Derek DeLand “Reaching For The Sky” talk: Skatepark-Influenced Building Architecture

Derek DeLand’s Pecha Kucha-style talk “Reaching For The Sky”, on skatepark-inspired high-design architecture. (7min). Derek is an Intern Architect from Vancouver Canada.

Talk was given to 150-200 architects during 20×20 section of opening night of the 2012 Architecture Institute of BC annual conference “Elevation: Reaching Higher Ground”, May 9 2012. Filmed by Kim Glennie. 20×20 preceded the keynote by international architect Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang).

The talk builds up from realized real-world architecture and skatepark architecture work, then moves into proposals for the high-profile re:CONNECT and Migrating Landscapes architecture competitions. The talk culminates with the highly innovative “Magnificent Jettison”, a suite of three buildings using skatepark ideas as architectural form generators, with the 1969 Apollo moon landings as their organizing metaphor. Named for Buzz Aldrin’s phrase “magnificent desolation”.

Saturn 2 Snowboard Lodge (high alpine elevation)
Tranquility Base Skateplaza Hotel (middle urban elevation)
Saturn 1 Surf Lodge (sea level elevation)

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