Liza Fior is a partner at Muf an interdisciplinary, art and architecture collaborative in London. Fior describes the firm’s approach as “always beginning with looking at the visible and invisible, at physical and social structures, and at critical expansion of the brief.” She presents projects that range from small-scale art installations to urban planning.
Video Archive | Public space (65)
For Hitoshi Abe, building typologies are a starting point but not an ending point. Abe discusses how he fused landscape and architecture in the stadium he designed for the 2002 World Cup in Japan. He also presents mixes typologies with hybrid designs for private and public use.
Stanley Saitowitz discusses the computer labs and 4th floor link in Wurster Hall, at UC Berkeley. He describes his collaboration with Vito Acconci and Barbara Staufacher Solomon on the Embarcadero Ribbon public landscape project. Saitowitz shows photographs of a skateboard park in Louisville, Kentucky, where a tent-like structure is made of bulletproof material. Saitowitz explains how he approached the challenge of creating a sacred space in an urban setting for the Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue in San Francisco. He also shows the Holocaust Memorial in Boston and talks about the various meanings of the six towers. Saitowitz concludes with a statement about his interest in “expanded architecture.”
Stanley Saitowitz discusses several projects, mostly in north California. He argues that modernism offers two path–“form and meaning,” and “space and experience”–and he is “more interested in space than in meaning.” In describing his design of houses, he refers to them as “linear configurations” and “bar houses,” because you can look through them from one room to another. He describes in detail the renovation a Victorian building in San Francisco for his office. He shows the Embarcadero Ribbon in San Francisco, a public landscape project in which he collaborated with Vito Acconci and Barbara Staufacher. Saitowitz concludes with a statement explaining his interest in “expanded architecture.”
Laurie Hawkinson first identifies the title of her lecture as “From Object to Territory.” She describes a series of recently completed projects that explore the theme of territory. The first project is a renovation of the Corning Museum of Glass. Hawkinson explains the deployment of construction details and the consideration of integrating the building with the landscape. She discusses a service building for Pier 11 in lower Manhattan, explaining that the project deals with passive cooling and issues of scale and visibility. Hawkinson then documents an project for the New York Public Library, describing the strategy of extending public space into a vertical surface, and generating spaces in the building using natural light. Hawkinson characterizes the built form of the Museum for Women in Battery Park as an accumulation of information.
Bouman discusses two projects that have a physical manifestation. Connecting Museum Island in Berlin is about employing a common informational and wayfinding element to establish relationships between the various museums, and the city beyond. The second project is an adaptable inflatable building, in which the program, space and media are all curated, and can be altered based on the social conditions.
Ole Bouman, the editor and chief of Archis magazine offers his solution to architecture’s loss of relevancy. His diagnosis is that built architecture is too slow, and occurs at the level of the intellect. In order to compete with other ideas, architecture has to operate at the emotional level, so media, and specifically his magazine Archis can be employed to tease out the architecture of our daily world, bypassing the need for physical building.
Lewis and Lewis present a residence hall for the College of Wooster in Ohio. They interviewed students and analyzed the program, to optimize living groups and social spaces. An additional concern was creating a strong relationship between the residence hall and an adjacent park. One of the project constraints was a requirement for a pitched roof, which they exploited to create new spatial arrangements.