Video Archive | Monoliths (4)

Wolf Prix What’s the Difference Number One-clip_4878
Prix concludes with several projects of drastically differing scales. He addresses the integration of monumentality and dynamism....
Raimund Abraham-clip_3857
Abraham concludes with a discussion of the Music House near D?sseldorf. He describes the site and a nearby art museum as well as...
Claude Parent Part One-clip_3362
Migayrou describes how Paul Virilio and Claude Parent met and began working together. He shows drawings and project by Virilio...
Nader Khalili Geltaftan Earth Water Air Fire-clip_1060
Khalili discusses the workshops he conducted at the edge of the desert where he replicated existing building typologies through...

Wolf Prix What’s the Difference Number One-clip_4878

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Prix concludes with several projects of drastically differing scales. He addresses the integration of monumentality and dynamism. In principle he defends working in autocratic political contexts today as analogous to working for the Catholic Church in the past, but personally refuses to work on projects that conform to autocratic ideals. Prix discusses materials and fabrication, showing examples
of ship building technologies combined with forms made from hand bent reeds.


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March 3, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Abraham concludes with a discussion of the Music House near D?sseldorf. He describes the site and a nearby art museum as well as his intent to create a building that would function as a pivot for the site to rotate around.The building is comprised of a suspended roof plate in combination with a monolithic structure. Abraham explains the formal organization as an intersection of a vertical void cylinder and tilted cylinder on the landscape. The opening between the roof and monolith are used to establish a horizontal view of the site. Abraham ends his talk with a both a warning against slaving in a corporate office or worshiping celebrity architects, and encouragement: “All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and a desire to make architecture.”


Claude Parent Part One-clip_3362

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October 14, 1998 | Video Lecturer:

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Migayrou describes how Paul Virilio and Claude Parent met and began working together. He shows drawings and project by Virilio and Parent. Migayrou describes their interest in topological spaces, hyperbolic surfaces and monoliths. He also describes Jean Nouvel’s relationship with Claude Parent, and shows some of Nouvel’s first projects.


Nader Khalili Geltaftan Earth Water Air Fire-clip_1060

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Khalili discusses the workshops he conducted at the edge of the desert where he replicated existing building typologies through various experimentation with clay. His goal was to create monolithic structures which could withstand horizontal forces. He began research into the firing of kilns and began to wonder how to achieve the firing of buildings, similar to that of pottery, and discovered an ancient technique of firing from tunnels below ground. He began to fire houses from within and found that not only did it provide strength to the existing structures by removing moisture from within, that it also served as a hygienic element which served to eliminate the problem of insects and rodents.