Lecture date: 1976-02-09
Peter Cook briefly outlines the ideas and principles behind Art Net as an introduction to a series of lectures that could be characterized as Art Net on tour. 'Art Net is a kind of ad hoc institution. A gallery which shows roughly 60% architectural exhibitions and 40% art exhibitions, it draws an increasingly widespread audience primarily made up from students and architects working in the various offices around Bloomsbury. It's very important that it's not just a gallery that has an exhibition every three weeks and a private view. We are increasingly holding events somewhat similar to this one this afternoon where the people who are exhibiting come and talk about their work. We video everything that moves because you never know how much you might want to look back on it later as information. We also have gatherings of one kind or another where we hope that the people who are talking will knock up against each other. As the remnants from the New York Five and Superstudio exhibitions illustrate, we regard Art Net as a place where people from other countries drop in and do their thing, and where the locals come back at them.'
Lectures by: Paul Shepheard, Will Alsop, Peter Wilson and Jean Sillett
NB: Peter Wilson and Jean Sillett lecture cuts out temporarily halfway through.
Lecture date: 2013-11-28
A reflection on the longevity of ideas, notions, concepts and thoughts
Will Alsop is a decorated architect and designer. He won the Stirling Prize for the Peckham Library, London, and has designed RIBA Award-winning schemes at Queen Mary University London and Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. He is also a Royal Academician and has more recently built award-winning buildings in London, Manchester, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. Today, Alsop is Principal of the multidisciplinary practice ALL Design, based in Battersea, London.
Lecture date: 1999-10-27
Communication and consultation play an important role in Will Alsop's design practice, from discussions with students and collaborations with artists to lectures and brain-storming sessions with city planners and developers. What results is a concern to improve the social infrastructure of the world's cities, and a continuing exploration of formal, functional, social and behavioural issues. In keeping with these concerns and his desire to create buildings 'that offer a richer experience to both the user and the visitor', Alsop focuses his talk on the role of the public in the creation of architecture.
On graduating from the AA, Will Alsop spent several formative years in the office of Cedric Price before setting up his own practice in 1979. He formed partnerships with John Lyall in 1981 and with the German architect Jan Stormer in 1989 - a move which strengthened the close links with Europe that Alsop had forged through collaborative work with Jean Nouvel and others. His work has been the subject of numerous publications.
Lecture date: 1975-01-17
Day 1 AM - Speakers Will Alsop, Charles Jencks
BOB MAXWELL: Can architecture be considered a form of art? If so, it could be argued that there can be such a thing as conceptual architecture. Artists are engaging in a process to remove art from the galleries and museums in order to bring it into life. Is this fact throwing any light to the relation between art and architecture? Conceptual art and conceptual architecture; could be considered the same thing? Or on the contrary, there might be an irreconcilable gap between them.
WILL ALSOP: I want to look for evidence of conceptual architecture, in order to stimulate a discussion with the public and among the public. [He shows a video of 20 min, which is missing].
CHARLES JENCKS: Conceptual architecture and conceptual art are conventional terms which are historically tied to a particular historical movement. There are three definitions of concept, or ways to understand it. Le Corbusier generated thousands of new concepts for architecture. Concepts are a drug for architects.
[Questions from the audience follow, at the end, 3 (people disguised as) monkeys appear in the room.]
Symposium over two days speakers include; Will Alsop, Peter Eisenman, Charles Jencks, Peter Cook, Cedric Price, Bernard Tschumi, David Stezaker, Colin Rowe, Dalibor Vesely, Jo Rykwert, Rosalee Goldberg. Chairman Bob Maxwell.
British architect Will Alsop discusses his projects, working methods, and influences. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Will Alsop: OCAD, an Urban Manifesto, which reveals the architect’s design process through preparatory paintings, sketches, and models for the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in Toronto. Since its completion in 2004, OCAD has become a popular icon and a catalyst inspiring the transformation and revitalisation of Toronto’s urban spaces.
Introduced by Peter Cook
Will Alsop presents working drawings and thoughts from his current sketchbook/notebook. On graduating from the AA Alsop spent several formative years in the office of Cedric Price before setting up his own practice in 1979. He formed partnerships with John Lyall in 1981 and with the German architect Jan Stormer in 1989 - a move which strengthened the close links with Europe that Alsop had forged through collaborative work with Jean Nouvel and others.
NB: Poor sound quality. Cuts out during Q & A session.