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SCI-Arc Community Outreach and Design Build Programs / Alexis Rochas: 99% AIR/AEROMADS

The SCI-Arc Community Outreach and Design Build Programs is pleased to present 99% AIR/AEROMADS by Los Angeles-based architect Alexis Rochas. The AEROMADS project outlines an architectural system that combines air pressure and high-strength intelligent fabrics as a tectonic solution for the creation of minimal mass, self-sustaining structures. Unplugged and detached from source networks, AEROMADS is a discreet architectural unit that utilizes air pressure as a tectonic resource and building material, and sets out to explore the nomadic applications of groundless architectonics.

AEROMADS is an itinerant housing prototype to be installed in various locations throughout Los Angeles over 6 weeks. It will incorporate a range of programs and ideas, hosting children's art workshops at Slanguage, Canoga Park Youth Arts Center and the Watts Tower Arts Center; fostering public interaction with the city during a 24-hour stop in a downtown parking lot; becoming a house within a house at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House; tested for sustainability as a dwelling during stays in urban parks, campgrounds, and the desert, and for its ability to float in the ocean; and as a surrealist projection surface and bar for the closing party at TELIC.

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Alexis Rochas is the founder of I/O, a Los Angeles practice focusing on Open Source architectural methodologies and systems through the development of dynamic technologies and implementation processes. His work has been exhibited at the 2005 Index Awards, Copenhagen; Sundown: Baroque Geode, Los Angeles; La Chute, in collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, and at the Bienal de Buenos Aires. It has been published in a number of architectural journals including Metropolis, Architectural Record, and Domus magazine. A member of SCI-Arc's design faculty since 2003, Rochas has headed projects through the Community Outreach and Design Build Program, including the FAB Arts Market Temporal Gallery, LINC Housing community grounds prototyping, SCI-Arc's Lecture Hall Acoustical Treatment, and the LAMP Community's Sun Shelter Pavilion. He is the recipient of the 2004 City of Los Angeles Design Award, the 2002 New York Society of Architects M.W Del Gaudio Award for Excellence in Total Design, and the 1996 Award for Excellence in Design from the Architectural department of the University of Buenos Aires.