Jorge Silvetti presents his entry for a competition for the Houston Medical Center Nursing School which required them to work with extreme climatic conditions, incorporating elements such as an enclosed sky walk from the building to the parking structure. A series of horizontal and vertical holes throughout the building generate a natural air flow and provide natural light to help minimize energy consumption. He also discusses their work on the Getty Villa in Malibu which began in 1993.
Video Archive | Desert architecture (5)
This video begins with an 18-minute 1984 documentary Toxic Earth: the need to unite, from the OSHA/Environmental Network, advocating collaboration between labor unions and environmentalists. After an introduction by Shelly Kappe, Antoine Predock presents his work from an autobiographical perspective. Predock discusses the big landscapes of the Southwestern U.S. and how these have inspired and informed his work. He goes through a series of projects reflecting on the rituals of place and site, the New Mexico High Plateaus, the High Alpine region and the Rio Grande Valley, while simultaneously giving glimpses into his influences and his travels around the world.
Antoine Predock discusses the big landscapes of the Southwestern U.S. and how these have inspired and informed his work. He describes rituals of place and site regarding the New Mexico high plateau and high alpine architecture, the Rio Grande Valley, and American Wild West strip architecture. Predock goes on to present projects in Arizona and New Mexico where a detailed site analysis leads to architecture that deals with the landscape, geology, relationship with the sun and the colors and materials of the land.
Predock presents projects in the high alpine landscapes of New Mexico. He discusses how his work responds to the site and place and how he has always been prone to create architecture from landscape.
Khalili describes his quest to develop tools that would allow anyone to build a shelter utilizing the land. He sees fulfilling this basic need true architecture. He shows slides which explain the background of his investigation and experimentation, and his projects. He discusses the philosophy of permanence within the indigenous architecture of the Pueblo people and the desert communities in Iran. He discusses how these cultures value permanence within their structures, while utilizing the principles of gravity.