John Lobell addresses how new technology changes our consciousness, which in turn leads to cultural paradigm shifts. He received his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute. His interests include creativity, architecture, cultural theory, consciousness, mythology, and movies. He has lectured throughout the world and is the author of numerous articles and several books.
Our world is no longer what we have thought it to be, and a new world is struggling to be born.
Visionary Creatives are driven to bring this new world to all of us.
4th June 2020

My new book on Louis Kahn


Louis Kahn:

Architecture as Philosophy

A followup to my book, Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn, which has been in print for forty years and is respected throughout the world.

FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN THE ENDURING APPEAL OF LOUIS KAHN, THIS BOOK DEMONSTRATES THAT A CLOSE LOOK AT HOW KAHN PUT HIS BUILDINGS TOGETHER WILL REVEAL A DEEPLY FELT PHILOSOPHY.

Louis I. Kahn is one of the most influential and poetic architects of the twentieth century, a figure whose appeal extends beyond the realm of specialists. In this book, noted Kahn expert John Lobell explores how Kahn’s focus on structure, respect for materials, clarity of program, and reverence for details come together to manifest an overall philosophy. Kahn’s work clearly conveys a kind of “transcendent rootedness”–a rootedness in the fundamentals of architecture that also asks soaring questions about our experience of light and space, and even how we fit into the world. In Louis Kahn: The Philosophy of Architecture, John Lobell seeks to reveal how Kahn’s buildings speak to grand humanistic concerns.

Through examinations of five of Kahn’s great buildings–the Richards Medical Research Building in Philadelphia; the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla; the Phillips Exeter Academy Library in New Hampshire; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth; and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven–Lobell presents a clear but detailed look at how the way these buildings are put together presents Kahn’s philosophy, including how Kahn wishes us to experience them. An architecture book that touches on topics that addresses the universal human interests of consciousness and creativity, Louis Kahn: The Philosophy of Architecture helps us understand our place and the nature of well-being in the built environment.

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5th May 2020

Seminar on Visionary Creativity

For Build Academy

Thursday, May 7, 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Register at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/568596900434785/

Visionary Creatives swim in the culture of their day and manifest in their work the spirit of their age. The things they create, in art, design, science, technology, business, embody that spirit, and at the same time restructure our consciousness, and pull us into the future. This class is about freeing your own creativity. Find a three minute preview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8r06hXSlXA

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27th February 2020

Lecture by Lobell, March 3

Our emerging Digital Genomic Industrial world

You can see a video of the lecture
Here:

You can read my thoughts about Digital Genomic technologies on this website and at GenerativeGenomic.com.

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2nd November 2016

Thoughts for Pratt Institute

pratt-logoINTRODUCTION TO THIS SERIES OF THOUGHTS

I have been teaching for 40+ years at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, and over that time I have given a lot of thought to art, architecture, and design education—how it is a marvelous education, and how it could be better. I have been regularly posting about Pratt on a school forum, and I am gathering those posts here. As you scroll down, you will find a series of topics. Comments welcome.

I look at a lot of topics, but in particular I focus on the impact of the Digital Industrial Revolution on education for our emerging 21st century. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th September 2016

A Lecture by John Lobell

VC cover001“Visionary Creativity,” a lecture by John Lobell at Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, September 29, 2016, 6:00 PM

CLICK HERE TO SEE IT ON YOUTUBE.

Or search on YouTube for “John Lobell Visionary Creativity 29.” Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd September 2016

Wow, I’m a Talk Show Host!

AAA-prn-headerJoin me every Monday at 10 AM, Eastern Time, for “Visionaries,” on the internet on the Progressive Radio Network at prn.fm.

Find us at: http://prn.fm (In case you are not free Mondays at 10 AM, can listen to any of my back shows at any time on the PRN archives.) Read the rest of this entry »

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7th June 2015

My new book: “Visionary Creativity” is now available

VC cover001Visionary Creativity: How New Worlds are Born, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle, and on Barnes & Noble. From the back of the book:

From the back of the book:

These are times of turmoil. But times of turmoil can also be times of creativity as we become aware of new possibilities in our arts, sciences, and industries, and of new directions for our lives.

Today’s challenges all have one thing in common: they call out for Visionary Creativity. We flourish in pursuit of our creativity, and it is in creativity that we find not only fulfillment for ourselves, but also the visions our world is calling for. In this profoundly engaging book you will enter the worlds of modern art, current movies and television dramas, new technologies, and cutting edge science. Read the rest of this entry »

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21st April 2015

The École des Beaux-Arts

512MivOs9zL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I lecture annually at Artis—Naples. It is a cultural center in Naples Florida which presents “Lifelong Learning,” has a concert hall presenting classical music, opera, and Broadway shows, and includes the Baker Museum.

Last year I saw a show at the Baker Museum of works by Marcel Duchamp and members of his family.

This year there is a show of Surrealism in Belgium and a fantastic show: “Gods and Heroes, Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.” (See part of the Artis online description below.)

In 1975 MoMA put on a major show, “The Architecture of the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts.”  Everbody was at the opening.  There were panels, symposia, lectures, big fights. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th August 2014

Hubris

Standing on the world’s summit we launch once again our insolent challenge to the stars!
~ F.T. Marinetti, Italian Futurist poet, The Futurist Manifesto

I think when I find the code that generates our world, it will be about six lines.
~ Stephen Wolfram, British-American computer scientist, mathematician, and entrepreneur

Global Problems

We are acutely aware of the problems facing our world today: environmental degradation, poverty, repression, ethnic conflicts. At the same time, if we follow cutting edge advances in computers, information, biotech, materials, and methods of fabrication, we are aware that we are on the verge—even in the midst of—startling developments. What are we to make of these conflicting trends? The first thing that comes to mind has to be Charles Dickens’, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Let’s look at the entire first sentence of A Tale of Two Cities: Read the rest of this entry »

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20th February 2014

Why The Liberal Arts

Recently the President made a remark critical of art history education, like you might get a better job in manufacturing.

So then critics piled on. Hey, the teaching of liberal arts is a massive industry that receives massive federal subsidies. Go gore somebody else’s ox.

People speak up for the study of art history in particular, and the liberal arts in general, but few say why we should study these things.  Indeed, the liberal arts are under question in American education, and the defenses of it I have found over the past few years say little that is meaningful.

So here is an explanation of what an art history education should provide. This explanation is a model of what I expect from other defenses of the liberation arts, but I am not holding my breath. Read the rest of this entry »

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