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SPRING 2015 LECTURES

What’s a Guggenheim? Symposium

Fri, Jan 30, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Moderated by SCI-Arc Cultural Studies Coordinator Todd Gannon, the symposium presents several design proposals by SCI-Arc faculty, including Eric Owen Moss Architects, Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, IDEA Office, Jones: Partners; Architecture, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Pita & Bloom and Xefirotarch

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation continually re-invents the contemporary museum experience through their commitment to architecture. Architectural masterpieces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao not only speculate on new ways of organizing art and space, but they create alternative worlds. At the close of the era of mega-projects and the globalization of the art world, the question is: what’s next?

After foiled attempts to build in Vilnius in 2008 (with architect Zaha Hadid), and then in Helsinki in 2012, the Guggenheim Foundation has once again set out to build. The socio-political climate has changed since Bilbao, and architecture, too, seems to be at a crossroads. What will this new attempt do for art? What new worlds will it construct? How will architects respond differently in this century than in the last? Will a contemporary sense of austerity and local culture transform the architectural icon?

Hosted in conjunction with an eponymous exhibition on view January 30-March 1, 2015 in the SCI-Arc Library, the symposium will address some of these questions through discussing competition proposals submitted by SCI-Arc directors and faculty.

Havana/LA/Havana

Visiting panelists: Holly Block, Belmont Freeman, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Claudio Vekstein and Universo Garcia Lorenzo
SCI-Arc panelists: Florencia Pita, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Marcelyn Gow and Dwayne Oyler

The Havana/LA/Havana public symposium explores architecture in Cuba envisioning possibilities for the future of Havana’s built environment, and encouraging a renewed cultural and artistic exchange between Cuba and the United States. The event presents the new generation of Cuban architects shaping the future of Havana’s urban landscape, in conversation with their peers in Los Angeles and architectural scholars, historians, and critics.


SCI-Arc lectures, discussions, symposia and special events are archived on the new SCI-Arc Media Archive. Click on the link below to visit the site.