Michael Graves begins by noting friends and former students in the audience, and remarks that visiting Morphosis makes him feel like he is from another time. He characterizes the first part of his lecture as “Architecture 101.” He contrasts two sitting rooms: one from a nineteenth century Biedermeier painting by Georg Friedrich Kersting, the other from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, and discusses the different ideas of habitation they convey. He describes being interviewed by Ada Louise Huxtable, in which he denied ever being a painter, and after which she wrote about his background as a painter. He discusses plan-making, which he identifies as one of the most abstract tasks of the architect. Graves revisits the Crystal Palace, while discussing it’s relevance to contemporary architecture.
Video Archive | Crystal Palace (2)
Sircus puts forth a thesis: The Pompidou center is not based on futuristic ideals, but nostalgia for the past. He compares the Pompidou to the stepping forms and open frame structure of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace, to French winter gardens of steel and glass, and to the nearby Les Halles. He explains the building structure
as an adaptation of bridge building. He notes the use of connections as decorative elements, as in the Eiffel Tower.