Running time: 30 minutes
The British architect Richard MacCormac trained at Cambridge in the 1960s and is the senior partner in the London practice MacCormac Jamieson Prichard & Wright. In 1988 we recorded him talking about his design for Spitalfields, an area to the east of the City of London, a project which sadly was never built (see MacCormac's second talk Urban Design In Action).
Since that time, he has been President of the RIBA and responsible for setting up its very successful Architecture Centre, while at the same time he has continued to design buildings for educational establishments. He uses four of these to illustrate this talk.
But he describes his sub-theme as being "about the power of ideas which are outside the obvious description of the architectural problem or the brief for each of them. To some extent these are historical ideas and to some extent they are rather unexpected; but in each case they are formative". This is not to say that the practical exigencies of the projects did not exist, each in their way highly exacting in terms of the purposes they fulfil. But, he says, "that's another story".
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