Learning From The Master #25- Coop Himmelb(l)au

Hi, Restless Spirit!

We will gather again to get Learning From The Master session. This is the last architect on our list of deconstructivist series. we will continue to learn about the connectivity of deconstruction theory in architecture. The last architect that we want to discuss is Coop Himmelb(l)au, one of some influential deconstructivist architecture firm. It will be presented by Hasan Abd and Riswanda Setyo Addino.

Known as the punk rockers of architecture Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded in Vienna in 1968 by Wolf Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer. Their design method has long revolved around the creation of an ideographic sketch that they call a psychogram. The rationale behind the psychogram is that it captures the perfect or unsullied, subconscious desire of the architect. The psychogram acts in much the same way as the surrealist game the Exquisite Corpse (Sorkin 1991). This game is said to free the mind in order to produce, through the use of random generators, a semiotic structure that is devoid of traditional values.

More radically put the studio’s ‘Architecture must blaze’ manifesto from 1980, stated that:

“We want an architecture that has more to offer. Architecture that bleeds, exhausts, that turns and even breaks […] Architecture that glows, that stabs, that tears and rips when stretched. Architecture must be precipitous, fiery, smooth, hard, angular, brutal, round, tender, colourful, obscene, randy, dreamy, en-nearing, distancing, wet, dry and heart-stopping. Dead or alive. If it is cold, then cold as a block of ice. If it is hot, then as hot as a tongue of flame. Architecture must blaze!” – Wolf D. Prix (b. 1942)

The discussion will be held on
Saturday, 19 July 2017 / 13.00 – 15.00
with OMAH Library

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