Monday, November 26, 2007
posted by dag at 7:13 PM

Discussion: Monday, November 19 at 7pm in the Gallery
SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss in conversation with exhibitor Michael Maltzan Architecture including Michael Maltzan, Wil Carson, Sevak Karabachian, and Tim Williams.

The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present, Dark Side of the Moon, a new site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based firm, Michael Maltzan Architecture. This installation introduces a new threshold in the gallery, creating a space between two worlds that provokes interaction and a simultaneous experience for, and between, those who visit.

As viewers enter the gallery, a surface descends above them, arcing across the entirety of the 1400+ square foot space and gradually bending toward the gallery floor. Expanding the role that this “fifth façade” has played in the Michael Maltzan Architecture’s recent projects, the exhibition transforms the soffit of the gallery into unique space by positioning the structure above the gallery walls rather than within them.

Above this figured space, the smooth, curving form meets visitors, encouraging them to engage the installation directly. The surface widens at its lowest points, allowing visitors to lift their head and shoulders through this threshold into a new sphere above where they discover a new space—and sometimes each other—in an unexpected, shared experience. In this way, the installation creates a moment of intense simultaneity: visitors find themselves in two spaces at once, yet neither fully in one or the other. Extending the experience of simultaneity that is so important in the practice’s work, this barrier at the center of the gallery creates a new, unified space, its curvilinear form highlighting the relationship between built form and the viewer — in a collective sense, not a singular one.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
posted by andre.arq at 9:37 PM

International blog where you can download books, magazines and general documents about arts, design and architecture. There's also a great playlist of songs to listen while make plastics (usually late night...) !!! Enjoy it.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
posted by dag at 9:41 AM

Monday, November 13 @ 7PM
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
Wolf Prix: Not enough is too much

Principal, Coop Himmelb(l)au; Vienna + Los Angeles

Wolf D. Prix, born in Vienna in 1942, is a cofounder of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, the Architectural Association of London, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.

Since 1993, Wolf D. Prix has been Professor for Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. Since 2003, he has been Head of the Institute for Architecture and serves as Vice-Rector of the university.

He taught as a Visiting Professor at the Architectural Association in London in 1984 and at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990. From 1985 to 1995, Wolf D. Prix was active as Adjunct Professor at the SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Since 1998, he has been a faculty member of Columbia University in New York. In 1999, Wolf D. Prix was awarded the Harvey S. Perloff Professorship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2001 he was made an Adjunct Professor at UCLA. Since 2001 he has been a Doctor Honoris Causa de la Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2004, Wolf D. Prix received the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education for his commitment to teaching and training.

From 1995 to 1997, Wolf D. Prix was a member of the Architectural committee in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts. He is a member of the Austrian Art Senate as well as of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Furthermore, Wolf D. Prix is a member of the Architectural Association Austria, Union of German Architects (BDA) in Germany, and the Architectural Union Santa Clara in Cuba, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2006, he was the commissioner for the Austrian contribution for the Tenth International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

guests that were here:
- michael rotondi
- tom mayne
- greg lynn
- hernan diaz alonso
- eric owen moss
- many others
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 3:18 PM

posted by DAVIDE DEL GIUDICE at 12:54 PM

Turin, 1° October 1° 2007-From October 27 th 2007 to January 13 th 2008, near the Room of the Senate of Palazzo Madama in Turin, Intesa Sanpaolo will introduce the show devoted to the projects admitted to the selection for the new Turinese center of the bank.

The six projects are those introduced from as many studies of architecture of international level: besides that, resulted then winning, of Renzo Piano, those will be exposed realized by Hiroshi Hara of Tokyo, Carlos Lamela in Madrid, Daniel Liebeskind in New York, from the study Mvrdv of Rotterdam and Dominique Perrault in Paris.

The purpose of the international consultation was that to realize a work whose characteristics represented a tall and meaningful cultural contribution to the development of the city. Illustrating her different solutions progettuali proposed by the six studies, the show it assumes an extraordinary value in subject of architecture and engineering, but he/she also offers an interesting section on the changes of which it is protagonist the city.

The scientific administrator of the show, realized from Intesa Sanpaolo in collaboration with the Foundation Turin Musei and the City of Turin, are the prof. Carlo Olmo, Headmaster of the 1° Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic in Turin.

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