© Dion Neutra 2001
Dion Neutra, architect June 5, 2011
Ultimate CAD Program Final
2001. It’s come and gone. This was the future as visualized a third of a century ago in the computer dominated world of 2001-A space Odyssey the film by Stanley Kubrick. Have we reached these heights on schedule? [#1]
While the answer to this must still be a conditional ‘no’, there is no doubt that there is a world of difference in all aspects of our lives because of the proliferation and development of the computer as we know it, and the future is evolving more rapidly than ever.
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April 9, 2011
Remarks made by Dion Neutra on the occasion of the reunion celebrating 85 years of practice by the Neutra architectural family; first started by his father and continued on by him since 1970, an additional 41 years to date. The remarks were made on Saturday afternoon, April 9, 2011 at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr.
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April 8, 2011
Remarks made by Dion Neutra on the occasion of the reunion celebrating 85 years of practice by the Neutra architectural family; first started by his father and continued on by him since 1970, an additional 41 years to date. The remarks were made on Friday eve, April 8, 2011 at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. on the occasion of Richard Neutra’s 119th birthday.
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April 8, 2011
I’m Dion Neutra successor to the Neutra Practice at 85. I’ll be introducing our panel this morning with a brief overview for each. Let me complete that and then call for a round of applause for their efforts to get here, in one case all the way from Boston just for US!
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Dion Neutra’s latest Challenge!
The world famous firm recently celebrated its 85th Anniversary!
The events occurred on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2011. Raw footage was shot on mini DV tape. Needed is a volunteer or two; to edit the raw footage of the events, and provide post production ideas to create one or more shows. See the Bulletins section of the website for more details. This was an important occasion, since it may never be repeated again; at least not in that format.
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April 9, 2006
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles
Remarks prepared by Dion Neutra on the occasion of the office reunion celebrating 80 years of practice by the Neutra architectural family; first started by his father and continued on by him since 1970, an additional 36 years to date. The remarks were made on Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2006 at the the Eagle Rock Recreation Center Building at Eagle Rock Park, L.A.
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Talks for BOSCH AND SIEMENS HOME APPLIANCE GROUP showrooms in Dallas/Houson, TX 2/21/06
This year marks the 80th year in practice for our firm; I’m fresh from surveying an early project of ours in Brownsville; the Kraigher House of 1937, the earliest International Style residence built in Texas, and still the most distinguished house in Brownsville.
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October 28th 2004
421 Oak St. Fire Station
The following is the text used by Elaine Wilkerson, Planning Director of Glendale in her introduction of Dion as panelist in a Public Forum held in Glendale, CA at the 421 Oak St. Fire station on October 28, 2004. The Forum was entitled “Smart Growth in Glendale”. Beside Elaine, there were present the Mayor of Burbank and several members of the planning team of the City of Glendale. Each panelist was to speak for 10 minutes, have a general discussion and allow time for Questions from the audience.
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June 28, 2004. Los Angeles Times Magazine
Re: Gettysburg Cyclorama Center
Mark Rozzo hits the nail on the head when he asks ‘Who Chooses History’ [June 27 Cyclorama feature]. He also asks why I don’t just put up a white flag and move on?
Here’re my thoughts to supplement his excellent piece. I can’t get past the impertinance of later day experts who purport to second guess their forebearers who decided in their wisdom where to place this container for the painting whose point of view is exactly where the building was located!
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Keynote Speech for Puerto Rico May 9, 2003
El Teatro Haydee Fuxench de San Miguel del Palacio de la Real Intendencia
Thank you Enid and Santiago for those introductory remarks.
It is exciting for me to celebrate the 60th anniversary of my father’s presence on this Island in his capacity as consultant to the administration of Munos Marin in the early 40s. At that time my dad master-planned whole health and school systems to cover remote parts of this island. His book about this work was published by Todman in Brazil in 1948. It was called “Architecture of Social Concern”. It has been our opportunity on this visit to view for the first time the remains of this work of two generations ago. As you can imagine it has been a shock to say the least. I hope to accumulate more information on this body of work for possible inclusion in my upcoming book to appear next year .
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Remarks at the opening of ‘Windshield’ exhibition at the National Building Museum, DC 6/10/02
I’d like to dedicate these remarks to J. Carter Brown, friend to the Neutra family, and son of the clients who commissioned Windshield. When I heard of his illness I was happy to stand in for him. We are all the poorer for his not being able to be here to speak of his personal relationship with the object of this beautiful exhibition. May we observe a moment of quiet in silent contemplation of this good man who suffers in Boston; let’s send our joint healing energy that he gains the strength to struggle successfully with his illness…….[pause; sending silent prayers]
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This is the last event of our ‘Sundays in March with the Neutras’ series. Welcome.
In these remarks I’ll give you an overview of current Institute projects, the status of the firm, and counsel with you on the future of both.
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Dion Neutra remarks at the Recreation Center, Eagle Rock Park, Evening of October 6, 2001.
Some people say ‘Please don’t sing Happy Birthday’; I’m not one of them; thanks so much! My wish, in blowing out these candles, is for this planet. I wish that we find a way to survive using our talents for design, including non-violent ways to reconcile perceived differences that threaten to destroy us. We are ONE WORLD; we must finally realize that our planet needs our total attention for its own survival!
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On the occasion of the inaugural Scholarship presentations: Institute project 2000-3.
Welcome to the inaugural scholarship presentations under Institute project 2000-3.
I’ll tell you a bit about why we’re here today; some background on the Institute and where we hope to take this program in the future.
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Remarks made by Dion Neutra on the occasion of the office reunion celebrating 75 years of practice by the Neutra architectural family; first started by his father and continued on by him since 1970, an additional 31 years to date. The remarks were made on Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2001 at the Neutra Office Building on Glendale Blvd.
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San Francisco Design Center
January 19, 2001
Interview by Beverly Russell, editor-at-large for Interiors & Sources Magazine and host of Breakfast with Beverly, the first Internet video talk show devoted to the architecture and design industry.
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Speech by Dion Neutra before the University of Minnesota on the occasion of the FIRST opening of the Traveling Exhibition at Macalester College
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Presented at the VDL Research House in Los Angeles on the 30th anniversary of Richard Neutra’s death, April 16, 2000
I’m Dion Neutra, the executive architect for the site in which you are today. I’m wearing several hats today. I’m the architect son of the couple whose shrine we see before us today lying under the text, “Creators of this place united by the idea that man’s survival depends on his design.” My name is on that plaque too, because I spent nearly three years of my life in the creation of what you see today.
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Reprinted with permission from Modernism [Vol.1 No. 3], December 1998
Richard Joseph Neutra (1892-1970), the youngest of four children, was born in Vienna to a father who was in the bronze casting business. Richard attended the Technical University of Vienna and was influenced early on by the writings of William Wund and the teachings of Adolph Loos, architect, who had visited the United States and was wildly enthusiastic about the country’s openness and opportunities for innovation.
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