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03.10.06 - 04.21.06 | Kappe Library
Glen Howard Small, AIA Architect: Womb To Managua Nicaragua

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Womb to Managua Nicaragua was an exhibition of the work of Glen Howard Small, architect and founding faculty member of SCI-Arc. The exhibition featured, on two 26-foot walls, a time-line of Small's architectural career, along with his proposal for a movie on his Biomorphic Biosphere. A collage of drawings and photos, accompanied by written explanations, culminated in blow-up photographs of three recently built public projects in Managua, Nicaragua: A monument to the journalists of the Nicaragua History, a fountain rotunda in the city center, and an acoustical shell that forms the centerpiece of the Nicaraguan national cultural plaza, which has audiences of 150,000 people. The exhibition also featured several of Glen Small's houses in Los Angeles; Turf Town, a solar zoning green project for downtown LA; Green Machine, a green building system proposed for the Venice trolley strip; and Jungle Theater, a green building system designed to turn Times Square, New York, into a greenhouse that eventually takes over New York. Glen Howard Small has been referred to as an "outsider architect;" this exhibit was a blast from the past that both taunted the present and pushed the future.

Glen Howard Small, AIA, received his undergraduate degree of architecture at the University of Oregon, after which he was awarded the Eliel Saarinen scholarship to study for his Masters of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After graduating in 1967, he worked for architectural firms including John Lautner in Los Angeles; Smith & Williams in Pasadena; Anshen & Allen in San Francisco; and Charles Blessing with Detroit City Planning. In 1969, Glen Small took the post of assistant professor at Cal Poly in Pomona, leaving in 1972 to found SCI-Arc with a group of fellow architects. He taught at SCI-Arc for 18 years, using his teaching to sponsor such research projects as Biomorphic Biosphere, Turf Town, Hong Kong Peak, Jungle Theater, and Life Saver Homeless Box. Small received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Federal Block grant for his Green Machine project, which was featured in the Paris Biennial. In 2002, Glen Small's daughter Lucia Small made an award winning documentary film on his work, My Father the Genius.