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LECTURES: Fri, December 6, 2013

Kenneth Frampton & Eric Owen Moss Debate: Dialectical Lyric

Fri, December 6, 1pm
SCI-Arc Library

Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic, and is now Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP, New York. He has taught at a number of leading institutions in the field, including the Royal College of Art in London, the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, EPFL in Lausanne and the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007).

Eric Owen Moss has been Director of SCI-Arc since 2002. He first taught at the school in 1974 and has also held chairs at Yale and Harvard universities, and appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Moss holds Master degrees in Architecture from both Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. He founded Eric Owen Moss Architects in 1973 in Los Angeles, and has garnered over eighty design awards from Progressive Architecture magazine and the American Institute of Architects. In 1999, he won the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001, his office won the AIA/LA Gold Medal for Design; and in 2003, Moss won the Gold Medal Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley. Moss was the 2007 Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize recipient from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and received the 2012 Jencks Award from the Royal British Institute of Architects (RIBA).

Megadrawings on View at DTLA Art Walk

A collection of life-sized Megadrawings produced by students in the design documentation class led by SCI-Arc faculty Tom Wiscombe and Herwig Baumgartner will be on view next Thursday, December 12 during the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk. The exhibition of student work will be hosted at the Farmers and Merchants Bank building from 6-10pm.

Megadrawings pin-up at SCI-Arc for the Design Documentation class led by Tom Wiscombe and Herwig Baumgartner

This semester, Wiscombe and Baumgartner’s class took a new approach to Design Development as it is conventionally understood in architectural practice. Their approach was a disciplinary one, where they challenged representational dogmas and searched for relevancy in an era where documentation of design and manufacturing are in flux and are increasingly based on three-dimensional live data. While BIM is an important development in this regard, the aim of the class was rather to re-think how students could communicate design intent in innovative ways which exceed the design object itself.

Students re-considered drawing in terms of plastic surgery and magnetic resonance imaging, where things can be hacked apart, peeled away, cut away, sliced, and exploded. Cuts were no longer flat as in conventional plans and sections, but warped and active. The class attempted to combine different ontologies, where things might be represented in terms of their profile, silhouette, internal organization, energy, action on other things, depletion, integration, and dis-integration all at the same time.

The end result was the Megadrawing which contains different views, chunks, micro-chunks, components, sizes, descriptions, energies, systems, vantage points, transparencies, materials, colors, and scales. The Art Walk exhibition next week invites visitors to explore these drawings and engage with the several student groups behind each drawing project.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank building is located at 401 S. Main Street. Doors open at 6pm.


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.