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APRIL 2010

LECTURES: Wed, March 17, 2010

Commonwealth: Agnus Dei and the Dirt of Tomorrow

Wednesday, March 17, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Ramiro Diaz-Granados

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Zoe Coombes & David Boira, principals and founders of Commonwealth

Using the newest tools and the oldest of techniques, Commonwealth is a furniture, art, and design studio based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Commonwealth was founded in 2005 by Zoe Coombes and David Boira, and their practice is grounded in new technologies as they relate to material experiment.

Their works have been showcased in galleries in Europe, America and the Middle East, and the studio has been commissioned by such clients as Issey Miyake, Warp Records, the Maxalot Gallery, and film director Timothy Saccenti.

SCI-Arc Students Winners in International Skyscraper Competition

Ryohei Koike (B.Arch ‘10) and Jarod Poenisch (B.Arch ‘10) of SCI-Arc were awarded third prize in the 2010 Skyscraper Competition organized by eVolo magazine. The award seeks to discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

SCI-Arc student Ryohei Koike

Three winning projects and 27 special mentions were selected by the competition jury from a pool of 430 entries from 42 countries. Descriptions of the winning projects will be published in the forthcoming spring issue of eVolo.

SCI-Arc student Jarod Poenisch

The project by Koike and Poenisch, Nested Skyscraper in Tokyo (shown below), explores robotic construction techniques for a novel structure of carbon sleeves and fiber-laced concrete. Their skyscraper advances a system of multiple layers of composite louvers which thicken and rotate according to solar exposure, ventilation and materials performance.

Koike and Poenisch, who will graduate from SCI-Arc this spring, initially developed the skyscraper project for the XLAB design studio at SCI-Arc, taught by Peter Testa. The vertical studio focuses on exploring robotic construction and computational materials as the basis for a new architectural language.

Established in 2006, the annual architecture competition hosted by eVolo recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organization.

More pictures and details about the project by Koeike and Poenisch >>

Faculty Member Coy Howard Exhibits at the LA Harbor College

A selection of images by SCI-Arc faculty member and architect Coy Howard will be on display at the Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery. Dubbed From Hand to Mouse/From Furniture to Architecture, Howard's exhibition includes 30 images of three speculative architectural projects and a collection of furniture designs. An opening reception will take place Saturday, March 27, 4-6pm.

Curated by LAHC art instructor Ron Linden, the exhibition blurs the boundaries between furniture and architecture, exploring the potential of the visceral acting in concert with the cerebral.

Present in Howard's images is the anticipation, similar to the moment when the orchestra is tuning up before a performance. While each image seduces one to relish the moment of seeing, a sheer curtain behind which the images are mounted creates an essential intimacy.

In speaking of Coy Howard, Pritzker Prize Winner and SCI-Arc founding faculty member Thom Mayne said, "Without a doubt, Coy Howard is one of the unsung heroes of American architecture. His influence on my work was substantial and of critical importance to my development."

In referring to Howard, architectural critic Jeffrey Kipnis, a visiting professor at SCI-Arc, has noted, "His teaching on the poetry of materials, and material assemblies, and his conviction in architecture's power to make our experiences of life not only more authentic but more vibrant, have quietly shaped a generation of students."

Coy Howard is a designer with a broad spectrum of interests and accomplishments. His furniture has been accepted for inclusion into the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Denver Museum of Art. Examples of his graphic designs are held in several international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has won a broad range of awards for his work, and consulted as an advisor to many major institutions, including The Getty Center, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Additionally, he has directed the undergraduate programs at The Southern California Institute of Architecture and The Environmental Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. He is currently a Professor at The Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Howard's exhibition will be on view at the Los Angeles Harbor College (1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744) beginning March 27 through May 7, 2010. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 11am-4pm, and by appointment.

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