Lecture date: 2011-01-21
DRL Phase II Jury Keynote Lecture (Day 2)
Award-winning architect, principal of NMDA and Professor in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA, Denari has also taught at universities worldwide. For the Fall Term 2010, he is a Visiting Professor at the Harvard GSD.
The DRL Phase II Jury takes place on Thursday 20/Friday 21 January.
Our new podcast, Archinect Sessions: One-to-One is an interview show, straight-up. Each episode features a single interview with a notable figure in contemporary architecture – it's that simple. Usually, One-to-One will be led by me or Paul Petrunia, while occasionally others will serve as guide. The conversation will be casual and spontaneous, touching on the interviewee's role in the expanding range of architectural practice, and will serve (we hope) a valuable archival role in future discourse.
For our very first episode, I spoke with Neil Denari of Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA). Aside from his firm's work, Denari is a tenured professor at UCLA, and was the director of SCI-Arc from 1997 - 2001. We spoke about the shifting focus of architecture education, multitasking, Los Angeles and the recession's impact on architecture.
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Neil Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. (NMDA). He studied at the University of Houston (BArch 1980) and Harvard University (MArch 1982). After graduate studies, he worked in the office of James Stewart Polshek and Partners (New York). In 1986, he was awarded a NY Foundation for the Arts grant which allowed him to begin his own independent practice. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and founded NMDA.
Denari has established an office that is dedicated to the exploration of contemporary life through the media of architecture, urban planning, and industrial design. The office is engaged with projects of various scales in the US, Europe, and Asia. NMDA's work has been published and exhibited extensively around the world. Neil Denari has had a distinguished teaching career which began at Columbia University in 1986. He has held visiting positions at the Bartlett in London, UC Berkeley, and Princeton University. From 1997-2002, he was the Director of SCI-Arc (Los Angeles) and now holds the position of Tenured Professor in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton 1999). Awards received in recognition for his distinguished work in the field of architecture include the Richard Recchia Award, the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal from the National Academy of Design (NY), the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters (NY) and the United Artists Award for Architecture.
Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he is the coordinator of the first year design studios and teaches the foundation course in projective and topological geometry, advanced studios, and design thesis. Recent course offerings include the core studios: Introduction to Design and Visual Studies in Architecture and Design of Housing, the workshop Projective Representation in Architecture, and seminar Reading Buildings. He also taught the studio options: Nanjing, Offset Ceilings, Indefinitely Extendable Museum, Ueno Park, Tokyo, 2CC and Holdout Architecture.
A converstation on graphic architecture and plastic politics. Featuring: Neil Denari, Principal of NMDA and Chair of UCLA A.UD Robert Somol, Director of the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago Moderated by Andrew Holder
Hosted by GSD 1202 Architecture Core IV Studio
It’s Greg Lynn, in conversation with architects of seminal digital projects included in the exhibition Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention. In this episode, Greg introduces the show and talks to Neil Denari.
Watch the full series: http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/issues/4/origins-of-the-digital/39907/the-greg-lynn-show
Read more about the exhibition: http://www.cca.qc.ca/en/calendar?event=38273
Greg Lynn sur scène, en conversation avec les architectes de projets inclus dans l’exposition Archéologie du numérique : Complexité et convention. Dans cette épisode, une introduction au programme et une conversation avec Neil Denari.
Regarder la série complète : http://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/issues/4/des-origines-du-numerique/39907/the-greg-lynn-show
En savoir plus sur l'exposition : http://www.cca.qc.ca/fr/calendrier?event=38273
The School of Architecture presents renown architect Neil Denari of NMDA Los Angeles. His work has been included in many exhibitions and major museums around the world. In this lecture, Denari discusses sameness and repetition in the city.
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Marcelyn Gow introduces Neil Denari, currently acting as special B. Arch thesis advisor, as an designer whose work engages architecture as part of a larger cultural project.
Denari challenges the B.Arch thesis students to re-examine what’s behind their interest in architecture. Is it architecture as a material and spatial thing, or architecture as social medium? He proposes to show projects currently in progress, all of which originated with developers.
He begins with an office building, 9000 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills (2019). Then Denari discusses three tower projects in Vancouver: a 37-story glass tower, West Broadway Towers (2020), and a white brick tower originally planned as condominiums, now to be apartments.
Denari discusses Los Angeles-area projects: an office building with retail space in green-glazed brick, a hybrid building in terms of form and structure, elevated on columns above a parking lot, a medical research/Wellness center, Santa Monica, and a 8-unit apartment building in the West Adams district.
Denari concludes with a discussion of the Sotoak Pavilion in El Paso.
Beginning with HL23 (2012), Neil Denari discusses recent projects in terms of the four value systems—Function, Exchange, Symbolic, and Sign—that shape a building. He describes the evolution of several towers in Vancouver, the Sotoak Pavilion in El Paso, the Hameetman Center at Cal Tech, and the Wildwood School in West L.A..
Neil Denari surveys historical examples of buildings that might or might not constitute a thesis, starting with Corbusier's Villa Savoye and the Florey Building, Oxford (1971) by James Stirling. to Toyo Ito's Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (under construction). He feels Robert Venturi's house for his mother (1964) definitely argues a thesis, as do Peter Eisenman projects from House III (1961-71) to the City of Culture of Galica (2013), and projects by Superstudio, Buckminster Fuller and Coop Himmelb(l)au. Denari discusses his own Interrupted Projections (1996) as a project that presented ideas worked out in detail in his subsequent career. He discusses the difference between designs that exist in movies and reality, and the distinction between just going with your interests and attempting to make a contribution.
Neil Denari begins his lecture with four audio works--TV Set Loop, Dis-Fuzz Disco, The Geek, and Nature's Course. He discusses Solar Clock (1986) for the Tower of London and the Exploding Sonic Test Audio Visual Big Guitar (1987) installed at Columbia. Denari describes in detail his West Coast Gateway Competition (1988) entry, and the divided response of the jury. He concludes with a final audio work.