BB: Yes, that's the earliest American example where Gropius and Breuer were able to realize, in this country, the idea that a building was a total work of art. They did the building and the furniture, and had an impact on the landscape as well. Everything was a part of the total design concept.
ME: I understand one of your fields of study is the history of exhibiting architecture, and the museum challenges and practices associated with that. What's this about?
BB: That's simple. It's a simple problem, that you can't bring buildings inside a museum. So you have to figure out how to exhibit something that you can't put in a gallery. Unlike paintings and sculpture, where you bring things in to let people see, with architecture you have to try and create a relationship with a work of art of something that's not there.
ME: I recently saw a video interview with Richard Miers at the Big Think website. In that interview, Miers was asked if architecture was art. In response he said that all buildings weren't architecture, but that good architecture was art? Your thoughts on this, In other words, what defines a building as architecture--as art?
BB: That's a pretty wide open statement. To ask on a scale, where do you put the threshold--when do you say? I say yes, architecture is art.