An exhibition organized by Superfront LA at the Pacific Design Center includes work by students in the SCI-Arc Community Design Program led by faculty member Michael Pinto (M.Arch '98), and by the firms of faculty member Peter Zellner and alumna Darien Williams (M.Arch '08).
The exhibition, Unplanned: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale, opens Thursday, March 25, and features the work of 20 participants, spanning architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art and cartography. Leveraging an interdisciplinary focus, Unplanned presents a collection of radical methods for envisioning and producing space at the urban scale.
For MudTown Farms (shown above), a SCI-Arc Community Design project, faculty member and alum Michael Pinto (M.Arch2 '98) and 13 students partnered with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee to imagine ways in which the 2.5 acre community garden in Watts could become a nucleus for nourishing the community. The design team made visits to the farm, talked with members of the community, researched design solutions, and brainstormed hundreds of possibilities for the site. Their Unplanned exhibition installation is a presentation of what they learned and the possibilities they envisioned.
Zellnerplus exhibits the project Glass Houses, (Matta) Clark County (shown above), designed in 2009 for the Reburbia competition. The project team included SCI-Arc students Rina Lim (B.Arch '10) and Seth Weiner (B.Arch '10).
The Hlywd project (shown below) by Jeffrey Inaba and alumna Darien Williams of INABA recasts the iconic Hollywood sign as a migrating element moving throughout the city of Los Angeles. As neighborhoods "borrow" the sign or any subgroup of its letters for a determined period of time, migration lends it a temporal dimension that insures continued vitality.
Unplanned opens with a reception from 5 to 8pm on Thursday, March 25. The exhibition remains on view through July 2. Regular gallery hours are Mon-Fri 1-5pm. The Pacific Design Center is at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.