Paul and Amelia are joined in-studio with RotoLab, Michael Rotondi's new start-up. Along with co-founders Nels Long and M A Greenstein, RotoLab has ambitions to create uniquely VR-environments for architectural education and practice, and in the process, completely upend how we learn and work. Inspired by decades of experience in architecture and VR’s imminent future, Rotondi and his co-founders spoke about socializing in VR, gaming as education, and what this new frontier could mean for tomorrow’s architects.
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Fred Fisher introduces Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis, noting their prestige within the architectural profession, their dedication to teaching, and their commitment to advancing architecture. Fisher notes that Mayne was responsible for organizing the current lecture series, about which Mayne received “a discouraging word from just about everybody,” but which “I think it stands as a unique and valuable series of events and that we're all indebted to him for that.”
The introduction is followed by a long, silent set-up of the slides.
Thom Mayne quotes Colin Rowe from the Five Architects catalog regarding the dual vision of architects as visionaries and victims of circumstance. He mentions the responsive systems approach of Christopher Alexander and Ralph Knowles as examples of what Morphosis is not doing.
Michael Rotondi describes the five major interests he and Mayne share: program, environment, technology, structure, and communication, or "the architectural language of project."
Mayne and Rotondi present the Delmer House, the Baja Mar vacation house, the Baja California addition to community hospital, and the unbuilt house in Rochester, New York. Mayne and Rotondi present their project for a house for physician in Nigeria, the 1-2-3-4 addition in Venice, and an addition to house in the Palisades.
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Michael Rotondi continues his lecture, discussing a multi-family housing project and a medical facility, both in Mexico. He comments on the need to find tradeoffs to minimize the budget while adding elements that they felt were important. He presents an office complex in Sacramento in which a main intent was to promote new activities while encouraging existing activities in the neighborhood. Rotondi then goes through additional projects including a the 2-4-6-8 House studio addition in Venice Beach, and his son, Ben.
Introduced by his son, Ben, Michael Rotondi gives his final lecture as Director of SCI-Arc. Learning how to teach from being a father, Rotondi describes SCI-Arc, “the strong willed love child,” as his greatest teacher. Believing that anything imaginable is possible, the work of Roto Architects centers on natural, abstract, and mythological order. These are ways of knowing and seeing that deal with the basic architectural problems of space, order, form, structure, material, and construction. The Teiger Residence project began at Morphosis as an experiment to see if it could be designed without a primary section or elevation, and explored the concept that a building can enhance the experience and understanding of a site. These ideas persist as drivers for subsequent projects including the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Carlson-Regis Residence, Warehouse C, and Sinte Gleska University.
Eric Owen Moss moderates a symposium consisting of distinquished faculty members Jeffrey Kipnis, Michael Rotondi, and Hernan Diaz-Alonzo. They discuss representation, imagery, functionality, materials, and contemporary culture. Coy Howard, Elena Manferdini, and Chris Genik pose questions for the panelists. They reflect on the recent death of Raimund Abraham.
Eric Owen Moss introduces newly anointed Distinguished Faculty, Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis, and Henan Diaz Alonzo. Moss presents a set of images, pointing the talk in the direction of representation and image control through architectural devices. The panelists agrees that lack of originality is a problem that plagues contemporary practice.
Michael Rotondi discusses the impact of terrorism on architecture and how, for example, embassies reflect contemporary values and fears. The panelists discuss representational techniques, symbolism, minimalism, “the box,” and affect and effect in art and architecture.
Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis and Hernan Diaz Alonso discuss computer protocols, man and technology, and whether the software or the designer is more influential in contemporary design. They discuss materialism, production techniques, and cultural associations, and the role of the architect.
Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis and Hernan Diaz Alonso discuss materialism, production techniques, and cultural associations, and the role of the architect.
The panelists discuss fashion and its historical relevance to architecture. They compare and contrast the two arts discussing their ephemerality, temporal situations, and materials. They also comment about scale and the interaction between an object and its environment.
Michael Rotondi, Michael Dobry and Tim Durfee introduce April Greiman.
Greiman presents her work in a series of categories: symbolism, color and energy, the four elements, light, transparency, language and unfolding of technology into design process. She goes on to present the graphic design produced for SCI-Arc and graphic work for exhibitions.
Greiman presents her graphic design and interior design work done in collaboration with Roto Architects. Greiman discusses the importance of color symbolism and energy. She was concerned with creating different emotions through the colors picked for each project.
Greiman discusses the graphic design for a 1995 U.S. Post Office stamp and explains the symbolism of colors and shapes behind this project. Greiman goes on to present other graphic design projects for exhibitions, posters and catalogues and the Infinite Illusions CD-Rom project.