FIELD REPORTS 2009 – RESEARCH & DEPLOY
2nd Lecture in Series:
Joshua G. Stein (Radical Craft) / Aaron Sprecher + Chandler Ahrens (Open Source Architecture)
The MAK Center for Art + Architecture
835 North Kings Rd., West Hollywood 90069
This years lecture Fall lecture series focuses on a group of designers who are involved in research as a key aspect of their design practices. Please join the LA Forum in listening to and interrogating design practices whose outputs graph the myriad trajectories of our multiple collective futures.
Joshua G. Stein heads the Los Angeles-based research and design studio Radical Craft, which investigates urban and material patterns at multiple scales and experiences while focusing on the intersection of traditional craft and contemporary fabrication techniques. Recent projects include ‘másTransit’ (with Aaron Whelton, Jacob Brostoff and Jaclyn Thomforde), 1st Place winner of A New Infrastructure: Transit Solutions for Los Angeles international competition and ‘Soms Atoll’, the 3rd Place winner in the World Sustainability Centre international competition.
Open Source Architecture (OSA) is is a research and design practice with offices in Los Angeles, Montreal and Tel Aviv, led by Aaron Sprecher, Chandler Ahrens, and Eran Neuman. Aaron Sprecher is an Assistant Professor at McGill University in Montreal and is the director the LIPHE research lab at the school of engineering. He is also a fellow at Syracuse’s Center of Excellence. Chandler Ahrens has been practicing at Morphosis Architects since 2002, and has been project designer on notable Morphosis projects such as the new academic building at Cooper Union in New York City, and the Phare Tower outside of Paris. OSA has been broadly exhibited and has also curated several exhibitions, including The Gen(h)ome Project at the MAK Center in LA in 2006, Performalism at the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv in 2008, and the Tel Aviv Centennial exhibition in 2008. They are currently planning the 2010 ACADIA Conference and Exhibition in New York City. Recent exhibitions their work has been featured in include Mapping Digital Architecture Today (Finland, 2008) as well as the Architecture Biennale of Seville (Spain, 2008).
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