May 28, 2009

Video: OMA's Joshua Prince-Ramus on Seattle's Public Library

OMA can be very hit and miss when I see their designs and proposals. Often I find the huge scale and complexity of their projects leads to spaces that I wouldn't feel comfortable in and often the have little to do with historical context and environmental conditions. However, after visiting the Seattle Public Library I gained a new found respect for the firm and their public works. The Library is fantastic. Its fun, playful and full of discovery. Materials are used in innovative ways as is the entire concept of what a Library is. This lecture touches on a few of OMA's recent projects and gives a great description of the design process behind these buildings.

May 26, 2009

Video: William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle Design

Another interesting talk from our friends at TED. William McDonough is a controversial figure when discussing architecture and sustainability. People argue he is hypocritical for lecturing on the importance of sustainable design strategies and then designing the new Ford factory and headquarters. His book Cradle to Cradle talks about a new better way for industry to be organized and he even designed the materiality of the book to be an endlessly recyclable material...yet are the facilities to actually recycle the plastic based book existing?

Either way you can't argue that his ideas should be ignored or that his buildings aren't trying to make a better place for us to live and work. In this talk he goes over his philosophy of design and ends up highlighting a design his office did for a new city in China.

Enjoy the video and I promise to post a new article in the near future. I also have some more videos to post and a show from the BBC on Meis van der Rohe coming soon.

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