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11.03.10 - 12.12.10 | SCI-Arc Library Gallery
Jakob + MacFarlane: ABOUT

Gallery Opening:
Wednesday, Nov 3, 9pm
(after the lecture)
SCI-Arc Library Gallery

In the second part of the intervention WALKABOUT : a lecture and exhibition on Jakob + MacFarlane, ABOUT focuses on two projects that create their architectural sense from two very different conditions, one has to do with histories and invisible conditions becoming visible and the other with local climatic and their conditions leading to the response.

The exhibition features drawings, renderings, and photographs of two projects currently under construction: the Orange Box in Lyon and the FRAC Centre (Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain) in Orléans, France.

Both projects have at once differences and similarities and it was with this in mind that we wanted to present both here, the dialectical and parallel aspects.

Orange Box, essentially a kind of climatic box—its vocabulary is oriented and configured around different climatic solutions to create a durable environmental response.

Turbulences, the FRAC Architectural Centre—its merging, mixing and confrontations of three different stories, forming three vertical air conditions or chimneys.

The exhibition by Jakob + MacFarlane will remain on view in the Library Gallery through December 12, 2010.

Jakob + MacFarlane
Jakob + MacFarlane is an architectural firm based in Paris, France. Its work explores digital technology both as a conceptual consideration and as a means of fabrication, using new materials as a possibility to create a more flexible, responsive, and immediate environment. The firm's main projects to date include the restaurant Georges at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2000), the reconstruction of the Theatre l'Eclat of Pont-Audemer, France (1999–2000), the Florence Loewy - Books by Artists bookshop in Paris (2001), Maison H project (2001), the Communication Center for Renault (2004), the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard for Contemporary Art (2007), City of Fashion and Design (Docks of Paris, 2007, completion in 2010), which includes a fashion and design center, and three buildings for the 100 Apartments in Paris (2008).

Current projects include two buildings in Lyon—the Orange Box and the new Euronews headquarters—the new FRAC Centre in Orléans, a dance and music conservatory in Noisy-le-Sec, and the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris.

Jakob + MacFarlane regularly participate in invited competitions and recently won first honorable mention of the International Taïpei Performing Arts Center Competition, Taiwan. Their projects have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2003), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004), Museum of Architecture (Moscow, 2000), Artists Space (New York, 2003), Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, 2001), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (as part of "Skin + Bones" exhibition), Pompidou Center, Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris), and at the Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Exhibitions and Conferences (1999, 2001, 2003), as well as a monographic exhibition at the FRAC Centre (Orléans) in 2005. Jakob + MacFarlane were among the architects selected by France for the 2002 Venice Architecture Biennale and in the International selection in 2004 and 2008.

Dominique Jakob received a degree in art history from the Université de Paris (1990) and a degree in architecture (1991) from the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin.

Brendan MacFarlane received a B.Arch degree from SCI-Arc (1984) and an M.Arch degree from the Harvard GSD (1990). On November 5, he will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award at SCI-Arc's annual "Main Event" scholarship fundraiser.