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07.29.05 - 09.11.05 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Jeffrey Inaba and Peter Zellner: Whatever Happened to LA?: Architectural and Urban Experiments 1970-1990

Curated by Jeffrey Inaba and Peter Zellner
Symposium: Wednesday, September 7, 7pm

The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present Whatever Happened to LA? Architectural and Urban Experiments in LA 1970-1990, curated by SCI-Arc faculty members Jeffrey Inaba and Peter Zellner. Whatever Happened to LA? will display archival material showcasing the distinctive sensibilities of Southern California architects whose early works defined Los Angeles as a contemporary city during the last quarter of the 20th century. The exhibition will include works by Frederick Fisher, Hodgetts and Fung, Coy Howard, Koning Eizenberg, Anthony Lumsden, Moore Rubell Yudell, Morphosis, Eric Owen Moss, Cesar Pelli, Studioworks and others.

The projects included in this exhibit put Los Angeles on the map as a creative testbed for architecture in the US, and established LA as a bona fide center of architectural output. Disappointingly, today LA suffers from a lack of urban identity and a set of ideas about its future. Assembled for the first time, these projects will chronicle LA's genesis as a past site of professional exploration, shedding light on future architectural and urban opportunities for the city. Architectural production in LA during this period was made up of a combination of mostly realized house designs, and mostly unrealized urban proposals. Whatever Happened to LA? will exhibit work at both ends of the scale, presenting the insights of building small and thinking big.

A public symposium will be held on September 7, 2005 at 7pm in SCI-Arc's Main Space. A publication of important experimental projects, new interviews and historical texts will accompany the exhibition.

Jeffrey Inaba is a partner of HOLA, a firm that specializes in cultural research, media concepts, planning and architecture, based in Los Angeles and New York. He is the program director of SCI-FI, a post-graduate degree program at SCI-Arc. He and Peter Zellner are the founders of Val-Des, an ongoing non-profit project dedicated to the study of suburbs worldwide.

Peter Zellner is an architect, writer and curator. He is the author of Hybrid Space — New Forms in Digital Architecture and the curator of Sign as Surface, a group exhibition of works by ten emerging architects that was recently shown at Artists Space in New York City. Zellner is a member of the design faculty at SCI-Arc.