Stanley Saitowitz argues that modernism offers two paths: “form and meaning,” and “space and experience.” He places Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and others in the former category and Robert Venturi in the latter. Saitowitz says he considers this discourse part of his work. He shows photographs of his work and explains the first set of projects have to do with “time and space.” Saitowitz states he is “more interested in space than in meaning,” and the “invisible.” He talks about other projects as systems, and “instrumentality,” and others as “materiality.” He shows photographs of recent work, mostly in northern California. Houses with what he calls “linear configurations.” These “bar houses” as he suggests, are “Usonian houses for the rich.”
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Sam Jacob presents a series of projects that engage with a sense of place. Jacob discusses an exhibition in Ljubljana, which combines images of different geographies around the globe to communicate a sense of global flows of information. He proposes a new consideration of modernism, arguing that it was defined by radio communication, not industrialization. Jacob presents a proposal for a pedestrian bridge, and a relocation of an existing park to a new geographic location.
Michael Speaks introduces Sam Jacob, and the work of his firm Fat (Fashion Architecture Taste). Jacob discusses his office as a vehicle for exploring the limits of the discipline. He argues for looking outside of the field of architecture to engage with a wider array of cultures. He cites the work of media commentator Marshall McLuhan. The first series of projects presented by Jacob treat architecture as media, or pure message. The second series observe the lingering effects of modernization.
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.
Craig Hodgetts introduces Anthony Vidler as a leader in adapting architectural discourse to the changing technological landscape.
Identifying the origin of modernist functionalism in Frederick Taylor, Vidler argues that modernism failed due to a lack of adequate tools, not a flawed philosophy. He proposes that digital tools will fill in the void between the modernist dream of standardized housing, and the postmodern dream of completely personalized buildings. He cites works by Le Corbusier and Rem Koolhaas.
Mathias Klotz describes several projects in Chile from the past decade. The buildings are either rectangular boxes, or contain rectangular elements. The modernist houses are located on spectacular wilderness sites.
Michael Speaks introduces Mathias Klotz, a young architect from Chile. While he has only been practicing for a decade Klotz already has several completed buildings, a GG Portfolio monograph, and is being profiled in major architecture magazines worldwide.