Jeffrey Kipnis discusses the role of the architecture school and how it influences how students interact with the environment. He questions the audience about issues of intelligence, specialization, and representation. Citing Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture and the Villa Savoye, Kipnis argues that meaning changes over time. He stresses the importance of evolving through learning and peer interaction.
Video Archive | Five Points Of Architecture (5)
Jeffrey Kipnis comments on the SCI-Arc sensibility, and the importance of extending its attitudes and ideas into an independent voice. He stresses the value of drawing parallels between seemingly unrelated fields. Citing Le Corbusier, he discusses the effort of producing an effect and the tendency of effects to go out of fashion.
Jeffrey Kipnis discusses in depth, Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture, stressing their impact on modernism. He suggests that architecture sacrifices its objecthood in order to reinforce its importance. According to Kipnis, architecture serves power but ultimately undermines power structures.
Somol addresses difference in diagramming. He sites Colin Rowe’s Mathematics of the Ideal Villa as an example of starting with configurations of sameness and repetition and then identifying difference secondarily. He then looks at the way Bernard Tschumi integrates repetition with decay and oddity as a way to generate difference. He notes how Rem Koolhaas takes Le Corbusier’s Five Points of a New Architecture and subverts them to derive difference.
Oechslin discusses Le Corbsier’s engagement with classical architecture, noting connections between The Modular and The Vitruvian Man. Oechslin characterizes Corbusier’s Five Points of a New Architecture as a modern attempt to connect geometry with aesthetics. Oechslin argues that Le Corbusier followed the Vitruvian tradition that considered the plan, elevation and section the driving force behind a design. He discusses the definition of figure through Euclidean geometry, and how that changes their meaning.