Mon November 8, 2010
Form and Function in Spaces and Buildings: In Conversation with the Renowned Architect Craig Dykers
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's StudioTulsa, we speak with the architect Craig Dykers of the well-regarded firm known as Snohetta (with offices in Oslo and New York City). Dykers has worked on many high-profile building/re-building projects over the years, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, the Lillehammer Winter Olympics Art Museum, and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin. He's also worked on various museums, concert halls, and public spaces all over the world, including the National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion, to be located at the former World Trade Center site --- and to open in Lower Manhattan in September of next year. As we learn on today's program, Dykers --- who will appear in Tulsa on Thursday of this week (the 11th) at a members-only event co-hosted by the AIA of Eastern Oklahoma and the Philbrook Museum of Art --- is an architect who thinks quite a bit about not just the bricks and mortar (or drafts and designs) of a given project, but also about its emotional and social aspects. He's concerned with how architecture connects with both nature and human nature, adding that all of the spaces, landscapes, and buildings that his firm works on must "relate, in some way, directly to people." Also on today's edition of StudioTulsa, our commentator Barry Friedman has a piece called "Advice to a Daughter in France."