Digital Agency: The Role of Digital Tools in Architectural History
This project explores four buildings by Steven Holl Architects and BNIM Architects, specifically the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Lewis Center for the arts, the Reach-JFK Center, and the Visual Arts Building.
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[00:00:01.200]My name is Kathleen O'Gara and I am a
student in the University of Nebraska
[00:00:04.800]Lincoln's college of architecture. The
faculty advisor for this project is Dr.
[00:00:09.690]Peter Olshavsky. Our UCARE
project is titled digital agency.
[00:00:14.910]The role of digital tools
in architectural history.
[00:00:21.000]This project explores four
buildings by Steven Holl,
[00:00:23.820]architects and BNIM architects,
[00:00:26.490]specifically the Nelson
Atkins museum of art,
[00:00:29.940]the Lewis center for the arts,
[00:00:32.070]the reach JFK center and
the visual arts building.
[00:00:37.770]The first project is the Nelson Atkins
museum of art expansion in Kansas city,
[00:00:43.320]also known as the block
building construction on
this project was completed in
[00:00:47.610]2007. Here's a description
provided by the architects.
[00:00:52.470]It talks about how the project consists
of five interconnected structures or
[00:00:58.170]The project was an
architectural competition and
the rules state that you only
[00:01:02.880]could build the north of
the existing structure,
[00:01:05.700]but Steven Holl decided to break the
rules and go down a landscape along the
[00:01:09.180]east side of the site,
[00:01:13.710]the galleries have a harmonious
relationship with the
sculpture garden above and
[00:01:17.850]the lenses bring different
light qualities into the spaces.
[00:01:24.660]The nest project is Lewis center for the
arts on Princeton university's campus.
[00:01:30.270]The building was completed in 2017.
[00:01:34.830]The complex has three buildings,
the theater and dance building,
[00:01:39.030]an arts building and a music building.
[00:01:42.060]It is an important part of
this project that the forum,
[00:01:45.690]an important part of this project is
the forum that connects the buildings on
[00:01:48.840]the ground level.
[00:01:51.360]Stephen Holl's watercolor here does
a great job of communicating the main
[00:01:55.050]concepts behind each foot thing.
[00:01:58.260]And this is a beautiful
picture of the music building.
[00:02:01.800]And then some of the interior spaces,
[00:02:05.640]the region expansion to the Kennedy
center for the performing arts in
[00:02:08.940]Washington, DC was finished in 2019.
[00:02:13.230]The Kennedy center is a community centered
place where people can interact with
[00:02:17.070]artists and explore creative processes.
[00:02:20.550]The expansion added rehearsal
education, and many flexible spaces,
[00:02:25.320]indoors and outdoors, like
many of Stephen Hall's,
[00:02:29.640]other projects. This one
features a green roof,
[00:02:32.610]and it is the largest green
roof in Washington DC.
[00:02:38.220]The last project is the
visual arts building on the
university of Iowa's campus
[00:02:42.210]completed in 2016.
[00:02:45.990]The five main concepts behind this
project are interconnection through
[00:02:49.830]horizontal programs in vertical porosity,
[00:02:54.150]multiple centers of flight stairs
as vertical social condensers
[00:02:59.200]corridors as horizontal
meaning places, campus space,
[00:03:03.610]definition slash porosity
and material resonance
[00:03:08.440]slash ecological innovation.
[00:03:12.400]The seven centers of light greatly
influenced the form of the building,
[00:03:16.930]which led to dynamic interiors.
[00:03:21.610]I was able to take a trip to Iowa city
this summer to see the visual arts
[00:03:24.910]building on the campus of
the university of Iowa,
[00:03:27.970]where I photographed both the visual
arts building and the art building west
[00:03:31.870]also designed by Steven Holl.
[00:03:34.930]This picture is from inside art building
west with a view of the visual arts
[00:03:38.680]building in the background.
[00:03:43.540]This UCare project research, the
work of the celebrated architects,
[00:03:47.500]Stephen Holl in collaboration
with BNIM architects,
[00:03:51.850]the project seek to establish a
theoretical and practical framework to use
[00:03:56.680]digital tools, to input, organize, manage,
[00:03:59.710]and frame architectural
information for historical inquiry.
[00:04:04.270]The platform we first had in mind layer,
[00:04:06.940]which is new and was developed to manage
construction data for the restoration
[00:04:10.750]of the Nebraska Capitol has never been
used in architectural scholarship.
[00:04:16.930]The goal of the platform is to act as
the primary database and interface for
[00:04:21.160]students and faculty to collaborate
while building a set of multimedia layers
[00:04:26.140]about the buildings being
studied and later interpreted
[00:04:31.810]in the early research
early in the research Dr.
[00:04:35.350]Olshavsky and I found that layer is not,
[00:04:38.020]I is not the ideal
platform for this research.
[00:04:42.010]The goal was to input multimedia
information into layer so that
[00:04:46.870]it is geospatial located
relative to the building spaces.
[00:04:52.780]a clip of audio interview about a
gallery and the Nelson Atkins museum
[00:04:58.090]would be linked directly to
a plan drawing of that space,
[00:05:01.390]along with other texts in
photographs of the same space,
[00:05:05.830]since it was not designed
specifically for argues,
[00:05:08.740]it was not set up to support all kinds
of file types like video and audio
[00:05:15.100]The spatial aspect of layer was
unique and interesting to explore.
[00:05:19.390]It added a level of complexity to the
file organization that was unnecessary
[00:05:24.220]for this architectural research.
[00:05:27.550]We changed our digital platform
to one drive and one drive.
[00:05:30.490]We created a detailed file tree for
organizing the data I gathered primary
[00:05:35.380]and secondary information, including
construction drawings, sketches,
scholarly texts, printed,
[00:05:43.810]and audio interviews,
[00:05:45.340]and other forms of evidence on the
four Seminole buildings by Steven Holl
[00:05:50.350]in association with
[00:05:54.970]And then I organize this multimedia
information into the file tree,
[00:05:58.310]along with data previously gathered
by other students and Dr. Olshavsky
[00:06:05.320]beyond this grant.
[00:06:06.130]And the value of this research is its
contribution to a crucial understanding of
[00:06:11.080]the celebration of celebrated
collaboration between Stephen Holland.
[00:06:15.070]BNIM that resulted in
four renowned projects.
[00:06:19.600]This will aid in the development of a
scholarly book on the subject and will
[00:06:23.320]also contribute to a larger project. Dr.
[00:06:26.140]Olshavsky is working on called
the Stephen home guide book.
[00:06:30.940]I'd like to acknowledge the university
of Nebraska's UCare program,
[00:06:34.630]the college of architecture and
Dr. Peter Olshavsky. Thank you.
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