Neutelings presents a series of residential projects, each representing a search for new types of living spaces. In one, he merges a typical row house with an apartment building. He discusses strategies for improving social housing, including the deployment of roof gardens. Neutelings stresses the importance of responding to urban scale and providing housing with a distinct character.
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Willem Neutelings describes the urban atmosphere of Holland. He explains his involvement in the Technical University of Delft, and his interest in exploiting data as material for design. Neutelings outlines the types of projects his office engages in, including housing, factories, fire stations, and public buildings. He explains that all of these projects have low budgets and use passive systems for heating and cooling, emphasizing his interest in sustainability.
Anthony Vidler discusses digital technologies and the contribution they are poised to make in postmodern residential design. Vidler argues that digital tools will disrupt existing design methodologies far beyond changing architectural representation. He focuses on housing because he it contains both a high degree of standardization, and a high degree of personalization. Vidler references works by Le Corbusier, Rem Koolhaas, and Diller and Scofidio.
Jinai Kim presents her architecture and urban design work in Korea. followed by a short Q&A with the audience. She discusses being inspired by flowers,
building interiors, and cityscapes. She believes, “architects and urban designers could be much humbler,” and “not make decisions for other people.” She describes her goal “to make some kind of interaction at the right time and at the right place,” and summarizes her four design principles as Create as little intervention as possible, Create as many options as possible for circulation and experience, Control and not-control and Nature as a metaphor.
Sejima presents a project for apartment housing in Gifu, Japan. The primary concern was to make the volume of the housing block as thin as possible. She explains that the project entailed a thoughtful consideration of public and private zones. Each dwelling has a private terrace space, and the complex creates a hierarchy of public and private circulation routes. A brief documentation of a small, outdoor cafe is included.
Michael Speaks discusses the relevance of young Dutch architects and talks about Dutch firms Crimson, MAX.1, NL Architects, and One Architecture. Speaks included these firms in “Big Soft Orange,” a 1999 exhibition, which he curated. Speaks emphasizes the importance of research as a tool of architectural practice and how “we must all become historians of the near-past” to work as “scenario-makers” in the future. He also talks about the work of architects and critics which guides his work in particular, Alejandro Zaera-Polo. He explains the use of “datascapes” to produce architectural form and an application called “orgware.” Speaks shows design work by architect Greg Lynn.
Roger Sherman discusses his work and ideas, starting with the West Hollywood Civic Center competition that brought him to Los Angeles, and the scale and form of Los Angeles. Sherman argues that traditional techniques of representation are inadequate to represent the reality of Los Angeles. He discusses game theory and land use law as alternative tools, and relates them to housing and public space. Sherman sits downs to discuss issues raised during his lecture with the audience, which includes Tom Buresch, Neil Denari, Eric Kahn, Mary-Ann Ray, Russell Thomsen and others.
Adriaan Geuze continues to describe the components of his design for the Central Square in Rotterdam which includes three large clock towers that conceal ventilation tubes, and four massive lighting arms that can be repositioned by visitors. Participating in a show for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, he selected five spots in Manhattan to bring parks back into the city grid. Another exhibit for the National Institute of Architecture in the Netherlands involved representing the one million houses that the Dutch government set out to build in a ten year period.