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Fabrication And Fabrication
To Construct by Assembling Diverse Parts

Editor: Amit Wolf
Published by SCI-Arc Press

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Edited by Amit Wolf, this book offers a unique look at the current state of digital design and fabrication in contemporary architecture. Alongside an extensive review of work done in SCI-Arc's Robot House, contributions from Eric Owen Moss, Patrik Schumacher, and Peter Testa take stock of what contemporary digital production addresses most effectively, as well as matters it might currently neglect. In addition, the book includes the first English translation of Andries van Onck's 1964 text, "Metadesign," and important early theorization of computational strategies in architecture.

Lebbeus Woods Is An Archetype
SCI-Arc Exhibition Catalog

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Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype documents the exhibition with the same name hosted at SCI-Arc from October 11-December 1, 2013, as well as a public art installation in the Los Angeles Arts District, both aiming to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created. It includes essays by the exhibition team including Eric Owen Moss, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Christoph A. Kumpusch, Dwayne Oyler, Alexis Rochas and Aleksandra Wagner.

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Onramp 4: Another Fine Mess
A collection of work by SCI-Arc undergraduate and graduate students

Editors: Marcelyn Gow & Florencia Pita
Published by SCI-Arc Press

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When students at SCI-Arc embark on their education as architects and delve into projects exploring what that means, they begin a journey into the unknown. This book is a way for you to join them on at least part of the trip. And as you explore the work in this book, you will find that there are many roads taken at SCI-Arc. But none the usual route.

A Confederacy of Heretics
Exhibition Catalog

Editors: Todd Gannon & Ewan Branda
Published by SCI-Arc Press in association with Getty Publications (June 2013)

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This exhibition catalog accompanies the show, A Confederacy of Heretics, The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979, which was part of the Getty-initiated Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. initiative. Boasting essays, photographic documentation and important commentary from the period by Los Angeles Times critic John Dreyfuss, the book provides a unique lens through which to re-examine some of Los Angeles’ most well-known architects at a pivotal moment in the development of late 20th century architecture.
Material Beyond Materials
Composite Tectonics

Editors: Marcelyn Gow & Marcelo Spina
Published by SCI-Arc Press (September 2012)

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There are a multitude of different approaches regarding the application and significance of composites in contemporary design, many of which are represented by the speakers who participated in the SCI-Arc-hosted conference, Material Beyond Materials-Composite Tectonics. The event centered on investigating the relationships that currently exist between technological advances in materials, innovations in the building industry, and contemporary design discourse and pedagogy. This book documents one of the largest events our school has ever organized and probably the first one with a direct emphasis on advanced materials and their use in the architecture field.

Again, Who Says?
Eric Owen Moss

Published by SCI-Arc Press (June 2012)

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A follow up to Who Says What Architecture Is?, the Who Says bundle presents a collection of SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss' introductions, essays and lectures. Moss draws from a wide range of literary, philosophical and historic sources to discuss the work of architects and theorists from all over the world who have lectured at SCI-Arc, as well as central themes such as modernism and the urban development of Los Angeles.

"Thank you for the brilliant pocket anthologies of your occasional texts and your equally pithy, rhythmic/ironic introductions to lecturers at SCI-Arc, and elsewhere. Will I make the grade as a subject in the next volume… Hmm?" – Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

"Eric, Who Says is definitely your work, a kind of alchemist transformation of inglorious obligatory lecture introductions into a new material, a new substance. Instead of summarizing the subject, you open it wide to further interpretation. It seems that what you do in writing is exactly what you do daily, letting concrete speak its mind, glass hide whatever it encloses and stone decline carrying any load. I am so glad to supply you material for this unique metamorphose of yours." – Zvi Hecker, Architect, Berlin

Onramp 3
A collection of student work from the Southern California Institute of Architecture
Editor: Florencia Pita

Published by SCI-Arc Press (September 2011)

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When students of the Southern California Institute of Architecture embark on their education as architects and delve into projects exploring what that means, they begin a journey into the unknown. This book is a way for you to join them on at least part of the trip. Onramp, No. 3, is a collection of work by graduate and undergraduate students done in classes, studios, and workshops. As you explore the work in this book, you will find that there are many roads taken at SCI-Arc. But none the usual route.

Cleantech Corridor
An Open Ideas Competition

Editors: David Bergman & Peter Zellner

Published by SCI-Arc Press (June 2011)

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This book documents SCI-Arc's latest competition centered on the newly established Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District, and sponsored by the SCI-Arc Future Initiatives post-graduate program in partnership with The Architect's Newspaper. The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles' Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA. It asked entrants to move beyond industrial uses—creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies. This publication records the selected entries from the competition, and includes analysis and essays on this critical development opportunity focusing on the transformative potential that green industries can have on the urban landscape.

SCI-Arc Gallery
2002-2010

Published by AADCU
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This book documents 35 exhibitions over eight years in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Under the direction of Eric Owen Moss, the school commissioned architects and designers to test their ideas through unique site-specific gallery designs. As part of these projects, each led a workshop in which SCI-Arc students collaborated in the fabrication and construction of the installation. These pages highlight the designers' process from ideation to realization. Starting in 2007, gallery discussions with Moss were presented as public programs. Included are edited transcriptions for most of these discussions.


Onramp, No. 2 (Dec 2009)
Edited by Florencia Pita

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A publication of selected work by SCI-Arc graduate and undergraduate students, the second edition of ONRAMP features projects from the 2007-2009 academic years. They range from plans for a "Library for the 21st Century" to a vision for "Family Dwelling after the Zombie Wars." Works from studios at every level is shown alongside ideologies and methods of execution, revealing a different way of going about the business of educating the next wave of architects. ONRAMP is a catalog of diverse, compelling and unorthodox work being done by SCI-Arc students.


A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles (Nov 2009)
Edited by Peter Zellner
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If you could remake the transit infrastructure in Los Angeles, how would you go about it? The Future Initiatives program at SCI-Arc asked and got answers ranging from regional high-speed rail to innovative vehicle redesign. Published with the support of the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, the 156-page book documents the results of the transit competition. Inspired by LA County Measure R—a half cent sales tax that promises up to $40 billion in transit funding in coming decades—the competition drew 75 proposals from architecture firms and students throughout the U.S. and from four other countries.


Who Says What Architecture Is? (Oct 2007)
By Eric Owen Moss

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A collection of SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss' introductions, essays and lectures. Moss draws from a wide range of literary, philosophical and historic sources to discuss the work of architects and theorists from all over the world who have lectured at SCI-Arc, as well as central themes such as 9/11 and the urban development of Los Angeles.


Paffard Keating Clay (2006)
Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s)

By Eric Keune

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This publication documents the relatively unknown work of Paffard Keatinge-Clay and brings to light the importance of the work in representing its time, as well as the influence of those for whom Keatinge-Clay worked. This is the first retrospective study of Keatinge-Clay's architectural projects and, as such, is an important record of an academically and socially significant body of work.

Paffard Keatinge-Clay is a unique figure in American architectural history. Born in England, he trained in Europe, at the AA in London then at the ETH in Zürich, then worked for Le Corbusier in Paris in 1948. Keatinge-Clay then came to America and apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 and 1951. He practiced in America until the mid-1970s, yet his work remains largely unknown, even in San Francisco, where he worked for over twenty years. His own brand of orthodox modernism was decidedly out of step with the prevailing “Bay Area Modernism” exemplified by figures like Moore, Wurster, McCue, and Turnbull, who dominated both the academic and professional arenas at the time. As a result, Keatinge-Clay garnered minimal recognition in the area and struggled to execute his own unique and expressive architectural language. Keatinge-Clay lives in Malaga, Spain, where he is a practising sculptor.


Zago Architecture and Office dA: Two Installations (2006)
Edited by Julianna Morais, Martha Read and Dora Epstein-Jones

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This book chronicles the responses of two experimental architectural firms to the opportunity to design and build, with the assistance of their students at SCI-Arc, a site specific exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery, and explores their work through the lectures they delivered at SCI-Arc and through in-depth interviews conducted by SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss.


Sessions (2005)
By Hernan Diaz Alonso and Julianna Morais
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Sessions features interviews, conducted by Jeff Kipnis, with five members of SCI-Arc's faculty, young architects and theorists whose work embraces the possibilities of new computer technology to advance the architectural discourse. It features projects by Hernan Diaz Alonso, Marcelo Spina, Marta Male, George Yu, and Benjamin Bratton.


Vernon - Void City (May 2009)
Edited by Christopher Michlig

Vernon's industrial makeup has evolved continuously for the past 100 years to maintain its economic viability in relation to global and local markets. Its "exclusively industrial" motto is essential to its identity, though what qualifies as "industrial" requires increased scrutiny and analysis. Vernon is immune to the language and practice of "potentiality" that drives the re-development of urban industrial architecture into residential communities. In place of that discussion is the question of how to optimize Vernon's ecology of industrial development. SCI-Arc's studio engaged in a deep understanding of Vernon's flows and trajectories in order to render hybrid urbanisms, synthesizing commerce, infrastructure, culture, and ecology. Issues of remediation and reclamation are eschewed in recognition of Vernon's dynamic industrial history and character as essential to its industrial ecology.


Onramp, No. 1 (Feb 2008)
Edited by Florencia Pita

ONRAMP is the first publication of all-student work created by SCI-Arc and depicts selected projects from the 2006-2007 academic year. Each studio, at every level, is shown alongside the teacher’s ideologies and methods of execution, revealing a wholly different way of going about the business of educating the next wave of architects. Edited by faculty member Florencia Pita, the publication will be an annual catalog of diverse, compelling and unorthodox work being done by SCI-Arc faculty and students.


Primitives (Jan 2008)
Fall 2007 1A Installation book
Editors: Andy Ku, Marcos Sanchez and Jenny Wu

Primitives documents the creative and design processes leading to the new installation by the 2007 1A Studio, which joins the 2006 and 2005 1A Studio installations still on display. The publication provides the original project brief along with a reflection by Marcos Sanchez on the many stages of design, starting with intricate paper sculptures made by each student, to small group models informed by the original shapes and mutated in various ways and finally to the construction of the installation itself.






Et in Suburbia Ego: Jose Oubrerie's Miller House (2013)
Edited and featuring an intro by SCI-Arc faculty Todd Gannon, the book gathers new commentary and interpretation by leading voices in contemporary architecture including Jeffrey Kipnis, Kenneth Frampton, and Douglas Graf alongside a wealth of newly commissioned photographs and never-before-published drawings and models from Oubrerie’s archive.

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L.A. Ten: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture (2013)
Edited by Stephen Phillips, this book features interviews with L.A. Ten architects Neil Denari, Frederick Fisher, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Coy Howard, Franklin Israel (posthumously), Wes Jones, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, and Michael Rotondi.

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Architecture Follows Nature (2013)
Authored by SCI-Arc faculty Ilaria Mazzoleni, this book explores the application of biological principles to design and architecture.

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Corrections & Collections: Architectures for Art & Crime (2013)
Authored by SCI-Arc trustee and alumnus Joe Day (M.Arch ’94), Corrections and Collections examines how architectures of exhibition and discipline now dominate the American landscape.

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I Maestri dell’Architettura: Eric Owen Moss (2012)
A number of Eric Owen Moss’ built projects are featured in this 70-page Italian monograph devoted to showcasing work by great contemporary architects.
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Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual (1988-2008)
The nearly 1,600-page manual features 40 projects from Eric Owen Moss Architects, the Culver City firm Moss founded in 1973. Read more >>

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Reviews:
Apr 2010: Domus
March 2010: LA Times
Feb 2010: ArchDaily
Dec 2009: Abitare



B+U Design Peak 12 (2012)
Herwig Baumgartner &
Scott Uriu

Volume 12 in the Design Peak series presents a comprehensive monograph on B+U’s oeuvre, and features a complete overview of the innovative architecture of design duo Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu over the past 10 years. Previous monographs within the series feature architecture offices such as Morphosis, Delugan Meissl, and Fuksas, among other.

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Meet the Nelsons (2010)
Wes Jones

Meet the Nelsons, the sixth volume of the Forum Pamphlet Series, documents Wes Jones notorious comic strip that appeared in ANY Magazine (Architecture New York) from 1994 to 2001. At once a critical send-up of 1990s architectural discourse and a masterfully executed homage to the traditions and techniques of comic book art.

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Structural Ecologies (2009)
Emergent/Tom Wiscombe

Emergent's impressive command of variable structures, envelopes and forms according to Peter Zellner in his introduction offers up a genuine route away from the shimmering imagery of the computer screen and points towards an authoritative demonstration of an architecture grounded in new building techniques. This ambitious claim is supported throughout this publication with survey of 21 works and projects, reproduced here in full colour and accompanied by plans, details, computer models and texts.

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Pendulum Plane (Aug 2009)
Oyler Wu Collaborative
Edited by Todd Gannon

The latest release in the Forum Pamphlets Series documents the design, fabrication, and installation of Oyler Wu Collaborative's Pendulum Plane, their award-winning intervention at the L.A. Forum's new gallery in Hollywood.

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Xefirotarch (2008)
Hernan Diaz-Alonso

Creating projects that look a whole lot less like conventional architecture than something out of the Ridley Scott's film ‘Alien’ or the creative output of H.R.Giger, Hernan Diaz-Alonso's architecture has stolen the imagination of a younger generation of architects around the world. Projects are extensively documented with full-color computer models, sections and details, and accompanied by several exploratory essays.

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