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Eric Owen Moss: Brother can you spare a paradigm? (March 16, 1994)01:43:31

Thom Mayne introduces Eric Moss as a “thoughtful investigator.”

Moss articulates his beliefs about architecture then talks about paradigms and their absence in architectural practice. Moss wraps up his introduction by reflecting on his own influences.

Moss presents a four projects, including a convention center and two office buildings, that integrate provisional strategies like the relationships between inside and outside, assembly, equilibrium, and dialogue. He discusses his concepts as having pluralities and logical explanations that capture the mystery of design.

Moss discusses a series of works that illustrate his efforts to devise strategies that will seem incoherent to observers, an “irrational rationale.” Through the projects he examines that objects contain ideas, but the perception of those ideas can be obscured through design. He stresses re-assembling the box into new types that investigate provisional inspirations.

Moss presents projects that investigate typologies such as the house and the office building. He discusses his intentions for the Weston House and Stealth, as well as other projects in Culver City. Moss talks about physiological assemblages, presumptions of incongruence, and relationship recognition as themes and motifs in the works. He sums up these works as trying to maintain a feeling of being “perpetually in transition.”

Moss ends his lecture by asserting backwards thinking in respect to re-assemblage. He describes projects in Ibiza, New Mexico, France, and California as having multiple references to form and space though intertwining layers relative to site, history, vectors, and scale. Moss ends his lecture by thanking several people he felt had contributed an exceptional amount of help.

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