Video Archive | Modernism (104)

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Bruno Queysanne presents some of his research concerning the conflict between the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the...
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Bruno Queysanne discusses the view that anything added to a building that is not part of its structure diminishes it as a work of...
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Bruno Queysanne argues that Wittgenstein's house for his sister doesn't reflect Wittgenstein's work in philosophy. Queysanne...
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Bruno Queysanne compares Wittgenstein's plan for his sister's house with the plan created earlier by the architect Paul Engleman....
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Turning to the work of Adolf Loos, Bruno Queysanne notes that his first projects were restorations, not freestanding...
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Bruno Queysanne discusses some provocative details of the interior of Loos' Villa Muller: textile used as marble, furniture that...
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Charles Jencks reviews the genology of complexity theory, which tries to explain physics, mathematics, and psychology in...
Charles Jencks Architecture Of The Jumping Universe
Charles Jencks argues for abandoning failed modernist views of society and favors engaging networks and complex systems to...

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February 9, 1996 | Video Lecturer:

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Bruno Queysanne discusses the view that anything added to a building that is not part of its structure diminishes it as a work of architecture. This view is antique, found in Vitriuvius and Marc-Antoine Laugier who held that the structure is primary, and all modifications for livability are disturbances. The idea that buildings must express the truth about their structures is still popular in architecture today.


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Bruno Queysanne argues that Wittgenstein’s house for his sister doesn’t reflect Wittgenstein’s work in philosophy. Queysanne cites Wittgenstein’s own comment that house was the product of sensitivity, culture and good manners, but lacks the wildness without which no art can be great. Queysanne characterizes the house’s lack of cladding outside, and the abundant cladding inside seems to suggest agreement with Loos’ and Gottfried Semper’s argument that cladding is the true origin of architecture instead of the structure.


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Turning to the work of Adolf Loos, Bruno Queysanne notes that his first projects were restorations, not freestanding constructions. Acccording to Queysanne, Loos strove to charge a space with feeling so that the structure would recede to the background. The Villa Muller’s exterior is similar to the Wittgenstein house in its minimal exterior, but achieves meaning absent in the Wittgenstein house through the protective metal at the top the walls, a type of cornice.


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Charles Jencks reviews the genology of complexity theory, which tries to explain physics, mathematics, and psychology in non-linear and emergent ways. Jencks describes emergent properties and self-organization as properties gestated not made. He touches on green architecture and how the movement is the result of non-linear and emergent technological developments.


Charles Jencks Architecture Of The Jumping Universe

April 4, 1995 | Video Lecturer:

Charles Jencks argues for abandoning failed modernist views of society and favors engaging networks and complex systems to stimulate architectural design. Jencks critiques modernism and modernization, reviews some responses to moderist failures, and investigates the modern movement in terms of capitalist ideology. Jencks ends with a contentious question and answer session.

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