Lecture date: 2013-11-05
This lecture will explore architecture’s nervous encounter with liquids. Our buildings, like ourselves, are filled with pipes. Water, gas, electricity, and information flow inside walls, floor and ceilings, crisscrossing basements and running across rooftops. Yet these tubes are rarely allowed to enter the space. No evidence of flow is allowed. But the ever expanding repressed world of pipes always has its leaks, blockages and occasional overflows. The building and the discipline occasionally get covered in what was meant to be excluded. There is an astonishing architecture of pipes, a radical liquid architecture.
Mark Wigley is Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The author of The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt (1993), White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995; both MIT Press), and Constant's New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Publishers, 1998), he coedited, with Catherine de Zegher, The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond,(MIT Press, 2001). He has curated exhibitions at the MoMA in New York, the Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Drawing Center in New York, and the CCA in Montreal.
Please note that portions of Mr. Kara's lecture have been removed from this video at his request.
In celebration of R. Buckminster Fuller’s 120th anniversary (1895-2015), “Pattern Thinking” explores the relationship between artifacts and inventions in his work, and their legacy in contemporary practice. Fuller’s explorations into the physical “pattern” of Shelter, Structure, Cartography and even the Universe will be juxtaposed to his conceptual “thinking” of terms such as Dymaxion, Geodesic and Tensegrity as a way to argue for their irreducibility. Through the lens of Fuller’s transversal “pattern thinking”, a number of artifacts and inventions will be explored from their literal to their most conceptual manifestation: “Dymaxion” as a mathematical, projective, cartographic, and political model of efficiency; “Geodesic” as a formal, structural, environmental, and social model of shelter; “Tensegrity” as a structural, natural and universal model of order…
Daniel López-Pérez will present historical and contemporary documentation that traces Fuller’s trajectory of exploration spanning four decades, while Hanif Kara will speak about their analysis (local and global, stick and surface, linear non-linear) and reflect upon Fuller’s legacy in contemporary projects and current design trends.
The talk will be moderated by Iñaki Ábalos, Chair of the Department of Architecture, with responses by Andrew Witt, Assistant Professor in Practice of Architecture and Ingrid Bengtson (March '15).
Note: This is an audio-only clip. The images are not, as far as we know, originally related to the audio.
The clip contains the last 48 minutes of a talk by Buckminster Fuller in front of a live audience. The place and time are unknown, but at one point Fuller refers to 1969 as "two years ago."
Buckminster Fuller continues a discussion of structures, systems and scenarios. He describes his experience in the U.S. Navy, and calls for a design revolution to overcome inefficiency. He characterizes his World Game as a tool for designing new solutions to global problems. He stresses how economic systems need to emulate self-regenerative biological systems. Fuller ends by praising the integrity of the young people.