Lars Lerup (November 2, 1988)

Robert Mangurian introduces Lars Lerup, commenting on Lerup’s career progression in both architecture and education.

Lerup maintains that architecture is dead and begins to discuss the importance of the architectural promenade in modernism. He states the intent to imply the movement of form through the movement of viewpoint past form. Lerup comments on Le Corbusier’s culmination of the modernist dream through the movement of the subject up and through the building as well as the removal of the roof to open to the sky and the future.

Lerup continues with a series of diagrams and a list of terms that relate to the Berlin wall. He discusses concepts for how to address the wall, creating in-between and meandering spaces and programs which connect and divide.

Lerup shows several drawings and models that represent imaginary realities.

He discusses the stoa, and his interest in combining the stoa with a Möbius strip to create movement which was both outside and inside.

Lerup speaks about German vernacular architecture in Texas.

He goes on to discusses the curtain wall and describes the nature of the structure as an open system and the glass as a closed system.

Lerup states that the ultimate goal of architecture is to become entirely promenade, moving around, above and below.

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