“Current Affairs” is an interactive VR experience by #SCIArcEDGE Fiction and Entertainment student Shuruq Tramontini that takes audiences on a journey into the depths of a plastic polluted ocean, where an Octopus leads us to the unknown pacific garbage island. Working with real time datasets that come live and direct from the deep sea, this immersive environment changes and responds to reveal the current geo-mythology of the plastic island and makes tangible the strength and pollution of deep sea currents. With the octopus we drift beneath the waves and confront the hidden consequence of our daily routines. But what is the plastic island, and does it really exist? Or is it just an anecdote to confirm our worst fears about overconsumption? A cloud drifting and floating through media spaces and digital forums? A society of objects created on a planetary scale, an accumulation of our cultural traces and artifacts. (Instructors: @liam_y and @alexey .marfin )
SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 1 2GA core studio 'Working Space’ builds upon an appreciation of the discipline and knowledge of architectural by focusing on the development of a project for a new production/exhibition facility at Vitra. The contemporary factory is undergoing fundamental changes with the advent of advanced automation in every aspect of the design, manufacturing and delivery of industrial products and building systems. These transformations in technology, labor practices, society and material culture offer challenges and opportunities to radically rethink and reprogram spaces of production with new spatial models and opportunities for social connection. (Project by Mariam Aramyan @aramyan .ma , Christian Cononico @winkayy , and Sam Wayman / Instructor: Devyn Weiser @devynweiser ) #SCIArcGrad
Final section by B.Arch students Brendan Tsai @btsaii and Kevin Lee @kev .lee.77920 from Dwayne Oyler’s 3A studio @dwayneoyler . The studio was a the 3rd year Undergraduate studio, designing a large micro-unit residential project in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. #SCIArcUndergrad
AI Assemblies: This project trained the open-source 3D-RaSGAN neural network on more than two hundred architectural section models from the previous design studios to generate a new architectural form. Python and Grasshopper scripting helped convert the low-res massing into highly articulated stacked assemblies based on a hand-designed layering pattern to create a prototype for wooden panel assemblies. The course utilizes convolutional neural networks in combination with robotic assembly algorithms to produce scaled timber structures. In addition to 3D form generation, neural networks were used to develop 2D texture applications for the structures, exploring the relationship between 3D form and 2D image of old architectural building facades from NewYork. This tower explores the possibilities of interlocking structure so intricately designed that it balances itself without any additional structural supports. Project by M.Arch 2 students Lawrence Yuwan @jockeyshorts & Yash Mehta @flash_yash in collaboration with #SCIArcEDGE Architecture Technologies students Yi Lin Tsai @w8_black & Hari Deshpande @hari_deshpande (Instructor: Casey Rehm @mcaseyrehm ).
Join us on Monday, February 17 at 6pm in the Kappe Library for the Los Angeles launch of 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙑𝙞𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙣 𝘿𝙞𝙖𝙯 𝘼𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙤. Written by SCI-Arc Director and founding principal of HDA-X Hernán Diáz Alonso with a forward by Chief Design Officer at Nike John Hoke, III, the book showcases more than 80 projects from HDA-X in eye-popping images challenging the limits of human imagination. Published by @ThamesandHudson the book also includes essays by designer & architectural theorist Joe Day, designers and SCI-Arc faculty Marcelyn Gow & Florence Pita, Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at UCSD Benjamin H. Bratton, and lead designer at HDA-X Rachael McCall.
“Bundle Tower”: Misbehaving building types create a new hybrid building typology. A bundle of micro-towers that contain micro-housing units, stacked vertically. The thinness of the bundled towers creates long vertical voids that allow space for circulation and community sky gardens. The towers then stack on top of a cross-typology that incorporates an underground public gallery space for the neighborhood of Chinatown. The monolithic verticality is the integration of the living and community spaces.’ Final project by B.Arch students Leena Alsalem @leenaalsalem and Brian You @brianwooster in Darin Johnstone’s 3A studio #SCIArcUndergrad
After Image: A 22,000sf co-working space in Chinatown in DTLA by M.Arch 2 students James Piccone @james_piccone and Kuan Tim Wu @kuan_tim_wu in Marcelyn Gow’s 2GAX studio. "We are challenged to re-imagine and to consider what is 'architecture after images'; to invent the new stories that demand new forms, aesthetics and ways of being in the world." #SCIArcGrad
V. Mitch McEwen @therealmitchmcewen [Co-founder A(n ) Office] reflects on her path into architecture, urban design and academia. McEwen’s work engages issues of shaping an environment and studying aspects of bureaucracy and power in society. McEwen also discusses how her class “The Zoning of Things” at @princetonarchitecture opens up a critical discussion on how we plan cities and the role of design the urban context. Watch the full video on #SCIArcChannel (link in bio ).
SCI-Arc Director Hernán Díaz Alonso Gives Statement on Closure of the School of Architecture at Taliesin: 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑎𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒; 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐹𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝐿𝑙𝑜𝑦𝑑 𝑊𝑟𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝐹𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑠𝑠. 𝐴𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒’𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑟𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑠 𝑞𝑢𝑜 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒—𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑙𝑦 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠. 𝐼𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙, 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑛 𝐵𝑒𝑡𝑠𝑘𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐶ℎ𝑟𝑖𝑠 𝐿𝑎𝑠𝑐ℎ, 𝑟𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑖𝑔𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑔𝑜 𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑓𝑒𝑙𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑤𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑐𝑟𝑢𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒; 𝑎𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑤𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑚, 𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑣𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑟 𝑑𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑠𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑐 𝑣𝑎𝑙𝑢𝑒𝑠. 𝑅𝑖𝑠𝑘 𝑟𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛; 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑦, 𝑛𝑜𝑟 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑒—𝑎𝑛𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑡ℎ 𝑑𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡. 𝑆𝐶𝐼-𝐴𝑟𝑐 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑑𝑚𝑖𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠, 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑢𝑚𝑛𝑖 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝐴𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑛. 𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒅, 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒖𝒆. - Hernán Díaz Alonso
SCI-Arc Launches Definitive Site for Original Films and Media Archive 📽️🔥🎬 In continuing its commitment to furthering the discipline of architecture by maintaining a rigorous spirit of innovation, the web-based platform functions as a publicly accessible home for the SCI-Arc Media Archive which hosts over 1000 hours of video footage comprising public lectures, symposia, and events from across SCI-Arc’s nearly 50-year history as well as SCI-Arc-produced films. Watch now at the link bio 👀 #SCIArcChannel
Join us for our first #SCIArcCinemaSeries of the season tonight and this time we’re partnering with our friend @lacma 🤓🍿 We’ll be screening cult classic ‘Donnie Darko’ (2001 ) with a special convo featuring Director Richard Kelly, actor @realjamesduval and SCI-Arc Faculty Michael Stock @parttimepunksla The event starts at 7pm / FREE / No RSVP necessary
Final project by 4th year B.Arch Student Abeeha Abid @abeeha_abid / Instructor: Herwig Baumgartner. “In preparation for option studios and the independent thesis project, the last studio in the core sequence asks students to develop positions within the disciplinary domain of architecture. These may include thoughts on form and materiality, domesticity and collectivity, instruments and technics, formats and representation, and other contemporary sensibilities. Rather than starting from scratch, students develop their ideas in dialogue with another author by first closely modeling a building of their choice. They continue to make copies and deviations at another scale, on a new site, and with a different program, to gradually arrive at an independent position. In comparing the models and their corresponding images, students’ choices to copy or transform, to reproduce or edit out, become perceptible, even, at times, original. “
This month, fifth-year B.Arch student Neno Videnovic @Neno_Videnovic was announced as the first prize winner of the Paris Affordable Housing Challenge competition. Videnovic entered the competition as a component of @John_Enright ’s vertical studio this semester, entitled “Competition x3,” during which participating students were asked to submit proposals to three different international design competitions. @architecturecompetitions tasked participants with proposing sustainable design solutions to Paris’s lack of affordable housing in dense urban areas, which could accommodate the requirements different categories and groups of inhabitants, as well as address any associated logistical or practical challenges. For his submission, Videnovic’s project looked at incorporating monument-like structures into the existing street plan of Paris, constructed above the ground among the most central sites of the city, as a sustainable strategy that reserves space for those in need of affordable housing.
Over a span of several decades, the 19th-century photographer Eugène Trutat documented the Dolmen de Vaour. The photographic emulsion deposited on the glass plates reveals the particular beauty of this rude stone monument. Three stones form the perimeter of a nearly rectangular interior; they are called orthostates. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum in Toulouse, the exhibition ‘Rude forms among us’ by SCI-Arc Faculty Anna Neimark brings a small selection of Trutat’s photographs into focus. Two of his negative prints depict iconic sides of the dolmen as landscape scenes. But it would be more accurate to think of these photographs as portraits. 𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝟕-𝟗𝐩𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 ‘𝐑𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐬’ 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 #𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐫𝐜𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲 [Image credit: Eugène Trutat, Hommes et dolmen, 1859–1910. © archives des Toulousains de Toulouse, en dépôt à la Bibliothèque municipale de Toulouse, France.] Also in collaboration with Frédérique Gaillard @frederigaillard , PhD, Curatorial Assistant, Head of the Photo Library, Natural History Museum, Toulouse, France and in partnership with Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Toulouse @museumtoulouse The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Alliance Française de Los Angeles. @grahamfoundation
New school year, new school stuff. Gear up with fresh, clean SCI-Arc merch to ring in the semester. Link in bio to shop #SCIArcMerch
The M.Arch 1 2GA core studio 'Working Space' builds upon an appreciation of the discipline and knowledge of architectural by focusing on the development of a project for a new production/exhibition facility at Vitra. The contemporary factory is undergoing fundamental changes with the advent of advanced automation in every aspect of the design, manufacturing and delivery of industrial products and building systems. These transformations in technology, labor practices, society and material culture offer challenges and opportunities to radically rethink and reprogram spaces of production with new spatial models and opportunities for social connection. (Project by M.Arch 1 Students Hiroto Tanabe and Sunny Cheung in Russell Thompson’s studio )
This episode of #TheArc asks what neon tubes and transportation routes might bring in terms of fresh life to the drawing space of contemporary architecture. It also considers the new scales of materialities emerging architects are bringing to bear. When does a line become a lining, when can a pipe seem graphic? What does it mean to build worlds out of gas and glass or to reimagine traffic as a line of flight? Or when does it make sense to leave lines behind, in the immense and growing pile of architectural techniques and conventions we are comfortable discarding, at least for a time. ‘Lines’ discusses with SCI-Arc History+Theory Coordinator, Marrikka Trotter, SCI-Arc design faculty Kristy Balliet @conescubes , artist Lisa Schulte @theneonqueen , and LA Metro’s Dr. Joshua Schank @joshuaschanka what neon tubes and transportation routes might bring in terms of fresh life to the space of contemporary architecture. It also considers the new scales and materialities emerging architects are now employing in the field. Subscribe on Spotify and Apple (Links in bio ).
MILLIØNS, the Los-Angeles based architecture firm helmed by SCI-Arc faculty Zeina Koreitem @zeinakoreitem with partner John May, was recently announced as the winner of an international competition to design the café at the I.M. Pei-designed Everson Museum of Art at Syracuse University in New York. @millionsarchitecture ’s design for the renovated café and event space will feature a double-height display wall of translucent shelving for a rotating selection of works from Dallas-based artist and collector Louise Rosenfield’s donated 3,000-piece functional ceramic collection. SCI-Arc initiated a conversation with Koreitem about the project, read more at ‘News’ at the link in bio.
“Located in Chinatown, our proposal for micro-housing plays with the misbehavior and disruption of the building type. Tower vs Courtyard. Closed vs Open. Building vs Site. The mid-rise tower incorporates an urban plaza at the base and a variety of open communal areas throughout the composition of the building. We did this as a way of reinforcing social interaction beyond their units encouraging residents to reconnect with each other and the city of Los Angeles.” 3A project by B.Arch students Stella Buckmann ( @stellabuckmann ) and Calvin Ha ( @Calvinhahaha ) in Darin Johnstone’s studio #SCIArcUndergrad
After Image: A 22,000sf co-working space in Chinatown in DTLA by M.Arch 2 students Faris Ahmed @fa .architecture and Jordan Scheuermann @jordan .scheuermann in Jenny Wu’s 2GAX Studio. "We are challenged to re-imagine and to consider what is 'architecture after images'; to invent the new stories that demand new forms, aesthetics and ways of being in the world." #SCIArcGrad
Continuing its commitment to maintaining a robust platform for interdisciplinary thinkers, SCI-Arc is pleased to announce its #Spring2020 series of public events. The SCI-Arc public lectures coming this spring introduce speakers from a broad cross-section of cultural practices, including artist 𝐋𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐲 @summaeverythang , architect and educator 𝐄𝐯𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐢 𝐆𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 @eva_franch , scholar and critic 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐋. 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐈, and writer and architect 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫é𝐬 𝐉𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐞 @andres_jaque . 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐂𝐈-𝐀𝐫𝐜 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜. (More info at the ‘News’ link in bio )
Mojo is a computer-generated music video by #SCIArcEDGE Fiction & Entertainment Student, Jeremy Kamal Hartley @jeremykamal , that presents a future in which Afro-American values are "the predominant cultural model". Vast machines operated by music producers move over a flood plain landscape, using bass notes from amplified music to vibrate bodies of water. These vibrations displace the water so that it irrigates the surrounding soil, watering plants distributed by seed-dropping drones. The music video portrays a world in which automation has removed the need for manual human labour and landscapes has become a platform for self-expression. African Americans who were historically regarded as property or machines now use machines in the service of leisure and expression. (Instructor: @liam_y )