Paul Rudolph's Architectural Works
Up until his time at Yale, Rudolph's work had been a progessive exploration of modularity and functionalism. Designs produced during the 1960's began to focus more on expressive forms made of poured in place concrete, the control of light and shadow, the play with scale and composition of different types of space. The most notable difference in this work is the focus on flowing curving lines and sculptural masses, the articulation of the buildings resulting from exaggeration of the shapes of the functions within. In 1965, Rudolph moved his offices to New York and by the end of the decade focused on creating complex compositions using simple modular elements. Influenced by Moshe Safdie's prefabricated housing at the Montreal World Fair in 1967, Rudolph predicted that mass-produced mobile homes would become the basic building element in the future. Scale at the human level, the building level and the city would dominate his work during the later half of the 1960's.
A fire at Yale's Art & Architecture Building in 1969 and the 1972 publication of 'Learning from Las Vegas' contributed to a questioning of Rudolph's Modernist aesthetics during the 1970's. The amount of work declined, with most of the projects being private residences and a few large commissions. Rudolph continued to explore themes of scale and modularity, with a special emphasis on the experience of scale with regard to highrise buildings.