Tschumi discusses methods of understanding space through the history of architecture. He describes the transition from amorphous space to a rigidly defined spatiality through a language of archetypal forms and organizations. He partially rejects this by advocating the notion that architecture can be many different things at the same time. Tschumi goes on to discuss the social movements in art and architecture in the 1960s that challenged the systems in place by expanding the role of architecture and by attempting to shift design away from commodification.
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Tschumi follows his lecture with an extensive question and answer session, focusing on space and interpretations of space. He discusses the idea of movement and the relationship to the body, differentiating between architecture that moves itself and architecture with characteristics of movement and human physicality. In this discussion, he states that the wall does not make the space, but that the complexities which provide new understandings make the space. Tschumi goes on to discuss being inside versus outside of a space and asserts that being outside of a space merely means your impression of it is that of threshold to whatever space you are experiencing at that moment.
Kennon discusses the importance of education and curiosity in innovation. He states that architecture should be responsive to the basic psychological needs of the population. He emphasizes the importance of the paradigm shift of working within a team environment, stating the team should be intellectually and emotionally energetic. He refers to architecture as an extension of human activity and emphasizes the importance of the concept of indeterminacy within architecture to provide a spatial experience. He discusses technology as the means by which the intangible becomes tangible.