Archinect - News 2014-04-19T16:11:04-04:00 Upcoming Cal Poly Pomona events at the historic Neutra VDL House in L.A. Justine Testado 2013-11-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2013-11-28T12:33:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In need of weekend plans for December? Some fun Saturday events are happening at the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles. If you're around the area, be sure to check 'em out!<br><br> Event details are right below:</p> <p> <strong>RELIER Fundraiser &amp; Cocktail Party</strong> <strong>| December 14</strong>, <strong>Doors open 4 p.m.</strong></p> <p> The RELIER team -- an alumni group from the Cal Poly Pomona architecture program -- would like to invite you to our Fundraiser &amp; Cocktail Party hosted at the historical VDL House.<br><br> Join RELIER for cocktails as we provide our vision and plans for the exhibition ahead. We will be hosting a silent auction, with items designed by various Cal Poly Alumni and faculty. All donations will go toward the production of RELIER 2014.</p> <p> Featured Artists include:</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manny Torres</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando Pndlian</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bryony Roberts</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andy Wilcox</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIA Studio</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Axel Schmitzberger</a><br> and many more!</p> <p> For event tickets and additional information, visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Opening of Non-Mechanical Repetition Installations | December 7, 6 to 8 p.m.</strong></p> <p> Com...</p> Timber in the City Competition: Design Students Imagine a Mixed-Use Complex for Red Hook Pascale Vonier 2013-08-14T13:47:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T23:03:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Timber in the City competition organized by ACSA, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, and Parsons The New School for Design, attracted over 1,000 architecture students and young professionals to create proposals for a mid-rise, mixed-use complex addressing NYC housing needs. The winners were chosen by a panel of leading architects and professors based on the use of wood as the primary structural material while meeting the needs of the Brooklyn waterfront community.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See the winning projects: <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> <p> The competition focused on a site in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, with a population of public housing residents and working artists and designers, and a number of new residential and commercial developments. With a focus on regenerating the urban manufacturing sector and addressing housing needs, entrants, working individually or in teams, were tasked with incorporating affordable housing units; a bike sharing and repair shop; as well as a vocational, manufacturing and distribution center for the innovative use of wood technology.</p> <p> &ldquo;Today, timber is being used in new, innovative ways to help address the economic and environmental challenges of the build environment,&rdquo; said Cees de Jager, executive director of BSLC. &ldquo;This competition brought to life the way the design community is recognizing the benefits of wood &ndash; from reduced economic and environmental impact to enhanced aesthetic value and structural perfo...</p> Robert Alexander Wins 2013 Rotch Travelling Scholarship Alexander Walter 2013-04-10T20:15:00-04:00 >2013-08-13T23:09:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Robert K. Alexander of San Pedro, California, an adjunct faculty member of the architecture department at California State Polytechnic Institute University, Pomona&rsquo;s College of Environmental Design, has been named the 2013 Rotch Travelling Scholarship recipient. Alexander will receive a $37,000 stipend to spend eight months traveling and studying architecture around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sky is far from limit in NASA architecture project Archinect 2013-02-26T14:42:00-05:00 >2013-03-06T20:33:27-05:00 <img src="" width="507" height="760" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration brings an out-of-this-world opportunity for Cal Poly Pomona architecture students. Over the past months, students have been constructing a massive 30 foot structure in the parking lot of the Interim Design Center. [...] The scenario given by NASA was to build a vertical habitat facility for four astronauts that can go into deep space for 60 days.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sarah Lorenzen is the New Chair of Cal Poly Pomona Arch. Orhan Ayyüce 2013-01-10T20:06:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T20:28:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Department gets a new energetic chairperson to take the school to a new and better direction.</p> <p> Dean Michael Woo of College of Environmental Design breaks the news:&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>"I am happy to announce that Associate Professor Sarah Lorenzen is the new Chair of the Architecture Department. Many of you know Sarah from her teaching and her role as Director of the Neutra VDL Research House. Now she will have the opportunity to lead the Architecture Department into a new era."</em></p> <p> In a personal note, I want to publicly congratulate my&nbsp;colleague&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a> for a job well earned. I have all the faith in her that she has the talent to lead and give the school a new breath of fresh air and&nbsp;dynamism.</p> Student Projects: Cal Poly Pomona (TVEF – Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Facility) Studio Orhan Ayyüce 2011-12-20T00:27:28-05:00 >2012-04-03T19:45:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last quarter a group of Cal Poly Pomona architecture and structural engineering students with professors Axel Schimitzberger and Dr. Mikhail Gershfeld conducted a multi disciplinary studio to design prototype tsunami evacuation facilities. The purpose of the studio was to design a temporary shelter during an earthquake/tsunami event and use the structure for other purposes in other times. Students had to design structures from precast concrete and steel. Needlessly to say the work was evolved to the advance levels of structural integrity and architectural innovation. As a final jury member I was impressed not only with the designs but also the&nbsp;simultaneous&nbsp;and symbiotic relationship of the two disciplines in a creative studio environment.</p> <p> Here is a quote from the studio objectives.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;We anticipate some lively discussions between members of the two disciplines, revealing the different vocabularies of the two cultures. Architecture students will have to explain what they mean by ...</em></p> Next Archinect Sessions this Saturday, November 5 Archinect 2011-11-01T14:54:17-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We're excited to announce the next round of Archinect Sessions, to kick off on Saturday, November 5th, at the Neutra VDL House, in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, in collaboration with Cal Poly Pomona.</p> <p> Archinect Sessions is a series of discussions with architects, academics and other interesting individuals from the tangents of architecture, in and around Southern California, moderated by Archinect's Orhan Ayyuce.</p> <p> For our second event this year we're very honored to host Sci Arc's Marcelo Spina and Cal Poly Pomona's Axel Prichard-Schmitzberger, to talk about&nbsp; architecture's potential future in both the academic setting and in practice.</p> <p> Tickets can be purchased @ <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Student Project Used by City to Define Its Future Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-02T12:56:44-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Councilwoman Diaz said she heard about the Cal Poly student's proposal accidentally during a chance encounter on a plane flight to the Bay Area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> I always tell graduating students to take their projects to real life and grass root campaign&nbsp;them.&nbsp;Well, so it happened to one Cal Poly, Pomona architecture student John Barlow, class of 2010 advised by professor Kip Dickson, when his project fell into the hands of interested&nbsp;<a href=",_California" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Escondido</a> City&nbsp;Council&nbsp;and the rest of the story is very inspiring for young graduates of design schools.</p> <p> "City officials say a new proposal to have developers or venture capitalists build a cooperative wine-processing plant in Escondido could turn the city into a prominent wine-growing region."</p> <p> See the pdfs of the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Soriano's Shrage House gifted to Cal Poly, Pomona Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-16T12:35:33-04:00 >2011-05-20T11:22:41-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I was so pleased to receive a special news this morning from dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Woo</a>&nbsp;and would like to share an excerpt with the readers.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> ----------</p> <p> Steve and Marion Dodge have pledged a $3 million bequest gift to Cal Poly Pomona, the College of Environmental Design which includes their home, the Schrage House designed by Raphael Soriano, one of the giants of mid-century modern architecture in Los Angeles.<br><br> Completed in the early 1950s, the Schrage House was described by David Gebhard and Robert Winter in their Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles as &ldquo;a one-story International Style design in plywood, glass, and steel.&nbsp; Soriano at his best.&rdquo;&nbsp; Located&nbsp; only a few lots south of the southern boundary of Griffith Park, the house is a stunning example of the best work of one of the leading architects of his time.&nbsp; Since becoming the owners of the house in 1987, the Dodges have painstakingly restored the house to its original condition.&nbsp; It is one of only two examples of Soriano&rsquo;s wo...</p> Cal Poly Pomona Archives on California Modernism and International Style Orhan Ayyüce 2011-04-19T14:33:46-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I recently got&nbsp;acquainted&nbsp;with Cal Poly Pomona's archives of Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Donald Wexler, Garrett Eckbo, Craig Ellwood and others. These archives contain <em>never published before</em> original drawings, photographs, blueprints, and stories. They were given to the College of Environmental Design and they are in care of Dr. Lauren Weiss Bricker. The archives are open to public with an appointment. I have&nbsp;arranged&nbsp;a permission to do an Archinect Feature on them including an interview with Dr. Bricker and others who have many stories about this precious collection. Coming soon...</p> Cal Poly Pomona ENV40 Celebration Sarah Lorenzen 2011-04-12T15:09:02-04:00 >2011-04-12T17:54:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="99" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Event includes panel discussions featuring leaders of the environmental design professions including: Marvin J. Malecha, Ray Kappe, Richard Chylinski, Frank Clementi, Stefanos Polyzoides, Deborah Sussman, Michael Rotondi, Ken Smith, Rick Bishop, and Lorraine Wild.</p></em><br /><br /><p>SCHEDULE OF ENV 40 PANELS, Saturday April 16th 2011<br><br>10 &ndash; 11 am:&nbsp; The early years<br></p> <ul><li>Dean Emeritus Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, 2009 President of the American Institute of Architects</li><li>Professor Emeritus Ray Kappe, FAIA, former Chair of the Architecture Department (who went on to found SCI-ARC)</li><li>Professor Emeritus Richard Chylinski, FAIA, former Chair of the Architecture Department (who helped establish the department in 1966)</li><li>Professor Emeritus Ken Nakaba, FASLA, former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Professor Emeritus Bob Perry, Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Professor Emeritus Charles Loggins, Urban and Regional Planning Department, former Associate Dean of ENV<br></li></ul><p>11 &ndash; 11:45 am:&nbsp; Years of growth<br></p> <ul><li>Dean Emeritus Barry Wasserman, FAIA, former California State Architect</li><li>Professor Emeritus Rod Tapp, FASLA, Landscape Architecture Department</li><li>Calvin Abe, FASLA, AHBE Landscape Architects</li><li>Steven A. Preston, FAICP, City Manager, City of San Gabriel</li><li>Bob Kain, AIA, Healthcare Principal, HMC Architec...</li></ul>