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SCI-Arc EXHIBITION




07.24.09 - 09.13.09 | SCI-Arc Library
Schindler / Neutra and L.A. in Wien / Wien in L.A.


Neutra's Chuey House
Schindler / Neutra, Neutra / Schindler
Wednesday August 5th, 2009
5:00pm, Keck Lecture Hall

A special lecture on the Schindler/Neutra exhibition by Anthony Vidler

L.A. / Wien: On the Couch
Wednesday August 5th, 2009
6:30pm, Keck Lecture Hall
Anthony Vidler will moderate a discussion with Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne, Peter Noever, and Wolf Prix on the recent Vienna University of Economics and Business Competition.

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present L.A. in Wien / Wien in L.A, an exhibition featuring works by Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss juxtaposed with those by R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra that investigate the architecture of both Los Angeles and Vienna and their respective influences on one another over the last century

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During the intellectual migration from Europe that occurred within the first half of the 20th century, Los Angeles became host to many who would subsequently be recognized as influential philosophers, composers, architects, and thought leaders. In particular, the Viennese architects R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra settled in Los Angeles in the 1920s and have had a great impact on the city and its architecture.

The L.A. in Wien/Wien in L.A exhibition begins with a digital presentation of photographs and drawings, entitled Schindler/Neutra, Neutra/Schindler, offering a brief overview tracing the architectural link between the cities when Vienna-born architects R.M. Schindler and Richard Neutra first settled in Los Angeles. The overview highlights their respective architectural innovations, while exploring the questions: What do architects from Vienna bring to Los Angeles (and vice-versa), and conversely, how does Los Angeles influence their work?

L.A. in Wien/Wien in L.A continues with an in-depth study of five invited entries from the competition held in fall 2008 by the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Seminal L.A.-based and international architects–Zaha Hadid Architects (Hamburg, Germany/London), Atelier Hitoshi Abe (Sendai, Japan/Los Angeles), Eric Owen Moss Architects (Los Angeles), Thom Mayne/Morphosis Architects (New York/Los Angeles) and Peter Cook, Archigram/CRABstudio Architects (London)–offered their solutions to integrate campus and urban life in Vienna, while also complementing the given Master Plan designed by BUSarchitektur. Through drawings and renderings, the exhibition presents each architect’s detailed approach to infrastructure and urban planning.