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SUNCHEON CITY, KOREA: HOLDING THE ECO-LINE

By Charles Jencks

American-born Charles Jencks is a landscape architect, theorist and critic best known for his Garden of Cosmic Speculation, near Dumfries, Scotland, and his writings on post-modernism. He has designed landscapes projects around the world, including Parco Portello in Milan, Northumberlandia near Newcastle, England and Wu Chi at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing. Jencks is also co-founder of the Maggie's Centres - a series of cancer care centres designed By leading modern architects, named in honour of his late wife Maggie Keswick. In this talk, Jencks discusses his recent project Holding the Eco-line, a landscape design for the Suncheon Bay expo in 2013. He explains the development of the design and his Korean hosts' reaction to it, as well as the importance of symbolism in his work, and his latest creation the Crawick Multiverse, inspired By cutting edge theories of the origin of the universe.


DVD / 2015 / () / 39 minutes

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BREAKING INTO CHINA: FENGMING MOUNTAIN PARK

By Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz first came to prominence with her Boston bagel garden - a radical manifesto for a more artful approach to landscape design. Her recent projects include Dublin Docklands Grand Canal Square in Dublin, Mesa Arts Centre in Arizona and Jacob Javits Convention Center Plaza, New York. In this talk, she describes her project Fengming Mountain Park in the Chinese city Chongqing for a major Chinese developer. The project is a rectangular section cut through a large construction site designed to showcase the sales centre for a series of forthcoming residential towers. Building on the idea of zigzagging movement of water down a mountain, she has created a processional route across the site, marked by a series of monumental orange cut-steel structures - like origami mountains on legs - that glow at night. This is a truly exciting time to be working in China, she says, with construction taking place on an epic scale and developers just beginning to appreciate landscape architecture as art-form.


CD-ROM (Win) / 2014 / () /

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MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART

By Keith Bradley

Keith Bradley is senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio, based in Bath, UK. Bradley led FCBS's best known work, the Stirling Prize-winning Accordia Housing Project in Cambridge. He's also worked on major urban regeneration schemes, public museums, galleries and academic buildings. In this talk, Bradley explores FCBS's Manchester School of Art extension building, completed in April 2013. He discusses the evolution of the design, which includes a vertical gallery space where students can showcase their work, an interactive hybrid studio intended to foster creative collaboration between students from different disciplines and triple height columns with a relief cast decorative detail inspired By the textiles of Lewis Day, who taught at the school a century ago. Manchester School of Art was shortlisted for the 2014 Stirling Prize.


CD-ROM (Win) / 2014 / () /

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CAREER RETROSPECTIVE (JOHN JOHANSEN)

By John Johansen

John Johansen (born 1916) is best known for his Oklahoma Theatre Centre - inspiration for both Richard Rogers and Frank Gehry - his US Embassy building in Dublin, and his series of symbolic houses.

Here aged 93, in his third talk for P D, he looks back over his career, from studying under Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius, to starting out in New Canaan, Connecticut as a member of the Harvard Five and providing John F Kennedy with one of his most famous lines. His exploration of futuristic building technologies is now focused on nanoarchitecture, which he dubs a new species of architecture.


CD-ROM (Win) / 2010 / () /

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JUBILEE CHURCH

By Richard Meier

Richard Meier studied at Cornell University, working for SOM and Marcel Breuer before setting up his own practice in 1963. His architecture, characterised by its whiteness, its preoccupation with the use of natural light and its debt to Le Corbusier, includes the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana. He has won a string of prizes including the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Pritzker Prize and the Praemium Imperiale. In 1996, Meier beat off competition from amongst others Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry and Tadao Ando to secure the commission for Jubilee Church, his first church project. Here he describes his first meeting with the Pope to present the project, how Jubilee, with its three monumental concrete sails, fits within and breaks free from, traditional church architecture and the challenge of relying on donations to fund construction.


CD-ROM (Win) / 2009 / () /

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RISE OF THE MEDIA ARCHITECT, THE

By Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman, architect, urban planner and author, is principle of Eisenman Architects. In 2005, he completed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin and is currently building the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. As well known for his theoretical work as his built projects, he was a member of the New York Five and exponent of Deconstructivism. He is the Louis I. Kahn visiting professor of architecture at Yale. In this talk, Eisenman explores his current preoccupations. He discusses the impact of the current media culture on architecture and architects; society's declining engagement with the built environment as a result of new communication technologies such as texting and Twitter; the significance of Barack Obama's appointment as America's 44th President; and the importance of writing in the practice of architecture.


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UPDATE ON THEIR THEORIES

By Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi are best known for their 1972 study of American vernacular, Learning from Las Vegas, in which they called on architects to learn lessons from the aesthetics of the everyday. Wrongly attributed with inventing post-modernism they fell out of favour, but are now being rediscovered by a new generation. In this talk, Denise Scott Brown, with contributions from Robert Venturi, discusses the continuing relevance of Learning from Las Vegas and how their ideas have developed in the years since. What are the implications of neon's replacement by LEDs, how has the rise of environmental awareness challenged the automobile city and how can city physics be applied to the design of buildings such as laboratories?


CD-ROM (Win) / 2009 / () /

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EXPLORING THE CITY

By Norman Foster

In this abridged version of a talk given by Norman Foster at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London, on 15 June 2001, he explores his interests and identifies four themes: spaces and routes, lights and lightness, ecology, and density and sprawl. Using examples of the work of his practice to illustrate how these interweave, he goes into considerable detail in cases that range in scale from airport to a wind-turbine; from the plan of a whole section of a city to how to heat or cool a building The major proposition is about how seeking higher quality of urban life through higher densities liberates open space. And he concludes that "in terms of qualify of environment, those higher density settlements probably account for some of the most affluent areas on the planet".


CD-ROM (Win) / 2001 / () /

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ARCHITECTURE OF ABSTRACTION, AN

By Charles Gwathmey

American born Charles Gwathmey studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and at Yale between 1956 and 1962. In 1966 he set up in practice with George Henderson. Robert Siegel joined them in 1970, Henderson left the following year. Gwathmey, Siegel have received very many awards for their work, and Gwathmey himself has taught in most of the major architecture schools in the USA. He first became known internationally as one of the "Five Architects" in the exhibition of that name at Princeton, 1972, which subsequently travelled to Europe. Of late the partnership has been much in the public eye over its proposals for extending the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In his recorded talk, Gwathmey discusses the problems of designing an extension to such a masterpiece. Their scheme completes a 20-year cycle of work that began with the design of his parents' house. Gwathmey Siegel adhere to the ideas and aesthetic of Modernism but not to the dogma. In relation to painting they would like to be referred to as Cubist. Their architectural vocabulary is reductive and abstract, expressing Corbusian forms in an Americanised way, with exterior and interior space interspersed and overlaid, establishing a sensibility of place as opposed to object.


CD-ROM (Win) / 1987 / () /

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ACT OF DISSIMULATION, AN

By Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman was born in New Jersey and studied atchitecture at Cornell University (1951-55), Columbia University (1959-60) and Cambridge, England (1966-63). He taught at Cambridge until 1967, then at Princeton for a year, followed by brief spells at Cooper Union, NY, the American Academy in Rome and the University of Maryland, and then at Harvard. But it was as founder-director of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, from 1967-82, that he had the greatest influence. It provided a forum for discussion and became the most public and polemic voice on the East coast, extending its influence through its learned magazine "Oppositions", launched in 1973, which Eisenman edited during the decade of its existence, as well as through its monthly newspaper "Skyline". Eisenman ran his own practice during these years and exhibited in, or organised exhibitions in the USA, Italy and England dealing with urban design and renewal, housing, Rationalism, drawing, as well as showing the houses he has designed. In his recorded talk he says that, whereas Post Modernism simulates a fervour for simulation and a return to history, he seeks to create a "topos", a place for invention, not representing anything, just being. He illustrates this with his most recent work, the building won in competition for the Ohio State Visual Art Center in Columbus, Ohio. This project, he says, invents its origins, its site, its program, even its history, thus being an act of dissimulation; and it invents its own representation, thus becoming a text, a record of its own history, the history of the act of making the architecture. The talk was recorded in 1985.


CD-ROM (Win) / 1985 / () /

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APOCALYPSE AND UTOPIA

By James Wines and Alison Sky

James Wines come from Chicago and studied art and art history at Syracuse University. From 1955 to 1968 he worked as a sculptor and exhibited widely receiving many fellowships and grants. Alison Sky graduated in Fine Arts at Adelphi University and also received many fellowships. In 1970. Wines, Sky and Michelle Stones founded SITE, an interdisciplinary architecture and design organisation for exploring new ideas for the visual environment. SITE has always been a collaboration of Artists architects, sociologists, psychologists, whose work is therefore much oriented to information and site. As Wines says they start with information. And that information is then recycled through an art-making process, letting it be invaded By all kinds of outside ideas which totally change all context of the building. In their recorded talk, Wines and Sky illustrated their ideas with a number of their projects. Including some of the renowned Best Products buildings. They deal with different situations that seem to be typical and, By fusing them create a new relationship between ideas, a new structure


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NOW WE HAVE A STYLE

By Philip Johnson

The late Philip Johnson, one-time partner of Mies van der Rohe, and possibly the most renowned architect of the time, was accused of turning his back on modern architecture in favour of Post-Modern. This he denied, saying 'There's absolutely no way I can get functionalism, structural clarity, simplicity, non-ornament, flat surfaces out of my system íK the whole paraphernalia of the International style'.

In his recorded talk he goes on to state that he sees no reason why Modern can't embrace some of the richness and fun he finds in the designs of Sir Edwin Lutyens or, better still, Sir Ernest George, Lutyens' first employer. He elaborates on this idea and shows how he has taken advantage of it in some of his own recent work. As a preamble he takes a look at the streets of London and also tells us what he appreciates about recent British architecture.


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POLYCENTRIC CITY, THE

By Leon Krier

Leon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946. He studied briefly at Stuttgart University but his basic architectural education come from his older brother Rob Krier (P8216), and his practical experience was in the offices of James Stirling in London and J.P. Kleihuis in Berlin. After 1974 he worked on his own in London and in close association with Maurice Culot (the Belgian architectural historian, teacher at La Cambre School and member of the ARAU research group). He has taught at the AA school and the Royal College of Art in London and at Princeton University and his published theories and designs have had great influence. He says that "his projects are a series of polemical statements, reflections on the specific structure of the European city and opposing the global destruction of European culture through industrialisation". Briefly, he champions the "quarter" of the limited size as the basic of urban design -- the "close-knit scene of community life and loyalties" -- as opposed to the dogma of zoning, and the treatment of buildings as solutions to individual needs regardless of their relationship to their surroundings. In his recorded talk, he outlines simple design precepts and then demonstrates their application in his proposal for the redevelopment of a part of Stockholm, an area to the south of the historical centre.


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