Jeffrey Kipnis describes this seminar as a debate on the issues Eric Owen Moss’s SCI-Arc directorship stressed, especially as they relate to the students’ imminent engagement with practice. For the first session, the topic is the pleasure of building. Eric Owen Moss responds to the topic by describing his Penelope theory of architecture, in which building and making are necessarily accompanied by unmaking and doubt. He reviews important influences, and then discusses in detail the Trivida office, and the Waffle building, stressing the relationship between design and realization. Kipnis and Moss discuss the importance of designers anticipating what will be technological feasible, stressing the element of wonder or surprise as a core value.
Jeffrey Kipnis describes the seminar, Look! You’ve got it all wrong! as an attempt to reflect on the issues Eric Owen Moss’s SCI-Arc directorship stressed, as they relate to the students’ imminent engagement with practice (and also referencing Monty Python’s Life of Brian). Kipnis proposes for the topic of the first session, the pleasure of building–a topic that architecture schools tend to ignore. He encourages students to see Nova‘s “The Great Cathedral Mystery” (David Murdock, 2014), for it’s inspiring story of Brunelleschi’s innovation in brickwork that made the domes of the Florence cathedral possible.
Jeffrey Kipnis and Eric Owen Moss discuss the importance of designers anticipating what will be technological feasible, stressing the element of wonder or surprise as a core value. To a question about whether new tools help or hinder this wonder, Moss argues it’s a question of seeing where the tools haven’t been. Kipnis suggests that new tools never quite solve the problem they were designed to address, but, rather, create a new mode of practice.
After a brief outline, Josef Fr?hlich discusses increasing complexity as a necessary and irreversible social trend, presenting evidence of how technological Research & Development is increasingly collaborative
and international. After presenting a variety of different definitions of complexity from different disciplines, Fr?hlich stresses the notion that the behavior of complex systems is not predictable. This has profound implications for every kind of planning activity, especially with regard to technological innovation. Instead of linear forecasting, Fr?hlich and his colleagues develop multiple, data-driven, narrative foresight scenarios. He discusses foresight techniques applied to long-range planning for the Austrian energy system, research coordination for the European Union, and the Austrian Science Center Network.
Josef Fr?hlich discusses some of the tools useful for guiding complex systems. He stresses social media, describing spatial visualizations of EU Framework programs for research.
Mamoru Nakagawa, via Yoshio Ikezaki’s translation, explains the significance of being a Japanese Living National Treasure. He explains the manner in which he creates his own tools and seeks to be innovative, as well as maintain tradition. He discusses his innovative methods and the science of mixing compound metals. He describes his design inspiration, derived from nature and its constant changes. He then explains his philosophy in teaching. Nakagawa discusses the necessity of having clear focus and minimizing distractions in order to concentrate on the production of work.
Daniell discusses concepts behind innovative housing strategies, utilizing shipping containers as homes. They have an outstanding reusable quality and flexibility. He described the city of Tokyo as a series of casually stacked boxes.
Kennon discusses the importance of education and curiosity in innovation. He states that architecture should be responsive to the basic psychological needs of the population. He emphasizes the importance of the paradigm shift of working within a team environment, stating the team should be intellectually and emotionally energetic. He refers to architecture as an extension of human activity and emphasizes the importance of the concept of indeterminacy within architecture to provide a spatial experience. He discusses technology as the means by which the intangible becomes tangible.