During the question and answer session, Gehry explains the genesis of the chain link fence. It’s not a material that he likes, but he has been trying to humanize it. He likes the idea of his designs not looking overly designed and contrived. He discusses the challenge of running a firm that builds both large and small projects.
Video Archive | Los Angeles (175)
John Lautner discusses his work and highlights construction details of several buildings in Los Angeles. He also shows the family home, a Swiss cabin on Lake Superior where he worked as a carpenter on the house when he was twelve years old. He includes details about his first house, built in 1939 and the Sheats Apartment Building, 1948. Silvertop, a residence in which he describes his use of silicon joints and hanging glass walls. He states, “I have at least ten practical reasons for one aesthetic reason to do anything.” Lautner also expresses his dislike of Los Angeles.
Shelly Kappe interviews Thornton Abell (1906-1984) in the garden at his home. Abell reviews his education from 1920s Sarasota, to USC in the 1930s. He covers his work with the Case Study Houses in the 1940s, and his work since then. Students also ask questions, and Abell shows his house. In the second half, Shelly Kappe interviews Whitney Smith (1911-2002) at his office in Pasadena. He discusses his education at USC, working with Harwell Harris, his Case Study House projects, and subsequent career. It ends with a few shots of the office exterior. This interview also exists in an independent video in this Archive.
Shelly Kappe introduces the panel of guests. Each introduction is accompanied with slides of the individual’s work. The panelists consist of Charles Moore, Frank Gehry, Helmut Schulitze, Peter de Bretteville, Roland Coate, and Glen Small.
The first few seconds have no sound. L. A. AIA president Henry Silvestri hands out awards, and introduces Bernard Zimmerman, who announces some upcoming AIA-sponsored lectures.
Harwell Hamilton Harris discusses his early projects, covering topics such as material applications, construction techniques and budgetary concerns. The majority of the projects presented are residential projects based in 1930’s Southern California. Harris also discusses technical concerns such as radiant heating systems and his interest in responsiveness to local climate. After discussing a series of residential projects in the first part of his lecture, Harris presents a series of larger scale projects including an exhibition hall and a church.
Shelly Kappe interviews Frank Gehry and Roland Coate. Gehry talks about his eclectic influences, working for artists, and his interest in education. Roland Coate describes his current influences, the integration of work and life, and the frustrating inaccessisiblity of much new technology.
Reyner Banham answers questions from the audience. He is asked about Los Angeles’s ecologies and architecture. He answers by citing examples from his lecture, specifically the development and planning of the infrastructural layering of Los Angeles’s Downtown buildings, freeways system, and pedestrian habits. He goes on to discuss the proliferation of the International Style and how it will shape architecture’s future.