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EXHIBITIONS: Fri, October 12, 2012


10.12.12 - 12.02.12 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, October 12, 7-9pm
Zaha Hadid Architects: Pleated Shell Structures

Discussion & Opening Reception
Friday, October 12, 7-9pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Architect Patrik Schumacher and Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition
Opening reception follows in the SCI-Arc Gallery


Pleated Shell Structures│Zaha Hadid Architects│SCI-Arc Gallery

This short term research-prototype posits itself within the argument for parametric design research to focus its efforts on design methods that encompass an operative pathway from design intent to its manifestation. Physical form-finding –hanging chains and cloth, soap films, etc.—and associated architectural design methods as pioneered by Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, Frei Otto, Felix Candela and others is common knowledge among architects.

The proposed research-prototype for the installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery aims to extend this work to adequately represent the ambitions and complexities of scale, digital design systems and delivery mechanisms of contemporary architectural practises. The installation will explore as a design-build exercise, synergies between architectural articulation, engineering logics and fabrication constraints. It will continue Zaha Hadid Architects’ on-going research on architectural articulation of self-supporting, curved surface geometries.

About Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over 30 years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She has played a pivotal role in a great many Zaha Hadid Architects projects over the past 30 years. The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany; and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany are excellent demonstrations of Hadid’s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms. www.zaha-hadid.com


Patrik Schumacher + Eric Owen Moss: "Pleated Shell Structures" Exhibition Discussion

Exhibition Discussion
Friday, October 12, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Patrik Schumacher and Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition
Opening Reception follows in the SCI-Arc Gallery


Pleated Shell Structures│Zaha Hadid Architects│SCI-Arc Gallery

This short term research-prototype posits itself within the argument for parametric design research to focus its efforts on design methods that encompass an operative pathway from design intent to its manifestation. Physical form-finding –hanging chains and cloth, soap films, etc.—and associated architectural design methods as pioneered by Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, Frei Otto, Felix Candela and others is common knowledge among architects.

The proposed research-prototype for the installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery aims to extend this work to adequately represent the ambitions and complexities of scale, digital design systems and delivery mechanisms of contemporary architectural practises. The installation will explore as a design-build exercise, synergies between architectural articulation, engineering logics and fabrication constraints. It will continue Zaha Hadid Architects’ on-going research on architectural articulation of self-supporting, curved surface geometries.

www.zaha-hadid.com


Graduation Pavilion Competition Exhibition Opens October 19 in the SCI-Arc Library

Starting Friday, October 19, visitors of the SCI-Arc Library will have the opportunity to examine firsthand the design entries of the four faculty members participating in the Graduation Pavilion competition held during summer 2012 to select an innovative, technically implementable and visually remarkable design for a new outdoor pavilion on the school's campus.

SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion 2013│The League of Shadows│PATTERNS

Funded by a generous grant from ArtPlace, the pavilion will be located in the SCI-Arc parking lot on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, where it is scheduled to be completed during spring 2013.

SCI-Arc invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina and Tom Wiscombe to submit design concepts for a 1,200-seat outdoor pavilion that would accommodate graduation ceremonies, lectures, symposia and outreach cultural events with the neighboring Arts District community.

The winning entry, League of Shadows, designed by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS, fully exploits the fundamental aspect underlying the pavilion, its temporal use as an outdoor event space. Their proposal to design a vaulted pavilion allows the structure a double function: that of an outdoor public event space, and a more iconic one of a formal beacon reasserting SCI-Arc’s institutional presence in downtown.

Due to its outdoor placement in SCI-Arc's parking lot, the pavilion will serve as a landmark, a natural marquee of the SCI-Arc campus and the Arts District, and it will become a suitable venue for SCI-Arc to engage outside audiences from the downtown community and the larger Los Angeles area.

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SCIFI Future Initiatives Students Participate in Venice Biennale Exhibition

Future Initiatives, SCI-Arc's dedicated urban design program, participated in the Venice Biennale as part of an exhibition of innovative urban visions for Maribor, the European Capital of Culture 2012. The exhibit Maribor 2112 Ai (100YR City) was featured in the Slovenian and Australian Pavilions.

SCIFI Future Initiatives Final Exhibition│September 2012│SCI-Arc Gallery

Exhibition Director and curator Tom Kovac and Fleur Watson have selected works by SCI-Arc students Yuan He (SCIFI '12), Janiva Henry (SCIFI '12) and Winnie Yeng (SCIFI '12) to be shown alongside designs by a leading group of international thinkers and educators investigating the future of the city of Maribor in Slovenia.

As part of the city’s festivities, 2112 Ai (100YR city) will investigate and identify disruptive patterns of global change and envisage impacts on architecture, urbanism and life in the extreme future – demonstrating how new forms of practice are responding to external demands on architecture.

Future Initiatives Coordinator Peter Zellner publicly presented the work produced for Maribor by the Future Initiatives program at the Venice Biennale. The student work was also on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery in September, part of an end-of-year exhibition for the Future Initiatives MDesR Class of 2012.