Herman Hertzberger (November 4, 1981)



This is the first half this lecture only. The video of the second half is not available.

Herman Hertzberger explains his approach of deploying ordinary rather than extraordinary elements as a device for giving the user responsibility to finish the design. He speaks of the importance of accommodating the user instead of impressing them with a specific purpose determined by the architect. To this end, he gives examples of his open-ended projects including a Montessori school and a development of experimental houses, both in Delft. Hertzberger goes on to present a home for the elderly in Amsterdam as an example of organizing building elements with specific knowledge of the psychological associations that the users will project on the results. He also shows how the placement and articulation of columns in his Utrecht Concert Hall project refer to Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino house concept and Chomsky’s writings on Structuralism.

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