Series of Lectures: Work and Reconstruction - Two architectural Models of Friedrich Kiesler
at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna
Monday, October 1st, 2007
The topics of the lectures are referring to two important works of the Austro-American artist, architect and designer Friedrich Kiesler: his 'City in Space' (1925) model and the project 'Endless House' (1959). In both works Kiesler is dealing with a process-oriented unity of sculptural form and functional coherence of modern architecture.
The art history and cultural studies has rediscovered the work of Kiesler in the early nineties and identifies it as an important key work of modern architecture in the 20th century. From scientific and artistic view the reconstruction of mostly destroyed or inaccessible architectural models and design-objects plays a decisive role. By means of this knowledge science gains an analytic instrument and applied arts are able to compare historical form finding processes with contemporary strategies.
Friedrich Kiesler and Maurizio Sacripanti
Lecture by Alfonso Giancotti
The roman architect Alfonso Giancotti (prior assistant of Sacripanti) is speaking about the idea of architecture as an oscillogram, which shows both static and mobile structures. The “city in the head” of Maurizio Sacripanti gives reason to relate his artistic concepts to the design of the Austro-American architect Friedrich Kiesler.
Lecture: Stephen Phillips, Creative Evolution – Becoming Kiesler
With its temporal structures, fleeting images, emergent forms, indeterminate boundaries, mobile-flexible typologies, and rhythmic unfolding constructions -contemporary architecture is striving towards an endless state of becoming a continuous ensemble in duration (durée).
Stephen Phillips, AIA is a California architect and PhD Candidate at Princeton University, New Jersey. He teaches design at University of California, Berkeley and history and theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
A body of writings by Peter Eisenman and the essays collected in Greg Lynn’s “Folding in Architecture” (AD Profile, 1993) prompted a critical turn in architectural thought in the early 1990s. This symposium will consider the sources, contexts, influences, and legacies of these seminal texts, including the reception of deconstructivism, Deleuze’s theory of the Baroque “fold” the hegemony of the mathematics of calculus in the technological environment of the time, and the first formal avatars of the digital revolution in architectural design.
Hop, Skip, and Jump: A Chronogram of Eisenman's Thinking
Folding in Architecture, 1993; Its Premises and Aftermath
Lecture: Architecture in the Age of Pliancy
Mario Carpo, Consultant Head of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and Associate Professor at the Ecole d’architecture de Paris-La Villette, is speaking about the influence of digital technology – with it’s critical theory and it’s irrational ardor – on the construction of the last decades of the previous century.
Symposium: Framemakers. Choreography as an Aesthetics of Change