This week and next we have a lively conversation with students, who give their takes on Architecture & Eloquence.
Here are our students, in the studio; a short video of us setting up:
This experiment in Radio Pedagogy was inspired in part by the this article in Harvard Magazine:
First up: the Frank Gehry-designed Beekman Towers, on Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan.
Second up, a conversation about Native peoples of the Southwestern plains, the Anasazi, at Mesa Verde:
And an Anasazi kiva - sacred place of purification and spiritual renewal:
We spoke about the entrance - from above - and the round shape of the kiva, as you can see in this photograph.
Next up: Juan Carlos Villanueva's ill-fated mega-block development in Caracas - 23 de Enero, which was occupied by squatters from the ranchos that it replaced - bringing with them the squalid style of living they had previously lead in those hovels, the ranchos.
Above, a scene showing how poorly used the "green" spaces between the buildings became.
And last up for our conversation of November 18th, Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan:
In our conversation both Professor Knox and I defended the well-planned landscaping as an example of the best of examples of the Tower In The Park concept,
Jane Jacobs' love of the typical Manhattan Street notwithstanding, Stuy Town is a truly successful alternative to the ruthless grid.
Next, on November 25th we will talk about the Farnsworth House designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; the Shröder House in Utrecht, Netherlans designed by Gerrit Rietveld; the Roman-Eqyptian Temple of Dendur, now in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum, NYC; and the rude thing that Morphosis and Thom Mayne have designed for Cooper Union at 41 Cooper Square, New York.
Our musical interludes were as follows:
Gehry's Beekman Tower
Flower duet from the opera Lakme'
American Indian aesthetic sensibilites,
Chirpaq sacred music – http://www.youtube.com/watch?
23 de Enero by Juan Carlos Villanueva in Caracas
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileras http://www.youtube.com/
Stuyvesant Town & City PlanningGerswhin – Rhapsody in Blue http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Velvet Underground: Sweet Jane (for Jane Jacobs & all things related to The Village)
Thanks for listening. Speak with you again soon.