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Turning Heads: The Pictorial Figure | LACMA Rethought

Kyle Onaga from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIarc) in Los Angeles asserts that the figure in architecture is neglected and feared; his thesis embraces the figure. The exploration seeks an alternative starting point for architecture that does not originate from abstracted forms. Instead, using a literal figure as massing, the head is taken as the architectural primitive.

The figure in its nature, has apriori associations. In its reading, the figure creates an engagement. The application of the figure in architecture however, has a non-literal reading of massing; where there is a disruption between form and itsfunction. His thesis reimagines these dual readings to suggest a different tectonic for figural architecture. Instead of abstracted structure, “Turning Heads” turns to the pictorial— its colors, patterns and graphics.

His proposal is played out at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus and continues with the idea of the campus in terms of the scattered buildings across a landscape. The heads are on a plinth, organized by a grid. The figure in plan rejects the grid and provides large open circulation paths for paintings. These paths ultimately lead the visitor to the heads which house large scale sculptures.

Inhabitable Nomadic Shelters: Designs Address LA’s Homelessness Crisis

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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The problem of homelessness is a complex one rooted in gross stratification of wealth, and while addressing it in full means addressing poverty itself, temporary portable housing can save lives in the meantime. Many cities are implementing transitional housing programs that make use of inexpensive, easy to move structures in interstitial urban spaces. The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop (MADWORKSHOP) teamed up with students from the University of Southern California School of Architecture (USC) to come up with some creative examples of these structures.

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Biological Growth Employs Principles Of Continuous Transformation And Improvement

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture, California, Los Angeles, Yong Ha Kim, thesis, award, organic growth, biology, cellular growth, methabolism, biological growth

Biological Growth is the title of master thesis project by Yong Ha Kim, done at Southern California Institute of Architecture. The design uses basic biological principles of growth as an continuous transformation and improvement by repeated fundamental processes and by time – the metabolism represents basic system of creature which has its own perfect biological system. And it is also a fundamental discipline for the biological growth. The processes that repeat over time are stimulation, grouping, combination, growth, efficiency and flow.

Inspired by the biological growth found in nature, the author of this project imagined a new kind of train station for Los Angeles as a 3-dimensional garden. This building fused ideas about architectural mega-structure with those of organic biological growth in urban space.

Architecture Distortion Simulation of Gravity

SOFI is thesis project done by Danny Karas, at SCI-Arc – Southern California Institute of Architecture, dealing with issues of modern skyscrapers. In analysis of the modern tower there is traditionally an aesthetic agenda that localizes itself in a “shoes” or “hat” location. The tower typology has ignored the possibility of a center distortion. This distortion acts as an aesthetic element as well as an organizational-programmatic locator. By designing from the middle out there is a chance for the building to better blend with its context by keeping the processional elements in the center. Entrance and roof conditions mimic their tower surroundings and give a moments rest in the exuberance of design. This proposal creates a center distortion and layers form through a simulation of gravity. The skin is designed to be perceived as more of a lacy volume hiding the inner-mass yet in the right light disappearing and letting the inner monster emerge. The inner void acts as a way of creating a Secretary oriented office program rather than a traditional first floor security, freeing up the center of the building to the public. The project looks to rationalize itself through components rather than a monolithic form. By focusing on the parts to whole relationship the project adapted to the concept of build-ability in its panel size and something as banal as the curvature limits of steel. These elements of design while “unsexy” add up to a rational that helps the brain rationalize the digital grotesque of SCI-Arc into something more place-able. This project is a statement of the speed and quality that digital design can create and how this revolution of speed can give the architect a greater chance to impact that project outside of pure form making. Architect’s can now impact design into the later stages sooner and potentially prevent some value engineering and hopefully stop the slow erasure of architects in building.    

WestEdge Design Fair Returns To Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar Oct. 16-19

The West Coast Premier Design Event Set to Attract Influential Design Community and Enthusiasts with Curated Selection of Leading Brands, Series of Special Events, Special Sales, Panels and Workshops After a successful debut last fall, WestEdge Design Fair returns to the Barker Hangar for its second edition October 16-19, 2014. This four-day event will cater to the trade, press and public featuring over 150 exhibiting brands and activations. Attendees will find design inspiration and be able to shop from the best in furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furnishings and other products for the home. The fair offers a full design experience, complete with custom installations, a series of special events and notable discussions, panels, and workshops on a wide range of design topics and trends. WestEdge’s creative presentation and full calendar of programming is bringing much enthusiasm from the design community, participating brands and design aficionados. “WestEdge is unlike any other show. It provides a fresh focus on showcasing a fair of curated brands and lifestyle activations that appeal to both the trade and consumer audience. Last year, the talent of the exhibitors, designers and architects impressed me. We are thrilled to be participating again,” said Bret Englander, Co-founder of Cerno, a lighting manufacturer and repeat WestEdge exhibiting brand. On Thursday October 16, WestEdge will celebrate its opening night with a venue-wide cocktail party to benefit Heal the Bay, one of Southern California’s leading environmental nonprofit organizations.  “WestEdge Design Fair celebrates the Southern California lifestyle,” said Ruskin Hartley, president and CEO of Heal the Bay. “The event is a great fit our organization. We are excited that proceeds from the event will help underwrite our work to keep L.A. beaches clean, healthy and safe for millions of visitors.” The evening festivities continue on Friday night with a cocktail party to benefit A+D Museum.

Viral Voices: Global Discussions – NYC May 02, 2013

We are pleased to inform you that our very own Editor-in-chief, Carlo Aiello, will be part of the “Viral Voices: Global Discussions” panel at the Center for Architecture on May 02, 2013. If you are in the city please reserve your place as soon as possible. Admission is free. When: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM THURSDAY MAY 02 Where: Center for Architecture (536 Laguardia Place, New York, NY 10012) The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “uncovered connections,” with the intent of investigating issues that are similarly impacting multiple regions, cultures and individuals. Viral Voices: Global Discussions will explore the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation? How are we changing the relationships between academia and the profession? What is the impact of hyper information sharing and critique? Throughout the evening, the topics of communication, research, collaboration, and data distribution will be addressed and debated. Mark Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and David Basulto with David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for an evening discussing how these technologies affect the relationships between academia and profession.

California home for a violinist features underground rooms and a rooftop pool

Architecture studio Walker Workshop claims to have "taken a hillside apart and put it back together" to create the subterranean base of this house in Southern California, which is topped by glass-walled living spaces and an infinity pool. (more…)

Tiling Within Tiling And Surface Geometry

Cheng Gong and Kiem Ho of the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles researched scripted panelizing systems and sought a script that would maximize control of visual and spatial effects without sacrificing variation and complexity. Ultimately they would come to call their findings “Tiling Within Tiling.” They favored scripts that allowed them to build in a higher level of variation while also creating vague, unpredictable relationships between a large multitude of panels.

First they found a way to explicitly manipulate the UVs along a 3D surface. Second, they built the panels in such a way that created continuities that were more prominent than the seams between individual panels. They looked at the artist Asao Tokolo and his 2D patterns that used repeating elements to create an unlimited number of variations and relationships.