Inside SCI-Arc

MARCH 2015


Henry N. Cobb: The Voice of Architecture

Wed, Apr 1, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Henry N. Cobb is a founding principal of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, based in New York City. During the six decades since his firm was established in 1955, his practice has embraced a wide variety of building types in cities across North America and around the world.

Throughout his career, Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching, most intensively during a five-year term (1980-85) as Studio Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he continues to teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer.

Cobb is a recipient of the Gold Medal for Architecture, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, 2013│Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Hypostyles, a site-specific exhibition designed by Cobb will open in the SCI-Arc Gallery on Thursday, April 2, 7pm with a gallery talk featuring Cobb and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss, followed by an opening reception.

OFFRAMP #09 – LIES: Launch Reception

Friday, April 10, 6pm
SCI-Arc Library

Interpretations, distorting, bending with alternatives, lies, lying, liar. The multi-faceted nature of contemporary discourse in architecture can be conceived as a field of partial and subjective truths evidenced by its mediums and conventions. Questioning traditional notions of representation as a principal means for exchange, we ask what relation contemporary work must bear to a referent to acquire meaning. From orthographic projections and perspectival distortions to rendering curated views, optical aberrations, and texturing, our discipline offers specific forms of effect-production. Granting that architectural representations are in themselves a form of truth, what do they actually represent? What is the nature of their plural truths? To what degrees do falsehood, deceit, fiction, and lies play in this analysis? These are some of the questions Offramp 9 sets out to ask.

Offramp is the academic journal published by SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Between 1987 and 2000, SCI-Arc produced seven editions of Offramp, before the title was retired for a number of years. In July 2014, the school reintroduced the journal as part of the Design of Theory Fellowship.

The first issue to be published online, Offramp #09 features essays by Roxy Paine, Pita + Bloom, Perry Kulper, Uri Wegman, Joe Day (M.Arch '94), Michael Young, Brauna Mori, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Debbie Garcia, John Southern, Laurel Broughton (M.Arch '06) and Kyle Miller, among others.

Offramp #09 is edited by Benjamin J. Smith, Stefano Passeri (M.Arch '13) and Benjamin Farnsworth (M.Arch '13).

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