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10.08.04 - 12.19.04 | SCI-Arc Entrance

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SCI-Arc Outreach and Community Program: Lamp Community, Frank Rice Safe Haven, Sunshelter Pavilion

This exhibition documents the latest SCI-Arc outreach and community program project, in which SCI-Arc students designed and built a new sun shelter for LAMP community, a drop-in and crisis center for the homeless with mental illnesses, at 627 Julian Street, between 6th and 7th streets in downtown Los Angeles. Led by SCI-Arc faculty member Alexis Rochas, the team built the pavilion out of recycled polyurethane panels, fabricated at the SCI-Arc shop and assembled on site. The project took place during the Spring and Summer terms of 2004, taking six months to complete, and has provided a shaded courtyard with seating and planters for the homeless, and has created a visceral presence in the skid row area.

Alexis Rochas lives and works in Los Angeles. He joined SCI-Arc's design faculty since 2003, and has since been involved in several projects there, including the recent renovation of the SCI-Arc lecture hall. He has collaborated with architects Raimund Abraham, on the Stargazer exhibition at the SCI-Arc Gallery, and with Lebbeus Woods, on La Chute, an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. He was born in Argentina, and studied architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and at the Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in New York.