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Architecture and Urban Planning


Architecture and Urban Planning



MACHINES OF POSSIBILITY: URBAN SPACE AS SOCIAL PRODUCT

By Iain Borden

Iain Borden Machines of Possibility: urban space as social product P1305 Architectural historian Iain Borden is vice dean at the Bartlett school of architecture. His work focuses less on architecture with a capital A, than on everyday spaces and buildings, from bus benches and bill boards to food stalls in Japan. In this talk, Borden discusses urban space as a social product. Applying the theoretical approach of Henri Levebre, he explores how different people experience the city, focusing on skateboarders, car drivers and the French film-maker Jacques Tati.

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WEBB, MICHAEL - AFTER ARCHIGRAM

By Michael Webb

Michael Webb, one of the six members of 1960s collective Archigram, tells the story behind the group behind the visionary designs for Walking City, Plug-in City and a floating city hung from hydrogen balloons built from pins and Evo-stick in Webb's north London garden.

CD-ROM (Win) / 2012 / () /

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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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HABITAT AND BEYOND

By Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie was born in the then Palestinian city of Haifa in 1938, moving to Montreal with his family at the age of 15. Success came early when his student thesis project was accepted as the principle exhibit in the 1967 Expo in Montreal. Habitat '67, an innovative stacked housing system, remains his most famous building, despite the many prestige commissions that have followed. In this talk, he traces his career from Habitat '67 to the present day. As well as important projects in Israel, including the Yad Vashem Museum and the city of Modi'in, he has completed a string of cultural buildings in Canada and the USA, from the Quebec Museum of Civilization to the recently completed United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Much of his work is now large-scale housing projects in the Far East.

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MARINA BAY SANDS: HUMANISING MEGA-SCALE (MOSHE SAFDIE)

By Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie was born in the then Palestinian city of Haifa in 1938, moving to Montreal with his family at the age of 15. Success came early when his student thesis project was accepted as the principle exhibit in the 1967 Expo in Montreal. Habitat '67, an innovative stacked housing system, remains his most famous building, despite the many prestige commissions that have followed. In this talk, Moshe Safdie discusses Marina Bay Sands - a massive casino complex in Singapore that consists of three towers topped by a daring cantilevered Sky Park, a low-rise conference centre and a museum building inspired by a lotus flower. Marina Bay is Safdie's attempt to humanise a mega-scale project and weave it into the existing urban fabric.

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BREEDING ARCHITECTURE

By Farshid Moussavi (FOA) & Alejandro Zaera-Polo (FOA)

The architects Farshid Moussavi (from Iran) and Alejandro Zaera-Polo (from Spain), husband and wife, met at Harvard, but their collaboration only started when working at OMA in Rotterdam. There they began working on competitions. Then they taught at the AA, London. It was there that they won the competition for the Osanbashi Port Terminal building in Yokohama, and that was the beginning of their practice FOA. Many other commissions have followed. Included here are the BBC Music Centre, White City, London, the S.E.Coastal Park in Barcelona, and a project for the World Trade Center, New York. They are highly inventive designers. No one of their buildings resembles another. To them, style is anathema. They have been exploring ideas of convergence between landscape and infrastructure; and enjoy working with other people in a collaborative situation, where the client is tough and the project grows in discussion. No matter the constraints, they say they have a lot of fun.

CD-ROM (Win) / 2007 / () /

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MORE INTERESTING WAY, A

By Will Alsop

In this second recorded talk with Will Alsop, he speaks about recent research he has been doing into the design of prisons, by discussing with the inmates and staff of HMP Gartree in Leicester their desires and needs. He uses the same approach to some existing housing n Nottingham, and shows work he has been doing in Bradford, Manchester and London. Painting has always been his passion and it inspires his unorthodox architecture and playful master plans. He cares about how people are going to use a building in a livelier and more interesting way. "Serious should be fun" he professes.

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DESIGNING FOR OUR TIME

By Richard Hordon

Richard Horden, after a childhood spent partly in Italy and partly in England, graduated from the Architectural Association. He then worked with Spence & Webster on their competition-winning scheme for a Parliament building in Westminster before joining Foster Associates where he worked on the Sainsbury Centre, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, Stansted Airport and other jobs until he set up his own practice in 1984. Since then his work has been exhibited widely. He has also been lecturing to students in the UK, Germany and Italy. He tells us, in his recorded talk, how, from a lifelong involvement with boats and yachts, he has learned that it is possible to build elegant beautiful structures with the minimum use of materials - steel rope, aluminium, glass fibre, wood, fabrics which are quickly assembled. He points out that yachts, hand-gliders and spacecraft are demountable frame structures held together in tension and compression, onto which all the various components of their technology can be clipped or changed as required. Strongly influenced by these techniques is his Yacht House. It is completely modular, the components small, lightweight and easily handle able, the materials aluminium, steel, wood, sail cloth. He intends making the building system available as a kit to be easily assembled by 2 people. He insists that it is the architect's responsibility to design for the age they live in, using the available skills, materials and techniques to achieve buildings of the highest quality.

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MODERN SPACE AND HISTORIC SPACE

By Henri Ciriani

Born and trained in Peru, the French architect Henri E. Ciriani moved to Paris in 1964, and since 1969 has combined teaching (at the Paris-Belleville School) with private practice. He has taught also in England, the USA, Canada and Peru, and his work has been published world-wide and featured in important exhibitions. He has had several awards in France in addition to the gold medal of the National University of Engineering in Peru and the silver medal of that country's College of Architects. Ciriani considers himself a Modern architect in that, in his architecture, he gives equal importance to social as well as aesthetic values. He subscribes to the ideals of a vocal and influential group of post-'68 architects in Paris who are concerned with creating meaningful space, with bettering the human environment, and with ensuring that society does not lose sight of the history of its city nor restrict the design concepts of monuments and public buildings. In his recorded talk be enlarges on these ideas as applied to his work, all in France -- housing, schools, child-care centre, city hall, opera house, even a hospital kitchen which he treats as a palace for workers.

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QUESTION OF SCALE, A

By Philip Dowson

Philip Dowson is a founder partner of Arup Associates, a multi-disciplinary design practice in London. He maintains that a close integration between the professions is more than ever necessary today to co-ordinate designs in our present climate of technical change. He starts his talk by describing a small house built in 1964 which illustrates an approach to architecture that is common to all the work that he shows: architecture is about people; how given a site, the architect can enrich the lives of the future occupants of a building on it; how relationship can be struck between manmade and natural, between small and large scale, between the way of life and the environment which is the heart of it all. The resolution of these and other problems, such as energy and conservation, are discussed and illustrated by his industrial and office work and his university buildings.

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ROMANTIC HIGH-TECH

By Helmut Jahn

Helmut Jahn was born m Germany, trained in architecture at the Technische Hochschule Munich between 1960-65, and continued to work in that city until 1966 when he moved to the USA. There he trained for a short while at IIT, Chicago, under Myron Goldsmith and Fazlur Khan, before starting work with C. F. Murphy & Associates under Gene Summers. Since 1973 he has been Partner and Executive Vice President. In 1977 he joined the Chicago Seven Group. One of the moving lights of Chicago, he has received many awards and honours and has become internationally famous for the new life he has injected into the design of the skvscraper. Having started as a believer in functionalism, he has steadily moved away from the strictly Miesian character of the Murphy work. Of his recent buildings, he says- in his recorded talk --that the functional, programmatic and technical aspects have very little influence on their appearance. The buildings deal with image. They synthesise an approach from abstract geometric forms to historic archetypal forms, to Art Deco, forms that echo the joyful symbolism of early skyscrapers like Chicago's Tribune Tower and Wrigley building. Though the buildings have a formal order and a connection to history, there's a re-thinking of the distribution of interior space, so that atriums and other amenities not in the brief come out of the design process, there's an innovative use of technology and there's a social and civic impact on the spaces in and around.

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