MEIER, Richard


Date: Saturday 10 July 1976
Time: 00:00
Running time: 31 mins

The Rally: Celebrating the Art and Wit of Architecture: an event held at Art Net during the heatwave of July 1976. During the few years of its effervescent existence under Peter Cook's curatorship, Art Net was part art gallery, part architectural exhibition space, and part tribal gathering for various 'scenes'. Alongside the publication of the magazine Net, the space on West Central Street hosted a series of notable exhibitions, talks, and conferences. Peter Cook described Art Net as 'a kind of ad hoc institution where we hope that the people who are talking will knock up against one another' - a hope repeatedly fulfilled during the two weeks of The Rally. Following Richard Meier's presentation of various entries to the 'Shinkenchiku residential design competition 1976: house for an intersection' (see previous disc), for which he wrote the program in an attempt to get architects to build what they really wanted to build, Meier invites several competition entrants to respond. Peter Smithson (whose 'Yellow House' was the winning entry) gives a short talk on knowingness and unknowingness; Peter Cook contrasts Smithsons magic simplicity with his own layering of the unlike with the unlike; Cedric Price questions the validity of such exercises.NB: Some audio problems before Q & A cuts out.

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