Archinect - Features 2016-05-31T18:01:04-04:00 UpStarts: Ball-Nogues Studio katyatylevich 2009-09-25T14:45:00-04:00 >2012-12-12T20:30:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <i>I arrive at <b>Ball-Nogues Studio</b> in downtown Los Angeles ten minutes early. <b>Benjamin Ball</b> is still on the phone with a client, which I take as a green-light to snoop around the office &mdash; a spacious room decked with suspended shapes and colorful projects-in-progress. Against one wall, a small library points to the &lsquo;reference medley&rsquo; Ball and partner <b>Gaston Nogues</b> bring to their practice. Art and architecture represent in the titles, of course, but no less so than, say, Constructivist theater. I find this fitting for a young design and fabrication firm whose varied projects give way to many hyphenations: &ldquo;architecturally-integrated&rdquo;; &ldquo;digitally-hand-crafted&rdquo;; &ldquo;lightly-weighty.&rdquo;</i></p> Student Works: Rock and Roll Fantasy - SCI-Arc at Coachella: Elastic Plastic Sponge Paul Petrunia 2009-05-19T10:40:00-04:00 >2012-09-19T19:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The title "Rock and Roll Fantasy" might be a little misleading for this SCI-Arc studio project lead by Ball Nogues ' Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon. While the program was 100% rock and roll, the practical lessons learned during this collaborative design-build experience were far from fantastical.</p> <p> The goal of the studio was to develop an iconic architectural installation for the popular music festival Coachella . The students had to work within the tight constraint of a single semester to design and build a structure using a budget of only $15k.</p> <p> Ball Nogues' studio is across the street from the Archinect HQ in downtown Los Angeles, so I was fortunate enough to follow the progress of this endeavor since the conception, prior to the start of the semester. I caught casual stories and occasional development drawings during my lunchtime visits with Benjamin. It kept me very curious and, honestly, a little doubtful that they could pull off such an ambitious undertaking....</p> Venice Biennale Review Martina Dolejsova 2008-09-16T17:58:00-04:00 >2012-12-10T19:09:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>