There is a weird duality to this guy. At once cynical as shit, making fun of architects and architecture, and on the other hand a belief that architecture can make things better. The problem is that this cynicism seems to drive his writing more than his hopeful side. Maybe not his writing but the work he champions (Eisenman).
Hi Evan, just finished watching them all, thanks for posting them. It is a lot like the class I took with him at the GSD, except better organized.
There is too much in there, very dense thinking laid out pretty simply. In other words: classic Kipnis.
The only thing I wanted to note is that he started the first lecture by saying architects should not really care about comfort and other such things. He ended the last lecture, however, by pointing to the global population boom, the consequent need to house all these people, and the environmental toll of architecture. At the same time he points to a blob and says that's the future of architecture. Maybe he is just trying to cover all his bases but something just does not compute.
quilian, you don't see it as a calculated arc of redemption? the formalist reborn as environmental crusader?
i still haven't watched all of these, but its very similar to his theory seminar two years ago, but definitely tailored to the young(er) audience (these lectures were from a class for freshmen considering the architecture program).
i'm just glad the KSA finally got some video online - i've long been a fan of the GSD's offerings.