As Los Angeles architecture schools with their year end final reviews are contributing to the discourse in varying degrees of engagement, there is one institution usually stands out with its excellence in quality education, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and its yearly Rumble brand.
This particular event presents and reviews highest quality architecture and urban design work of its students under the direction of their talented professors. Rumble also invites and brings together some of the best educators, practitioners and theoreticians in the field to participate in Rumble with lively and spirited discussions. This event draws students from other schools and professionals from the field.
As I usually do in these occasions, I collected some images for Archinect without being overly curatorial and enjoyed looking at the projects like a kid with a cheap camera. I started with the first few images from Thom Mayne research studio, Culture Now Project where I sat in the jury. Later I collected some images from the research studio of Mark Mack where the students learned much about informal settlements and urbanism during their field trips to Cairo and Tijuana and applied their newly gained knowledge to local context of Los Angeles. Later I took some snapshots in Neil Denari's Suprastudio where the students worked in urban design projects in their backyard, Westwood Village. Those images in slideshow followed by random shooting of projects and exhibitions that were hard to miss.
I wish I had more time to study the body of work more carefully and make more detailed comments about them, but remember what Marshall McLuhan said, "The medium is the message." I hope you enjoy what the school under the leadership of Hitoshi Abe had to offer to architectural community and the city at large.