After an introduction by Eric Owen Moss, Preston Scott Cohen describes his lecture as being about the “possible discovery of a relationship between architecture and complex geometry in which they agitate and alter one another,” and the “consequences of this kind of problem on the functional aspects of architecture.” Cohen presents the Torus House, the Wu House, a proposal for the Queens Museum Competition, and the Eyebeam Atelier Museum.
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Preston Scott Cohen describes this lecture as being about the “possible discovery of a relationship between architecture and complex geometry in which they agitate and alter one another,” and the consequences this has for the functional aspects of architecture. Cohen seeks “formal problems, which in contest with particular functional ones elicit a different understanding of function, help us to perceive or project other possible arrangements. We can’t just work with the program at hand.” Cohen frames this lecture in terms of adaptation and the improvements in functionality due to adaptation or modification.
Preston Scott Cohen presents digital studies of complex geometry, the Goodman House, and A New World Trade Center.
In a question and answer session, Preston Scott Cohen declares that his goal is to bring about his formal conditions “with cause” as opposed to artistic free will.
Libeskind argues that modern art is not a new development, but a continuation of the separation of body and mind instituted by Galileo and Descartes. In previous art the two are collocated, while in modern art the body disappears and only the mind is depicted. Likewise, nineteenth century architecture exhibits a disconnect between the between creations of the mind, with the latest materials, and the traditional architectural form as body. The duality between body and mind set the stage for modernism.