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By sciarcnews
Nov 12, '19 4:15 PM EST

The Arc Podcast Launches at SCI-Arc

Los Angeles, CA (November 12, 2019) – SCI-Arc is very pleased to announce the launch of its podcast The Arc, a forum that builds connections between architecture and other worlds.

Recorded and produced at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, The Arc is led by SCI-Arc faculty and History + Theory Coordinator Marrikka Trotter. Each episode juxtaposes a contemporary architectural idea or concern with related concepts from other disciplines, ranging from science to sports, in casual, unscripted, and intimate conversations. The idea is to create fresh approaches to the canon of architectural thought through lively, engaged dialogue with experts in other fields.

The Arc presents an incredibly dynamic platform which prompts architects to engage and communicate with the world at large,” says SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso. “It is yet another way of expanding upon our mission of promoting architectural thinking and redefining the edges of architecture, so that when put in conversation with other fields, it is illuminated and shifted in a way that produces new global perspectives and novel windows into humanity.”

Listeners can expect to hear a diversity of thoughts and voices ranging from SCI-Arc Undergraduate Program Chair Tom Wiscombe, to neuroscientist Dr. Yawende Pearse, to Nightmare Before Christmas production designer Bill Boes, to dominatrix Mistress Lucy Kahn. Episodes will be released monthly, beginning with Episode 1: Scale, available November 20.

“Architecture is culturally curious,” says Trotter. “We actively seek analogues and connections to other fields of knowledge and other kinds of practice—and of course cultivating this kind of open engagement with the world around us is critical for creative education. For me each conversation is like a portal into another world. I’m learning so much from the people I get the opportunity to engage with, both about their field and, in a kind of disciplinary ricochet, about my own. There’s a mutual contamination—a transfer of excitement that moves in both directions.”

Subscribe to The Arc on iTunes and Spotify.

About SCI-Arc Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. It is an independent, accredited degree-granting institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture. Located in a quarter-mile-long former freight depot in the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, the school is distinguished by its vibrant studio culture and emphasis on process. SCI-Arc’s approximately 500 students and 80 faculty members, most of whom are practicing architects, work together to reexamine assumptions, create, explore, and test the limits of architecture. SCI-Arc faculty and leadership have garnered more than 500 national and international design awards and recognitions, including Progressive Architecture awards, American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and the prestigious Jencks and Pritzker architecture prizes. In DesignIntelligence’s 2019 US survey, SCI-Arc ranked #2 in Design Technologies, #3 Most Hired From, and was top ten among the nation’s Most Admired Undergraduate Programs in Architecture. SCI-Arc is located at 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.