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David Gray: Experimental architecture (October 20, 1977)01:02:39

Shelly Kappe introduces David Gray as the first in a series of talks on “Experimental Ideas in Architecture.”

Gray begins by wondering what experimental architecture might be. He presents his work as an architect in different roles: as a builder, a restorer, low-cost housing designer and traditional designer. He questions the level of experimentation of the projects.

Gray presents examples of architecture he believes to be experimental, such as the George Pompidou Center in Paris and Frei Otto’s buildings. Gray questions the level of experimentation of the architect as an educator, by showing examples built by his students. After the lecture he discusses with the audience his interest in minimum energy housing and the importance of building in architecture. Gray concludes the lecture by saying that he is convinced that he can build literally whatever he wants.