Delirious LA Calendar
August 25th, 2014

Ball-Nogues Preps For Thursday’s On The Map: shoptalk


This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

We asked Ben and Gaston to give us a preview.

We didn’t make our studio a place for display. Meaning it was not designed to impress clients with things like Eames task chairs, matching NEC monitors aligned in tidy rows, expensive models in vitrines, framed awards and publications, or custom conference tables. Our staff doesn’t wear black turtlenecks or Italian jackets, so visitors who wear these may need a good dusting off or dry cleaning after their visit. The Studio is a hands-on work place first and foremost.

We will devote substantial hours to cleaning, organizing and displaying mock-ups, tests, and experiments to make them fit for public consumption. They aren’t intended for public display but they are quite telling of how we work.Sometimes we have to dispose of several dumpster loads of this stuff prior to a tour but we usually keep the most informative pieces. 

The tour should provide a look at the twelve projects in the design and development phase and three in other various stages of production. We are pretty excited about fabricating a new shell structure made entirely of bent steel tubing for a hospital. This pavilion will be the most intricate tube-bending job of any I’ve seen.

We love showing Instal-lator 1 and Instal-lator 3. These are machines that we designed and built to automate the process of cutting, measuring, and painting string and chain for some of our projects. We might be able to fire one up for the tour.


Ball-Nogues Studio
3533 East Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023

OTM shoptalk: August 28, 2014 — 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for LA Forum Members.
Non-members can purchase tickets the day of the event.


LA Forum Event

Mobile Forum: Architecture and Urbanism To-Go | LA2050
Please support the LA Forum’s entry to the LA2050 Challenge. Our project is entitled Mobile Forum: Architecture and Urbanism To-Go.

Our truck on a mission: to bring together communities, designers, developers, and policymakers to build the future of housing. Think food truck meets the Case Study House Program.

Voting starts September 2, but you can help today. Head over to the project page, join the discussion of the Mobile Forum, and leave a comment. Tell your friends. And thanks.



Los Angeles Events

Eugene Kotlyarenko presents: “Nobody Wants to Play With Me” (Werner Herzog) + rare feature film | VIS-Á-VIS performance series
The night will show “Nobody Wants to Play With Me” (A short film by Werner Herzog) followed by a rare and captivating surprise feature just for the birds and all their friends. This screening the last of a four part performance series, VIS-Á-VIS, that activates La Cage aux Folles,the Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH] designed installation exhibited at Materials & Applications.

Materials & Applications
1619 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Screening: August 30th, 2014 — 8:00pm


Big City Forum: City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level | Armory Center for the Arts
The City of Hope/City of Resistance reading room/library, is designed by Los Angeles-based artist Jeff Cain of Shed Research Institute to frame and facilitate conversations and engagement around the key questions raised during the residency and meant to serve as a dynamic, interactive platform for diverse, shared creativity.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Exhibition: July 13th, 2014 – August 31st, 2014


Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” Benefit | FixNation
Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” is an awareness raising initiative. This one-night event will benefit FixNation a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping community cats in need. Participating architectural design firms will design, build and donate creative outdoor shelters. These shelters will be on display to the public at this one night event at the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City.

Herman Miller Showroom
3641 Holdrege Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Benefit: September 10th, 2014 — 5:30pm


Competing Utopias | Neutra VDL Research House

Competing Utopias is an experimental installation put together by six curatorial collaborators.Through architecture and design objects, exhibit explores Cold War modernity in the East and West, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Neutra VDL Research House
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Exhibition: July 13th, 2014 – September 13th, 2014


Food – Water – Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta | Otis
Lucy and Jorge Orta’s works are relics of their own assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, contraptions built as powerful pieces of art intended to push us toward action and awareness.

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA 90045

Exhibition: August 16th, 2014 – December 6th, 2014