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  • lecture: Eric Owen MOSS

    Eric Owen MOSS. Photo: Philip Arnold, Knowlton School of Architecture.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. He holds Master Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. . . .

    Eric Owen MOSS, “The Man from the Country Where No One Else Lives”
    intro. by Jeffrey KIPNIS
    Wednesday, 03/06
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

    Photo: Philip Arnold, Knowlton School of Architecture.

    Here’s how it happens:
    Somewhere there’s an instinct.
    The culture says, “no.”

    The architect insists,
    resists,
    begins to explore,
    evolves;
    becomes pragmatic;
    becomes experienced;
    becomes system,
    becomes, method;
    becomes teachable;
    becomes learned;
    becomes culture.

    A practiced pattern of practice replaces the original instinct.

    What didn’t exist,
    Fumbles,
    Tumbles,
    Stumbles
    Doesn’t crumble —
    Stands, provisionally,
    Unsteady to steady,
    Unbalanced to balanced,
    And comes to rest as a new pro forma.
    Now the culture says, “yes.”
    Too late.

    FROM I DON’T KNOW TO NOW I KNOW. . . .

    When I don’t know becomes now I know,
    Architecture’s finished.
    When last year’s words become next year’s words,
    Architecture’s done.

    Style arrives.

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