Video Archive | Italy (5)

Michele Saee
Italian critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi discusses contemporary architecture in Los Angeles and Italy as an introduction to a...
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Italian critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi presents his thoughts on contemporary architecture in Los Angeles as an introduction to...
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Michele Saee outlines his background: born in Iran, educated in Italy, working and teaching in Los Angeles. One of the most...
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Michele Saee discusses a house on Linnie Canal in Venice, California which had a very small site. The client who was a poet and...
Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture
Charles Jencks continues his 1976 lecture series by discussing Italian architecture's current direction and how it differs from...

Michele Saee

Italian critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi discusses contemporary architecture in Los Angeles and Italy as an introduction to a presentation by Michele Saee. Saee outlines his background: born in Iran, educated in Italy, working and teaching in Los Angeles. One of the most important influences on his work is his connection to SCI-Arc which he sees as a response to the state of architecture on the international level. In 1972, the year SCI-Arc was founded, Kenneth Frampton’s Five Architects appeared, establishing East Coast hegemony over architecture discourse for the rest of the decade. This changed in 1980 when an issue of Domus appeared with Frank Gehry on the cover,
featuring a group of young Los Angeles architects connected to SCI-Arc. It seemed to proclaim a new movement. Saee discusses a house on Linnie Canal in Venice, California which had a very small site. The client who was a poet and an artist wanted something that reflected a distinctive lifestyle. He describes the Cellular Fantasy Store as the project in which his own architectural thinking and language began to show itself. He wanted to create a new kind of work space, where people together with very little separating them. He discusses a competition he won for a Center for Comparative Cultural Studies in Sardinia, where he wanted to make non-architectural space that derives from the topography of the site.

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Italian critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi presents his thoughts on contemporary architecture in Los Angeles as an introduction to...
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Michele Saee outlines his background: born in Iran, educated in Italy, working and teaching in Los Angeles. One of the most...
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Italian critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi presents his thoughts on contemporary architecture in Los Angeles as an introduction to a presentation by Michele Saee. He cites an article written in 1986 entitled “At Least Architecture is on the Wing Again,” in which Peter Cook announced a new architecture including the work of Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhass and some California architects. Following the article’s suggestion of geographic linkages through architecture, Puglisi states that there is a link between Italy and California. Puglisi notes that Michele Saee worked in Italy for Superstudio for ten years, whose work influenced Rem Koolhaas and appeared in MoMA’s celebrated 1972 exhibit “The New Domestic Landscape.” Although economic and historical conditions tend to discourage innovative architecture in Italy, Italian designers are cosmopolitan and create through mixing cultures. One example of this is Michaele Saee.


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Michele Saee outlines his background: born in Iran, educated in Italy, working and teaching in Los Angeles. One of the most important influences on his work is his connection to SCI-Arc which he sees as a response to the state of architecture on the international level. In 1972, the year SCI-Arc was founded, Kenneth Frampton’s Five Architects appeared, establishing East Coast hegemony over architecture discourse for the rest of the decade. This changed in 1980 when an issue of Domus appeared with Frank Gehry on the cover, featuring a group of young Los Angeles architects connected to SCI-Arc. It seemed to proclaim a new movement.


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November 25, 2002 | Video Lecturer:

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Michele Saee discusses a house on Linnie Canal in Venice, California which had a very small site. The client who was a poet and an artist wanted something that reflected a distinctive lifestyle. He describes the Cellular Fantasy Store as the project in which his own architectural thinking and language began to show itself. He wanted to create a new kind of work space, where people together with very little separating them. He discusses a competition he won for a Center for Comparative Cultural Studies in Sardinia, where he wanted to make non-architectural space that derives from the topography of the site.


Charles Jencks Recent Italian And Japanese Architecture

June 24, 1976 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks continues his 1976 lecture series by discussing Italian architecture’s current direction and how it differs from other movements in Europe, specifically England, during the 1950s through the 1970s. Jencks covers political and social beliefs, technological advances, architecture, and product design to show how and where Italian designers situate themselves. After that, Jencks introduces his next topic, Japanese architecture. Jencks describes some recent works by architects in Japan, and how they are changing the architectural culture. This video ends in the middle of the lecture and is continued on a separate video, Charles Jencks New Japanese Architecture.

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Charles Jencks discusses Japanese architectural developments through the 1970s. He introduces the Metabolists and the views of...
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Charles Jencks uses examples from industrial and product design, as well as, the commissions Italian designers get to explain how...
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Charles Jencks defends his views during a question and answer session. He responds to questions regarding meaning and signifiers,...
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Charles Jencks begins his lecture on contemporary Japanese architecture by describing the schemes and traditions of Japanese...