• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:20    |    
    • Villages in Algeria
    • Grain fortress
    • Structures of nomadic tribes
    • Kano, Nigeria
  • 04:33    |    
    Overview of presentation
  • 05:10    |    
    Listening to people and place
    • House, Los Angeles
    • Warehouse, Los Angeles
    • Biotech research laboratory, Boston
      • Testing new materials
      • Humanizing the building
  • 15:22    |    
    Los Angeles: The incubator of change
    • Child-care center, Culver City, CA.
    • School library, Santa Monica
    • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
    • Evolution process
  • 26:38    |    
    Courtyards: Paradigms for living and gathering
    • Marrakech, Morocco versus U.S. cities
    • Courtyard houses
    • Learning from other cultures
    • Row housing
    • Densification
    • School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
  • 38:15    |    
    Cross-cultural fusion
    • Globalization
    • Biblioteca Latinoamericana, San José, CA.
    • African house, Los Angeles
    • Theater, Nigeria
    • New gateway to capital city, Nigeria
    • House in Dubai
    • A solar home
    • Architectural family
  • 01:01:13    |    
    Final words
  • 01:05:27    |    
    Question and answer period
    • When was your creativity born?
    • What helps you to choose specific materials in your projects?
    • What does multicultural modernism mean? Why did you choose the word "modernism" for your presentation?
  • 01:11:24    |    
    Final credits

Multicultural Modernism

New Media  | 09 de noviembre de 2009  | Vistas: 53

About this video

In this conference, Steven Ehrlich shares a new and interesting point of view about architecture and its relationship to culture. He emphasizes the importance of understanding different cultures—of having a richness of experience and integrating those elements of tradition into architectural projects. Ehrlich examines four main points that should be taken into consideration when designing and building projects. He discusses his travels in Morocco and Nigeria and explains how these countries influenced his life, career, and the design and construction of some of his buildings. According to Ehrlich, even though people are becoming increasingly isolated due to the impact of new technology, it is important for architects to focus on connecting people and to reinforce the idea of community since, after all, that is what gives life to buildings.


Multicultural Modernism
Steven Ehrlich

Friedrich A. Hayek Auditorium 
Universidad Francisco Marroquín 
Guatemala, November 9, 2009 

New Media - UFM production.  Guatemala, February 2010
Camera: Manuel Alvarez, Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Adrián Méndez; index and synopsis: Diana Pishquí; content revisers: Daphne Ortiz, Jennifer Keller; publication: Carlos Petz/Daphne Ortiz


Steven Ehrlich is the design principal of Ehrlich Architects. He is…


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín