Eric Chavkin introduces Joe D’Urso. As an interior designer with a practice based in New York, D’Urso recently opened an office in Los Angeles where he pursues projects in Southern California. His work is described as minimalist, industrial, and postmodern.
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Jorge Silvetti describes three projects in depth, a hotel in San Juan Capistrano, a villa near Palermo, and a bathing folly for a competition. A connecting theme for these projects is a classical one point perspective facade, with a two point perspective interior. Silvertti stresses the careful combination of history and materials, so that the projects mix modern spatial ideas with classical building elements and materials.
Gary Paige, introduces Jorge Silvetti, a professor at Harvard and partner with Rodolpho Machado in a firm based in Boston. Silvetti describes his influences in the world of postmodern architecture. He describes several architecturally speculative designs, which deal with iconography, typology, and history.
At the end of his lecture, Mario Botta answers several questions from both American and Italian students. Botta defends his methodologies as personal preference. He also fields questions about postmodernism and his role in contemporary architectural discourse.
Mario Botta describes several built works, mostly houses, and his intent to use site conditions and context to shape the program layout and materials of each project. Botta argues that his architecture exploits the contradictions and realities of contemporary culture. He presents urban design projects that attempt to solve contextual problems bigger than the proposed project. He responds to questions about being classified a postmodernist, and where he feels architecture is headed.
Daniel Libeskind argues that architects and the field of architecture has lost touch with reality, aborbed by its own needs, and a pawn of wider societal struggles. Homer’s story of Ulysses and the sirens suggests the need to voluntarily restrict ourselves in order not to be distracted by ruses. In order to maintain an accurate picture of reality, we must occasionally bind ourselves from temptation, or commit ourselves to another’s cause. Libeskind compares the current state of architecture to Jonah stuck inside the belly of an whale, without any desire to escape, or face reality.
Marquis argues that historicism, in the sense of esoteric historical references, is irrelevant and meaningless to users. He presents examples of architecture that refers to history and to the site. He describes the implementation of energy conservation systems in his designs. He characterizes his goal as trying to incorporate user needs within a humane environment.
After being introduced, Robert Mangurian presents a brief allegorical performance, in which he examines some cardboard, wood and metal architectural junk displayed next to the podium, eventually sweeping it offstage with a big broom. Mangurian argues that industrialized production, industrialized communications, and computing have led to over-complicated architectural designs and theoretical views. Using historic, contemporary and his own work, Mangurian proposes focusing on issues such as, alignment, approach, materials, and space can contribute towards an architectural language of simplicity and coherence. This video ends abruptly, and continues in Part Two.