Momoyo Kajima of Atelier Bow-Wow presents a series of projects that address the contemporary urban condition in Tokyo. She first documents a project that looks at the “Post-Bubble City.” The result of this investigation is a guidebook for the residents of the city. Next, Kajima presents a series of small residential projects that engage with both urban and rural conditions. She concludes with a collection of the firm’s more recent artworks.
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Kajima presents a series of residential projects completed by Atelier Bow-Wow. The first is the Gae House for one couple. She then documents the Kus House, in which the first floor has no specific function, while other levels are densely planned. Kajima also presents the Izu House: a negotiation of dramatic topography. Finally, she shows a project situated in a forest grove called the Black Dog House.
Robert Mangurian introduces Raimund Abraham discussing Abraham’s history and accomplishments while emphasizing Abraham’s drawing. Abraham reflects on drawing and argues that ultimately architecture can be made with only a pencil, paper, and a desire to make architecture. Abraham shows slides of his work including drawings and installations during the sixties, his home in Mexico, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and his work in China.
MacFarlane documents the design for a house in Corsica. He first describes his interactions with the client, citing the client’s interest in living across the sprawling site as a primary inspiration for the design. MacFarlane explains the treatment of the land as a synthetic landscape, revealing the house from above and below. He discusses the collaboration with engineering firm Arup.
Thomas Daniell gives the history of FOBA, which was founded by Katsu Umebayashi in 1995, where Daniell is a partner. FOBA is a small firm of 12 individuals, which focuses primarily on residential projects. The company has developed a substantial body of research on the topic of the contemporary dwelling. Daniell serves as a professor at Kyoto University, serves as an editor for Architectural Institute of Japan Journal and Archis magazine, in addition to his involvment in the practice of architecture.
Stanley Saitowitz discusses several projects, mostly in north California. He argues that modernism offers two path–“form and meaning,” and “space and experience”–and he is “more interested in space than in meaning.” In describing his design of houses, he refers to them as “linear configurations” and “bar houses,” because you can look through them from one room to another. He describes in detail the renovation a Victorian building in San Francisco for his office. He shows the Embarcadero Ribbon in San Francisco, a public landscape project in which he collaborated with Vito Acconci and Barbara Staufacher. Saitowitz concludes with a statement explaining his interest in “expanded architecture.”
Steven Holl further describes his view of “compression” as the simultaneous influence of multiple irreducible elements on a built form. He discusses psychological associations and the need of architects to mine these. Holl describes the Whitney Water Purification Plant in New Haven, several houses, and the Loisium winery and hotel in Austria, in terms of the mystical, multivalent elements of architecture.
Sorkin describes several urban design projects he has worked on, including senior housing of the future, projects for Jerusalem and Beirut, and alterations to the University of Chicago campus. Sorkin’s master plans employ, in places, deliberate vagueness to suggest a range of possibilities. In all the projects, Sorkin stresses ecological and climactic considerations.