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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, Kurt Foster, 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

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.

Hubert Klumpner + Alfredo Billembourg: Rio Bravo

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

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

Since 2007, they have been teaching at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M.). They are also professors and hold the chair of Architecture and Urbanism at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich.

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.

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.

SCI-Arc lectures, discussions, symposia and special events are archived on the new SCI-Arc Media Archive. Click on the link below to visit the site.