As the fall 2013 term is coming to an end, design faculty Erick Carcamo and partner Nefeli Chatzimina of X|Atelier are preparing to kick start an intensive workshop of advanced architectural design hosted by their office this Winter 2013 in Athens, Greece.
Part of an ongoing academic research which introduces participants into contemporary discussions of formal exploration in Architecture and Art, the workshop explores innovative, potential architectural expressions of the current discourse around form through computational tools such as Autodesk MAYA.
Focused on technique elaboration, material intelligence, formal logic efficiencies and precision assemblies as an ultimate condition of design, the X|Atelier workshop introduces a discourse based in the use of multi-layered techniques and production processes allowing for control over intelligent geometries, calibration of parts, and behavioral taxonomies, normalizing an innovative held of predictability. Within this context, each student operates within an expertise towards intuition by means of software and advancement of the discipline through a precise contemporary understanding of architecture’s reliance on surface performance, unspecified systems, scale within scale, mechanical parts and absurd precisions to expand its discourse.
Dubbed ‘Ornamentism,’ the workshop is privately organized by X|Atelier Principals and is under the auspices of the Benaki Museum, the Helenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of Fine.
Workshop session is scheduled December 15th – 23rd and will be hosted at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. Read more at www.xatelier.com.
(L to R) Ball-Nogues Studio, Rip Curl Canyon, 2006; Atelier Manferdini, Merletti, 2008
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six prominent Los Angeles-based architecture practices—all led by SCI-Arc faculty or alumni—as they present original designs in a group exhibition on view January 5-April 13, 2014.
Dubbed Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity, the exhibition considers the next generation of Los Angeles makers, thinkers, and teachers who are traversing myriad related fields (visual arts, theory, design, and fashion) from an architectural perspective. The spirit of inclusivity in this exhibition owes to a particular set of extant conditions particular to Los Angeles, including a recession-driven dearth of building projects, new digital technologies, growing ecological concerns, and a renegade spirit of experimentation unburdened by the weight of tradition.
The exhibition will showcase work by SCI-Arc design faculty Ramiro Diaz-Granados (B.Arch ‘96) of Amorphis LA, Elena Manferdini of Atelier Manferdini, a project by former faculty member Doris Sung of DO/SU Studio Architecture, and designs by alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Ball-Nogues Studio, Catherine Johnson (M.Arch ‘05) and Rebecca Rudolph (M.Arch ‘00) of Design Bitches, and Miles Kemp (M.Arch ‘06) of Variate Labs.
The exhibition if co-organized by MCASB Executive Director and Chief Curator Mikki Garcia and Visiting Curator Brigitte Kouo (M.Arch ‘10). More at mcasantabarbara.org.
SCI-Arc design faculty Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative were named Design Vanguard 2013 by Architectural Record, who published a profile of the firm in the magazine's December issue.
The Netscape pavilion designed by Oyler Wu Collaborative for SCI-Arc served as backdrop for two consecutive graduation ceremonies hosted by the school in 2011 and 2012
“‘We started doing installations to keep ourselves working when we didn’t have clients,’ says Oyler. They’ve also reaped the benefits of being on the faculty at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), an institution that both encourages their why-not-try-it? spirit and has given them a regular venue to showcase the results. Oyler and Wu have built a project side by side with their students on the campus nearly every year since 2008.” (Architectural Record, December 2013)
This year’s roster of emerging firms picked by AR editors represent diverse backgrounds and attitudes toward design and the profession. Hailing from Europe, North America, and Asia, architecture practices recognized this year include: Hector Fernandez Elorza Architects, William O’Brien Jr., Rural Urban Framework, Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office, Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany, JOHO Architecture, Grupo Aranea, S-AR and Para-Project.
More about 2013 Design Vanguard nominations at archrecord.construction.com.
SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini recently completed a permanent public instllation for the entry way of the Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center, a full service facility accommodating families and children in South Los Angeles. The project is part of the Civic Projects promoted by the LA County Art Commission.
Elena Manferdini│Nembi │Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles
Italian for “clouds,” Nembi (shown here) has been designed with the intent to create a strong relationship with the iconic green color bands of the Health Center's concrete façade. The artwork wraps the concrete wall at the right of the ramp, folds back to occupy the ceiling above it and finally folds onto the front façade, where it connects with the existing green strips on the building elevation. Specific areas of the artwork have been perforated to filter the light coming from the existing light fixtures in the ceiling above the main hospital entry gate.
The figural geometry of the clouds emerges from a series of bi-dimensional drawings produced by the iterative use of a script. This algorithm traces arcs of variable radii linking them together in a continuous composition of variable scales and connections.
The term Nembi has been chosen because the ensemble of lines has the ephemeral qualities of clouds in the sky. This word reflects on the act of “looking up” and hints to the idea that Hubert Humphrey is a place of care and hope. On the other hand the figural geometry of the rainbow stripes emerges from a close reading of the existing building and its iconic stripes that characterize the concrete façade.
Manferdini teaches design studio and visual studies at SCI-Arc, and coordinates the school’s Graduate Thesis process. More at www.ateliermanferdini.com.
Design faculty Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom, who have formed the new Los Angeles based collaborative Pita & Bloom, were recently announced as finalists of the MoMA P.S.1 2014 Young Architects Program (YAP).
Now in its 15th edition, the competition challenges emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard.
Winners will be announced in early 2014, and if selected, Pita and Bloom will build an installation for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series.
The 2014 shortlist includes Collective-LOK (Jon Lott of PARA-Project, William O’Brien Jr. of WOJR, and Michael Kubo of over, under), Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Cristina Goberna & Urtzi Grau), LAMAS (Wei-Han Vivian Lee & James Macgillivray), and The Living (David Benjamin). YAP is an annual collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York.
Previous YAP winners from SCI-Arc include: alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Ball-Nogues with Liquid Sky (2007); SCI-Arc Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso of Xefirotarch with SUR (2005); and SCI-Arc Applied Studies Coordinator Tom Wiscombe of Tom Wiscombe Design with Light-Wing (2003).
Los Angeles is a city developed around and defined by houses rather than large architectural monuments. The singular residential unit is an elastic object, having long nurtured experimental pursuits and critical inquiry. This coming Sunday, November 17, the third installment of On the Road, a yearlong series of architecture, art and design programs, involves a participatory event intended to frame a moment in time within the contemporary context of city of Los Angeles.
For this event, On the Road organizers invited a group of artists and designers, including several SCI-Arc faculty and alumni, to each select a house located west of downtown Los Angeles, to engage with and respond to through the medium of drawing. These drawings have been reproduced in a standard 4”x6” postcard and will be placed inside each house’s mailbox on the morning of November 17.
A map highlighting the locations of these homes (linked here) acts as an invitation for visitors to navigate the various sites from 10am-4pm on Sunday and collect the postcards. The public will move at will between some or all of the sites, pulling postcards from the various mailboxes and curating their own collection—simultaneously engaging both the physical and representational object of the house.
The day’s event will culminate in a discussion about contemporary modes of communication within architectural production, featuring design faculty Heather Flood and moderated by Hammer Museum curatorial fellow Ellen Donnelly. The talk, starting 4pm, will take place at 6114 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles.
SCI-Arc faculty and alumni participating in the event include Heather Flood (M.Arch ‘04), Heather Peterson (M.Arch ‘04), Mark Ericson (M.Arch ‘06), and Wendy Gilmartin (M+M ‘02). Artists Bryne Rasmussen-Smith, Jaime Kowal, Leon Henderson Jr. and Maya Santos of FORM follows FUNCTION will capture and ultimately tell the story of the evening’s activities through photographs and video projects.
For more information about the event, visit www.ontheroadprojectla.org.
The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has again recognized several SCI-Arc faculty, alumni and trustees with prominent awards conferred at the institute's annual gala in October. Held at the Broad Stage Theater at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, the ceremony incorporated local design and architecture journalists, academic and civic leaders as well as community movers and shakers.
SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini was honored with the institute’s prestigious 2013 Educator Award, which has been conferred in previous years to Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, and to SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss.
The Building Blocks system proposed by Hodgetts+Fung offers the programmatic elements needed to construct a school
Next LA Awards for unbuilt work went to Craig Hodgetts and SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Ming Fung, principals of Los Angeles based Hodgetts+Fung for Building Blocks (shown above), a modular classroom infrastructure designed for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Next LA Awards were also conferred to Angela Brooks (M.Arch ‘91) and partner Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa for their Interfaith Chapel at University of North Florida, and to Iris Anna Regn (M.Arch ‘94) and partner Tim Durfee for their L.A. Frame House.
St. Thomas the Apostle School designed by Griffin Enright Architects was completed in 2010
Built work such as the St. Thomas the Apostle School (shown here) designed by SCI-Arc Undergraduate Programs Chair John Enright and design faculty Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright Architects received a 2013 AIA LA Design Award for excellence, along with two projects by Brooks + Scarpa, the Metalsa Center for Manufacturing Innovation and the CAM Museum of Art, the L House designed by alumni Cara Lee (M.Arch ‘96) and Stephan Mundwiler (M.Arch ‘95) of Lee + Mundwiler, and the Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery designed by alumnus Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch ‘95) and partner Silvia Kuhle of Standard. SCI-Arc trustee Thom Mayne received two Design Awards, one for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, and the second for designing LA’s biggest net-zero office for his very own Culver City-based practice, Morphosis.
AIA LA’s 25-Year Award for 2013 went to SCI-Arc honorary trustee Frank Gehry for his design of the California Space Museum. The institute’s Community Contribution Award went to alumni Hadley Soutter Arnold (M.Arch ‘97) and Peter Arnold (M.Arch ‘94) for their Arid Lands Institute established at Woodbury University. Presidential honorees this year included, among others, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist James Turrell and LACMA CEO Michael Govan.
For a full list of winner, click here.
SCI-Arc design faculty Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu of B+U will participate in two exhibitions part of Design Santa Fe 2013, opening November 1st and 2nd in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Baumgartner + Uriu, Animated Apertures Housing Tower, Lima, Peru
B+U’s Animated Apertures (shown here), a housing tower project for the city of Lima, Peru, and the Frank and Kim Canopy were both selected for inclusion in the SITE Gallery show DesignLAB: Next Nest, while their Coral lamp will be on view at the David Richard Gallery-hosted exhibition, Life Support: Art, Design Sustenance.
David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe’s Railyard District will host both the exhibition and Design Santa Fe’s opening ceremony and reception on November 2nd. Included in this show are works from internationally acclaimed artists, craftsmen, designers and architects whose media include furniture, lighting, wall treatments, graphic, interior and textile design, as well as other forms of innovative applications.
The juried design entries on view in DesignLAB at SITE merge artistic visions with 21st century sustainable objects and spaces for living.
Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu co-founded Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) in 2000. They both teach design studio at SCI-Arc. More at www.bplusu.com.
This week, SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini will be awarded two coveted recognitions for her contributions to architecture and design, and her efforts to push the architectural profession forward.
The AIA/LA yesterday announced Manferdini as recipient of the institute’s 2013 Educator Award. Presidential honorees this year include Frank Gehry, Johnston Marklee, Michael Govan and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti. Awards will be conferred at AIA/LA’s annual gala held on Monday, October 28, at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College. More about the AIA/LA 2013 awards.
Manferdini’s recent Smeared Projections installation departed from the analysis of examples of “camouflage” techniques derived from repetitive colored textures and their application to volumetric masses at architectural scale.
Manferdini will also receive a 2013 Innovative Research Award from the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) for her research contributions to digital design in architecture. She will be honored at ACADIA’s 2013 Adaptive Architecture International Conference on Thursday, October 24, alongside other prominent winners such as Brett Steele of the Architectural Association, London, and Greg Lynn of FORM.
Earlier this fall, Manferdini participated in a forum discussion hosted by the Digital Architecture and Design Association (DADA) in Beijing, China. Themed Digital Infiltration, the forum invited renowned designers and architects to discuss new digital directions in architecture and design and their interplay with daily life. Manferdini was joined on stage by speakers including Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid and Xu Weiguo of Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing, China.
Elena Manferdini is principal of Los Angeles-based Atelier Manferdini. She teaches visual studies, design and advanced vertical studios at SCI-Arc, and coordinates the school's Graduate Thesis program.
SCI-Arc alumna Jennifer Siegal (M.Arch ’94), principal of Office of Mobile Design, is featured in a new documentary by international Swedish filmmaker Jesper Wachtmeister. A film about micro dwellings, downsizing and living off the grid, Wachtmeister’s Microtopia examines modern alternative dwellings and mobile lifestyles.
The film profiles Siegal’s first prototype for prefab dwelling, the Joshua Tree PreFab House, a fully functional mobile dwelling that also embodies responsible, sustainable, and aesthetically beautiful design.
Microtopia has already received international acclaim, drawing attention to current trends in dwellings and use of space, as well as looking to the future for the impact and influence design will have on lifestyles and resources. You can watch a preview of the film here.
Currently, Siegal is working on developing a mobile retail environment in Seoul, Korea.