Delirious LA Calendar – January 24th, 2011


Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda, UCLA AUD Beyond the Fringe
Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda are both architects, regular contributors to El Croquis and founders of the Madrid-based office Amid.Cero9 ( Since 1998 they have taught at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ETSAM) and Escuela Superior de Arte y Arquitectura of Universidad Europea (ESAYA), and have been visiting teachers at Cornell, Paris-Malaquais, ESARQ and EPSA. They have won more than 30 prizes in national and international competitions, and their projects and writings have been collected in Breathable and From Cero9 to AMID. Their work has been featured in the Venice Biennale in 2010, 2004, 2002 and 2000.
Monday, January 24, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Kahn In Venice
The event is organized by the ISTITUO ITALIANO DI CULTURA in collaboration with The Architectural Archives – University of Pennsylvania, Sue Ann Kahn, ad with the generous contributions from enthusiastic supporters.The event will be preceded by a Symposium remembering Louis Kahn
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
5:00 – 6:00 pm Symposium- Sala Rossellini Theater
6:00 – 8:00 pm Exhibit opening followed by reception – Spazio Italia Gallery
8:00 – 9:30 pm Documentary screening – Sala Rossellini Theater

Christian Moeller, Tangible Cartoons, SCI-Arc
Working with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative and intense physical events, Christian Moeller realizes the handheld object to architectural scale installations. In 1990, Moeller founded his first studio and media laboratory in Germany; in 2001, he moved to the US, opening a studio in Hollywood. His work centers on complex investigations of what is revealed by the intersections of cinema, computation, music and physical space. In times characterized by increased drift towards sterile robotic behavior, Moeller is growing a series of large robotic sculptures for public spaces, which are well-mannered and (mostly) friendly.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 – 7:00pm

Otis College of Art and Design Presents the 2010-2011 DONGHIA Designer-In-Residence Lecture by Nader Tehrani of NADAAA & Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarkLee. Nip Tuck Diptych: A Combined Perspective on Geometry and Figuration, borrowing from various disciplines — from mathematics to tailoring — Tehrani and Johnston interrogate the shaping of architectural forms.  Operating at a range of scales from furniture and interiors, to buildings and landscapes, the diptych structure will offer an examination of the contrasting roles of the abstraction of mass and the articulation of skin in the work of the two practices.
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:30 PM Lecture, 9:00 PM Reception
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  The Lecture and Reception are free and open to the public. Self parking is recommended at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, located 1 block north of the Museum on Grand Avenue. Parking is a flat rate of $9/car after 4:30 PM.  First come/first served open-seating starting at 7:00 PM.

Design Preis Schweiz, A+D Museum
Swiss designers enjoy an excellent reputation for style, creativity and detailed execution – with creators either adhering to or standing at odds with the image of immaculate cleanliness Switzerland is known for. This January, the best of their designs come to the A+D Museum with the biennial Design Preis Schweiz / Swiss Design Award exhibition. The Swiss Design Award (Design Preis Schweiz) is a design competition that is open to Swiss designers living both in Switzerland and abroad, and to designers who make their products in Switzerland. Organized by the Design Center in Langenthal, Switzerland, and giving out its prizes every other year, the Design Preis features an international panel of judges among which is a revolving cast of greats such as Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison.
January 27, 2011 thru February 4, 2011

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Barker Hangar
After a successful inaugural edition produced in West Hollywood at the Pacific Design Center, the art fair relocates in 2011 to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The new venue allows the fair to grow to accommodate more art galleries and large scale special projects in an expansive venue with soaring 40 foot ceilings.
Opening Night Thursday, January 27, 8-10pm
Friday, January 28, 11am-7pm
Saturday, January 29, 11am-7pm
Sunday, January 30, 11am-6pm


State of Incarceration
Highways Performance Space Presents the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Examination of the Personal and Social Costs of Incarceration in the U.S.The performance space is filled wall-to-wall with 60 bunk-beds, the same model used in the prison system. The performance State of Incarceration takes place in this restrictive prison architecture that replicates the over-crowded California State Prisons. The US Supreme Court is at present deliberating whether these conditions prevalent in the California State Prisons constitute cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Constitution.
Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29 – 8:30pm

Art, Architecture and California Culture: The Works of Kenton Nelson
American scene painting, Regionalism and the work of WPA artists of the 1930s inspires the current work of Pasadena artist Kenton Nelson whose subjects are often iconic images of Southern California life and style.
Lecture: $12, free to Friends of the Gamble House (FoGH) members. Studio tour: $20, $15 to FoGH members. Reservations are required.
Saturday, January 29, 2011 – 1:00pm
Open Studio Tour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm follows lecture.


Sustainable Park Landscapes
What do we mean when we use the terms “native plants” or “sustainable” in the context of a public park?  The City of Santa Monica will host an Educational Workshop – part of a series of workshops which engage the community in the design of two new parks for the Santa Monica Civic Center.  Members of the park design team under the leadership of James Corner Field Operations will make in-depth presentations on sustainable landscapes and discuss opportunities for the new parks.  Bob Perry, professor, author and preeminent expert on ecology, water conservation and California native plants.  John Greenlee, internationally recognized horticulturalist, grass and meadow expert, author, lecturer Lisa Switkin and Sarah Weidner Astheimer lead park designers with James Corner Field Operations
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 1-2:30 pm

MADE UP: Design’s Fictions
MADE UP: Design’s Fictions presents the work of major and emerging international practices that forecast, hypothesize, muse, skylark, role-play, put-on-airs, freak-out or otherwise fake-it to produce work that is relevant to our increasingly confusing and accelerated world. Curated by Tim Durfee with Haelim Paek; installation by Tim Durfee and Like Now. Includes work by Agency, Juliette Bellocq, Commonwealth, Hernan Diaz-Alonzo, Syd Mead, Metahaven and others.
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Richard Hassell, Founding Director, WOHA, , UCLA AUD Beyond the Fringe
WOHA is a design practice focused on the built environment and was formed in 1994 by Singaporean Wong Mun Summ and Australian Richard Hassell . WOHA’s philosophy is to explore the intersections of culture, context, history, nature, climate, sustainability and social behaviour to inform innovative design. WOHA has no fixed formal language or style, instead each project evolves around a set of objectives and strategies that emerge from within the project. What does unite the works of the practice is a focus on making spaces that delight the end-user and enhance the environment.
Monday, January 31, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Hernan Diaz Alonso: The Forms of Plenty, SCI-Arc
Considered an influential voice of his generation, Hernan Diaz Alonso, principal of Los Angeles-based Xefirotarch, has achieved wide recognition for his biomorphic models exhibited both in architecture and art museums around the world. In 2005, Diaz Alonso was the winner of PS1 MoMa’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition.  His work has since been the subject of solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MAK Centre, Vienna. He is scheduled to produce a solo show at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2012. Recently, Diaz Alonso was named Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – 7:00pm

FORM EVENT: February 3 – Jan/Feb’s Inspiration, Panelists Yazdani, Ball, O’Herlihy, Chu – RSVP
Join FORM February 3 as we celebrate January/February’s Inspiration issue and the AIA/LA Design Awards supplement at Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. The event will feature a panel discussion on inspiration with AIA/LA Design Award winners Mehrdad Yazdani, Benjamin Ball, Lorcan O’Herlihy, and Annie Chu. Moderator will be Michael Webb, architecture/design writer and FORM contributor.
Thursday February 3, 2011 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

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


Francios Roche, Principal, R&Sie(n), UCLA AUD Beyond the Fringe
R&Sie(n) is a practice based in Paris exploring architectural work that is simultaneously organic, biological and critical. They seek to articulate the real and/or fictional, geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them. Founded in 1989 by François Roche (1961, Paris) and Stéphanie Lavaux (1966, the French Island Réunion) R&Sie(n) unfolds protocols through the re-staging of different kinds of contemporary relationships: aesthetical, machinist, computational and even artificial. They employ speculations and fictions as operative strategies to unalienate operative modes and infiltrate “media culture” in order to subvert its conventions. They consider architectural identity as emanating from uncertainty principles defined through provisional processes and forms in which animism, vitalism and mechanism become vectors of dynamic mutations. Francois Roche has taught at the Bartlett School, U Penn, Angewangde, USC, and Columbia where he leads the architectural research lab.
Monday, February 7, 2011 – 6:30 pm

Benedetta Tagliabue: Recent Work, SCI-Arc
Under the directorship of Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT works with architectural projects, open spaces, urbanism, rehabilitation and exhibitions. Conserving the spirit of the Spanish and Italian artisan architectural studio tradition, which espouses collaboration rather than specialization, their architectural philosophy and practice dedicates special attention to context. The firm’s work includes iconic buildings and public spaces such as the Gas Natural Tower, the Santa Caterina market and the Diagonal Mar Park in Barcelona, Spain, the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Utrecht town council and a music school in Hamburg, Germany. Exploring her own architecture and its relationships with other disciplines, Tagliabue’s exhibitions fuse landscape, urbanism and fashion.
Wednesday, February 9th 2011 – 7:00pm

Submit your Projects: AIA|LA Seeking Homes for 2011 Tours
AIA|LA is looking for homes to be considered for inclusion in the 2011 Spring and Fall Home Tour Series. Heavily featured in the media and largely successful with the public, the annual AIA|LA Home Tours are a great way to promote your work, share your design ideas and implementations, and offer your clients a privileged opportunity to open their home to a selected public and proudly display their residence.
Friday February 11, 2011 by 12:00pm

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


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

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

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


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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