The final day of Surface Conversations was concluded with panels featuring distinguished architectural academics and practitioners. Participants for the first panel included:
TF: Tony Fry, Professor and convener of Design Futures Program, Queensland College of Art; author of many books including Design as Politics
TM: Thom Mayne, FAIA, founder of morphosis; designed UC’s Campus Recreation Center
ES: Erik Sueberkrop, FAIA, founding principal of STUDIOS Architecture, UC alumnus; designed UC’s CARE/Crawley Building
JW: Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates; designed UC’s University Pavilion
BY: Buzz Yudell, FAIA, founding principal Moore Ruble Yudell; designed UC’s Steger Student Life Center
Reflections/Forecasts: Panel Two
(questions from moderators are paraphrased; answers are not a complete summary, but rather a sampling of some key ideas and discussions)
Discuss urbanism within the Occupy movement.
TF: Fun fact: Australia is the most urbanized continent. Is occupy a movement or just similar to past protests?
ES: Opportunity to analyze the design of urban environment – creates opportunities to gather/unify, start dialogue.
JW: Occupy goes beyond emotional fervor, it is about the issues.
BY: Brings into consideration the privatization of space.
TM: Overemphasis of architecture in Pruitt Igoe – no commitment to the poor. It’s possible to change behavior, but not at the scale of modernism.
ES: Economic equalizer of a downtown stadium. Design for reuse with an eye to community involvement – adaptable.
TM: Restructure how we see ourselves as architects.
ES: Harnessing the strength of universities is a great resource to architects building on campus.
JW: Higher education looking forward to architecture.
TM: Architecture is active not passive – like soccer, not football. Pluralistic culture of campuses – completely different practices of morphosis and Moore Rubel Yudell can work together to create connective tissue on campus.
TF: Begin to make campus part of the community.
Research interests if money was not an issue
TF: Design school with indigenous people, who are typically denigrated or romanticized.
TM: Continue his work in three realms: own practice; own unconstructed work – free not restricted; and strategic partnership with UCLA – urban, economic, policy, and social research. Ranges from abstract and interpretive to practical.
ES: Read history, learn about Native American material culture – their sense of environment.
JW: Integration of infrastructure and landscape. Research and design in the desert – delicate environment, come to grips with home environment, being from Arizona herself. Develop design leadership in a collaborative setting.
BY: Would like to engage in more research related to the work he’s doing. Lessons from vernacular architecture – community, environmental craft. Take studies and sketches and analyze and redraw them; would like to sketch and paint while traveling.
Endnote by Michael Graves
Architecture is not good or bad, new or old – it’s just architecture. Look toward next research and the next building. Architecture marsh – plan drawing with hierarchy, surface as it’s connected to section.
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