Sep '04 - Aug '08
Yesterday we had a public lecture by Jacques Herzog and it was easily the most popular lecture we've had all year. GSD Students are allowed into the auditorium early, but I arrived 45 minutes before the start of the lecture and the main auditorium had already filled up! Not only that, but the spill-over telecast rooms were standing room only. I ended up getting a seat-- on the heater in the back of the war room.
The man himself, answering questions after the body of his presentation.
The sound was horrible on the telecast (like it always is) and the school seems to have totally underestimated the need for more space. It may be a blow to our ego, but I think we need to host lectures like this elsewhere on campus in an appropriately sized auditorium.
The doors were actively guarded by two security people before the lecture started. You had to show your ID to get in early, but when i showed up the auditorium was already full and no one else was being allowed in.
What I enjoyed most about the lecture was seeing the diagrams that HDM is using to explain their more complicated projects like the beijing stadium. While their study models and final drawings are well published, I don't think I've seen many process drawings before so it was nice to see that last night. Although it's causing something of a rift in the cultural waters of San Francisco, I'm very excited to see the De Young open in October. SF needs some new architectural blood and hopefully this will be just the right thing.
Idling black Town Car with driver. Wonder who that's for...