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Brett Steele: Picking up where I left off (March 25, 2016)01:02:44

Brett Steele characterizes thesis projects as Trojan horses that make existing architecture irrelevant. They also invent a distinctive way of being an architect. He cites the case Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, moving from Switzerland to Paris, renaming himself Le Corbusier, and producing the Dom-ino house plan in 1914. He notes how Corbusier's publications established a precedent for later architects. Steele argues that architecture schools are important as stages where people can rehearse and refine their performance as architects. He stresses that the architect's task of communication today must deal with information overload--hence editing is the essential skill. He discusses projects by Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Rem Koolhaas, and Toyo Ito that provided a launch pad for their subsequent careers

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