29 : On Conceptual Practice: Conversation with Rob Hutchison
We discuss the value and challenges of conceptual architectural practice with Seattle based architect Rob Hutchison. Discussion topics include: death and memory, memory versus intuition, dedication, client relations and the emotional engines of design.
1:46 Memory Houses: Nine Allegorical Works of Architecture show at 4Culture
11:11 “Memory is integral to me being an architect, to the creative process. The memories that I have reside in everything that I design. Sometimes I know what they are, and sometimes there are things that I will never know.”
12:02 Columbarium (House for Remains) and Memory House for a Widow
13:30 Mosque of Córdoba, railway roundhouse
14:40 Typology vs program
18:30 Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher and the quirks of typology: like people
19:40 Precise drawing vs the fuzziness of memory
28:44 Aesthetic connection between the models and his mother's’ collection boxes..
29:09 “I think there’s a danger to always having attention to what we do. And this relates to intuition. I think it’s so important to just do things and let our intuition lead us somewhere.”
30:40 Winery (House for Winemaking) and Telescope House
34:24 Memory vs intuition
37:12 What is your emotional engine for design?
38:16 Chesapeake Bay lighthouses, Borromini's San Carino
39:08 Architects as problem-solvers or as space-makers?
46:26 On clients vs conceptual practice: “By allowing them to be in two different realms, it allows clarity for them to work. Maybe, I’m worried that if I start trying to merge the two, they will become saturated and I will lose the clarity of them...They do support each other.”
49:51 Teaching as a third realm
51:47 Conversation with Javier Sánchez
56:52 “I’m happiest when I’m able to push in as many directions as I can, what architecture means to me.”
1:00:35 Peter Zumthor