Symposium: What’s the question? (March 5, 2010)

Eric Owen Moss moderates a symposium consisting of distinquished faculty members Jeffrey Kipnis, Michael Rotondi, and Hernan Diaz-Alonzo. They discuss representation, imagery, functionality, materials, and contemporary culture. Coy Howard, Elena Manferdini, and Chris Genik pose questions for the panelists. They reflect on the recent death of Raimund Abraham.

Eric Owen Moss introduces newly anointed Distinguished Faculty, Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis, and Henan Diaz Alonzo. Moss presents a set of images, pointing the talk in the direction of representation and image control through architectural devices. The panelists agrees that lack of originality is a problem that plagues contemporary practice.

Michael Rotondi discusses the impact of terrorism on architecture and how, for example, embassies reflect contemporary values and fears. The panelists discuss representational techniques, symbolism, minimalism, “the box,” and affect and effect in art and architecture.

Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis and Hernan Diaz Alonso discuss computer protocols, man and technology, and whether the software or the designer is more influential in contemporary design. They discuss materialism, production techniques, and cultural associations, and the role of the architect.

Michael Rotondi, Jeffrey Kipnis and Hernan Diaz Alonso discuss materialism, production techniques, and cultural associations, and the role of the architect.

The panelists discuss fashion and its historical relevance to architecture. They compare and contrast the two arts discussing their ephemerality, temporal situations, and materials. They also comment about scale and the interaction between an object and its environment.

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