Delirious LA Calendar – March 7, 2011


HAMMER Lecture : Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando is the only architect to have won the discipline’s four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize. His award-winning designs can be seen throughout Japan, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. Taschen’s recently published comprehensive monograph of his work is entitled Ando’s Complete Works to Date 1975-2010.  Architect and colleague Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture will serve as translator for Mr. Ando.  A book signing will precede the lecture.
Tuesday, March 8 2011 – 7:00pm
Billy Wilder Theater

Peter Cook: Part 2 – The Forgotten Art of Architectural Composition

SCI-Arc hosts Part Two in a mini-series of special lectures by renowned English architect Sir Peter Cook, a founding member of the 1960s futurist group Archigram and a visiting faculty member at SCI-Arc. The event is open to the public.  Cook taught architecture from 1990 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, until he retired in 2005.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – 12:00pm

Darin Johnstone: too small to fail
Darin Johnstone, a member of SCI-Arc’s design faculty since 2002, established djA (darin johnstone Architecture) in 2004. He is also a founding member of the architectural design collaborative fluxAnD, established in 1999.
djA engages architecture as an overarching discipline accepting a wide range of design challenges including: architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, furniture design and graphic design projects. The practice is currently working on a series of research projects exploring contemporary materials and the role of generative computational methods in the design and fabrication process. In 2006, LA Architect featured djA as one of the ’10 to watch’ in Los Angeles.
Friday March 11, 2011 – 1:00pm

The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Australia to Pasadena
“The Transcontinental Bungalow: From Australia to Pasadena” 4 pm, March 12, 2011, at Ahmanson Auditorium, Art Center College of Art and Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. Pasadena author Ericka Esau explores how Australian homes were influenced by the Craftsmen ideal that was all the rage in Southern California in the late 1800s and early 1900s. $12, free to Friends of the Gamble House (FoGH) members. Reservations are required. (626) 793-3334 ext. 52 or visit
Saturday March 12, 2011 – 4:00pm

The Emerging Professionals Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Long Beach / South Bay Chapter, present three lectures in conjunction with LOFT WALK 2011(Sat Mar 12) in the library of the International Tower, during the LOFT WALK:  5:30pm – Long Beach in the 60s, a historical perspective, by Stan Poe (LB Heritage President).  6:00pm – Mid-Century Modern Architecture and the International Tower by Dr. Louise Ivers.  6:30pm – The Structural Engineering of the International Tower by Ken O’Dell of MHP Structural Engineers.
Saturday, March 12, 2011

inBooks – The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon

Hollywood’s famous sign, constructed of massive white block letters set into a steep hillside, is an emblem of the movie capital it looms over and an international symbol of glamour and star power.  To so many who see its image, the sign represents the earthly home of that otherwise ethereal world of fame, stardom and celebrity–the goal of American and worldwide aspiration to be in the limelight, to be, like the Hollywood sign itself, instantly recognizable.  Leo Braudy is currently University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Upcomming LA River Tours
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)
Saturday March 12, 2011
Elysian Valley-Long Beach, w/Boyle Heights taqueria  (carpool)
(tentative date–check Eventbrite site after 3/1)
9am-~5pm (w/option to leave midday)
Sunday March 27, 2011

DOCENTS SOUGHT FOR THE BEACH HOUSE: Where Hollywood celebrity meets Santa Monica’s beach culture

The Santa Monica Conservancy announces a new opportunity to train as a docent for the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Volunteers will be asked to attend three lectures and on-site training and to dedicate at least six hours per month to giving free public tours of this award-winning public beach club at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The lectures will take place on Saturday afternoons, March 12, 26 and April 9, from 2 – 5 P.M. at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street (near Colorado Blvd.) in Santa Monica.  Metered parking is available underground or in adjacent parking structures. The Saturday afternoon lectures (see details below) are also open to non-docent attendees who will be asked for a small donation toward the Conservancy’s educational programs.
Saturday March 12, 2011 – Historian Marc Wanamaker
Saturday March 26, 2011 - Documentary filmmaker Elaina Archer “The True Story of Marion Davies”
April 9, 2011 - Christy McAvoy, Historic Resources Group

Mockups – WUHO Gallery

Installations by David Freeland + Brennan Buck, Jason King, Chris Puzio, John Southern, Marcel Sanchez-Prieto + Adriana Cuellar, Kelly Bair, Jennifer Bonner, Maxi Spina (Woodbury University School of Architecture Adjunct Faculty) .
WUHo Gallery, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., March 15th-20th.
Opening Reception- Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 7-10pm
Exhibition Panel Discussion- Sunday, March 20th 2011, 5-6pm
Panel Moderators- Chandler Ahrens, Ewan Branda

Eric Owen Moss + Audience of Objects Exhibitors: Exhibition Discussion

SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discusses the Audience of Objects  exhibition currently on view at SCI-Arc with exhibitors: Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, B+U; Hernan Diaz Alonso, Xefirotarch; Craig Hodgetts and Hsinming Fung, Hodgetts + Fung; Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini; Alexis Rochas, I/O; and Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich, PATTERNS.  The exhibition in the SCI-Arc Library Gallery includes six projects previously “seated” in the Austrian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennal, curated by Moss. The curatorial objective for the Pavilion was to use an imaginative design means to communicate the most imaginative prospects for contemporary Austrian architecture and urban design around the world, as well as to represent Austria as both a unique repository of architectural talent, and an attentive welcomer of a new spirit of foreign architectural invention. Design works of international architects who have taught in Austria were displayed in the “Audience of Objects” exhibition inside the 2010 Austrian Pavilion.
Wednesday March 16, 2011 – 7:00pm

Stainless-steel flowers weighing 2000 pounds, and some other stuff

Metallotus is a stainless-steel sculpture in the shape of a large lotus flower suspended over the courtyard of the Medallion project at Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Los Angeles. The sculpture is a fabrication and engineering achievement, measuring 28 feet in diameter and weighing a total of 2,000 pounds. It involved two engineers, one metal bending shop, a metal polishing shop, two metal fabricators, a welder, a specialty rigging company, and sign-offs from 26 different agencies. Electroland created complex studies, models and patterns to guide all aspects of the fabrication process. Cameron McNall will share anecdotes and the insights gained from this effort, and talk about some other new Electroland projects not yet published.
Thursday March 17, 2011 – 6:00pm

Making Place at LACE de LaB
This March, de LaB ponders ideas around placemaking and gets a little abstract in the process! Join us as we celebrate and discuss the completion of the Making Place: Painted Over/Under Part 3 exhibition with our newest de LaB host and Making Place curator Erin Cullerton. Featuring work by architecture firms Predock_Frane Architects, Chee Salette Architecture Office, and Florencia Pita mod, Making Place is the architecture-inspired section of a yearlong exhibition conceptualized by artist Kim Schoenstadt. Showcasing two-dimensional, abstracted vignettes of the Los Angeles cityscape as both an exercise in artful placemaking and a response to the powerful imagery of forgotten urban landscapes, Making Place explores the myriad ways Los Angeles has layered itself into a complex network of activity at once dense and urbanistically challenged.
Thurdsay March 17, 2011 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

The AIPAD Photography Show NEW YORK
Joseph Bellows Gallery will be participating together with more than seventy of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries to present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.
Thursday, March 17 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Mohamed Sharif: Recent Work
Mohamed Sharif is principal of Sharif Studio. Prior to joining SCI-Arc, he was Assistant Chair of the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department at Otis for two years and has taught at schools including his alma mater and RISD since 1994. Between 1997-2008, Sharif worked with significant practices including Koning Eizenberg, where he was associate from 2005 to 2008. Between 2007-2009, he was President of the LA Forum. His essays have been published in journals and periodicals including 306090, arq, Constructs and Log. He serves on the editorial board of arq (Architectural Research Quarterly; Cambridge University Press).
Friday, March 18, 2011 – 1:00pm

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

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Association for Women in Architecture (or The AWA) and The Ebell Society presents: Women with T-Squares
In her book Inge Horton details the lives, careers, and work of fifty, largely unknown, path-breaking California women in architecture.  She deftly chronicles the triumphs and challenges these women faced entering and claiming space in the largely male-dominated field.  Her talk is illustrated with portraits of the architects and photographs of their work.  Inge Schaefer Horton is a retired city planner with a strong background in architecture who now devotes her time to the research of women architects and preservation issues in San Francisco.  She is the author of several articles and two previous books on architecture in Berlin and Paris/Brussels and is a contributing author to the 2010 book Design on the Edge, celebrating the centennial of the Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Tuesday March 22, 2011, Reception at 6:00pm, Lecture at 6:30pm
For tickets, please call (323) 931-1277×131 or email

Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded the Berlin based practice Barkow Leibinger Architects in 1993. Characterized by the interaction of practice, research, and teaching, the firm’s “interdisciplinary, discursive attitude allows its work to expand and respond to advancing knowledge and technology.” Recent designs include a gatehouse and factory-campus event space in Stuttgart, Germany and the TRUTEC Office Building in Seoul, Korea. Pursuing their interest in digitally tooled material, Barkow Leibinger’s recent research projects investigate revolving laser cutting and CNC-cut translucent concrete formwork with an application to facade systems, pre-cast concrete, and ceramic elements.
Thursday March 23, 2011 – 6:00pm
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Joshua Prince-Ramus Lecture at Woodbury University
Joshua Prince-Ramus is Principal of REX, a firm that thinks it’s time for Architecture to do things again, not just represent things. REX recently completed the acclaimed Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas and the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Current work includes Museum Plaza, a mixed-use skyscraper housing a contemporary art center in Louisville, Kentucky and the new Central Library and Music Conservatory for the city of Kortrijk, Belgium. Prince-Ramus was the founding partner of OMA New York-the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)/Rem Koolhaas in the Netherlands- renaming the firm REX in 2006.  For OMA, Prince-Ramus was in charge of the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas and the Seattle Central Library, hailed as TIME magazine’s “2004 Building of the Year”.
Ahmanson Main Space, Woodbury University School of Architecture
Friday March 25, 2011 – 7:00pm
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CaliFERNication de LaB
It’s no longer true that Inglewood is up to no good. On Saturday, March 26th, we’re heading south (but still east of La Brea) for a visit with (fer) studio. The architects behind Father’s Office in Culver City and Zen Zoo in Hollywood are currently working on a revitalization plan for Inglewood’s underutilized Market Street. The master plan centers on a proposed MTA stop and explores the possibility of an urban agriculture zone, adaptive re-use zoning, and a green belt and water reservoir.
Saturday March 26th, 2011 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

“Fashions from Literature”
See what Elizabeth Bennett, Dorian Gray, Scarlet O’Hara, Jane Eyre, Daisy Buchanan and other favorite literary heroes and heroines would have worn in their respective eras.  Learn why only in the imagination of the printed word could there be such a thing as a bodice ripper! Excerpts from some of the most famous works ever written will come to life as historically accurate recreations of the costumes of the period are displayed before you.
Tickets go on sale: February 28, 2011
Show on Saturday, March 26, 2011


Material Beyond Materials: A Composite Tectonics Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing
The two-day special event taking place on the SCI-Arc campus combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. Conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.
The conference debuts Friday, March 25 with a keynote lecture by Evan Douglis, Dean of Rensselaer Polytechnic and Principal of Evan Douglis Studio. The following day, Saturday, March 26, features dynamic panel discussions and presentations on topics including Integrating Complexity, Synthesizing Behavior, Performing Environments and Manufacturing Construction.
Friday March 25, 2011 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday March 26, 2011 – 10:00am to 5:00pm


The second annual West Adams Heritage Association’s Art in Historic Places tour, “Celebrate the Arts:  Artists of West Adams,” on Saturday, March 26, features architecturally diverse historic venues in several West Adams neighborhoods, all showcasing works by professional and emerging local fine artists, who work in a variety of media and genres, from traditional to cutting-edge contemporary.  They include:  Linda Frost, Donald Ferguson, Jenny Hager, Joan Tucker, Paul Papanek and Tolanna (Georgia Toliver).  All of the participating artists live and/or work in the Historic West Adams area. The self-guided driving tour includes both turn-of-the-century and post-WWI residences, including Craftsman bungalows and Spanish villas, artists’ studios, and other historic structures. Tickets:  General admission $30, paid online after March 19 and/or at the door on day of tour. The last day-of-tour ticket will be sold at 1 p.m.; tour properties close at 4 p.m.  Advance early bird tickets, paid no later than March 19, are $25 (postmarked by March 15). This is a self-guided, driving tour; allow three-plus hours.
Saturday, March 26 2011 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

2011 AIA Los Angeles 2011 Spring Home Tour Series
Luxurious living, Hollywood royalty, extravagant lifestyles and the beautiful Southern California architecture are what draw so many to Los Angeles. Let the American Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles give you a peek into the glitz and glamour of, “about Sunset living,” with the self-guided Home Tour, “East and West of the 405.”
Sunday March 27, 2011- 11:00am to 4:00pm

Modeling Urban Dynamics
De Landa is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York, the Gilles Deleuze Chair of Contemporary Philosophy and Science at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, a lecturer at the Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and adjunct professor at Pratt Institute the School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts.
Wednesday March 30, 2011 – 6:00pm

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.
Volunteers should contact Dion with a resume at
SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE: Visitors will view a 10 minute archival film entitled ‘Destruction’, which depicts the dramatic and heartrending demolition of the 1936 Von Sternberg House!
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 – 10, 2011


Edward Cella Art + Architecture announces a solo exhibition of a trilogy of new    works by contemporary artist and sculptor Brad Miller. Using the elements of clay, wood and fire, Miller creates three interconnected yet discrete bodies of work that suggest the life generating systems found in nature. His installation of branching porcelain sculptures, burned wood panels inscribed with bisymmetric forms, and carved clay vessels evoke the cellular patterns that are the very genesis of life.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23, 2011 / 6:00 – 8:00 PM
April 23 through June 28, 2011


25th Annual Last Remaining Seats.
The Los Angeles Conservancy celebrates a quarter century of presenting classic films and live entertainment in historic theatres. May 25 – June 29; Wednesdays at 8 p.m., plus bonus screenings Sunday, June 26 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Palace Theatre. All screenings in the Broadway Historic Theatre District of downtown Los Angeles. Advance tickets $20 for general public, $16 for L.A. Conservancy members. Tickets on sale March 30 to members, April 13 to general public. (213) 430-4219
May 25, 2011 to June 29, 2011 – Wednesdays starting at 8:00pm


MAK Center Presents: Schindler Lab, Round One
As a locus for artistic experimentation, the MAK Center not only preserves R.M. Schindler’s landmark home, it seeks to keep his spirit of innovation alive. Schindler Lab launches an ongoing series that pairs a local emerging artist and architect to build complementary installations in the house as a device for expressing their precise, inventive way of seeing Schindler’s logic and methods. Projects will be collaborative or in tandem. Artist and architect must have developed a relationship with the house from serial time spent in the space, resulting in a bona fide “love” of the house.
Round One features artist Olivia Booth and architect Thurman Grant.
Sara Daleiden is the curator and series initiator for Schindler Lab.
The opening reception will feature a performance by dancer/choreographer Nancy Sandercock responding to the work.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
March 6 – April 24th
Saturday, April 2 at 2pm: Curator and artist-led walk-through.

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A+D, The Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles presents SOUPERgreen, an exhibition of new architectural work that offers a compelling alternative to the conventional idea of “being green.” Highlighting the fact that technology is a key factor in the environmental crisis-to some a main cause, to others the best answer-this work questions the corresponding ways “green technology” is normally cast as a form of penance, and asked to “solve the problem” (as in “please-make-it-go-away-I-don’t-want-to-hear-about-it”). Instead, these five projects promote an attitude that looks at technology as a uniquely human means of expression, through which the “natural”-in its broadest sense-can be engaged and made more visible.
February 12 – April 14, 2011


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


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


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

Theodore Svenningsen – Truth and Self Deception
In Svenningsen’s text pieces the work exists at a place where narrative meanings of words can give way to being seen solely as aesthetic objects. The work explores this conflation of the narrative and the aesthetic. Some of the pieces are self-referential. These pieces investigate, critically, the underpinnings of theory-driven art. Some explore the interrelationships between individual persons and the larger group, and look at the difficulties and inabilities of these certain individuals to fit in. Logic symbolism forms the bases of the aesthetic element in a number of the pieces.
Opening Reception: February 20, 2011- 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Exhibition dates:February 20 – March 20


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

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.
Through March 13, 2011


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.

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 Two: May 11, 2011 to August 1, 2011