Ok….a quick Question & Answer session!
Q: what’s an apple?
A: a fruit that’s red
What is a…banker?! What is a tree?
Well here is a hard one…what is an Architect and what is Architecture? It conjurs all kinds of immediate reactions, some lofty, some perhaps not so lofty depending on your profession or walk of life. But beyond the immediate knee-jerk answer the questions of architect and architecture are very complicated and rooted in some pretty heady issues of philosophy, politics, identity, need, functionality, identity…. and I could go on…but I spare you and let Jeffery Kipnis tell you. Kipnis holds a degree in physics, is an architectural critic, theorist, designer, film-maker, curator, and educator. Kipnis is this week’s hero not because he really spells it out for us but because he has the nerve to go for it in 5 minutes!! You might be surprised at what he has to say about architects, and architecture and its role, methods and function.
And for a more deeper look at his thoughts…check out his conversation with Steven Holl!! (this is great!)
And if you like that one…here is the equivalent of a thanksgiving dinner of thought on the matter!!