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SUMMER 2014 LECTURES

2014 Graduate Thesis Weekend & All-School Graduation

SCI-Arc's annual Graduate Thesis Weekend & Graduation Ceremony will take place September 5-7, 2014 on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles.

A culmination of up to three years of study and coursework leading toward the Master of Architecture and M.Des.R post-graduate degrees, this public three-day event has students presenting their final projects to critics from all over the world, and culminates with an all-school commencement ceremony for both undergrads and grads. Guest critics this year include Michael Bell, Ben Bratton, Tomas Daniell, Winka Dubbeldam, Greg Lynn, Brian Price, Bob Somol, Michael Speaks, Brett Steele and Catherine Veikos. In addition to attending presentations and reviews, participants and guests can also tour the school and its facilities.

SCI-Arc is pleased to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and architect Greg Lynn of FORM as commencement speakers this year.

On Sunday, September 7, starting 5pm, students, their families and guests are invited to participate in an all-school graduation ceremony, where degrees are conferred to graduating students in the B.Arch, M.Arch and M.Des.R. post-professional programs. A reception will follow the ceremony, which will be held in the graduation pavilion designed and built by SCI-Arc faculty Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, with the help of a transformative grant from ArtPlace.

For those attending the event, on-site parking is available at 350 Merrick Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Students, family members and friends unable to attend the ceremony can watch the live broadcast at www.sciarc.edu/live.

Graduate thesis projects will remain on view throughout the school until September 12. In addition, a special Selected Thesis Exhibition showcasing outstanding projects selected by guest critics will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery between September 16-24.

Alfredo Brillembourg + Hubert Klumpner: Rio Bravo

Wed, Sept 17, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are founders and directors of Urban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Caracas, Venezuela and Zurich, Switzerland.

The two hold the Chair of Architecture and Urbanism at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, where they teach in the Institute of Urban Design, Network City Landscape (NSL). Since 2007, they have also been teaching at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M.).

The lecture will present Brillembourg and Klumpner's idea of integrated infrastructure, which they call Urban–Tool Box, a method and system of thinking designed to empower citizens and city building. Their lecture will highlight, among many projects, the recently developed Metro-Cable San Agustin, an urban cable car system featuring music, sports, and educational programs, developed for the city of Caracas in partnership with Austrian Company Doppelmayr Ropeways. The project was also recently featured in the MoMA exhibition, “Small Scale–Big Change.”


The Metro-Cable San Agustin car system is integrated with the Caracas Metro system. It has a length of 2.1 km and uses as transportation a funicular system with a capacity of 8 passengers each. (Photo: Daniel Schwartz)

Brillembourg and Klumpner are currently shortlisted for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for innovation, sustainability and humanity in the built environment category. In 2012, they were awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2011 the Latin America Gold Holcim Award for sustainable construction, and in 2010 the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regards to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Their work defining informal design and social capital has primarily benefited less privileged members of the society in various socio-cultural contexts.

www.u-tt.com

Vicente Guallart: The Self-Sufficient City

Wed, Sept 24, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Vicente Guallart has been serving as Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council since 2011, with the responsibility of developing the strategic vision of the transformation of the city and its major development projects. He was also the first manager of Urban Habitat, a new department encompassing the areas of urban planning, housing, environment, infrastructures and information technologies.

Previously, Guallart founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), where he led projects such as the Media Houseproject (with MIT's CBA), HyperCatalunya, and the Fab Lab House. His professional office, Guallart Architects has developed projects such as the ports of Fugee and Keelung in Taiwan, the Sociopolis neighborhood in Valencia, and Gandia Sharing Blocks. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art and the AIA Washington.

Guallart's recently published book The Self-Sufficient City outlines a blueprint for the world to come, a world built around cities and their renewed capabilities to become productive again, based on principles of local self-sufficiency and global connectivity.

Eric Bunge: CTRL_A

Wed, Oct 1, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Eric Bunge, AIA is a co-founder and Principal of Brooklyn based nARCHITECTS and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. The practice’s ongoing work includes a winning design for the groundbreaking adAPT NYC competition to design Manhattan’s first micro unit apartment building (in construction); Pierscape at Chicago’s Navy Pier, a competition-winning project led by James Corner Field Operations (in construction); and the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn.

In addition to these projects, nARCHITECTS is designing buildings and public spaces in Calgary, Seattle, Columbia, Md., Buffalo, Cleveland, and New York City. Recent work also includes Manhattan’s Switch Building, the ABC Department Store Facades in Beirut, Lebanon, and the bamboo MoMA/P.S.1 Canopy and Forest Pavilion in Taiwan.

MoMA/P.S.1 Bamboo Canopy and Forest Pavilion, Taiwan/nARCHITECTS (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Bunge’s lecture will focus on the balancing act between control and indeterminacy that he and co-founder Mimi Hoang confront in the work on current projects, which the firm refers to as Buildings & Almost Buildings.

www.narchitects.com

Joshua Prince-Ramus: Agency

Wed, Oct 8, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Joshua Prince-Ramus is Principal of REX, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.

Seminal projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library. The subject of numerous international exhibitions and publications, the work of REX has been recognized with many of the profession’s top accolades, including the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award in 2005 and 2011. Current projects include the Mercedes-Benz Future Center in Stuttgart; a 125-meter tall, dynamic, sunlight-responsive installation shading the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas; a $480 million, 80-story tower in Kuala Lumpur; and a 47,000 SF private residence on Long Island.

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas/REX Architecture (Photo: Iwan Baan)

REX is fundamentally driven to advance architectural agency. "We believe it is time for Architecture to do things again, not simply represent things. Departing from the modus operandi of most contemporary practices—where a formal agenda supersedes a project’s intractable realities—REX emphasizes performance, a hybrid of program, organization, and form calibrated to each client’s aspirations and each project’s constraints. Unprejudiced by convention or a preconceived aesthetic strategy, we return to root problems and doggedly explore them with a critical naiveté. Sometimes we discover uncharted territory; sometimes we rediscover forgotten territory that has renewed usefulness; sometimes we reaffirm conventions with assured conviction. Through this process, we expose solutions that transcend those we could have initially or individually imagined, and aspire to produce designs so functionally specific that they offer profoundly unique aesthetic experiences."

www.rex-ny.com

Henk Ovink: Design and Politics

Wed, Oct 15, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Henk Ovink is Principal of Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor for Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. He leads the long term and innovation rebuilding efforts for Secretary Donovan. He started, developed, and leads the Rebuild by Design competition, developed to ignite innovation for a new standard of regional resilience in design and development, in building and rebuilding in the light of climate change, sea level rise and future economic, ecological and cultural demands. RBD was named #1 in CNN’s 2013 top 10 of most innovative ideas.

Ovink was both Director General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs and Director National of Spatial Planning for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He teaches at Harvard GSD, Syracuse University SoA, TU Delft and the University of Groningen. He is member of the advisory boards for MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism, The Berlage Institute, the Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and of the Master City Developer Rotterdam.

Ovink is member of the Urban Age Program within LSE Cities, an international center at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012, Making City, and curates the debate series Design and Politics: The Next Phase for Aedes Network Campus, Berlin. Ovink initiated the research program Design and Politics, the connecting chair Design and Politics at the TU Delft, and is chief editor for a series of publications with 010 Publishers, called Design and Politics.

www.gsd.harvard.edu

Hitoshi Abe: Informality

Wed, Oct 29, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

The recent work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe will be introduced through the notion of informality. Architecture has long been a formal disciple (stiff, organized and official) but may need to loosen up to take advantage of the opportunities of a quickly moving, globalized, networked and informal world. With an expanded bag of tools and techniques (tectonic, technological, social and political) available to the architect, forms of space and social interaction, that address both other human beings and new technologies, can be cultivated. Through the use of informal approaches to programming, spaces of a blurred, boundless, grey and increasingly heterogeneous character are one way to address the conditions of contemporary life and create critical roles for the architect as agent of social suggestion, instigator of novel collaborations and spatial synthesizer.

Hitoshi Abe has had a decade-long distinguished career as a leader in education. He earned his M.Arch from SCI-Arc in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Tohoky University in Sendai, Japan in 1993. Since 1992, when he won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing which place him among the leaders in his field.


3M Headquarters, Minnesota/Atelier Hitoshi Abe

The work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has received numerous awards in Japan and internationally. In 2007, he was appointed professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010, he was appointed Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.

www.a-slash.jp

Florencia Pita + Jackilin Bloom: #colorforming

Wed, Nov 5, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Pita & Bloom is an architectural design studio focused on producing new ways of engaging with the built environment by challenging formal and material conventions. Started in 2010 by Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom as a research collaborative, Pita & Bloom’s current investigations include the methodologies of two-dimensional contouring, developing hyper-digitized building tiles, and studying applications of chromatic color in architecture.

The work of Pita & Bloom to date includes competition proposals for cultural buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia and an urban park scheme in San Francisco, California. In January of 2014, Pita & Bloom were called "two female visionaries" in Architecture Magazine's Next Progressives. They were one of five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 YAP competition in 2014 and will exhibit their proposal at MoMA in an upcoming show.


Balloon Frame, MoMA PS1 YAP Competition 2014/Pita+Bloom

Florencia Pita is the principal of FPMod and a partner of Pita & Bloom. She graduated from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, School of Architecture, with licensure. In 1999, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, where she received her Master’s Degree in 2001. Her work experience includes the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, Eisenman Architects in New York City and Asymptote in New York City. Pita holds a full-time faculty position at SCI-Arc and is the editor of the school’s biannual publication of student work, Onramp. She has been a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute in New York and Lund University in Sweden.

Jackilin Hah Bloom is the principal of JHB Studio and partner of Pita & Bloom. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the USC School of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Bloom has worked for Daly Genik Architects (currently Kevin Daly Architects) in Los Angeles, and Greg Lynn FORM also in Los Angeles, where she completed ten years of experience in the office’s pioneering digital design and fabrication work. She currently teaches design studios at SCI-Arc.

www.pita-bloom.com

Bernard Tschumi: Concept & Notation

Wed, Nov 10, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Bernard Tschumi will retrace key moments in the architect’s practice, arguing two fundamental points. First, architecture must be made out of ideas and concepts before becoming form. Second, it cannot be dissociated from the events and movement of the bodies that inhabit it. In consequence, architecture demands new modes of notation to construct an architectural language capable of embodying the interactions between space, event, and movement.

Covering projects extending from the early Manhattan Transcripts, situated at the borders of art, literature, and cinema, to the recently completed Paris Zoo, Tschumi will inquire into what architecture can be today.

Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays. Major built works include the Parc de la Villette, the New Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, MuséoParc Alésia and the Paris Zoo. His most recent book is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color, a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects. His drawings and models are in the collections of several major museums, including MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, including in the spring of 2014, a major retrospective.

www.tschumi.com

Herwig Baumgartner + Scott Uriu: Familiar and the Uncanny

Wed, Nov 19, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, founders of Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) in Los Angeles, form an internationally recognized design duo operating at the forefront of contemporary design. Their design process has been described as driven by digital techniques and advanced computation that utilizes new technologies and material resources. Their work consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, experimenting with new spatial concepts, and intensifying existing urban landscapes in pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design.

B+U's recent installation at SCI-Arc Gallery, Apertures, has been received with critical acclaim. In addition, their work has been on view at the FRAC Center in Orleans; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles; and the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale. Two monographs have been published on Baumgartner and Uriu’s work. Their designs have also been widely published and discussed in books, magazines and newspapers.

The firm was recently awarded the Maxine Frankel Award for design research, the AIA national award for emerging professionals, the Architizer A+Award for sustainability, and a 2014 City of Los Angeles Artist Grant.

www.bplusu.com

Sou Fujimoto: Between Nature and Architecture

Wed, Dec 3, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Sou Fujimoto founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. His most important works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), the Final Wooden House (2008) and House N (2008). In 2012, he participated in the Japan Pavilion exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

In 2013, he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Most recently, he won the 2014 International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier.


Serpentine Gallery, London, Sou Fujimoto Architects

Among other awards, Fujimoto also received the Grand Prize of the 2006 AR Awards for the Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Hokkaido, Japan, and the First Prize in the international competition for Taiwan Tower and the Beton Hala Waterfront Center in 2011.

www.sou-fujimoto.net


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