical theorist and teacher.
Graves concludes the review of his own work by revisiting the Portland Building. As the frequent target of negative criticism, Graves argues that it’s important to maintain criticism as a forum for opinion, but not to misuse criticism to silence voices or sabotage work that might be
unpopular. He ends by warning students not to copy his mannerisms, but to engage in classicism creatively and thoughtfully. He particularly warns against the new classical revival movement, which he characterizes as “trite.”
Sam Hall Kaplan discusses his view of cities as people. His criticism is based on the belief that design should be made for people, not for the sake of design. The city is a marketplace for people, a place for meeting, a marketplace of materials, services, goods and ideas. The city culminates as the sum of our civilization. He compares and contrasts urban marketplaces and urban fabrics throughout the United States and other parts of the world.
The concluding 13 minutes of Libeskind’s lecture. He finds most of contemporary architecture misguided. On the other hand, he claims that many architects of his generation are rethinking assumptions, and rethinking the nature of architecture. He quickly displays some of his models and drawings to show how his work tries to deal with the themes of his lecture.