Archinect - News 2015-11-26T07:39:35-05:00 Our brand new interview podcast "Archinect Sessions One-to-One" premieres today! Listen to episode #1 with Neil Denari Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-09T18:21:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T10:06:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Our new podcast, <strong>Archinect Sessions: One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;is an interview show, straight-up. Each episode features a single interview with a notable figure in contemporary architecture &ndash; it's that simple. Usually, One-to-One will be led by me or Paul Petrunia, while occasionally others will serve as guide. The conversation will be casual and spontaneous, touching on the interviewee's role in the expanding range of architectural practice, and will serve&nbsp;(we hope)&nbsp;a valuable archival role in future discourse.</p><p>For our very first episode, I spoke with <strong>Neil Denari</strong> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA)</a>. Aside from his firm's work, Denari is a tenured professor at UCLA, and was the director of SCI-Arc from 1997 - 2001. We spoke about the shifting focus of architecture education, multitasking, Los Angeles and the recession's impact on architecture.</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe the the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow A...</a></li></ul> Liam Young's triple feature: review of "City Everywhere" at SCI-Arc Julia Ingalls 2015-10-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-11-06T00:04:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A presentation about a world that is increasingly mediated by screens and digital conceptualizations of space on three screens with digital conceptualizations&nbsp;of&nbsp;space is not just meta: it was the engaging and immersive format of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liam Young</a>'s lecture/performance Wednesday night at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, "City Everywhere: Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen." Young's fair warning to the packed lecture hall that the live sound mixing of his narration and syncing of three separate video feeds might go awry turned out to be unnecessary; the presentation was flawless while simultaneously visceral, a kind of <em>Purple Rose of Cairo</em> experience for architectural discourse. The pervasive reach of the internet makes us all actors in this particular film.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Young's presentation was a quasi-fictional tour of "a city that is hiding in plain sight," which is to say the current urban and mental space(s) that we inhabit thanks to the reality of digital mediation. The most shocking and resonant example of t...</p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-23T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T13:30:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="790" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster comes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Upcoming events are listed below. Unless noted otherwise, lectures start at 7 p.m. in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. Free + open to the public. Lectures will also be broadcast on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Sept 25-26</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Right NOW</a> symposium<br>Live broadcast at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Oct 5</strong><br>Graham Harman: "Form and Its Rivals"</p><p><strong>Oct 7</strong><br>Michael Hansmeyer: "Out of Order"</p><p><strong>Oct 14</strong><br>Hashim Sarkis: "Premises for Practice"</p><p><strong>Oct 28</strong><br>Liam Young: "Tomorrows Thoughts Today &amp; Unknown Fields Division"</p><p><strong>Oct 30</strong><br>Ric...</p> "whether you can institutionalize a kind of anti-institutional message, we will see": Eric Owen Moss reflects on 14 years as SCI-Arc's director Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-14T18:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:56:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the things that we learned about SCI-Arc was that at the level of ideas, of thinking, of adventure, of imagination, of discovery ... they need accoutrements. They need support, they need tools to be realized in the world. [...] So we looked at the situation in terms of ideas &mdash; design ideas, imaginative students, creative faculty &mdash; and we had to give them the tools to implement, meaning to draw, to model what they wanted, and to make that information then available on the outside.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Eric Owen Moss is being succeeded by Hernan Diaz Alonso, who began serving as Director of SCI-Arc earlier this summer. You can find out more about Diaz Alonso's role in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> feature.</p> "En Pointe" by Heather Roberge strikes a balance between past and present Nicholas Korody 2015-07-15T11:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T22:17:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In his <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Untimely Meditations</a>, </em>Friedrich Nietzsche asserts, &ldquo;&hellip;We must seriously despise instruction without vitality, knowledge which enervates activity, and history as an expensive surplus of knowledge and a luxury&hellip;&rdquo; History must be at the service of living, he advocates, not the other way around. At the same time, history has its uses, and total amnesia is neither possible nor desirable. The German philosopher wrote in an era he perceived as detrimentally historicist; we, on the other hand, are coming out of a period of unhistorical thinking, where the past seems to have become obscured by a <em>fin de si&egrave;cle </em>fog, the discharged by-product of technological novelty &ndash;&nbsp;at least according to one possible reading.</p><p>Spurred by the development of computer-aided design technologies, the architectural styles at the vanguard of the last few decades have largely abandoned historicist tendencies, reveling instead in the vast potentials of parametric modeling. But, the novel quickly loses its shiny ve...</p> SCI-Arc offering graduate degree and summer program for participants with non-architectural background Sponsor 2015-05-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:09:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a></em></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) well known for its progressive curriculum, and singular focus on architecture is accepting applications from prospective students of all non-architectural backgrounds. The degree program, M.Arch 1, and summer program, Making + Meaning, specialize in providing architectural education to students entering the profession for the first time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>M.Arch 1 is a three-year professional, Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and open to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field of study. The program prepares students for the professional practice of architecture through emphasis on learning through making and implementation of digital technologies. By linking each semester&rsquo;s architecture design studio with courses in visual, cultural and applied studies, students are offered instr...</p> Editor's Picks #414 Nam Henderson 2015-05-06T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T17:04:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a>, an experimental landscape studio. Therein they explained "<em>We travel to places of material action, geologically leaky locations, where the evidence of disturbance, but also creation, is evident...While we see our narratives as a version of a field report, it seems important to acknowledge ourselves as emotional, human agents. In this way we are equally inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, John McPhee, and Chris Kraus</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus following last month&rsquo;s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Architects Can Help Nepal (And Learn From Past Disastrous Mistakes/Successes)</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;stopped by and provided some insight into post-tsunami redevelopment in Tohoku</p><p>"<em>The trick is to &nbsp;still be there and still be engaged 2 years or 4 years or 5 years later, when communities are finally ready to build...Now is really the time for architects to act, to help build a sustainable community. But we blew our wad on sexy stuff in the early days, and anyway the news...</em></p> Improvisation and Troublemaking: Frank Gehry in Conversation with Eric Owen Moss at SCI-Arc Scott Kepford 2015-03-16T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:44:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite making recent news for a particularly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">antisocial public display</a>, Frank Gehry remains a highly influential and crowd-drawing figure, as evidenced by SCI-Arc&rsquo;s completely full Keck Lecture Hall over an hour before Gehry took the stage on Wednesday, March 4, for a lecture with Eric Owen Moss.</p><p>The lecture was the last in a series of five annual lectures honoring late SCI-Arc faculty Raimund Abraham, and opened with memorial remembrances of Abraham by Moss and Gehry. The lecture, &ldquo;You Can&rsquo;t Rehearse Something You Haven&rsquo;t Invented Yet&rdquo;, was a quote Gehry supplied to Moss from jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The improvisational quality of Jazz as it relates to Gehry&rsquo;s process of design was a major thread through the talk. Gehry related the actors required to produce a building &ndash; client, contractor, project manager (&ldquo;we don&rsquo;t really need those guys though&rdquo; he quipped), building department, and bank &ndash; to the constraining three notes around which an improvisational jazz composition wou...</p> Need some inspiration to submit to the "Bigger Than A Breadbox" competition? Take a peek at Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:17:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We caught a glimpse behind the curtain of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a>&rsquo;s hand-over-hand process in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey&rsquo;s latest piece</a>, where the principal&rsquo;s meticulous and dogged drawing exercises helped push the firm&rsquo;s formal development. Taking a look back at one of their earlier pavilions, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cube</a>&rdquo;, initially built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, helps draw the contingency from line drawing to taught steel.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a> previously described in her introduction to &ldquo;The Cube&rdquo;, the sculpture/pavilion &ldquo;transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece&rdquo;, complicating the supposedly concrete notion of an ideal form, the perfect cube. The pavilion is a clear elaboration on previous work, such as their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taipei Sales Center</a> or the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stormcloud</a> pavilion at SCI-Arc, where solid volumes are stretched and torn by lines and suspensions, testing the spatial limits of what they consider &ldquo;pure&rdquo; forms.&nbsp;OWC has also designed two other pavilions at SCI-Arc, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netscape</a> and Centerstage, which fit clearly ...</p> Tod Williams & Billie Tsien lecture at SCI-Arc emphasizes building "from the ground" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-16T21:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:08:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At their first lecture at SCI-Arc since 1987, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien charted a simple course. They set out to explain the principles that guide their practice&rsquo;s approach, regardless of program or site of project, and how those principles have morphed over time and place. Outlined at the beginning of the lecture, those principles are: to be of use, to move slowly, to say no, to connect, and to make work that lasts. That last one stands out, regarding last year&rsquo;s demolition of their American Folk Art Museum and their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">official response</a>, but the project wasn't addressed in this lecture.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Generally, architecture lectures seem to tend towards the polemic &ndash; the firm fighting for a way to view the world and what should exist in it. This wasn&rsquo;t the case for Williams and Tsien&rsquo;s talk, which leaned more towards explaining their priorities as a firm investing in a site&rsquo;s context &ndash; not by trying to blend in, but by integrating history and identity in the details. And in its 40+ year history...</p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-01-06T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T19:04:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="881" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from SCI-Arc. Their Spring '15 lecture series kicks off on January 14 with Todd Williams and Billie Tsien. Other speakers include Craig Dykers of Sn&oslash;hetta, CJ Lim, Henk Ovink, Henry N. Cobb, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank Gehry.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All events start at 7 p.m., unless noted. Lectures will take place at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. The lecture series will also be broadcast live on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>JANUARY</strong></p><p><em>Jan 14</em><br>TOD WILLIAMS AND BILLIE TSIEN / Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects<br>"Being Specific"</p><p><em>Jan 21</em><br>JOSE SANCHEZ / Bloom Games<br>"Ga...</p> Transparency rules at Sou Fujimoto's SCI-Arc lecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-02T20:34:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:38:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Introducing his Serpentine Pavilion in 2013, Sou Fujimoto <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">described the structure</a>&nbsp;as "between architecture and nature", suggesting an architectural form ethereal enough to change at any given moment, depending on perspective or approach, between the artificial and organic. That phrase has since been adopted to title a series of Fujimoto&rsquo;s lectures, "Between Nature and Architecture", serving as a general guide to both his style and methods. His latest lecture, held last night at SCI-Arc, showcased a variety of his works that play on this concept, which is still developing over time as the relatively young architect (b. 1971) expands his influence and portfolio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This past April, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Natalie Hein</a> covered his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">talk at the Cooper Union</a>,&nbsp;where the focus tended towards his architecture&rsquo;s ability to complicate apparent binaries &ndash; forcibly inserting ambiguity and personal choice into how a building is perceived and used. While his SCI-Arc lecture had an (understandably) similar vibe, it also touch...</p> In Residence: Ray Kappe Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-23T23:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-27T14:39:03-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A modern masterpiece of glass and redwood, the home of architect Ray Kappe is often referenced as one of the greatest residences in Southern California, looks much the same today as it did a half-century ago&mdash;a contemporary extension of the early SoCal glass-house tradition, begun decades earlier by architects like Rudolph Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Harwell Hamilton Harris.&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>I remember writing this back in 2006 for an AIA convention piece.</p><p>"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kappe Houses</a>&nbsp;are interesting in that they visually take you to places without you physically moving an inch. His spaces don't stop. You can look but you won't see a line that doesn't depart, travel, connect or fly away into the canyons. He is daringly modern, moving you through the bottlenecks of organized combustion before dropping you in his poetry of space, architectural construction, scale, light and experiment."</p><p></p> SCI-Arc co-founder Michael Rotondi to receive Richard J. Neutra Medal at Cal Poly Pomona Justine Testado 2014-11-03T20:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T14:39:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="533" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Michael Rotondi will receive the Richard J. Neutra Medal tonight from the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence was established to recognize the contributions that Neutra made to the practice of architecture in research and design. The Medal awards individuals for their dedication to the research and development of new environments in everyday life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rotondi, who is currently principal of RoTo Architects in Los Angeles, distinguished himself in architectural education when he co-founded SCI-Arc in 1972 and then later succeeded Ray Kappe as the school's director. Rotondi also previously worked in Morphosis with Thom Mayne in 1975.</p><p>Learn more about Rotondi on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #390 Nam Henderson 2014-10-23T11:56:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T00:06:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amelia <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiles the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;aka ANFA</a> and ponders the lessons from her time spent down in San Diego for ANFA&rsquo;s annual three-day conference at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.&nbsp;Does neuro-architecture truly hold the promise of translational design?</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>midlander</strong> dreams "<em>I have a hard time seeing how this provides more meaningful feedback than occupant surveys...That said...I can't wait until I can wear some headset that makes revit models of whatever I'm thinking!</em>"&nbsp;while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;a regular advocate for the use of the "<em>the old EEG headset</em>"&nbsp;was pleased "<em>great piece and like how you link all your news posts into a feature story..Although, much of what is going on now is data gathering, it is considerably more useful than just survey stats</em>".</p><p>For a more speculative version of <strong>Deans List</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect spoke with Hernan Diaz Alonso, upcoming Director at </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> in Los Angeles.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>"Archinect Sessions" a new weekly podcast hosted by Paul and Amelia, releas...</p> Vertical Studio at SCI-Arc Proposes a Hybrid Brothel/Child-Care Center Sponsor 2014-10-15T12:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T09:37:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a></em><br>&nbsp;<p></p><p>SCI-Arc&rsquo;s elective vertical studios pair small groups of upper-level, graduate and undergraduate, students with elite faculty and international architects. In these studios, students develop projects which explore particular interests and focus. They have the opportunity to work with architects visiting the school, and gain insight into a broad range of issues concerning approaches to building, the environment, technology, theoretical stances, and personal interests.</p><p>Visiting faculty Jeff Kipnis&rsquo; design studio, one of 10 vertical studios offered at SCI-Arc this fall, is focused on developing a design proposal for a hybrid brothel/child-care center (watch studio intro above). The unique brothel will offer female and male services to select clients with a full range of additional optional accommodations including gourmet meals, fine libations and entertainment. The day-care/pre-school accepts infants...</p> Editor's Picks #386 Nam Henderson 2014-09-25T11:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-26T13:09:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;continues his series, in which three architects discuss their transition from student to professional. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Therein</a>, Eric H&ouml;weler of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>&nbsp;makes the point that much of running a firm is about finding work;</p><p>&nbsp;"<em>In school everyone wants to be designers and have their own practice, but what most students don't connect is that having a practice is also being a businessman or woman &ndash; that you have to run a business which includes finding work, negotiating contracts and building consensus among people from different fields</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Material Witness #4</strong></a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explores how "<em>In cinema, signage plays a duplicitous role</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>NYC's historic 190 Bowery was part <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">of a massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>,&nbsp;re-published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a piece from 2008</a>, for historical context.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;remembers "<em>reading this when it originally posted. Thanks for putting it up again. Very sad that this unique space will be chewed up so that something not unique at all can take its p...</em></p> Geniuses, money and monuments: Weekly News Round-Up for September 15, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-22T20:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Saturday, September 20</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's historic 190 Bowery part of massive buy-up by developer RFR Holdings</a>: RFR plans to spend upwards of $900M on property and land purchases by the end of 2014. One of its recent buys included the former "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">72-room&nbsp;bohemian dream house</a>" at 190 Bowery.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Friday, September 19</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe Reclaims Urban Neighborhoods Through Art</a>: Lowe is currently a resident at Philadelphia's Pearl Street Project, which aims at making dimly-lit alleyways more safe. He is also the founder of Houston's Project Row Houses.</li><li><p><a title="Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid launches luxury homeware range with Harrods</a>: Pieces include a&nbsp;&pound;9,999 serving platter, &pound;43 cups and saucers,&nbsp;and&nbsp;&pound;4,860 Field of Towers chess set.</p></li><li><a title="Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference</a>: The three-day conference focused on topics in neuroscientific research that serve the architecture profession, including advances in mobile brain-computing interfaces and the neurological data behind a...</li></ul> Hernan Diaz Alonso to follow Eric Owen Moss as Director of SCI-Arc, + Deans List sneak peek Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-17T21:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:15:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am pleased that the SCI-Arc Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting [on Wednesday, September 10] approved the contract with Hernan Diaz Alonso as the next Director of SCI-Arc. Hernan will assume this role beginning September 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Hernan Diaz Alonso's appointment had been percolating since the beginning of the summer, when <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>'s search committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first recommended</a> him for the position after also considering professor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wes Jones</a>. Diaz Alonso will take up the directorship at a pivotal point in SCI-Arc's history in relation to the city of Los Angeles,&nbsp;succeeding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a>' thirteen-year service which solidified the school's position in the now rapidly-developing Arts District of downtown LA.</p><p>Aside from serving academic and administrative roles at SCI-Arc since 2001,&nbsp;Diaz Alonso is also principal of LA-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Xefirotarch</a>, a multidisciplinary practice that won&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program</a>&nbsp;in 2005. He will also serve as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yale University</a>'s Eero Saarinen Professor of Architectural Design in Spring 2015.</p><p>Before Diaz Alonso's role was made public, we spoke with him for our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List </strong></a>series, focusing on his plans for managing SCI-Arc's evolution in the midst of a rapidly changing Los Angeles. Here are a few t...</p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-10T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T07:30:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="835" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our midweek poster comes from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles. Along with SCI-Arc's notable lineup of award-winning speakers, the fall lecture series also include a SCI-Arc Gallery installation of experimental architectural drawings and a Library Gallery exhibition highlighting an architectural proposal for the future of the Nazi concentration camps in Poland.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are the most current event listings. Unless noted, events begin at 7 pm in W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. <strong>Lectures will be broadcast at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.scia...</a></strong></p> Eric Kahn, Long-time Design Studio Professor, Passes Away Paul Petrunia 2014-06-02T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-04T22:14:56-04:00 <img src="" width="260" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn was one of three founding members of IDEA Office, formerly the Central Office of Architecture. He originally opened the office in 1987 together with fellow architects Ron Golan and Russell N. Thomsen. In 2009, he renewed his long-standing partnership with Thomsen to form IDEA Office. Their work includes design at all scales, from graphic design to installations and industrial design, to architecture and urban planning</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sad news today from the SCI-Arc and LA architecture community. Eric Kahn, teacher and architect, has passed away at 58.&nbsp;</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Y-House Showcase feature, by IDEA Office</a></p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-12T21:23:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T12:52:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="899" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often -- and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!</p><p>Thursday's poster comes from SCI-Arc a.k.a. the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>All events begin at<strong> </strong>7:00 pm and take place in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted. Gallery discussions and opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Lectures will also be <strong>broadcast live</strong> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Listed...</p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-09-06T12:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T12:20:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="942" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a></p> <p> Here on Archinect we just launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> We'll be starting out with Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Most Followed Schools</a> profiles. Today's featured list is from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).<br><br><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> Listed below are Lecture Series events only. All lectures will be held at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall and are free of charge. No rsvp required.</p> <p> <strong>SEPTEMBER</strong><br><br><em><strong>September 18</strong></em>, 7:00 pm<br><strong>Graham Harman: Strange Objects Contra Parametricism</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>September 25</strong></em>, 7:00 pm<br><strong>GRAFT: In Pursuit of Happiness</strong></p> <p> <br><strong>OCTOBER</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>October 2</strong></em>, 7:00 pm<br><strong>Anton Garcia-Abril: Current Work</strong><br><br><em><strong>October 7</strong></em>, 7:00 pm<br><strong>Guy Norde...</strong></p> A Blast from the Past 2: Which Way To The Future Orhan Ayyüce 2013-08-12T14:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T11:51:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shelly Kappe moderates a panel consisting of Charles Moore, Frank Gehry, Helmut Schulitz, Peter de Bretteville, Roland Coate, and Glen Small. They discuss their ideas about the future. This Fall 1976 series was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation. Moore emphasizes the importance of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Gehry proposes new material possibilities. Schulitz questions the values of contemporary commercial society. De Bretteville discusses complexity and its various forms in architecture. Coate discusses diversity in the world of architecture, proposing that the discipline of architecture will cross traditional boundaries and link with other fields and disciplines, citing Christo, Robert Irwin, and Frank Gehry. Small teases his fellow panelists and labels each with a nickname. He discusses his work on the Biomorphic Biosphere. The tape ends before he finishes.</em></p> <p> You can fast forward to Glen Small at 53:50 or browse the video in its entirety.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Blast from the Past 1: MOVE : Sites of Trauma</a></p> Sylvia Lavin & Eric Owen Moss Butt Heads at SCI-Arc Discussion Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-07T18:58:00-04:00 >2014-04-20T13:42:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="229" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Well, it is the prerogative of men to enter the world without acknowledging that they are men. - Sylvia Lavin</p></em><br /><br /><p> Watching Sylvia Lavin and Eric Owen Moss in conversation at SCI-Arc last night, prolific Archinect blogger <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chang</a> took careful note of a few key impasses -- where Lavin and Moss either failed to see eye-to-eye, or artfully dodged one another's argumentative traps. Lavin, an imposing academic presence as the Director of the Critical Studies MA/PhD for UCLA&rsquo;s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, set out to engage Moss, world-renowned architect and current SCI-Arc director, on architectural agency and pedagogy. When the architect&rsquo;s reach is so far and deep, what is their responsibility to their environment, both physically and temporally? On a more psychological (and abstract) level, how does the architect&rsquo;s memory of their past serve their present understanding?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> To pose these questions, Lavin presented the audience with a few (now nearly nauseatingly ubiquitous, at least in Los Angeles) photos: of Moss on the beach, and in a collection of contemporaries&rsquo; portraits. ...</p> L.A. architecture school  is poised to spread its wings Archinect 2012-12-26T01:33:00-05:00 >2012-12-26T10:31:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unlike more traditional colleges, SCI-Arc, as it is known, has no lawn or central quad to accommodate graduation ceremonies and other big events. The school uses the parking lot for such gatherings, but it lacks amenities and charm, despite remarkable views of downtown skyscrapers. Now an ambitious project is in the works to create what teachers and students believe will fill the need and become a landmark in a neighborhood that is morphing from gritty to artsy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Phantom Geometry, Winner of the SCI-Arc Gehry Prize 2012 Alexander Walter 2012-10-23T17:09:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:48:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Husband-and-wife team, and 2012 SCI-Arc graduates, Liz and Kyle von Hasseln are the recipients of the inaugural Gehry Prize. The couple was recently presented with the prize for their outstanding masters thesis Phantom Geometry, a unique 3D printing method developed in the SCI-Arc Robot House with advisers Devyn Weiser and Peter Testa. This summer, the school had received a $100,000 gift from architect and SCI-Arc trustee Frank Gehry for the establishment of the institute's annual Gehry Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry establishes annual "Gehry Prize" for SCI-Arc</a></p> SCI-Arc Pavilion “League of Shadows” by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Alexander Walter 2012-10-10T20:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T13:54:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>League of Shadows, a pavilion concept by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, recently emerged as winning entry from an architectural design competition at SCI-Arc. [...] An exhibition documenting the SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition opens next Friday, October 19 at the SCI-Arc Library Gallery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Exhibition Archinect 2012-10-09T18:31:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T19:40:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SCI-Arc invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina and Tom Wiscombe to submit design concepts for a 1,200-seat pavilion that would accommodate graduation ceremonies, lectures, symposia and outreach cultural events with the neighboring Arts District community. The winning entry, League of Shadows, designed by Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS, fully exploits the fundamental aspect underlying the pavilion, its temporal use as an outdoor event space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #284 Nam Henderson 2012-10-01T01:10:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T20:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="166" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, SANAA released a proposal for its first building in the United States , located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The steel, concrete, and wood headquarters for the Grace Farms Foundation will wind its way along a piece of the 75-acre property owned by the nonprofit charitable organization. FRaC labeled it a "running fence" yet, AP simply "love(d) it".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Caela J. McKeever a self-described "<em>young architect</em>" penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How the economy upended young architects' hopes</a>. The piece looks at how&nbsp; frustrated architecture grads of her generation are dropping out of the profession leading to a "<em>renaissance happening among young architects &mdash; and it&rsquo;s not in architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;argued "<em>The concerns the author highlights are real, but IMO, not traceable directly back to the economy, rather to the failure of many offices to respond to the opportunities laid out by the current crisis. Models of office hierarchy, project delivery, marketing, and client relations need to change. ...I was lucky enough to have experience with one office that recognized this, and is in the process of adapting</em>"&nbsp;while <strong>Given</strong> replied "<em>I have to say of all the complaints I have against the profession, the ones she makes aren't really the ones I care about...Id much rather fix the growing trend towards the field being divided between rich young people doing high ...</em></p>