SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini recently completed a permanent public instllation for the entry way of the Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center, a full service facility accommodating families and children in South Los Angeles. The project is part of the Civic Projects promoted by the LA County Art Commission.
Elena Manferdini│Nembi │Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles
Italian for “clouds,” Nembi (shown here) has been designed with the intent to create a strong relationship with the iconic green color bands of the Health Center's concrete façade. The artwork wraps the concrete wall at the right of the ramp, folds back to occupy the ceiling above it and finally folds onto the front façade, where it connects with the existing green strips on the building elevation. Specific areas of the artwork have been perforated to filter the light coming from the existing light fixtures in the ceiling above the main hospital entry gate.
The figural geometry of the clouds emerges from a series of bi-dimensional drawings produced by the iterative use of a script. This algorithm traces arcs of variable radii linking them together in a continuous composition of variable scales and connections.
The term Nembi has been chosen because the ensemble of lines has the ephemeral qualities of clouds in the sky. This word reflects on the act of “looking up” and hints to the idea that Hubert Humphrey is a place of care and hope. On the other hand the figural geometry of the rainbow stripes emerges from a close reading of the existing building and its iconic stripes that characterize the concrete façade.
Manferdini teaches design studio and visual studies at SCI-Arc, and coordinates the school’s Graduate Thesis process. More at www.ateliermanferdini.com.
Design faculty Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom, who have formed the new Los Angeles based collaborative Pita & Bloom, were recently announced as finalists of the MoMA P.S.1 2014 Young Architects Program (YAP).
Now in its 15th edition, the competition challenges emerging architects to design a temporary installation within the walls of the P.S.1 courtyard.
Winners will be announced in early 2014, and if selected, Pita and Bloom will build an installation for MoMA’s annual summer “Warm-Up” series.
The 2014 shortlist includes Collective-LOK (Jon Lott of PARA-Project, William O’Brien Jr. of WOJR, and Michael Kubo of over, under), Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Cristina Goberna & Urtzi Grau), LAMAS (Wei-Han Vivian Lee & James Macgillivray), and The Living (David Benjamin). YAP is an annual collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York.
Previous YAP winners from SCI-Arc include: alumni Benjamin Ball (B.Arch ‘03) and Gaston Nogues (B.Arch ‘94) of Ball-Nogues with Liquid Sky (2007); SCI-Arc Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso of Xefirotarch with SUR (2005); and SCI-Arc Applied Studies Coordinator Tom Wiscombe of Tom Wiscombe Design with Light-Wing (2003).
Los Angeles is a city developed around and defined by houses rather than large architectural monuments. The singular residential unit is an elastic object, having long nurtured experimental pursuits and critical inquiry. This coming Sunday, November 17, the third installment of On the Road, a yearlong series of architecture, art and design programs, involves a participatory event intended to frame a moment in time within the contemporary context of city of Los Angeles.
For this event, On the Road organizers invited a group of artists and designers, including several SCI-Arc faculty and alumni, to each select a house located west of downtown Los Angeles, to engage with and respond to through the medium of drawing. These drawings have been reproduced in a standard 4”x6” postcard and will be placed inside each house’s mailbox on the morning of November 17.
A map highlighting the locations of these homes (linked here) acts as an invitation for visitors to navigate the various sites from 10am-4pm on Sunday and collect the postcards. The public will move at will between some or all of the sites, pulling postcards from the various mailboxes and curating their own collection—simultaneously engaging both the physical and representational object of the house.
The day’s event will culminate in a discussion about contemporary modes of communication within architectural production, featuring design faculty Heather Flood and moderated by Hammer Museum curatorial fellow Ellen Donnelly. The talk, starting 4pm, will take place at 6114 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles.
SCI-Arc faculty and alumni participating in the event include Heather Flood (M.Arch ‘04), Heather Peterson (M.Arch ‘04), Mark Ericson (M.Arch ‘06), and Wendy Gilmartin (M+M ‘02). Artists Bryne Rasmussen-Smith, Jaime Kowal, Leon Henderson Jr. and Maya Santos of FORM follows FUNCTION will capture and ultimately tell the story of the evening’s activities through photographs and video projects.
For more information about the event, visit www.ontheroadprojectla.org.
The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has again recognized several SCI-Arc faculty, alumni and trustees with prominent awards conferred at the institute's annual gala in October. Held at the Broad Stage Theater at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, the ceremony incorporated local design and architecture journalists, academic and civic leaders as well as community movers and shakers.
SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini was honored with the institute’s prestigious 2013 Educator Award, which has been conferred in previous years to Graduate Programs Chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, and to SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss.
The Building Blocks system proposed by Hodgetts+Fung offers the programmatic elements needed to construct a school
Next LA Awards for unbuilt work went to Craig Hodgetts and SCI-Arc Director of Academic Affairs Ming Fung, principals of Los Angeles based Hodgetts+Fung for Building Blocks (shown above), a modular classroom infrastructure designed for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Next LA Awards were also conferred to Angela Brooks (M.Arch ‘91) and partner Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa for their Interfaith Chapel at University of North Florida, and to Iris Anna Regn (M.Arch ‘94) and partner Tim Durfee for their L.A. Frame House.
St. Thomas the Apostle School designed by Griffin Enright Architects was completed in 2010
Built work such as the St. Thomas the Apostle School (shown here) designed by SCI-Arc Undergraduate Programs Chair John Enright and design faculty Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright Architects received a 2013 AIA LA Design Award for excellence, along with two projects by Brooks + Scarpa, the Metalsa Center for Manufacturing Innovation and the CAM Museum of Art, the L House designed by alumni Cara Lee (M.Arch ‘96) and Stephan Mundwiler (M.Arch ‘95) of Lee + Mundwiler, and the Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery designed by alumnus Jeffrey Allsbrook (M.Arch ‘95) and partner Silvia Kuhle of Standard. SCI-Arc trustee Thom Mayne received two Design Awards, one for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, and the second for designing LA’s biggest net-zero office for his very own Culver City-based practice, Morphosis.
AIA LA’s 25-Year Award for 2013 went to SCI-Arc honorary trustee Frank Gehry for his design of the California Space Museum. The institute’s Community Contribution Award went to alumni Hadley Soutter Arnold (M.Arch ‘97) and Peter Arnold (M.Arch ‘94) for their Arid Lands Institute established at Woodbury University. Presidential honorees this year included, among others, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, artist James Turrell and LACMA CEO Michael Govan.
For a full list of winner, click here.
SCI-Arc design faculty Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu of B+U will participate in two exhibitions part of Design Santa Fe 2013, opening November 1st and 2nd in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Baumgartner + Uriu, Animated Apertures Housing Tower, Lima, Peru
B+U’s Animated Apertures (shown here), a housing tower project for the city of Lima, Peru, and the Frank and Kim Canopy were both selected for inclusion in the SITE Gallery show DesignLAB: Next Nest, while their Coral lamp will be on view at the David Richard Gallery-hosted exhibition, Life Support: Art, Design Sustenance.
David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe’s Railyard District will host both the exhibition and Design Santa Fe’s opening ceremony and reception on November 2nd. Included in this show are works from internationally acclaimed artists, craftsmen, designers and architects whose media include furniture, lighting, wall treatments, graphic, interior and textile design, as well as other forms of innovative applications.
The juried design entries on view in DesignLAB at SITE merge artistic visions with 21st century sustainable objects and spaces for living.
Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu co-founded Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) in 2000. They both teach design studio at SCI-Arc. More at www.bplusu.com.
This week, SCI-Arc design faculty Elena Manferdini will be awarded two coveted recognitions for her contributions to architecture and design, and her efforts to push the architectural profession forward.
The AIA/LA yesterday announced Manferdini as recipient of the institute’s 2013 Educator Award. Presidential honorees this year include Frank Gehry, Johnston Marklee, Michael Govan and Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti. Awards will be conferred at AIA/LA’s annual gala held on Monday, October 28, at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College. More about the AIA/LA 2013 awards.
Manferdini’s recent Smeared Projections installation departed from the analysis of examples of “camouflage” techniques derived from repetitive colored textures and their application to volumetric masses at architectural scale.
Manferdini will also receive a 2013 Innovative Research Award from the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) for her research contributions to digital design in architecture. She will be honored at ACADIA’s 2013 Adaptive Architecture International Conference on Thursday, October 24, alongside other prominent winners such as Brett Steele of the Architectural Association, London, and Greg Lynn of FORM.
Earlier this fall, Manferdini participated in a forum discussion hosted by the Digital Architecture and Design Association (DADA) in Beijing, China. Themed Digital Infiltration, the forum invited renowned designers and architects to discuss new digital directions in architecture and design and their interplay with daily life. Manferdini was joined on stage by speakers including Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid and Xu Weiguo of Tsinghua University School of Architecture in Beijing, China.
Elena Manferdini is principal of Los Angeles-based Atelier Manferdini. She teaches visual studies, design and advanced vertical studios at SCI-Arc, and coordinates the school's Graduate Thesis program.
SCI-Arc alumna Jennifer Siegal (M.Arch ’94), principal of Office of Mobile Design, is featured in a new documentary by international Swedish filmmaker Jesper Wachtmeister. A film about micro dwellings, downsizing and living off the grid, Wachtmeister’s Microtopia examines modern alternative dwellings and mobile lifestyles.
The film profiles Siegal’s first prototype for prefab dwelling, the Joshua Tree PreFab House, a fully functional mobile dwelling that also embodies responsible, sustainable, and aesthetically beautiful design.
Microtopia has already received international acclaim, drawing attention to current trends in dwellings and use of space, as well as looking to the future for the impact and influence design will have on lifestyles and resources. You can watch a preview of the film here.
Currently, Siegal is working on developing a mobile retail environment in Seoul, Korea.
SCI-Arc design faculty Anna Neimark will participate in a Big City Forum cross disciplinary conversation about the concept and poetics of space with sound and visual artist Steve Roden and dancer and choreographer Flora Wiegmann.
Titled “Shifting Space, Shifting Place,” the discussion takes place tomorrow, Oct 2nd, 7pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.
Neimark is co-founder of First Office, a design studio that focuses on form through a critical engagement with the conventions of architectural drawing. Recent publications include an article, “The Infrastructural Monument, Soviet Works under Construction and in Representation” in Future Anterior, as well as a series of essays co-authored with Andrew Atwood: “Zoopol, A Monument to the Animal Kingdom” in Project; “How to Domesticate a Mountain,” forthcoming in Perspecta; and “Abstraction Returns” in Think-Space.
Neimark is full-time faculty at SCI-Arc. She received a BA in Architecture from Princeton and an M.Arch from Harvard GSD.
Day shows that the surging demand for both museums and prisons has spurred architects to gamble on new design possibilities and to experiment with their scale and distribution through US cities. He charts cross-pollination between these building types, beginning with an unlikely convergence in Minimalism, and escalating through a wealth of diverse millennial holding spaces.
On Monday, Oct 28, 7pm, SCI-Arc will host a discussion with author Joe Day and Director Eric Owen Moss, addressing Day’s survey of new architectures for the beautiful and the damned. The talk is followed by a book signing reception.
Joe Day is design principal of deegan-day design and teaches at SCI-Arc and Yale School of Architecture. In 2009, he contributed a new foreword to Reyner Banham’s seminal study Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (UC Press). Published by Routledge Press, Corrections and Collections was completed with a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Corrections & Collections is available on Amazon.
In her recently published book Architecture Follows Nature—Biometric Principles for Innovative Design (CRC Press, 2013), faculty member Ilaria Mazzoleni seeks to instill a shift in thinking about the application of biological principles to design and architecture. In collaboration with biologist Shauna Price, Mazzoleni focuses on the analysis of how organisms have adapted to different environments and translates the learned principles into the built environment.
To illustrate their methodology, the authors draw inspiration from the diversity of animal coverings, referred to broadly as skin, and apply them to the design of building envelopes through a series of twelve case studies. The 264-page book contains more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs of the resulting architectural designs.
A book signing reception will be hosted on Monday, Oct 21, 7pm in the SCI-Arc Library.
Architecture Follows Nature is available on Amazon.