Archinect - News 2016-05-25T09:02:49-04:00 Woodbury Dean Norman Millar has passed away Julia Ingalls 2016-04-21T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T13:13:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>School of Architecture Dean <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Millar</a>, who previously taught at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a>, Pasadena Art Center and was active on both the San Diego and Los Angeles campuses of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury</a>, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on April 14. He was 62 years old. Named "Educator of the Year" in 2014 by the&nbsp;AIA|LA and elected as President of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)</a>&nbsp;in 2012, Millar's legacy extended not only to his pragmatic pedagogy, but his dedication to fostering a culture of warmth and joy among his students. According to a statement released by Woodbury, he once said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I exited architecture school with the intention of making good buildings, and discovered that teaching expanded my passion by fostering it in students."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The head of the Woodbury architecture program since 1999, Dean Millar saw enrollment in the program triple during his watch. According to a 2013 discussion with Scott Johnson, as a child Millar initially wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon, bu...</p> A Liberal Education: Tom Wiscombe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #14 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-07T17:00:00-05:00 >2016-03-18T00:49:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architect and educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Wiscombe</a> has made major inroads as SCI-Arc's BArch chair to establish a stronger connection to the humanities and critical theory in architecture education, founding the school's Liberal Arts Program last year and bringing in contemporary philosophers and theorists to spark new dialogues. We discuss his role in the southern Californian architecture culture (particularly in regards to MOCA's 2013 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Sculpturalism</a> show), how he prioritizes theory in architectural practice and education, and his ongoing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Main Museum of Los Angeles project</a> in the city's enlivened downtown.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #14 with&nbsp;<strong>Tom Wiscombe</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p>Special thanks to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> for helping coordinate the interview, after Tom gave his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Distingui...</a></p> The Ascendancy of Theory: writer and theorist Sylvia Lavin on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #13 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-29T16:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:23:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Writer, critical theorist and architecture academic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sylvia Lavin</a>&nbsp;has been a fixture in the southern California art and architecture scene for the better part of the last 30 years. Currently serving as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Director of the Critical Studies programs at UCLA's Architecture and Urban Design</a> department, she also recently launched a summer curatorial program at SCI-Arc, called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MEAT</a>: Making Exhibitions in Architecture Today, and is widely published on issues of architecture and art practice.</p><p>Lavin spoke with me about growing up in an academic family, splitting her childhood between New York and Rome, and her perception of the art/architectural scene in southern California. Special thanks to UCLA for helping coordinate our interview.</p><p>Listen to One-to-One #13 with&nbsp;<strong>Sylvia Lavin</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone...</a></li></ul> Philosopher Graham Harman to join SCI-Arc faculty Nicholas Korody 2016-02-23T19:40:00-05:00 >2016-03-10T19:25:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier today, the&nbsp;Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) announced that Graham Harman, Ph.D. will be joining its Liberal Arts faculty. Harman, who taught previously at the&nbsp;American University in Cairo, Egypt, has played a pivotal role in the development of "speculative realism" and "object-oriented ontology" (OOO), two related strands of contemporary philosophy.</p><p>Since his early exploration of the concept of "tool-being" in Martin Heidegger's&nbsp;<em>Being and Time</em>, Harman has laid the groundworks for a popular and influential revision of metaphysics, characterized by the rejection of anthropocentrism, which privileges the human over the nonhuman, and "correlationism", or the post-Kantian assumption that reality emerges from human thinking.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Graham is a unique and notorious figure in philosophy and the arts. His fresh metaphysical project offers a way of understanding reality not as a product of the human mind, but rather as a cornucopia of independent and vibrant objects, la...</p> Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-01-07T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:33:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="899" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&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><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, with their "Duels + Duets" lecture event series for Spring 2016. In addition to lectures and exhibitions, the series features unscripted conversations between some leading architecture figures.</p><p>Take a gander at the upcoming events below.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jan 27</strong><br>Robert Somol</p><p><strong>Feb 10</strong><br>Mohsen Mostafavi&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Peter Testa + Greg Lynn</p><p><strong>March 2 </strong><br>Ray Kappe + Hernan Diaz Alonso</p><p><strong>March 4</strong><br>Gregory Crewdson</p><p><strong>March 9</strong><br>Antoine Picon</p><p><strong>March 11</strong><br>Close-up: SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception</p><p><strong>March 14</strong><br>Timothy Morton</p><p><strong>March 16</strong><br>Michael Fried</p><p><strong>March 18</strong><br>Ellie...</p> Zaha Hadid lecture at SCI-Arc, circa 1985, "beams out talent, strength, commanding conviction" Orhan Ayyüce 2015-12-17T18:18:00-05:00 >2016-04-04T21:14:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Actually, I am blinded by this light" Zaha Hadid's first words at the lecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Zaha Hadid reviews her work at the AA with Rem Koolhaas, and, before that, with Leon Krier. She stresses her interest in the Russian avant-garde. She expresses her need to seriously engage with </em><em>twentieth century</em><em> culture. She describes her first independent projects after leaving the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. She explores the ideas of dynamics, also referred to by some as hysterics. She argues for the importance of color as a way of manipulating building and space. She discusses her competition project for the Peak Leisure Club in Hong Kong." - archives.&nbsp;</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This is when I saw Zaha Hadid for the first time at SCI Arc&nbsp;in 1985. She beams out talent, strength, commanding conviction that she has got it.&nbsp;She is at her best.</p><p>When she was doing this she was part of the times you'd be a lone&nbsp;ranger just thirty years ago and she was one of them &nbsp;in the male wolf den. She &nbsp;talks of her precedents, technological inspirations, and Hong Kong Peak project. She shows 4th and 5th student proj...</p> Undisciplining the discipline: Beatrice Galilee @ SCI-Arc Nicholas Korody 2015-12-09T19:49:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T00:00:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Exhibiting architecture is a notoriously difficult and contentious task. After all, how do you represent a spatial practice without neglecting the very qualities that made it worth representing in the first place? Nonetheless, it has a long history &ndash; extending at least as far back as the Enlightenment, according to the historian <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Bergdoll</a>.</p><p>Still, there&rsquo;s likely never been a period with more exhibits, biennials, triennials than the last few decades. Just about every major city in the world, from Venice to Chicago, Oslo to Jakarta, now hosts some big architecture event. Beatrice Galilee, a trained architect and the newly-appointed curator of architecture at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> in New York, has played a significant role in shaping and pushing the boundaries of this practice. In a talk delivered last night at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, she relayed some of the major &ndash; and often controversial &ndash; moves made over the course of her trajectory to becoming the first-ever architecture curator at th...</p> SCI-Arc: Leaders of Change Sponsor 2015-12-09T11:57:00-05:00 >2015-12-09T12:06:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>If you know architecture, or think you know architecture, you know SCI-Arc. You know SCI-Arc is a place for leaders &ndash; the leaders of change, the leaders of a new vision, the leaders of new technologies, the leaders of our rapidly-expanding field.<br><strong>SCI-Arc is architecture now.</strong></p><p><strong>Now,</strong> under the directorship of visionary architect, Hernan Diaz Alonso, SCI-Arc is entering its most exciting era to date. SCI-Arc has always been on the cutting edge of architecture &ndash; the passion for design/build in the 1970s, the era of public works in the 1980s, the critical period of the 1990s, and the coming of the digital in the early 2000s &ndash; but today, SCI-Arc is setting the edge. With the largest advanced fabrication lab on the West Coast &ndash; replete with an army of 3D printers, powder printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and casting equipment, at the ready for any enrolled student &ndash; students are encouraged to use materials...</p> SCI-Arc expands to Shanghai, with more global programs on the way Julia Ingalls 2015-12-02T18:55:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:43:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As part of Director Hernan Diaz Alonso's plan to increase the global reach of SCI-Arc, the school is officially launching a four-week Shanghai-based program to be led by Steven Ma&nbsp;(SCI-Arc M.Arch&nbsp;&lsquo;10)&nbsp;in the summer of 2016. The program's studios, which will incorporate a mix of industrial design engineering, 3D printing, and complex digital sculpting/modeling, will be paired with courses sited on the bleeding-edge of the design process of robotics and additive manufacturing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>But just what is the selection criteria for the program, and why does it choose to focus on 3D printing for the first iteration? Archinect asked Director Alonso, and he replied, &ldquo;SCI-Arc Shanghai is part of a larger effort to expand our presence in China. This 'embassy' between SCI-Arc and China will be the first in a series of 'embassies' worldwide. Our aim is to offer students in Shanghai a compressed experience of what our programs offer our students in LA. 3D printing will be one of the many technologies avai...</p> 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 >2016-02-16T18:37:10-05:00 <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 to 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 Ar...</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>