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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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  • Tod MACHOVER
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Called “America’s Most Wired Composer” by the L.A. Times, Tod Machover is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he also directs the Opera of the Future Group. He is known for his boundary-breaking compositions and for designing transformative technologies for music. His hyperinstruments—smart performance systems to enhance artistic expression—have been created for virtuosi from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince, been used to introduce musical creativity to amateurs of all ages. . . .

    Tod MACHOVER, “Mediated Music: Robotic Operas, Guitar Hero, Collaborative Symphonies and Beyond”
    intro. by Hernan Diaz ALONSO
    Wednesday, 03/20
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

  • Dust Breeding (Single-Family House)
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc
    critic: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Stefano PASSERI: Dust Breeding deals with the legibility of amorphous forms in an almost familiar landscape. The forms and the landscape are independent of each other and are governed by independent rules. At the same time, what is initially mere coexistence, gradually determines unexpected moments of empathy resulting in new sets of relationships.

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  • Train Nest
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts Vienna
    Postgraduate Master Thesis, Excessive III
    critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Jose CARLOS, Tyler BORNSTEIN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    FEIYU Qi: This project represents my thesis for the “Excessive” postgraduate program at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, 2012. The aim was to design a new train station for Vienna by reinterpreting the existing Westbahnhof station.

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  • Hernan DIAZ ALONSO
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Hernan DIAZ ALONSO speaks on depth versus density, architecture’s engagement with contemporary culture, maintaining originality in a sea of copycatting, tackling the mathematical perfection brought about by the computer, and much more.

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  • David RUY
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Since the mid-’90s, architecture has accelerated its move away from the discourse of the architectural object towards the discourse of the architectural field. The vicissitudes of the architectural object has lost its uncanny appeal, and recent work is more often than not circumscribed by the mental image of an underlying network of relations that is deep, dynamic, and more real than the architectural object itself. Like Janus, the transition from object to field has had many faces but has shared a single body moving towards the virtual. This lecture offers reasons for pause in this move toward relationism. . . .

    David RUY, “Returning to (Strange) Objects”
    intro. by Hernan Diaz ALONSO
    Wednesday, 01/30
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

  • EXCESSIVE diplomas & semester finals
    vienna AUSTRIA

    EXCESSIVE focuses on strategies of architectural design. Many of the ambitions revolve around the topic of excess as a redefinition of beautiful lust and—misfit aesthetics of exuberance and sophisticated conditions of arousal. If design is typically derived from an expertise related to form and proportion, a theory of mutation is possibly an advanced critical stance toward formal traditions. A theory of excessive form is not a rejection of the formal traditions but an extension of them. Further, navigation through the topologies of excessive form can be understood as an intensification of more traditional formal strategies.

    EXCESSIVE diplomas & semester finals w/ jurors Hernan Diaz ALONSO, Tom KOVAC, Kivi SOTAMAA, & Reiner ZETTL
    Wednesday, 01/16
    2.00 pm / 
Urban Strategies Studio
    University of Applied Arts Vienna
    Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
    1030 Vienna

  • The Epanalepsis: The New Vienna Westbahnhof Train Station Proposal
    vienna AUSTRIA

    University of Applied Arts Vienna,
    Urban Strategies postgraduate program, Excessive III
    critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Jose Carlos LOPEZ CERVANTES (asistant professor), Tyler BORNSTEIN (teaching assistant). With special thanks to the studio’s previous assistant professor, Steven MA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Tan AKINCI: The existing Vienna Westbahnhof train station lays in the end point of the Mariahilferstreet which is the shopping axis of Vienna. The “gürtel” which is a green band cuts the street and creates a undefined corridor.The neighbor on two sides; the Bahnhof City contains a lot of closed space with shopping, offices and a hotel.

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  • Symposium: Advances in Architectural Geometry
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    The AAG symposium presents theoretical works and practices linked to new geometrical development applicable to architecture. The event aims to gather the diverse components of the contemporary architectural tendencies which push the building envelope towards free form and respond to the multiple current design challenges with a renewed mathematical rigor.

    Centre Pompidou Exhibition Symposium: Advances in Architectural Geometry at Centre Pompidou, Paris
    Featuring: Herwig Baumgartner, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Elena Manferdini, Florencia Pita, Peter Testa, and Andrew Atwood.
    Friday, 11/30
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

  • jimenez LAI
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Jimenez Lai is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and leader of Bureau Spectacular. Previously, Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. In the past years, he has built numerous installations and his work was widely exhibited and published around the world. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. The second draft of this book has been archived at the New Museum as part of the show “Younger than Jesus.”
    www.bureau-spectacular.net

    jimenez LAI, “BS”
    intro. by herman diaz ALONSO
    Wednesday, 11/07
    7.00 pm / W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    SCI-Arc
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013