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  • Contemporary Vernacular
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
    advisor: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Jason ORBE-SMITH: This thesis examines elements of vernacular architecture as a means to influence and generate contemporary form.

    As society moves towards a state of interconnectivity, heterogeneity and the globalization of politics, culture and economy, this thesis reinvestigates the discussion concerning the native, indigenous and local with notions of the cosmopolitan, global and foreign.

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  • Michael YOUNG, Depth and the Optical Vector. Photo: Jacob Comerci.
    columbus OHIO

    The “Possible Mediums” Conference, which took place at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture from February 07-10, 2013, brought together 18 designers, 120 students (from the four co-host schools: The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning and University of Kentucky College of Design), and special guests John McMorrough and Jeffrey Kipnis, to participate in design workshops and formal discussions surrounding the question of mediums in contemporary architecture.

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  • Photo: copyright 1980, Ave Pildas.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    The first to open in the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. series, an initiative of the Getty, this SCI-Arc-hosted exhibition examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979.

    “Modern Architecture in L.A.: A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979”
    Friday, 03/29 / Opening Reception w/ curators and SCI-Arc Director Eric OWEN MOSS
    7.00 pm / SCI-Arc Gallery & SCI-Arc Library Gallery
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

    Curators: Todd GANNON, Ewan BRANDA, & Andrew ZAGO
    Exhibition design: Zago Architecture

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  • Joseph DANIELS & Eric CHEN, Affective Machines.
    troy NEW YORK

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
    critic: Casey REHM.

    Students explored the image making ability of complex systems through a series of exercises targeted at analyzing and leveraging behaviors expressed through color and mechanical precedents. Students analyzed physical relationships in early industrial automatons and machines to produce logics for the organization of material in a multi-agent systems. Students then explored color relationships in Dutch still life painting, which they then integrated into their mechanical systems as new behaviors.

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  • (A)voiding Figuration
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    advisors: Dwayne OYLER & Volkan ALKANOGLU

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Jacques LESEC & Sean MARKLE: Our thesis investigates the perception of figuration and void within acomplex field condition. The strategies we have employed oscillatebetween the 2-D and 3-D as a means of augmenting the legibility ofvolume and other times subverting this perceptual reading.

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  • New Brave Worlds
    princeton NEW JERSERY

    Princeton SOA Lecture Series: “What I Did Next: Princeton’s Alternative Architectural Practices”

    [LIVE STREAM]

    “
New Brave Worlds (Asia/Russia),” with 
Eunice SENG, Wenjing HUANG, Ling FAN, Marisa YIU, 
& Rossana RU-SHAN HU
    Wednesday, 03/27
    6.00pm / Betts Auditorium
    Princeton SOA
    Princeton, New Jersey 08544

  • Brain Technology Center
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts Vienna, studio LYNN
    critic: Greg LYNN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Vojtech GERYK: The project, “Brain Technology Centre,” is an experimental research center dealing with neuroscience. The project aims to create an interactive learning environment that offers a way to improve or regenerate brain activity. The project with its own focus should build on existing research centers around, which have been involved in neurosurgery and neuroscience.

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  • Todd GANNON
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Todd Gannon is a registered architect and writer based in Los Angeles. Gannon’s research focuses on the history and theory of late 20th-century and contemporary architecture. His published books include The Light Construction Reader (2002) and monographs on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, and others. His essays have appeared in Log, The SAGE Handbook for Architectural Theory (2012), and elsewhere.

    Todd GANNON, “Prelude to the Confederacy”
    intro. by Eric Owen MOSS
    Wednesday, 03/27
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

  • PATCH I LINK I SUTURE: Re-Envisioning Los Angeles: From Pattern to Form
    los angeles CALIFORNIA & new york NEW YORK

    SCI-Arc Future Initiatives (SCIFI)
    critics: Peter ZELLNER & Alfonso MEDINA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Duygun INAL: Cities have never been singular entities as they do have molecular compositions based on interactions in between diverse & active constellations that unite to co-habit the city. Looking at the urban pattern of LA, the project takes on the idea of map figurations and a different position towards densifying Los Angeles. Rather than ideal & existing forms with closed shapes, rigid boundaries and defined figures, the basic building blocks have irregular shapes with maximized porosity within the field.

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  • Normative Fluidity
    troy NEW YORK

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Critic: Andrew SAUNDERS.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Graham BILLINGS: “Normative Fluidity” is a museum extension that explores the process of transposition between a series of light studies, diagrammatic implications of the “affect,” and their resultant three-dimensional forms and spaces. Diffraction of light through water is known as caustics; a process that was coupled with a camera obscura during my initial research.

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