Series
Pantechnicon
Episode
The City as a Client
Producing Organization
WGBH Educational Foundation
Contributing Organization
WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/15-655dvjng
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Description
This episode of Pantechnicon includes a discussion of intuitive urban architecture. Philip Johnson, an American architect, opens discussion about modern architecture and how American art historian and Yale architecture professor Vincent Scully was correct in arguing that the city needs to be constructed as an entire entity rather than designing singular buildings because a ?sense of place? has been lost. Vincent Scully then speaks about the impersonal and faceless nature of urban renewal?s modern architecture. Robert Venturi, American architect, then gives examples of buildings built cohesively and buildings built singularity. Venturi looks at New Haven?s unifying Gothic architecture and Davenport?s clashing architecture, but deems both styles to be appropriate for the cityscale. Venturi continues to explore these themes in architecture in gas stations in Pennsylvania and American piazzas. Venturi concludes that these examples indicate a need for a different kind of unity expressed through the built environment in cities that would recognize complexities. Johnson agrees that the idea of unity can be translated into a boring and confusing aesthetic. Then an Italian architect gives his perspective of city design, where organization is key to having a livable city. This would include buildings built in patterns based on their uses and forms should be varied. The discussion ends with critiques of redevelopment projects in New York, specifically Lincoln Center, New Haven, and Boston.
Pantechnicon is a nightly magazine featuring segments on issues, arts, and ideas in New England.
Asset type
Episode
Genres
Event Coverage
Topics
Local Communities
Architecture
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Media type
Sound
Duration
00:56:12
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Credits
Panelist: Venturi, Robert
Panelist: Scully, Vincent
Panelist: Johnson, Philip
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
Production Unit: Radio
AAPB Contributor Holdings
WGBH
Identifier: 66-0052-09-20-001 (WGBH Item ID)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Generation: Dub: audio
Duration: 00:56:12
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Citations
Chicago: “Pantechnicon; The City as a Client,” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed April 21, 2019, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-655dvjng.
MLA: “Pantechnicon; The City as a Client.” WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. April 21, 2019. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-655dvjng>.
APA: Pantechnicon; The City as a Client. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_15-655dvjng