Erik Vertainen, the project architect for Alvar Aalto’s 1970 Mount Angel Abbey Library in Oregon, describes Aalto’s office. Vertainen surveys each phase of Aalto’s architectural development from early neoclassical work, through more colorful, modulated forms, to prismatic forms. Vertainen stresses the influence of the Finnish landscape and climate, and Aalto’s humanistic approach, which considered “the eye and the ear.” Vertainen discusses numerous Aalto projects from the 1930s through the 1970s, including the Paimio Sanatorium (1932), the Villa Mairea (1939), and Aalto’s Town Center for Seinajoki (1959-1967). Vertainen considers the Town Center “one of Aalto’s great masterpieces.”
Video Archive | Urban design (78)
Fred Koetter presents his work, including a housing development in
Kingston, New York, a competition for a Minnesota State House and a housing masterplan for San Juan. Koetter discusses his practice’s interest in the reinterpretation of fundamental elements like arches, windows and portals to define divisions, connections and apparently “interminable” buildings.
Gehry outlines his design ideas for the Loyola Law School building.
Jim Hull answers question regarding motivations as well as his relationship with clients and his interest in designing urban building and furniture systems.
Jim Hull presents a series of slides of his furniture design work accompanied by a soundtrack. Hull discusses the reasons why he shifted away from architecture and urban design into industrial and furniture design. He describes looking at a product line in the same way we look at a city. He is drawn to using cheap and plentiful recycled and industrial materials.
Herb Kahn discusses his work on the circulation distribution program for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Kahn covers various issues related to the planning of future public transportations in the central business district of downtown Los Angeles. The last three clips are another event. Slides of Arcosanti, the experimental town imagined by Paolo Soleri, are presented with comments by two men. Slides of Arcosanti continue as previously recorded interviews with Soleri are played. A static slide of Arcosanti is accompanied by a live interview with Paolo Soleri about projects planned for the site in the upcoming year.