Newsletter 30: Spring 2016

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The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2015 © Paul Raftery

Welcome to the Pidgeon Digital Newsletter 30: Spring 2016.

Pidgeon Digital has made amazing progress in the last couple of years, and there are now 276 talks, compared with just 75 when the archive was first published over 10 years ago.

We are now on Twitter. Please follow us @PidgeonDigital. We’ll be tweeting about our new talks as they’re released, and keeping you up to date with architecture in general.

Please see the posts below for descriptions of our recently added talks, now in easy to access digital format.

 

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: I Don’t Want To Be Interesting, I Want To Be Good

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Seagram Building, Park Avenue, New York © Peter Murray

Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the pioneering masters of 20th century architecture, talks about his education and background, his time at the Bauhaus, his relationship with Peter Behrens and approach to architecture. The images that illustrate the interview are of the Seagram Building, one of his most seminal buildings, designed in 1958.

This talk was recorded in 1955.

Click here for a preview of this talk

The complete talk can be purchased here. Please see here for details of how to subscribe to the full Pidgeon Digital website which contains over 275 other talks.

Philip Johnson: Now We Have A Style

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Philip Johnson weekend house & guest house, New Canaan, Conn. 1949 © Tadeusz Barucki

Philip Johnson helped bring modernism to the United States. As the first director of the Museum of Modern Art’s department of architecture and design, he co-curated MoMA’s seminal 1932 exhibition on the International Style.

His own work as an architect, including the Seagram Building designed with Mies van der Rohe, and the Glass House, his own residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, helped to establish the new architecture, while his later work helped move the style on to post-modernism and deconstructivism.

This interview, one of a series conducted by architectural publisher John Peter, was recorded over several sessions between 1955 and 1961.

In this excerpt, Johnson explains his choice of the three greatest modernist works. He argued that with modernism providing the foundation for a new golden age of architecture, it was time to push at the boundaries of the new style.

The complete talk can be purchased here. Please see here for details of how to subscribe to the full Pidgeon Digital website which contains over 275 other talks.