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SCI-Arc on Stage at Dwell on Design 2010 - June 25-27

The Dwell on Design show which took place last weekend at the LA Convention Center featured panel discussions with SCI-Arc Director of Graduate Programs Ming Fung, faculty members Alexis Rochas and Peter Zellner, and alumni Barbara Bestor (M.Arch '92), Anne Mooney (M.Arch '96), and John Umbanhowar (M.Arch '98).

The event is the largest annual design show on the West Coast and includes exhibitions, design competitions, home tours, and panel discussion.

The show hosts the AIA|LA-sponsored 2x8 student exhibition, which showcases student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Included in this year's 2x8 display are thesis projects by SCI-Arc students John Klein (B.Arch '10) and Yu Nong Khew (M.Arch '09).

Themed 2x8: Verge, the 2010 student exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA will be on display on the expo floor through the entire duration of the show. SCI-Arc has been participating in the competition since 2005. The winning students will be announced at a public reception on Saturday, June 26, from 6-9pm, at InterfaceFLOR (1111 S. Grand Ave. #103, Los Angeles, CA 90015).

The panel discussions focus on sustainability and design innovation. Two SCI-Arc projects, Cleantech Corridor Competition and SYNTHe, will be showcased on Saturday, June 26, in the sustainability presentations.

The "Green District" panel, of which Moss is a member, will focus on issues and opportunities surrounding the Cleantech Corridor (see map courtesy of Urban Land Institute) recently established in downtown Los Angeles along the riverfront. The event will launch an open ideas competition for the corridor sponsored by SCI-Arc's Future Initiatives program and Architect's Newspaper. The competition encourages innovative, sustainable urban and architectural visions and a rethinking of the relationships between industry, living, public space and the development of the city. The discussion at the conference will be moderated by faculty member Peter Zellner—Future Initiatives program coordinator—and Sam Lubell of Architect's Newspaper.

Faculty member Alexis Rochas joins Dwell associate editor Miyoko Ohtake in a discussion about the intricacies of the SYNTHe Green Roof project (shown left)—designed and built by Rochas and students in the Community Design Program at SCI-Arc—and ways in which it can serve as a model for other rooftop landscapes.

Also in the sustainability category, alumna Anne Mooney of Sparano + Mooney will present her firm's Emigration Canyon House project in a panel discussion about site-specific sustainable design, and alum John Umbanhowar of HughesUmbanhowar Architects will join a panel of artists and architects to discuss the Watts House Project and other strategies of design in under-served neighborhoods.

On the Design Innovation stage, alumna Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture presents the Venice Beach home (shown right) she designed for Eric Grunbaum, who will share the stage with Bestor at the event. The house was featured earlier this year in the Venice Architectural Home Tours.

The three-day design show which opens Thursday, June 25 and continues through Sunday, June 27, introduces more than 200 brands on the expo floor.

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For more about the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor, read the official news release issued by the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.