Gehry goes into detail about the modifications he made to his Santa Monica house. He tries to blur the line between the indoors and outdoors and connect his house to the street in a meaningful way. Gehry also incorporated non-traditional construction methodologies, such as exposing studs, and use of chain link fence as a building material.
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Gehry outlines his intentions on several residential projects, including three studio residences in Venice for Denise Hopper. He also answers questions about his projects, how he works, and what inspires him to pursue seemingly odd design directions.
Keatinge-Clay discusses his student union building at San Francisco State University. He describes it as an anchor, an educational place without strict programming, to be used and misused by the students. The development of the building included teaching a course that examined how the building might function in the campus. Keatinge-Clay discusses the materials, forms, and colors of the building in terms of his design interests.
Keatinge-Clay advocates a dialogue between civilizations and epochs through architecture and urbanism. He sees all architecture as part of an unending dialogue with history. He goes on to discuss the San Francisco State Student Union project and the political controversy surrounding Moshe Safdie’s original design and removal from the project. Keatinge-Clay then responds to questions about materials and color, expressing his interest in the inherent color of material and the ability of it to change over time.
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.
This video begins with partial footage of an unrelated panel discussion hosted by Shelly Kappe with guests Thornton Abell, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Gregory Ain, and Raphael Soriano. Ray Kappe gives a lecture on his personal practice and how it was started. He also discusses the formation of his collaborative work as a partnership with Herb Kahn and Rex Lotery. He talks about his interest in urban issues as well as social and land issues. Kappe shows examples of his work and gives an account for some of his design choices. He discusses materials such as wood and steel and the advantages and disadvantages of both. He also deals with structures, mechanical systems, and perceptions within a system.
Charles Moore emphasizes the importance of the past. Grank Gehry proposes new material possibilities. Schulitz questions the values of contemporary commercial society. Peter de Bretteville discusses complexity and its various forms in architecture.
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.