New Classicists [architectural design] by W. Baker

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For a student to be able to witness this array of BOB WANDEL: I watched these generating lines activity in such close proximity to the design studios evolve through the six years of the project. To me, is a very unusual condition. The students will be what is crucial is that all those lines came from right in the middle of a zone of activity, not removed existing conditions on the site. It wasn’t an arbitrary from congestion and density. This is an incredible condition generated by Mack or Merrill or David and opportunity to observe and learn how various day- imposed on the site.

Together the various elements of the program in a complex sectional strategy. DY: I think it is fair to say that the instincts and the desire remained throughout the project, but the lan- TG: The result is two schemes that engage the guage changed. context by aggressively figuring the building 52 against it, as you did in the final form of Laban. ROBERT LIVESEY: What do you mean by language? MS: You are right. In both cases, the form of the DY: When we started out, we wanted to express the PRELIMINARY DESIGN form of the building over the street and we wanted to announce the practice of architecture to the university.

To me, is a very unusual condition. The students will be what is crucial is that all those lines came from right in the middle of a zone of activity, not removed existing conditions on the site. It wasn’t an arbitrary from congestion and density. This is an incredible condition generated by Mack or Merrill or David and opportunity to observe and learn how various day- imposed on the site. Instead, they made explicit the to-day activities can relate to a building. latent organizational possibilities of the site.

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