Quintessentially modern, steel is a material born of industrial processes. It’s forged in fire and rolled or drawn into shapes — beams, tubes, wires, angles, plates. Steel is strong, durable, conductive, ductile, machinable and malleable. And while many think of the use of steel in a residential setting as a particularly cold form of modernism, steel can be wonderfully warm and inviting when contrasted with natural materials.
In this video I review the essential qualities of steel and how they can be leverage for use in a residential setting. I discuss:
1. Strength - hot vs. cold-rolled
2. Weight - (steel is sold by the pound)
3. Durability (alloys)
5. Lightness - thickness vs. strength
6. Finishes - brushed, matte, polished
7. Other treatments: blackening, galvanizing, cutting and folding
8. Landscape uses - Corten
Please watch: "Inside My Sketchbook + An Architect's Sketching Tools"
A primer on modern shingle options: steel, copper, zinc, and stone. What you need to know to employ these contemporary materials in your project. I discuss the material properties of each, design considerations, installation caveats offering examples of each.
Architects featured (in order): Carney Logan Burke, Lake | Flato, Sage Modern, John Lum Architecture, Scott Allen Architecture, Sarah Jefferys Design, Carney Logan Burke (again...love their work!), Jose Garcia Design, Tom Hurt Architecture, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, WA Design Architects, and Fuse Architects.
Please watch: "Inside My Sketchbook + An Architect's Sketching Tools"
Recorded: March 23, 2012
Most of Oyler Wu Collaborative’s projects are self-built, providing the opportunity for “the design process to continually respond to the feedback provided by the fabrication process.” In addition to speculative façade designs, over the past year the office has built Anemone, a pavilion in Taipei; a traveling installation “reALIze” (in collaboration with Michael Kalish); and “Netscape,” a large steel-framed and knitted rope canopy at SCI-Arc, which was designed and constructed with students. Based in Los Angeles, the firm is led by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu.
The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
Harwell Harris begins by responding to questions from Shelly Kappe.
Harris discusses his early residential projects in Southern California from the 1930s, stressing topics such as materials, construction techniques, budgets, responsiveness to local climate, and radiant heating systems.
Harris progresses to larger-scale projects, including an exhibition building in San Bernardino employing a lamella system for the roof.
In discussing a church in Dallas, Harris stresses the use of steel, the deployment of natural light, and linking the church with surrounding buildings.
Harwell Harris answers an extensive series of questions involving inquiries into construction and client-related issues.
Tim Durfee introduces William Massie, and frames the lecture around the ideas of reference, form technology, and modernism.
Massie begins his lecture by addressing some important themes such as forming, complexity, repetition, variation, speed of fabrication, and the subject/object relationship. He describes experiments with concrete form-making, and a diaphragmatic curve study in concrete, which increases the wall strength by 30 times.
Massie discusses his ideas of subject/object relationships, technology, experimentation, and fabrication through a series of projects. Included in these projects is the Belt House, the Big Sky House, and a design for a house in which the shower is visible from every point in the house. Each project has a distinct relationship with the landscape; the first merges with the landscape, the second marks the landscape, and the third being alien to the landscape. Massie explains the rationale behind his studies in concrete forming, curved surfaces, and his unique use of PVC piping in creating surfaces.
Massie discusses his winning MOMA/PS1 competition project for an urban beach, which for Massie was about surface and sensuality. Massie takes us through the project from concept to realization, and gives us insight into some of the more technical aspects of how he developed his curved surfaces. He concludes his lecture by discussing his ideas behind the use of puzzle pieces in fabrication, and projects such as Ear for the WPS1 Internet radio station, which was made of orange acrylic and white steel, and the American House, which features a roof line that parabolically drops to the floor level.
Frank Gehry continues his lecture by presenting some of his smaller scale projects including his investigations of cardboard furniture. He explains that the images of the furniture being "strength-tested" with elephants and automobiles were necessary to prove the durability of cardboard.
He discusses a Billy Al Bengston installation at LACMA (1968), which marked the beginning of his interest in corrugated steel.
This material exploration continued into the next set of projects in which he combined minimalism with flexible program and perspectival illusion: a hay barn in Mission Viejo, he Ron Davis studio and residence (1972), and two outdoor concert ampitheaters: the Marriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD (1974) and the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA (1975).
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30pm
Decafe, Perloff Hall
Assistant Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Introduction and conversation with Erin Besler.
UCLA A.UD Assistant Professor Michael Osman teaches courses in the history and theory of modern architecture. His scholarship focuses on the technological, environmental, and economic aspects of architectural history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, relating the infrastructure that undergirds the process of modernization to the historiography of modernist architecture.
This lecture will present recent research on the history of construction materials. The focus will be the standardization of steel, from its chemical composition, to its various shapes, to its performance. The aim is to understand the value of universality for modernist discourse, against the evidence that standards actually proliferated differences in this material.
Introduction and discussion will be led by Erin Besler.
Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie
Recorded: March 6, 2014
Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie, principals of the San Francisco landscape architecture and urban design practice Surfacedesign, Inc., focus on creating landscapes that “connect people to their built environment” with an emphasis on “personal histories and connections between culture and natural environment.”
In 2014, The Architectural League named Surfacedesign, Inc. an Emerging Voice. The annual Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Each year, winners are invited to participate in the Emerging Voices lecture series.
In this video, di Girolamo, Lord, and Wyllie discuss current and recent projects, including the Museum of Steel in Monterey, Mexico; the Auckland International Airport Gateway in New Zealand; the IBM building in Honolulu, Hawaii; and the Lands End Visitors Center in San Francisco, California.