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11.05.10 - 01.28.11 | CAA, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Special SCI-Arc Exhibition @ CAArt—Works

Brendan MacFarlane (B.Arch '84)
Yaohua Wang (B.Arch '10)
Joanna-Maria Helinurm (B.Arch '11)

For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await ANOTHER VOICE
(with apologies to T.S. Eliot)

November 5, 2010—January 28, 2011
**Open by appointment only

A special exhibition produced by SCI-Arc and hosted by CAA features work by two SCI-Arc alumni and one current student. Deeply committed to connecting the pedagogy and work of the school, SCI-Arc interfaces with local communities through a number of action-based projects, addressing community issues through the lens of architecture and community design.

The exhibition will be on view at CAArt—Works, located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.


SCI-Arc alum Brendan MacFarlane (B.Arch '84), co-founder and principal of the Paris-based architecture firm Jakob+MacFarlane, will feature a series of drawings, renderings and photographs of projects currently under construction.

Jakob+MacFarlane regularly participate in invited competitions and recently won first honorable mention of the International Taïpei Performing Arts Center Competition, Taiwan. Their projects have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2003), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004), Museum of Architecture (Moscow, 2000), Artists Space (New York, 2003), Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, 2001), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (as part of "Skin + Bones" exhibition), Pompidou Center, Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris), and at the Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Exhibitions and Conferences (1999, 2001, 2003), as well as a monographic exhibition at the FRAC Centre (Orléans) in 2005. Jakob + MacFarlane were among the architects selected by France for the 2002 Venice Architecture Biennale and in the International selection in 2004 and 2008.

MacFarlane received a B.Arch degree from SCI-Arc and an M.Arch degree from the Harvard GSD. On November 5, he will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award at SCI-Arc's annual "Main Event" scholarship fundraiser.

Recent SCI-Arc graduate Yaohua Wang (B.Arch '10) will present at CAA his recently completed thesis project, Latent City (shown here)—which also won him the 2010 Best Undergraduate Thesis award at SCI-Arc.

Latent City is a case study situated in China's current hyper-development and top-heavy political climate. As a factory city, the Latent City's design is legitimized by rational strategies of waste management and environmental systems. The design also hides a slippery future. As a city with no dead-end, it is about freed density: an experiment against the vertical stratification of the city via a constantly looping circulation. Wang's initial search for architectural solutions to problems posed by industrial districting led to a conclusion that the systems ultimately led to inhuman-looking environments in the service of technology.

Undergraduate student Joanna-Maria Helinurm (B.Arch '11) will present IKAR: A New Synagogue, a project she developed as part of the Directors' Studio taught at SCI-Arc in the spring.

Her project envisions a new synagogue for the Ikar congregation currently located at the Westside Jewish Community Center in West Los Angeles. Her proposal positions the congregation's brand of Judaism at the intersection of traditional religious scholarship and social justice, providing a modern take on the synagogue experience.