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CJ Lim: Food City

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CJ Lim is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and served as Vice-Dean at the Bartlett, UCL. He is also the founder of Studio 8 Architects, an international award-winning practice in urban planning, architecture and landscape. His teaching and designs focus on multi-disciplinary innovative interpretations of cultural, social and environmental sustainability programs.

Commissioned by the British Council UK for the Venice Architecture Biennale, his celebrated project ‘Virtually Venice’ was an investigation of East-West cities, cultures and identities. He is the recipient of the Royal Academy of Arts London ‘Grand Architecture Prize.’

Lim’s authored books include Smartcities + Eco-warriors (2010), Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half Dimensions (2011) and Food City (2014), published by Routledge.

The follow up to Smartcities + Eco-Warriors, Food City explores the issue of urban transformation and how the creation, storage and distribution of food has been, and can again become, a construct for the practice of everyday life. Global in scope, the lecture and book address the frameworks of over 25 cities through the medium of food and how the city is governed.

What’s a Guggenheim? Symposium

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Moderated by SCI-Arc Cultural Studies Coordinator Todd Gannon, the symposium presents several design proposals by SCI-Arc faculty, including Eric Owen Moss Architects, Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, IDEA Office, Jones: Partners; Architecture, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Pita & Bloom and Xefirotarch

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation continually re-invents the contemporary museum experience through their commitment to architecture. Architectural masterpieces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao not only speculate on new ways of organizing art and space, but they create alternative worlds. At the close of the era of mega-projects and the globalization of the art world, the question is: what’s next?

After foiled attempts to build in Vilnius in 2008 (with architect Zaha Hadid), and then in Helsinki in 2012, the Guggenheim Foundation has once again set out to build. The socio-political climate has changed since Bilbao, and architecture, too, seems to be at a crossroads. What will this new attempt do for art? What new worlds will it construct? How will architects respond differently in this century than in the last? Will a contemporary sense of austerity and local culture transform the architectural icon?

Hosted in conjunction with an eponymous exhibition on view January 30-March 1, 2015 in the SCI-Arc Library, the symposium will address some of these questions through discussing competition proposals submitted by SCI-Arc directors and faculty.

Jose Sanchez: Gamescapes

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While parametrics and form finding techniques focus on design as an idea of ‘search,’ it is inevitable to wonder if the field is becoming stagnated, converging on similar ‘solutions’ in an ever-shrinking design search-space. Initiatives like Minecraft, coming from video game design, re-open the creative desires of players by providing a rigorous algorithmic set of rules and a fully open world coupling algorithmic design and intuition; what J.C.R. Licklider would call ‘Man-Computer Symbiosis.’

In his lecture, Jose Sanchez presents how game mechanics suggest a radically different ethos for computational design thinking, presenting among others, the BLOOM project, commissioned for the London Olympics in 2012, which combines the use of industrially produced identical components with game mechanics, breaking the idea of serialized outcomes and suggesting that within the search-space of possible formations, there are unforeseeable assemblies and creative outcomes. The project has initiated his research unit ‘Gamescapes,’ coupling notions of digital modular materials and crowd-sourcing, positioning ‘gaming’ as a design heuristics to open the field of architectural design.

Jose Sanchez is an Architect/Programmer/Game Designer based in Los Angeles. He is partner at Bloom Games, a start-up built upon the BLOOM project, winner of the WONDER SERIES hosted by the City of London for the London 2012 Olympics. He is the director of the Plethora Project, a research and learning project investing in the future of online open-source knowledge. The project has more than 180 videos and an open-source library of code session since 2011.

Sanchez has taught and guest lectured in several renowned institutions across the world, including the Architectural Association in London, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, ETH Zurich, The Bartlett, University College London, and the ?cole Nationale Sup?rieure D’Architecture, Paris. He currently is an Assistant Professor at USC School of Architecture. His research ‘Gamescapes,’ explores generative interfaces in the form of video games, speculating in modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics and open systems as a design medium.

Sou Fujimoto: Between Nature and Architecture

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Sou Fujimoto founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. His most important works include the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013, House NA (2011), the Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), the Final Wooden House (2008) and House N (2008). In 2012, he participated in the Japan Pavilion exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, which received the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

In 2013, he became the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the annual summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London. Most recently, he won the 2014 International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier.

Among other awards, Fujimoto also received the Grand Prize of the 2006 AR Awards for the Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in Hokkaido, Japan, and the First Prize in the international competition for Taiwan Tower and the Beton Hala Waterfront Center in 2011.

Herwig Baumgartner + Scott Uriu: Familiar and the Uncanny

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Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, founders of Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) in Los Angeles, form an internationally recognized design duo operating at the forefront of contemporary design. Their design process has been described as driven by digital techniques and advanced computation that utilizes new technologies and material resources. Their work consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, experimenting with new spatial concepts, and intensifying existing urban landscapes in pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design.

B+U’s recent installation at SCI-Arc Gallery, Apertures, has been received with critical acclaim. In addition, their work has been on view at the FRAC Center in Orleans; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles; and the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale. Two monographs have been published on Baumgartner and Uriu’s work. Their designs have also been widely published and discussed in books, magazines and newspapers.

The firm was recently awarded the Maxine Frankel Award for design research, the AIA national award for emerging professionals, the Architizer A+Award for sustainability, and a 2014 City of Los Angeles Artist Grant.

Bernard Tschumi: Concept & Notation

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Bernard Tschumi will retrace key moments in the architect’s practice, arguing two fundamental points. First, architecture must be made out of ideas and concepts before becoming form. Second, it cannot be dissociated from the events and movement of the bodies that inhabit it. In consequence, architecture demands new modes of notation to construct an architectural language capable of embodying the interactions between space, event, and movement.

Covering projects extending from the early Manhattan Transcripts, situated at the borders of art, literature, and cinema, to the recently completed Paris Zoo, Tschumi will inquire into what architecture can be today.

Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts and wroteArchitecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays. Major built works include the Parc de la Villette, the New Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, Mus?oParc Al?sia and the Paris Zoo. His most recent book is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color, a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects. His drawings and models are in the collections of several major museums, including MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, including in the spring of 2014, a major retrospective.

Florencia Pita + Jackilin Bloom: #colorforming

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Pita & Bloom is an architectural design studio focused on producing new ways of engaging with the built environment by challenging formal and material conventions. Started in 2010 by Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom as a research collaborative, Pita & Bloom’s current investigations include the methodologies of two-dimensional contouring, developing hyper-digitized building tiles, and studying applications of chromatic color in architecture.

The work of Pita & Bloom to date includes competition proposals for cultural buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia and an urban park scheme in San Francisco, California. In January of 2014, Pita & Bloom were called “two female visionaries” in Architecture Magazine‘s Next Progressives. They were one of five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 YAP competition in 2014 and will exhibit their proposal at MoMA in an upcoming show.

Florencia Pita is the principal of FPMod and a partner of Pita & Bloom. She graduated from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, School of Architecture, with licensure. In 1999, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, where she received her Master’s Degree in 2001. Her work experience includes the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, Eisenman Architects in New York City and Asymptote in New York City. Pita holds a full-time faculty position at SCI-Arc and is the editor of the school’s biannual publication of student work, Onramp. She has been a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute in New York and Lund University in Sweden.

Jackilin Hah Bloom is the principal of JHB Studio and partner of Pita & Bloom. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the USC School of Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Bloom has worked for Daly Genik Architects (currently Kevin Daly Architects) in Los Angeles, and Greg Lynn FORM also in Los Angeles, where she completed ten years of experience in the office’s pioneering digital design and fabrication work. She currently teaches design studios at SCI-Arc.

Hitoshi Abe: Informality

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The recent work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe will be introduced through the notion of informality. Architecture has long been a formal disciple (stiff, organized and official) but may need to loosen up to take advantage of the opportunities of a quickly moving, globalized, networked and informal world. With an expanded bag of tools and techniques (tectonic, technological, social and political) available to the architect, forms of space and social interaction, that address both other human beings and new technologies, can be cultivated. Through the use of informal approaches to programming, spaces of a blurred, boundless, grey and increasingly heterogeneous character are one way to address the conditions of contemporary life and create critical roles for the architect as agent of social suggestion, instigator of novel collaborations and spatial synthesizer.

Hitoshi Abe has had a decade-long distinguished career as a leader in education. He earned his M.Arch from SCI-Arc in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Tohoky University in Sendai, Japan in 1993. Since 1992, when he won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles,
as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing which place him among the leaders in his field.

The work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has received numerous awards in Japan and internationally. In 2007, he was appointed professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010, he was appointed Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.