Delirious Calendar – February 14th, 2011


The Agency of Water: Scarcity, Abundance, and Design in Dialogue
Two lectures and a panel discussion, hosted by the Arid Lands Institute
Vinayak Bharne – Urbanism, Infrastructure & the Urban Water Crisis: Perspectives from Asia & the American Southwest
Dilip da Cunha – Negotiated Landscapes:  Mississippi, Bangalore, and Mumbai
Hadley Arnold, co-director of the Arid Lands Institute, will moderate a discussion on water infrastructure, design strategy, and the public realm.
Ahmanson Main Space, Woodbury University
7500 Glen Oaks Boulevard, Burbank
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – 7:00 pm

Higher Education: Is Higher Education going to lead us to Economic Recovery?
Please join the SCDF to hear a distinguished panel of leaders from our local campuses discuss how new academic trends in sustainability and multi-disciplinary facilities are driving the design and construction of our local campuses and how these changes are becoming the new economic drivers of the future.
Tuesday, February 15 2011 – 7:15am to 9:00am

Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.Multiple entries are permitted. Additional registration fee required for each entry. Each registration allows three image submissions.
Deadline for entries: February 15, 2011
Winners Announced: February 21, 2011
Exhibit Dates: March 10-April 2, 2011


Paolo Cascone: Eco_Logic Design: Towards High-Tech Design, Low-Tech Construction, SCI-Arc
Founded by Paolo Cascone in 2007, COdesignLab is an architectural practice and design research laboratory at the forefront of performance-oriented architecture, environmental parametric design and consultancy. Cascone’s research and work is dedicated to the development of an interdisciplinary design methodology in the field of eco_logic design. Based on a morphogenetic process in which the cause-effect relationship between form and performance structures projects in a site-specific way, the eco_logic design approach confronts the question of how to reconcile tekné/artifice with nature, aiming to define new relations between high-tech design and low-tech construction.
Wednesday, February 16 2011 – 7:00pm

NOT TO SCALE – The Architectural Drawings of Kurt Wahlner
Come experience architecture in a new way through the elaborate / obsessive compulsive / visionary / crazy / beautiful drawings of LA native Kurt Wahlner.  His unique take on our built environment reveals a penetrating eye for the personal clues to be found in every space.  Don’t miss this limited engagement being featured for 5 days only.  Exhibit runs February 17 – 22.
Thursday February 17, 2011 7 – 11pm

Lecture: Kevin Roderick n “Architects and Architecture of Los Angeles: From 1781 to 1900″
Part of the 19th Annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series, Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles City Historical Society and the History Department, Richard J. Riordan Central Library At The Mark Taper Auditorium of the Central Library. Los Angeles resident Kevin Roderick is an author, a journalist for more than 25 years, award-winning radio commentator and creator and publisher of the blog L.A. Observed.  He shared in two Pulitzer Prizes for Local News Coverage while a senior editor for the Los Angeles Times for about 20 years. He is currently director of UCLA Newsroom and a regular contributor to Los Angeles Magazine. This lecture is the first of three on the over-all theme: “Architects and Architecture of Los Angeles: From Adobe to High-rise, 1781 to the Present”. The Richard J. Riordan Central Library is located at 5th Street between Grand Avenue and Flower Street. Parking:  Library Garage on Flower Street (one way south) between 5th and 6th streets. $1 from 1:p.m. with library card, available that day, and validation.  For questions, call: 323/936-2912 OR 213/228-7400.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19,  2011 – 2:00 TO 4:00 P.M.
Free and Open to the Public.

Presented by: Art Center College of Design Media Design Program (MDP), in conjunction with Big City Forum: This special evening of readings features an eclectic group of designers, artists and writers for whom writing or other narrative forms operate in a critical dialogue with visual practice. This event is part of MADE UP: Design’s Fictions, an exhibition curated and designed by Tim Durfee currently on display at the Art Center MDP’s Wind Tunnel Gallery in Pasadena.

Denise Gonzales Crisp – Designer, Author
Zoe Crosher – Artist
Alexandra Grant – Artist
Michael Joyce – Author
Tom Marble- Architect, Author
Michael Meredith/MOS – Architect, Filmmaker (screening)
Keith Mitnick – Architect, Author
Janet Sarbanes – Author

Wind Tunnel Gallery / South Campus
Art Center College of Design
950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Saturday, February 19 / 6 pm Doors Open / 7 – 9 pm Presentations

Fred Lonidier: Photo/Text/Video
The show offers an overview of the career of this historically important if little known San Diego based conceptual artist.  In his work, Lonidier engages a wide array of social issues ranging from anti Vietnam War protests of the Sixties and Seventies to a critique of the Neo-Liberal trade policies of today.  Deeply committed to addressing some of the most pressing concerns out in the real world, the artist is serenely indifferent to matters of art world aesthetics and gallery exhibition protocols as these are generally understood.  And yet paradoxically, it may be that very indifference that marks the resulting objects and images as achingly aesthetic–quite despite themselves.
Opening Reception: February 19, 2011 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition: February 19 to March 26
2 LA River Tours–SF Valley, Elysian Valley-Long Beach
Jenny Price, leader, co-sponsored by Friends of the LA River.
Sun 2/20– All-Valley, w/ Thai noodles & Cuban sweets stops   (carpool) See the unknown Valley stretch!– Headwaters to Griffith Park (incls Great Wall of LA) 9am-4:30pm (w/option to leave midday)
Sat 2/26– Elysian Valley-Long Beach, Water-In-LA Tour, w/Boyle Heights taqueria  (carpool)
Co-Sponsors, Speakers:  Santa Monica Baykeeper, Food & Water Watch, Environment Now.  9am-5pm (w/option to leave midday)
To sign up, and for more info:

Polytopes: The Architecture of Soundscapes
Inspired by composer Iannis Xenakis , the title Polytopes translates to “The architecture of soundscapes.” Through his work with Le Corbusier, Xenakis catalyzed a radically new sound universe and sound architecture for 20th century music. Staging new electronic and visual music to a discussion with composers and performers, this symposium links the relations of sound experience, sound inherent structures and mathematics to architecture and space. Organized by the MediaSCAPES post-graduate program at SCI-Arc, the event is dedicated to a public audience and students interested in imagining the fusion of contemporary practices of architecture with media, music making and art.
Wednesday, February 23 2011 – 7:00pm

Complete Streets for Los Angeles: The Vision and the Challenge
A complete streets approach promises full inclusion in transportation projects, from design through operation, to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street, including drivers, public transportation riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as older people, children, and people with disabilities.
Friday February 25, 2011 from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

2011 George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture by JÜRGEN MAYER H.
JÜRGEN MAYER H. is the founder and principal of J. MAYER H. Architects, Berlin. J. MAYER H. Architects’ cross-disciplinary studio focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. Recent projects include a student centre at Karlsruhe University; the villa Dupli.Casa near Ludwigsburg, Germany; and the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Sevilla, Spain.
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 7:30 PM

de LaB Field Trip – Palm Springs Modernism Week
It’s our first-ever de LaB field trip! Escape with us into the desert to catch the closing weekend of Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Join de LaB at the event “PS Modernists: Insider Stories,” a very special panel, including long-time residents who lived and worked with key figures during the birth of modernism in Palm Springs.
Jean Farrar: Albert Frey’s long-time companion and co-author, yogi, health advocate, and former Miss Palm Springs, Jean is the ultimate insider….
Leland Y. Lee: Now 93, Leland worked with Julius Shulman for eight years. He was the first to shoot the Arthur Elrod house in 1968 for House and Garden Magazine.
Mathew Sumich: Artist and landscape designer who collaborated with all of the renowned Palm Springs Modernists including John Lautner, Donald Wexler, William Cody and Albert Frey. Reared in Southern California, he is now 79 and moved to Palm Springs in 1957. Nel Ivancich: Artist and creator who also traveled the same creative circles. Her current project Paper or Plastic, will be on show at the gallery.
February 26, 2011

Framing Abstraction: Mark, Symbol, Signifier
Framing Abstraction: Mark, Symbol, Signifier  is meant to celebrate the centennial of abstract painting. Abstract art has evolved from its original spiritual and utopian stance in the early 20th century to an art which was seen as radical-avant-garde, and on to its present vibrant position. Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist’s rational mind into dynamic metaphors.
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: February 27 to April 24

LACMA Architecture Lecture: Bjarke Ingels
Bjarke Ingels is the founding partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he started in 2005. Recently completed projects include the Danish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Current projects include the Danish Maritime Museum and the recently-awarded Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope for the city’s residents and visitors, the West 57th Pyramid in Manhattan and the Greenland National Gallery in Nuuk.
March 3rd, 2011 – 7:30pm

Los Angeles Conservancy Tour of Hughes Aircraft Campus Explores Aviation, Industrial History, and the Legacy of Howard Hughes
On Sunday, March 20, the Los Angeles Conservancy will offer a rare, one-time-only visit to the former headquarters of Hughes Aircraft. It was here that Howard Hughes and his team designed and built planes, helicopters, and most famously, the H-4 Hercules Flying Boat — more commonly known as the “Spruce Goose,” the largest plane ever to fly.
Sunday, March 20 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Neutra Practice at 85!
Dion Neutra, surviving principal of the continuing firm, and Fellow of the Neutra Institute, is asking for volunteers to help him plan a weekend of activities celebrating the 85th year in practice of the firm, starting with Richard Neutra’s 119th birthday on Friday, April 8, 2011. The weekend will continue with a day of activities, Saturday, and culminate with a grand walking Neutra site tour on Sunday, April 10. Negotiations are underway for parts of this to occur at the Eagle Rock Rec Center, and a reception at the VDL house.
April 9 – 10, 2011


Patrick Tighe, with composer Ken Ueno and fabricator Machineous: Out of Memory, SCI-Arc Gallery
Out of Memory, by Los Angeles-based firm Patrick Tighe Architecture, together with renowned composer Ken Ueno and fabricator Machineous, will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery between February 4 – March 13, 2011. Tighe’s installation, accompanied by a site-specific composition by Ueno, offers an experience at the convergence of sound, material, light, form and technology. Its soundscape is integral to the experience and used to explore the spatialization of sound within the physical boundaries of the SCI-Arc Gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 4, 7-9pm
Discussion: Friday, February 18, 7pm


Edward Cella Art + Architecture announces a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles native artist Laurie Frick.  Entitled Sleep Patterns, each of Frick’s wall-based works and a site specific installation, represent the resonant rhythms of the neural paths of the human mind. Using scientific tools to measure these, Frick desires to visually present our biological nature though a unique language of pattern. This is Frick’s debut exhibit with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, as well as her first on the West Coast.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 12, 2011 / 6:00 – 8:00 PM
February 12 through April 2, 2011


MAK Center Presents Two-Part Exhibtion, 91 92 93, With the Schindler House as the Backdrop
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House recently premiered the first half of a two-part exhibition, entitled 91 92 93 . The exhibition, presented in January and May, will examine the creation of an aesthetic idiom through key projects of the early 1990s with the migration of artists from New York to Los Angeles. Part one of the exhibition serves as a performative aspect, with the residence of Warren Niesluchowski, longtime assistant to Alanna Heiss of P.S. 1 in New York City. His piece will continue exploring concepts first presented in Simon Leung’s installation Warren Piece (in the 1970s) –which will be shown in part two of the exhibit–as a modern chapter in the enigmatic figure’s life.
Part One: January 4 to February 14, 2011
Part Two: May 11, 2011 to August 1, 2011


Charles Johnstone: Thirty-four Basketball Courts
Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Charles Johnstone: Thirty-four Basketball Courts. The exhibition will be on view from January 21 – February 25, 2011. An opening reception with the artist will be held on January 21 (5 – 8 pm).Even before seeing these photographs, one has a pretty good sense of what they are like. We expect them to be swift and noisy and gritty. Players charging down court, spinning past each other on their way to the basket. The swish of a chain net, or a resonant clang as the ball strikes the rim. More than likely there is a lot of swearing. But these aren’t those pictures. To our surprise, Charles Johnstone’s basketball courts are quiet, stately, and often graceful.
January 21 – February 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 21, 5 – 8 pm


Materials & Applications (M&A), architecture and landscape research center, welcomes Gail Peter Borden and his pair of towering structures.  ‘Light Frames’ has transformed M&A’s exhibition space in Silver Lake with a hand-assembled dual layered dome, made of 1,450 linear feet of steel EMT (standard electrical conduit) that soars delicately over the courtyard.  The second enclosed structure is an inflatable vinyl ‘chapel’ that explores spatial effects such as vaulting to provide not only a place for reflection and repose, but also to invoke a feeling of exaltation.  Assembled by community participants and USC Architecture students, ‘Light Frames’ is on view daily to the public, free of charge.
OPEN DAIILY till MARCH 2011, from 10am-10pm.

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