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EXHIBITIONS: Fri, March 26, 2010

Stephen Slaughter: Conditions of Collaboration - PHAT to Watts

Faculty Talk: Stephen Slaughter - Conditions of Collaboration: PHAT and Watts
Friday, March 26, 1pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Chris Genik

SCI-Arc faculty member Stephen Slaughter Stephen Slaughter has been living, teaching and working in Los Angeles, California since 1995. After graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Ohio State University, and working in Thom Mayne's studio—Morphosis, Slaughter has worked in close collaboration with a number of highly respected and influential architects including Gary Bates (Space Lab), Wes Jones (Jones, Partners: Architecture) and George Yu (Design Office/George Yu Architects).

PHAT, a four man, multi-disciplinary design collaborative he co-founded with Nathaniel Belcher, pursues exhibition work and has shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; ArchiLab in Orleans, France; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Slaughter's most recent endeavor as Project Coordinator and Design Architect for the Watts House Project—a collaborative art work in the shape of a neighborhood redevelopment project—pairs him with artist Tanya Aguiniga in the pursuit of renovating a single family residence in the shadows of the Watts Towers.

Top 15 Bodacious Houses around the World Lists Home by Alum Scott Hughes

A Florida house designed by Scott Hughes Architects, the firm of SCI-Arc board of trustees member and alum Scott Hughes (M.Arch2 '97), is featured in Fine Living Network's Top 15 Bodacious Homes around the World edition.

Beach Road 2 (shown below), a 3,600 square-feet residence located on Jupiter Island, features three materials – stone, aluminum and glass. Limestone encloses the sleeping area, aluminum the entertaining space, and glass the contemplative living space. The project team included SCI-Arc alum John Umbanhowar (M.Arch1 '98).

Beach Road 2, Scott Hughes Architects

Completed in 2004, the house embodies the same complexities and dichotomies that characterize Florida's Jupiter Island. At once modern and timeless, the house is both a quaint coastal cottage and a chic isle villa. The house affords direct access to the water, reinforcing the spontaneity of island living.

To watch the show airing on FLN this month, tune in on: Sat, March 27 at 4pm; Mon, March 29 at 9pm; or Sat, April 3 at 6pm.

Alum President of Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA

Alum Ron Verdier (B.Arch '90) of Verdier Architects was elected president of the board of directors of the AIA Redwood Empire in Santa Rosa, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Verdier studied Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and spent one year of study at the school's European program in Ticino, Switzerland. After graduating in 1990, Ron returned to Europe to work on architectural acoustics for Euro-Disneyland. His career spanned more than 15 years including project architect and designer of high end retail for Giorgio Armani and Chanel, before opening his practice, Verdier Architects nine years ago in Boonville, CA. Inspired by the rural lifestyle and a lifelong interest in farming, Verdier moved to Anderson Valley in 1999, where he farms a small vineyard of Pinot Noir.

Among recent projects, Verdier designed the Goldeneye Winery, a 25,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal wine production facility located in the North Bay. In addition to his work, he is a board member of the Anderson Valley Housing Association, a local non-profit providing low-income and farm worker housing.

Verdier Architects is an Architectural firm specializing in contemporary designs for residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality and winery projects. The firm offers a full range of architectural services from schematic design through construction administration including LEED certification.

Juan Azulay / Matter Management: Vivarium

SCI-Arc Exclusive Online Broadcast
Flood Stains: Lydia Lunch + Juan Azulay
Monday, May 3, 7:30pm
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Renowned artist Lydia Lunch joins architect Juan Azulay in an experimental performance broadcast live from the SCI-Arc Gallery.

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Juan Azulay and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss Vivarium Watch the discussion video >>
The exhibition remains on view through May 16.

SCI-Arc alum Juan Azulay's experimental installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery explores the relationship between technology, media, and environmental preservation / dereliction. It incisively speaks to the inherent connection between technology and the environment by placing itself in the midst of processes of intense transformation within the ecosystem it has isolated.

In recent years, Azulay has worked on hybrid designs that harness natural phenomena and connect them to new ideas about architectural problematization. This exhibition reflects a shift from the direst experience of life to the experience of media-augmented environment, in which flows of energy regulate processes and generate culture.

Occupying the main floor of the gallery is a monolithic sunken pyramid that contains a 'vivarium,' or collection of organisms that, in this case, are real, robotic and/or simulated. As a collective, these organisms generate energy capable of transforming a freshwater ecosystem into a brackish one, a process made possible by the permeability controls that the skin of the pyramid produces and the behavior that the 'machine' generates. Virtual (digital) organisms mimic the behavior of both the living and robotic microorganisms to intensify and lubricate the process.

Investigating the physical and metaphoric space between biology and architecture, the installation will fuse these organisms within the vivarium, creating a new hybrid ecology that will grow and self-stabilize throughout the exhibition period of three months.

This exhibition made possible, in part through a generous contribution from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

Vivarium in the News:
May 2010: Abitare, Lydia Lunch + Juan Azulay @ Sci-Arc
May 2010: Bunker Hill magazine, Review: Vivarium
April 2010: Abitare, Juan Azulay/Matter Management: Vivarium
April 2010: ForYourArt, Vivarium
March 2010: BLDG BLOG, Vivarium
March 2010: Design Boom, Juan Azulay/Matter Management: Vivarium
March 2010: Tryharder - the LA art blog, Juan Azulay @ SCI-Arc Gallery

Juan Azulay (B. Arch '89) is the director of the 10-year old Los Angeles-based firm Matter Management. His award-winning practice ranges widely in discipline, methodology and media, spanning works in architecture, such as the Aquatic Terrarium for the New Barcelona Zoo (2001) and a winning entry to the MAK's Vertical Garden Competition (2006), to film, including the feature The Blue of Noon (2010) and short film fest nominee Yu Tsun (2008).

Azulay received his B.Arch. from SCI-Arc and his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD) from Columbia University. He is currently on the Design and Visual Studies faculty at SCI-Arc, teaching design studio in the MediaSCAPES program as well as serving on the Academic Council and the Admissions Committee. He also has taught design studios at Columbia's GSAP and at the ETSAV in Barcelona.

Read Juan Azulay's interview in ReVista - the Harvard Review of Latin America

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