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  • Lebbeus Woods, "No Title", 1990, Courtesy of Blythe and Thom MAYNE. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    “Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype” includes an exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery and a public art installation in the Arts District’s Bloom Square, both aiming to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created. It is assembled by an exhibition team including SCI-Arc graduate programs chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, Christoph A. Kumpusch, and design faculty Dwayne Oyler and Alexis Rochas.

    exhibition: “Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype,” with Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Christoph A. KUMPUSCH, Dwayne OYLER, & Alexis ROCHAS.
    Friday, 10/11–12/01
    7.00 p.m. (opening reception & symposium) / SCI-Arc Gallery
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

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  • PFANZELT, PUKLJAK, & OBWALLER, Sheepshelter.
    innsbruck AUSTRIA

    University of Innsbruck, Institute of Urban Design
    critics: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Peter TRUMMER (Chair), Jose Carlos LOPEZ CERVANTES

    Patrizia PFANZELT, Thomas PUKLJAK, & Viktoria OBWALLER: “Sheepshelter as a place for thoughts dealing with transformational beauty”

    The pursuit of natural beauty, considered as a need of mankind, forms the basis for the developement of the geometry and project. That also means prototypical designs, such as the affinity of life forms, are translated into a working symbiosis of particular systems; outsourced systems which are getting in touch by recombining them.

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  • Modern Architecture in L.A.: A Confederacy of Heretics Symposium. Photo: Joshua WHITE.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Commonly understood today as a set of beliefs or practices in conflict with prevailing dogma, the word “heresy” derives from the Greek “heiresis,” meaning “choice.” In classical antiquity, the term also signified a period during which a young philosopher would examine various schools of thought in order to determine his future way of life.

    symposium: “Modern Architecture in L.A.: A Confederacy of Heretics” with Ewan BRANDA, Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Todd GANNON, Wes JONES, Jeffrey KIPNIS, Thom MAYNE, Eric MOSS, Andrew ZAGO, & more.
    Friday, 06/14, 3.00-9.00 p.m,
    Saturday, 06/15, 10.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.
    SCI-Arc Campus
    960 East 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California 90013

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  • Experimental Architecture Biennial. Photo by Petr JEHLIK.
    prague CZECH REPUBLIC

    Experimental Architecture Biennial in Prague is an international platform for mapping the actual tendencies and architectural planning methods in reaction to a changing world of new philosophy and technology. It aims at re-emerging of interest in architectural thinking, transcending the closed borders of local critics´ standpoints. Volume # 1 EAB starts with 10 academic studios in Vienna, Insbruck, Bratislava and Prague, presenting new rising stars.

    Experimental Architecture Biennial
    exhibition: 04/26–05/26
    symposium: 05/22 (at Cinema Svetozor)
    Jaroslav Fragnera Gallery
    Betlemske namesti 5a
    Prague 1, Czech Republic

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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