Koolhaas speaks at the GSD: architecture is "clearly dedicated to political correctness"
"I see architecture as almost a political work" [...]
“We are in a radically divided world” in which “architecture is not dealing with those political issues in a really sophisticated way,” [...]
“I think that both the art world and the architecture world … [are] pretty intolerant in terms of engaging” with political worlds beyond Western democracies."
More recent news from Rem and OMA:OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially releasedWatch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of EuropeOMA's hyper CorbTo thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands"The first major... View full entry
Zaha Hadid lecture at SCI-Arc, circa 1985, "beams out talent, strength, commanding conviction"
"Zaha Hadid reviews her work at the AA with Rem Koolhaas, and, before that, with Leon Krier. She stresses her interest in the Russian avant-garde. She expresses her need to seriously engage with twentieth century culture. She describes her first independent projects after leaving the Office of... View full entry
Building a collaborative practice: Caroline Bos of UNStudio lectures at LACMA
Students and professionals nearly filled up the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Tuesday night to listen to guest lecturer Caroline Bos, co-founder and principal urban planner of UNStudio. Bos spoke about UNStudio’s design process that continues to shift even after her... View full entry
Shigeru Ban: Beauty as a basic human need
Aesthetics is a primary concern for Ban—not despite, but especially in humanitarian scenarios. He believes that beauty is a basic need, an aspect of a person’s dignity. Erecting beautiful, if simple, structures can ensure that a refugee camp is not labeled a slum. So, when examining available materials in Kobe, he fussed about the color of the beer crates, choosing Asahi’s more neutral plastic bins over Kirin’s glaring red crates.
Last week, Ban visited several U.S. cities on a brief lecture tour, captivating audiences with his thoughts about "the Temporary and the Monumental." Read Archinect's report from his Los Angeles lecture at LACMA here. View full entry
Between the Temporary and the Monumental: A Review of Shigeru Ban's Lecture at LACMA
“I hate to throw things away,” explained the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban to a packed audience at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last night. On the projection screen, one of his first works as an architect was displayed: an exhibition of the work of Alvar Aalto, who Ban... View full entry
Improvisation and Troublemaking: Frank Gehry in Conversation with Eric Owen Moss at SCI-Arc
Despite making recent news for a particularly antisocial public display, Frank Gehry remains a highly influential and crowd-drawing figure, as evidenced by SCI-Arc’s completely full Keck Lecture Hall over an hour before Gehry took the stage on Wednesday, March 4, for a lecture with Eric Owen... View full entry
Tod Williams & Billie Tsien lecture at SCI-Arc emphasizes building "from the ground"
At their first lecture at SCI-Arc since 1987, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien charted a simple course. They set out to explain the principles that guide their practice’s approach, regardless of program or site of project, and how those principles have morphed over time and place. Outlined at the... View full entry
Transparency rules at Sou Fujimoto's SCI-Arc lecture
Introducing his Serpentine Pavilion in 2013, Sou Fujimoto described the structure as "between architecture and nature", suggesting an architectural form ethereal enough to change at any given moment, depending on perspective or approach, between the artificial and organic. That phrase has since... View full entry
Bjarke Ingels Will Make You Believe in the Power of Architecture
A few years ago, the city of Copenhagen invited architects to submit their ideas for the design of an important new facility—a power plant that will use trash to generate electricity. [...] BIG, pitched a concept in which the plant took the form of a giant artificial ski slope. To Ingels’ surprise, it was selected as the winning submission. Now, it’s under construction, slated for completion in 2017.
The power plant was just one of the several projects Ingels shared at WIRED by Design [...].
Click here to watch the full video of Ingels' presentation. View full entry
Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture
This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled “Between Nature and Architecture”. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate... View full entry
MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood
Co-presented by Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese... View full entry
Stanford Spring Lecture Series 2014: Origins
The series features landscape architects, architects, engineers and artists working together in the building and design industry. Past speakers have included Tom Kundig, Steven Ehrlich, Joshua Aidlin and David Darling, Richard Olcott, Ricardo Legorreta, Sr. Norman Foster, Peter Bohlin, and Peter Busmann.
The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. All lectures are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., April and May, location - Clark Center Auditorium and Cemex Auditorium (for Symposium 5/21/14).
— Stanford Architecture
From the program that brought you football fans Andrew Luck, Stanford Architecture announces its 2014 spring lecture series hosted in the Norman Foster designed James H. Clark Center underground rotunda. View full entry
GSAPP Lecture Addresses Architecture's Role in New Democratic Systems
GSAPP continued its spring lecture series last Thursday night with the Belgian political philosopher Chantal Mouffe. The talk provided a brief interlude away from pure architecture and explored Mouffe’s theories on counter-hegemonic radicalization of democracy by the multitude through... View full entry
The Living and Surfacedesign Inc. give first lecture in 2014's Emerging Voices series
Emerging Voices is an annual award given by the Architectural League. It is an invited portfolio competition, identifying eight firms in North America that are influencing the current condition of architecture, landscape design and built environments. To see a full list of this year’s award... View full entry
Wolf D. Prix reflects on Raimund Abraham, as both friend and visionary
Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au gave the 4th annual Raimund Abraham memorial lecture this past Wednesday night at SCI-Arc, honoring Abraham with a congenial discussion of his friend and peer’s work. When Prix first started Coop Himmelb(l)au over 45 years ago, Abraham served as a strong... View full entry