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Masters of Architecture


Masters of Architecture



CAREER RETROSPECTIVE (ALASTAIR MCALPINE)

By Alastair McAlpine Alistair McAlpine started working for the family building firm Sir Robert McAlpine at the age of sixteen. After his first job on Howard Robinson's Shell Centre on London's South Bank, he want on to work with many of the pre-eminent architects of the post war era: Denis Lasdun, Basil Spence and YRM. His close relationship with Cedric Price spanned many decades, until the latter's death in 2003. In this talk, McAlpine recalls being summoned by Lasdun during building of the National Theatre and his attempt to matchmake Price with Richard Seifert. He discusses commissioning Classical architect Quinlan Terry to design a series of follies for his personal estate, and his concerns about the current London building boom.

CD-ROM (Win) / 2013 / () /

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LIFE AND WORK

By James Gowan James Gowan, best known for the Leicester University Engineering Building, which he designed along with James Stirling, talks here about his life and work. Now in his 80s, Gowan recalls his training at the Glasgow school of art, his early career in London where he met Geoffrey and Philip Powell, his collaboration with Stirling, and the tensions that forced him to go his own way, just as the pair were coming to prominence. Gowan's interest in social housing began with Ham Common - the project which launched his partnership with Stirling - and continued with schemes at Creek Road and Trafalgar Road in Greenwich, London. Other buildings include the Schreiber House in Hampstead, London and the latest addition to his Humanitas Hospital, Milan. Still influenced by his Beaux Arts training, Gowan believes he is an architect in the gothic, as opposed to the classical, tradition.

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SANGATH - WHERE TWO PATHS CONVERGE

By Balkrishna Doshi Veteran Indian architect BV Doshi looks back at the two key influences on his work - his mentor Le Corbusier and his roots in India. Sangath, his studio in Ahmedabad, built after Doshi passed 50, marks the unification of these two strands.

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DEFYING THE RULES (STEVEN HOLL)

By Steven Holl American architect Steven Holl trained at the University of Washington and the Architectural Association, London. He set up his own practice Steven Holl Architects in New York City in 1976. His work includes the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland (1998), Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2002) and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York City (a collaboration with the artist Vito Acconci, 1993). His recent projects reflect an interest in a phenomenological approach to architecture. In this talk he discusses three buildings: The Bloch addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri (2007), his much-praised mixed-use Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing China (2009), and the Horizontal Skyscraper, officially titled the Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China (2009).

CD-ROM (Win) / 2011 / () /

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HAIRY GUY, THE

Steven Holl is one of America's most renowned and innovative architects, and the winner of many outstanding awards. The Building, opened by Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit in August 2009, the Hamsun Center, off Norway's northwest coast, is one of his most prestigious international achievements and a worthy runner-up to the Oslo Opera House. In this program, Holl explains how his admiration of Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun's works inspired him to place this controversial, strangely skewed building, with its spiked punk "fringe," in the heart of northern Norway's rugged, unspoiled landscape. The cornice is edged with 2,500 bamboo canes specially imported from China. Each approximately 10 feet in length, they are an allusion to the traditional turf and thatched roofs of rural Norway.

DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 19 minutes

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: NORMAN FOSTER (1935- )

Norman Foster is England's leading architect and is a Gold Medallist in Britain, France and USA. The buildings in this image set are: Sainsbury centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; Renault Building, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK; Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Hong Kong; Stansted Airport, Hertfordshire, UK; Cranfield Institute of Technology Library, Bedfordshire, UK.

DVD-ROM (68 images) / 2008 / () /

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: IEOH MING PEI (1917- )

I.M. Pei's firm has designed some 60 major buildings, mostly in America but also in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tehran and, most recently, in Paris where his glass pyramid new entrance to the Louvre was the subject of heated debate before the Parisians settled down to loving it. Though aware of contemporary architectural styles he demonstrates a greater concern for a rational and structural architectural approach.

DVD-ROM (110 images) / 2006 / () /

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: PAVILIONS ON THE SERPENTINE 2001-2003

By Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito and Oscar Niemeyer Since the year 2000 the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park has commissioned internationally famous architects to design a series of temporary pavilions. These were installed for three summer months on the lawn fronting the Gallery and housed a cafe and a series of debates on urban design. At the close of the season the structures were sold off. The first pavilion was by Zaha Hadid (not featured here), followed by DANIEL LIBESKIND, 2001: 'Eighteen Turns' pavilion; TOYO ITO, 2002 and OSCAR NIEMEYER, 2003.

DVD-ROM (35 images) / 2006 / () /

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: MIES VAN DER ROHE (1886-1969)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is recognised as one of the four founding masters of twentieth century architecture - the other three being Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto (See image sets WPA, WQG and WPR respectively). Mies' great contribution to architecture was celebrated in 1999 by exhibitions at the Vitra Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany and at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow; and in 2000, at both the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Canadian Institute of Architecture in Montreal.

DVD-ROM (85 images) / 1997 / () /

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ARCHITECTURE IN PROFILE: POINTS OF DEPARTURE

Airports are often the first and last impression of a region. Airport terminal design has been badly neglected, yet the new generation of airports announce a revolution in design and comfort for air travelers. Many Australian airports have benefited from the sympathetic developments of structures which take into account such factors as climate and regional styles. Imaginative materials and aerodynamic forms produce new possibilities for air travelers.

DVD / 1995 / (Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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ARCHITECTURE IN PROFILE: SIR NORMAN FOSTER

One of the most pre-eminent architects of the 20th Century, Sir Norman Foster is the global traveler with the great idea. He displays great design virtuosity on landmark structures such as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and Barcelona Tower. Sir Norman discusses the central issues of good design and building and, in the process, reflects on the range of his work. He discusses architecture past and present and provides a stunning glimpse of the future.

DVD / 1995 / (Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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ARCHITECTURE IN PROFILE: SIR RICHARD ROGERS

Along with his former partner Sir Norman Foster, Sir Richard Rogers is one of British architecture's most influential practitioners. His work on the Pompidou Centre, Paris and Lloyd Insurance, London confirm an architect of spectacular vision. Sir Richard shares his personal views about the importance of architecture in civic planning, his own difficult ascent in architecture and an insight into a number of his more interesting projects and experiences.

DVD / 1995 / (Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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ARCHITECTURE IN PROFILE: STEEL HOUSES

Looks at five important steel framed houses. This program includes interviews with the architects and footage of interior and exteriors. This program examines innovation in house design using prefabrication and the Modernist approach of minimal structure for maximum effect. These five houses display structural elegance and innovation with minimal impact on the natural environment.

DVD / 1995 / (Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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ARCHITECTURE IN PROFILE: SUPER STORES

A new generation of department stores and shopping complexes are ushering in a radical change from existing shopping strips and malls. Using historical models for inspiration in combination with contemporary material and building methods, Super Stores looks at some of the latest designs planned to enhance the shopping experience. Interviews with designers and architects point to the future direction of malls and shopping centers.

DVD / 1995 / (Senior High, College) / 30 minutes

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: LE CORBUSIER 1887-1965

Part 1: Houses, apartments and hostels, including the Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles, the Maisons Jaoul in Paris, and houses in India. Part 2: Ronchamp, La Tourette, Chandigarh and other buildings in Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Ahmedabad, Firminy, Zurich and Cambridge, Mass.

DVD-ROM (204 images) / 1989 / () /

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: PHILIP JOHNSON 1906-2005

The British architect and critic, John Winter, said of Johnson that "he occupies a unique position in the architectural world. A man of unequalled taste. whatever we may make of his flamboyant later buildings, consistent qualities remain: a certain exquisiteness, an instinctive understanding for quality in artificial lighting, and a sure sense of the way a building is walked through". Part 1(1942-1971) includes Johnson's buildings at New Canaan and the Kline Science Tower at Yale.Part 2 (1972-87) includes the AT&T Building, New York and the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles.

DVD-ROM (150 images) / 1988 / () /

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: BALKRISHNA DOSHI (1927- )

Balkrishna Doshi is a key person in the development of a modern Indian architecture that has its roots in tradition. A former associate of Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in India, he practises in Ahmedabad where he is Director of the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Research in Environmental Design. His partners Joseph Allen Stein and Jam Rattan Bhalla are based in New Delhi. It was Doshi who founded and first directed the Schools of Architecture and of Town Planning, later combined in the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, in the Gujarat University of Ahmedabad.

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: HARRY SEIDLER 1923-2006

Harry Seidler was born in Vienna in 1923, went to school in England, and studied architecture at the Universities of Manitoba and Harvard (under Gropius). He was much influenced in his work by Albers, Breuer, Nervi and Niemeyer. "No other architect in Australia has created such a body of high quality work of comparable integrity, spanning over four decades from 1949, which illustrates the ideas of Modern architecture as a unique synthesis of technology, society and the visual imagery of this century." (Philip Drew: "Harry Seidler", Thames & Hudson, 1992). The works illustrated are in Sydney, Canberra and Hong Kong.

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: HERMAN HERTZBERGER (1932-)

The Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger builds formal frameworks for informal daily use. His work has nothing to do with fashion or style; it's about the reciprocity of human life and habitat and it is full of ideas and full of commitment by the architect.

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: JOSEPH MARIA OLBRICH 1867-1908

In 1897 Olbrich (Otto Wagner's assistant) and Joseph Hoffmann (Wagner's most brilliant pupil) came under the influence of the Viennese painters Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser and together they founded the anti-academic Vienna Secession movement. The following year Olbrich built the Secession building in Vienna, after a sketch by Klimt symbolic of the unconscious and pan-eroticism. From then on Olbrich began to evolve a style of his own. In 1899 he was invited to Darmstadt by the Grand Duke. Here, with six other artists including Peter Behrens, they held an exhibition in 1901 entitled Das Zeichen (The Sign) on the steps of Ernst Ludwig House, a building Olbrich had completed for his colony of artists. It was undoubtedly the most progressive work that he produced during his remaining years though he continued his search for a uniquely expressive manner.

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: KENZO TANGE 1913-2005

Educated at Tokyo University's Department of Architecture, the late Kenzo Tange set up in practice in Tokyo in 1961 as Principal in the firm Kenzo Tange & Urtec, Urbanists and Architects. Until 1974 he was also Professor of Architecture at Tokyo University and he received every top award the architectural world can offer throughout his long career. During the '60s he was associated with the Metabolists, most famous of whom were Kiyanori Kikutake and Kisho Kurokawa who had worked in his office (as have most of the next generation of Japan's best architects). Since the 1970 Osaka Exhibition - for which he provided the master plan and the theme pavilion - his work has been increasingly outside Japan. But it is the National Gymnasia for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics that remain his best work and the peak of 20th century Japanese architecture.

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MASTERS OF ARCHITECTURE: SIGURD LEWERENTZ 1885-1975

Included are the two cemetery chapels (at the Woodland in Stockholm and at Malmo) and two churches (St Mark's, Stockholm and St Peter's, Klippan), also the Villa Edstrand, and social security offices in Stockholm.

DVD (68 images) / / () /

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