Jeffrey Kipnis discusses the role of the architecture school and how it influences how students interact with the environment. He questions the audience about issues of intelligence, specialization, and representation. Citing Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture and the Villa Savoye, Kipnis argues that meaning changes over time. He stresses the importance of evolving through learning and peer interaction.
Video Archive | Villa Savoye (3)
Jeffrey Kipnis discusses in depth, Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture, stressing their impact on modernism. He suggests that architecture sacrifices its objecthood in order to reinforce its importance. According to Kipnis, architecture serves power but ultimately undermines power structures.
Michael Graves begins by noting friends and former students in the audience, and remarks that visiting Morphosis makes him feel like he is from another time. He characterizes the first part of his lecture as “Architecture 101.” He contrasts two sitting rooms: one from a nineteenth century Biedermeier painting by Georg Friedrich Kersting, the other from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, and discusses the different ideas of habitation they convey. He describes being interviewed by Ada Louise Huxtable, in which he denied ever being a painter, and after which she wrote about his background as a painter. He discusses plan-making, which he identifies as one of the most abstract tasks of the architect. Graves revisits the Crystal Palace, while discussing it’s relevance to contemporary architecture.