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The artworld fine art series highlights world famous and infamous artists throughout history, from the Renaissance period to the present.

ARATA ISOZAKI - Architecture from 1960-1990: An interview with the soft-spoken architect of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, CA. An insightful, insiders look plus examples that motivated the design of his symbolically imaginative buildings. 5 min.

ED RUSCHA - Don't Want No Retro: Considered one of the first modern conceptual artists, Edward Ruscha (b. California 1937) embraced the impersonality of billboard advertising tophilosophize about the arbitrariness of painted and printed expression. Like Warhol, Ruscha exemplifies American Pop Art at its most creative. 7 min.

BOB BRANAMAN - Everybodys Buddah - A distinguished filmmaker, printmaker and painter whose work encompasses a broad and eclectic range of subject matter from the treatment of Aboriginal people in America to his love of the female form. This interview with Branaman includes artwork not seen since the early sixties. 10 min.

DVD / 2013

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Director: Muffie Dunn & Tom Piper

Diller Scofidio + Renfro has long been at the forefront of design. The interdisciplinary design firm, founded in 1979, first stirred interest with its provocative exhibitions of theoretically based projects that blurred the boundaries between art and architecture. In 1999, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, the firm's founding principals, were awarded the prestigious "genius" grant by the MacArthur Foundation, in recognition of their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.

With the almost simultaneous completion of two large-scale projects in New York City - the renovation of the High Line and revitalization and expansion of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - Diller Scofidio + Renfro has galvanized the public's attention. Between 2004 and 2011, the firm, in collaboration with James Corner Field Operations, converted the derelict High Line railroad tracks on the city's West Side (from Gansevoort to 30th streets) into a sophisticated 1.5 mile elevated urban park.

From early 2003 to 2010, DS+R redesigned Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School, built a free-standing, grass-covered pavilion that houses a destination restaurant (the Lincoln) and a public lawn, and inventively modified the public spaces connecting the complex's existing buildings. As architecture critic Martin Filler states in the film, "Both the High Line and Lincoln Center have had a really euphoric effect on life in New York. So it's populism of a very high order."

In this 54-minute documentary, intelligent commentary from the architects is complemented by remarkable cinematography and interviews with New York City planning commissioner Amanda Burden and other civic figures. Critics and theorists Mark Wigley, Anthony Vidler, and Mr. Filler, offer insights into the firm's history, previous completed projects, and their unique process of reimagining the public identities of two major New York urban spaces.

DVD (Color) / 2012 / 54 minutes

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By Edgar Howard

An historic event in New York City gathered the founding members of the Postmodernism movement on November 11 and 12, 2011. "The generations who followed came together at what was possibly the last opportunity to learn from those women and men who forged Postmodernism and to consider its legacy," says ICAA president, Paul Gunther.

Reconsidering Postmodernism features film interviews with Denise Scott Brown and Vincent Scully, as well as Tom Wolfe's keynote address celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publication of his seminal text, From Bauhaus to Our House. Also incorporated are lectures and panel discussions by 36 leading architects, scholars and critics including Tom Beeby, Barry Bergdoll, Andres Duany, Paul Goldberger, Michael Graves, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Demetri Porphyrios, Jaquelin Robertson, Witold Rybczynski, and Robert A.M. Stern.

The film captures the intellectual spirit of the conference through rich content presented by the people who shaped Postmodernism, including Charles Jencks, who coined the term in his 1975 essay "The Rise of Postmodern Architecture."

The conference was conceived by Gary Brewer, architect and partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects and ICAA Board Member. "Thanks to the peerless artistry of the Checkerboard Film Foundation," Brewer commented, "Institute constituents and others can explore a collective debt to Postmodernism - prompting the possibility to question the orthodoxy of high modernism in force at the time of its advent."

Paul Gunther concludes, "Our aim has been not only to look back historically, but also to place Postmodernism in a dynamic current contextíK To that end, current students and others curious and uninitiated are welcome to take due advantage of this vibrant film and video archive."

4 DVDs (Color) / 2012 / 16 hours

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By Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnegan

A design revolution that connects buildings to the natural world, buildings where people feel and perform better.

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.

Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world's most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature--hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive.

Featured are communities and buildings from Scandinavia, Germany, France and Britain to the Canadian and American northwest, American southwest, and New England. They include: California Academy of Sciences, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Fallingwater, Viaduc des Arts, Google/YouTube Headquarters, Sahlgrenska Hospital (Psychiatric Department), High Point (Seattle Housing Authority), Johnson Wax Building, Sidwell Friends Middle School, Oxford Museum of Natural History, Village Homes (Davis, CA), and Kroon Hall (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies).

Amongst those interviewed are: Edward O. Wilson, Bill McDonough, Judi Heerwagen, Jason McLennan, Tim Beatley, Bill Browning, Bert Gregory, Kent Bloomer, Claire Cooper Marcus, Michael Taylor, David Orr, Gus Speth, and Richard Louv.

Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

  • "Essential viewing for policy makers, planners, designers and anyone engaged in re-designing the future." - Bryony Schwan, Executive Director, The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute

  • "Natural environments are not amenities, and they are not mere 'resources' or quaint luxuries. They are essential to human mental, physical and social well-being, most urgently for our children. Stephen Kellert has yoked health and environment in a new and powerful way for all who view Biophilic Design." - Dr. Richard Jackson, Pediatrician, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California-Los Angeles

    DVD / 2011 / 62 minutes

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    Broken into three distinct sections - Architectural Design, Craft Design, and Industrial Design - this program explores the work of three vastly different designers. In 'Architectural Design' we talk to Aaron Wallis and Wade Trevaen from Convic Design, architects of the world's largest skate park in Shanghai, China. In 'Craft Design' we visit Steve Baker, glass blower from Bristol Blue Glass, producers of fine hand-blown glassware. And in 'Industrial Design' we hear from Alicia Mintzes, designer of Sharp Safe, a prototype sharps disposal unit for public spaces. We ask these designers a range of questions and see them in action to reveal their design process.

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    DVD / 2011 / 22 minutes

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    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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    Experience the birth of the "Bird's Nest," Beijing's iconic National Stadium which played host to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Swedish designer, Thomas Herzog, conceptualized this marvel, which is not only functional, but architectural and cultural. Explore the creation of this magnificent structure from the beginning stages through the construction and completion. You'll hear from the designers, architects and welders who each played a part. The Bird's Nest stands apart from any other stadium as a one of a kind structure unique in its design and social significance. Like humans, buildings have life. The Bird's Nest will forever be a piece of Beijing's history and Chinese culture.

    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 51 minutes

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    In this introductory part of the program Dick Shook presents the tools and supplies you will need to draw an illustration; then he offers a warm-up of the various drawing techniques you will use

    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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    In Part Two Dick Shook introduces a perspective chart used by illustrators; then he focuses on a fountain, the center of attention in the illustration.

    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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    In Part Three Dick Shook shows the drawing of the area around the fountain and concludes the program with a review of the steps taken.

    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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    Beijing, the capital of China, has rapidly grown into a city of architectural genius. With the opening of the National Center for Performing Arts designed by world famous French architect Paul Andreu, (Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport,) Beijing now hosts the largest ellipsoid in the world at over 6 million square feet.

    Complimenting "The Bird's Nest, Beijing's Olympic Stadium, the silver dome-shaped grand theatre is affectionately dubbed "The Egg," and is covered with 2000 titanium panels and 1000 pieces of shining glass. It is strategically built on Beijing's Chang-an Avenue, an area filled with architectural history spanning 600 years. This "Dream Stage" is surrounded by a magnificent clear sky and a man-made lake. The highly sophisticated Center seats 6,500 people and is made up of three performance halls: the Opera Hall, Concert Hall and Theatre Hall. No only is it an architectural marvel, but also a landscape wonder with pleasant gardens, and expertly designed engineering. From sound engineering to structural engineering. "The World's Dream Stage" will take you on a personal tour and in-depth presentation of this magnificent landmark in the capital city of China.

    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 54 minutes

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    Combining aesthetics, sustainability, and function is the challenge of green architecture - and 20 teams of college students from North America and Europe brilliantly rise to that challenge as they compete to design, build, and demonstrate the operation of the most attractive and energy -efficient house at the 2007 Solar Decathlon held in Washington, D.C. This program tracks the teams from the University of Maryland, MIT, The University of Texas at Austin, and Lawrence Technological University as they seek out corporate sponsors, research available materials, and hone their construction skills to create appealing living spaces that require zero energy.

    DVD / 2008 / 31 minutes

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    Along the Persian Gulf flourishes a chain of tourists cities with futuristic architecture heralding the look of the 21st century.

    DVD / 2006 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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    Around Central Park, discovering the city that is the most representative of the architecture of the 20th century.

    DVD / 2006 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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    The most agreeable city in Brazil was also the site of the most successful architectural creations of the 20th century.

    DVD / 2006 / (Senior High - College) / 26 minutes

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    How Greek classical art developed from local traditions and from outside influences is examined. The orders of Greek temples are explained.

    Learning Objectives
    1) Students will be provided with an overview of the art and architecture of the ancient civilizations that once occupied regions in present-day Greece.
    2) Students will be shown how various art styles of ancient Greece influenced each other and students will see how Greek developments influenced later art.
    3) Students will receive an explanation concerning the development of the Greek temple and they will learn about the variations among orders of temples.

    DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 21 minutes

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    This two part program follows the six steps used by an architect in building design. At each stage the various graphic communication techniques involved are examined. These include:
  • client discussion
  • concept stage
  • sketch plan
  • working documentation
  • developed design
  • contract administration

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    DVD / 1994 / 25 minutes

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    When the Tuscan city of Pisa commissioned David Chipperfield to create a master plan that would bring new vitality to this historic place on the Arno, an exhibition of a selection of work produced by him in the last 25 years was also invited. Chipperfield chose "Form Matters" as a title for the exhibition, as 'Form' and 'Matter' are all-important key elements of the language of architecture. We asked him to lead the way through the models, drawings and photographs to explain his designs, which were realized all-over Europe, China, Japan, the United States and Mexico and to give us an accounting of his creative direction at each stop.

    DVD (Color) / 59 minutes

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    Filmed at an international conference of prominent architects and engineers at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture in September 2007.

    After its role in the last century's call to a radical new architecture and urban life, glass architecture is today more ubiquitous than ever. A highly engineered product, glass has emerged in a new light as an apparently culturally accepted material in design and construction. Its new incarnation, however, reveals a virtually new product replacing the glass used even twenty years ago. The innovations are observable and have direct use. Offering new modes of visual pleasure and spatial experience to building occupants - glass has also been the beneficiary of major advances in engineering that are decidedly less visible - structural innovations, new control and design engineering at the level of optics, thermal properties, and expanded fabrication limits as well as installation methods have quietly reconfigured the extent and reach of glass applications. We are so continually surrounded by such discreetly functioning glass that we do not even see it.

    DVD (Color) / 59 minutes

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    By Ron Arad

    Ron Arad was brought up in Israel and studied art before training as an architect at the Architectural Association in London. In 1981 he set up his own shop, One Off, in London in which he displayed furniture of his own design, made in his own workshop.

    Since then he has moved from success to success, his prolific and innovative ideas making him one of the world's favourite designers. His work has been widely exhibited and published; he has done showrooms in Milan and Tokyo as well as in the UK, and a One Off showroom opened in New York in 1987. He was a recent Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art, London. This talk was recorded in 1987.

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    By Derek Walker

    For the first six years of the new city Derek Walker was Chief Architect and Planner of Milton Keynes, the largest New Town ever undertaken in Britain. Now in private practice, he looks back at its aims and development.

    "We are talking of a quarter of a million people in 49 square miles" he says. To date (1980) only a third of the population has been reached, yet Milton Keynes already boasts squares, arcades, parks, boulevards, -- to which its buildings provide a complement -- housing, factories. schools and a central shopping building of the highest architectural standard.

    The image sought for MK was that of a city softer than the surrounding countryside. A vision pursued throughout Walker's direction there; a city that reflects new forms of society: "a city which is an open matrix for selection by the individual of opportunities for social contact. Recreation, education and the rest, and which makes infrastructure a positive contribution".

    The May 2012 edition of The Times' Eureka supplement devoted 6 pages to Derek Walker's work in Milton Keynes at that time (1980) - very much the subject of this talk, which was recorded in 1980.

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    By Gaetano Pesce

    Award-winning international designer Gaetano Pesce is one of the most outstanding and unique designers in the world today. He studied architecture in Venice, Italy, and at the age of 30 in 1969 he was already famous for the UP seating he did for C & B. Since then he has been pouring out ever more inventive designs - furniture, lamps, interiors, exhibitions and architecture.

    In 1992 he designed an organic building for Osaka, a tower with a vertical garden. Two years later he was commissioned by Chiat Day to fit out their offices in an ordinary office tower in Manhattan, It was to be a "virtual" office for the agency, without hierarchy, job titles or fixed work stations. He produced a symphony of colour (colour is the expression of life, he says).

    In 1975 he had a retrospective exhibition in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris; and Paris hosted him again in 1996, at the Centre Pompidou is a show which he called "Le temps des questions". Here both the invitation and the catalogue cover were in the form of a question mark of coloured resin, no two the same.

    In his recorded talk be begs architects to do more research into new technologies and materials, else they will lose out to engineers and become obsolete. This talk was recorded in 1997.

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    By Derek Walker

    Derek Walker, after six years as Chief Architect and Planner in Britain's Milton Keynes New Town, is now in private practice designing buildings in the UK, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. He blames current attitudes to land-use planning for the "sterility, blandness and lack of variety" in recent city developments, and would like to see instead what he calls a circular three-dimensional process with an urban designer in charge of it.

    He confesses to preoccupations with the manipulation of major landscapes, as well as a continuing love-affair with detail. In his recorded talk he illustrates examples of his work, from early buildings in the north of England to a recent building design in New York in conjunction with Norman Foster; and some imaginative building projects for Milton Keynes, done as a private practitioner, which include a city park, a sculpture park, a city club, and the recently completed central shopping building. This talk was recorded in 1980.

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    By Michael Graves

    Michael Graves was one of the most inspirational and influential American architects of the Eighties. A prodigious lecturer and exhibitor, and a multi-facetted designer, he has won many competitions. He was one of the 'Five' of Peter Eisenman's 1972 book 'Five Architects' who became known as 'The New York Five'.

    In his architecture Graves 'adopts a classical mode of thought which can represent in physical form the symbolic and mythical aspirations of our culture'.

    For his recorded talk he discusses the essential character of the boundary between two places: the tangible or symbolic boundary we establish, through which we then create a passage; and the intermediate space, the threshold. Graves is the holder of a number of awards including the AIA Gold Medal. This talk was recorded in 1982.

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    Filmed in October 2008 at the second international conference on the changing state of materials in architecture with the participation of prominent architects and engineers, hosted by Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture.

    Concrete is entering a renewed era of development with worldwide implications and under radically new economic circumstances. What are the futures of concrete in architecture and engineering in terms of technologies of reinforcement, materials science, geographic production, installation, and environmental impact? Where will innovation happen and what will instigate potentials in design and engineering? Will alternate techniques create a virtual strain or quasi-alloy, leading to a potential realm of coordinated material action?

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    By Stephen Hodder

    At the time of this talk Stephen Hodder was a Nottingham-born young English rising star of second-generation Modernism, trained at Manchester School of Architecture in the mid-70s. On graduating, he worked in Building Design Partnership's Preston office but left after two years to set up his own practice in 1983 in Manchester.

    Seven years later he won a competition for a swimming pool in Colne which gained the RFAC/Sunday Times Award in 1992. Since then he has not ceased to be in the public eye, winning one architectural competition after another, as well as the coveted Stirling Prize in 1966 for his Centenary Building at the University of Salford.

    But it was the extension he designed for St Catherine's College in Oxford that put the seal on his capability. St Catherine's was the Arne Jacobsen masterpiece about which Reyner Banham had written that "absolute architectural morality prevails" allowing "no room for growth"?. Hodder's exquisite complementary solution disproved this.

    His recorded talk, he says, is about his search for an extension or transformation of the Modern tradition, and he uses three of his designs to illustrate his approach. Stephen was the 2012 RIBA President. This talk was recorded in 1998.

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    By Michael Webb

    Michael Webb was possibly the most original and inventive member of the London-based Archigram group who were startling the architectural world in the 60's. After studying at Regent St Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster) Webb left for the USA where he has taught at Virginia and Rhode Island and now at Columbia and Cooper Union. All the while he was writing and drawing, doing exhibitions and dreaming up far-fetched schemes.

    He delighted, he says, in "the sensuality of drawing and of touching the surface of paper and of using beautiful tools". So it came as a shock when he was asked by MoCA/LA to make computer animations of some of his projects for an exhibition in 1997. Yet once the inherent possibilities became apparent, he was interested. His far-fetched schemes ('wacky' he has called them) could now be explored from all angles and as though in movement. They could be developed further. And they are questioning "the continuing validity of the house and the office and the car and the supermarket as separate elements" and "our reading of geographic spaces".

    He shows three imagined houses. He also turns perspective theory on its head. This talk was recorded in 1997.

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    By Michael Scott

    The late Michael Scott was without doubt Eire's best-loved architect. Born in 1905, he started his own practice in Dublin in 1928. This became in 1966 Michael Scott & Partners and in 1974 Scott Tallon Walker/Archi?tects, from which he retired in 1977.

    There is not a cultural activity in Ireland that he did not have a hand in, and for this he was awarded the 1975 UK Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. He has been the catalyst behind Irish Arts, the Building Centre of Ireland, the 4-yearly international art exhibitions, and the Dublin Theatre Festival, and he has received awards from far and wide. Acting also formed part of his early activities both in Dublin and the USA, and gave him strong links with the Abbey and Gate Theatres in Dublin.
    But painting was always his real love and turned him into a patron of the arts, encouraging Irish artists both young and established.

    His recorded reminiscences provide a good idea of this lifelong devotion to art and to his native Eire. This talk was recorded in 1986.

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