Life & Architecture

This is an exclusive World Architecture Community documentary series, prepared in the 90's but don't be fooled, it is not outdated but on the contrary, it has a very high archive value. This 12 episodes series covers various topics, from the Great Works of Paris, and there are so many that it took 3 separate episodes to cover them, to Philip Johnson, from the Pioneering of the British National Lottery Administration to the University of Cincinnatti in Ohio or the Middle-East Technical University as well as Istanbul Technical University campuses, from the Vitra Furniture Factory to the IBA Emscher Park in Germany and many more... With English sub-titles, this is a great series to learn from the works of the greatest.

The credits for this series are as follows: Presenter: Özlem Gürses, Editor and Technical Director: Andreas Treske, Concept / Coordination: Prof. Dr. Haluk Pamir and Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, and Executive Producers: Prof. Dr. Haluk Pamir, Hasan Barutçu and Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan.

The third and last section shows the Institute de Monde Arabe, the Natural History Museum, the Parc de la Villette and Science Museum.

The second section of Paris episode shows the Grand Arch, Ministry of Finance and Economy, and the French National Library.

This episode covers Paris city's big projects... There is so much to say about Paris that there actually are 3 parts to the story... This is part one, we hope you enjoy it.

This episode explains how VITRA, a German furniture design and manufacturing company, supports innovative architecture through employing cutting-edge contemporary architects.

While introducing the world's changing trends in architecture to USA, the American architect Philip Johnson had also used his financial reserves to build on his estate in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Transparent Face of Architecture

Winy Maas @ T2 - The Transparent Face of Architecture

Very entertaining and informative presentation by the popular Winy Maas from MVRDV, is proposed to you in association with Şişecam Düzcam, one of the World's largest glass manufacturers, as part of their T2 - The Transparent Face of Architecture conference.

Kalebodur Talks With Architects

Kalebodur sponsored a series of discussions with prominent Architects around the globe, moderated by Prof. Dr. Abdi Güzer, both an Architect and Critique. World Architecture Community is proud to be associated with this effort and will publish a number of these discussions on its portal (

Emre Arolat, from Emre Arolat Architecture (EAA), is one of the most prominent architects in Turkey and he is the next guest of this video series, where he candidly tells about his experience, his numerous projects and state of Architecture in Turkey.

Arolat's work was recently published by Rizzoli International, in "EAA Emre Arolat Architecture: Context and Plurality", written by World Architecture Community founder and President, Suha Özkan and Philip Jodidio, who studied art history and economics at Harvard University, who was Editor-in-Chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades, has published numerous articles and books, including TASCHEN's Architecture Now series, Building a New Millennium, and monographs on Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, and Renzo Piano.

EEA was founded in May 2004 by Emre Arolat and Gonca Paşolar in Istanbul, as the continuation of Emre Arolat’s architectural practices which he started at his parents’ office, Arolat Architects, as an associate designer in 1987. Since its establishment, EAA has turned out to be one of the largest architectural offices in Turkey with a team of more than 50 people. The firm continues its practice at the offices in Istanbul and London with projects that range from mixed-use buildings occupying millions of square meters, to a small place of worship counting only five hundred square meters.

EAA has taken place in many prestigious and important national and international projects. The projects are being developed completely in three dimensional models, from concept design to the details in depth, which is also valid for coordination with engineering systems. Design is pursued till the smallest detail, comprehensively elaborated, solved and drawn. Further than the power of design, the amount and quality of detailing, and supportive supervision in all stages of construction has gained special exclusivity to EAA services among its so-called equivalents in the market. The group also has a considerable presence in the academic world. The founder Emre Arolat has been active at various schools of architecture with lectures, jury contributions and studio tutorage, such as Berlage Institute at Delft, Pratt Institute at New York, Middle East Technical University at Ankara, CEPT University at Ahmedabad, several institutions in Istanbul like Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy, Istanbul Technical University, Yıldız Technical University and Bilgi University where he was among the founders of Graduate Program. Apart from himself, group leaders in EAA perform in similar contributions.

Architectural significance of the group was supported by many awards, most notably of which are Aga Khan Award, The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, World Architecture Festival Awards and AR Emerging Architecture Award.

Helen Castle, Executive Commissioning Editor at John Wiley and Sons + Editor of Architectural Design (AD) Magazine

An experienced commissioning editor at Wiley, Helen Castle specialises in architecture. She has worked for both trade and academic publishers and her knowledge in her chosen subject area ranges from the historic to cutting-edge contemporary design. She currently oversees the Global Architecture programme, commissioning UK and US titles. Helen is also the Editor of Architectural Design (AD). The cornerstone of the UK architecture list at Wiley, AD is the renowned bi-monthly journal that has an enduring reputation for exciting conceptual design and innovative architectural thinking. In this episode, Castle answers Güzer's questions about the transition to digital publishing as well as the "star system" in architecture. In the meantime, they still talk about Zaha, Gehry and Foster.

Charles Renfro, AIA, from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, talks on architecture

Charles Renfro, AIA, from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York City based design studio, with signature projects like the Lincoln Center Public Spaces, NYC Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Expansion or The Broad in Los Angeles, answers Güzer's questions on being a partner, his academic contributions as well as the studio's past and on-going projects.

David Chipperfield, CRE RA RDI RIBA Hon F AIA, talks on architecture

David Chipperfield, CRE RA RDI RIBA Hon F AIA, from David Chipperfield Architects that was founded in 1985 is the 4th guest of the series. Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012 David Chipperfield curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten. David Chipperfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime's work. In this discussion with Güzer, David Chipperfield gives a realistic view of what Architecture has become today, with its commercial and financial aspect along with its design aspect.

@13:52 > "Design is only a value if it can increase the value itself..."

Eric Owen Moss, AIA, talks on architecture

Eric Owen Moss, AIA, from Eric Owen Moss Architects, the Los Angeles based based firm, designed a variety of award-winning buildings that continue to re- shape the discourse of international architecture. That never ending “what is architecture?” discussion continues to manifest itself in the Eric Owen Moss office in the production of new city plans, the design of new building, and exhibits, lectures, publications, and teaching around the world. In this 3rd episode, Moss candidly answers Güzer's questions about his views on contemporary architecture and the Los Angeles architectural scene.

@58:12 > "Nobody likes Sinan, I don't know how many projects he had... 500?"

Massimiliano Fuksas, Hon F AIA, Hon F RIBA, talks on architecture

Massimiliano Fuksas, Hon F AIA, Hon F RIBA, architect of Fiera Milano, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport or the French Archives Nationales is the second guest of the series, where Güzer asks Fuksas about his works as well as his views on Architecture in general.

Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, Hon F AIA, speaks about architecture

The first one of the series is with the Founder and President of World Architecture Community, Prof. Dr. Suha Özkan, Hon F AIA, where Güzer asks Suha Özkan about the place of Turkish Architecture in the International arena and talk about its evolution over time in reference to other architectural currents.

@ 59:27 > "I don't believe in French or German Architecture |...| I believe in good architecture..."