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Research & Deploy, The LA Forum’s fall lecture Series, examines the role of research in contemporary architectural practice.

Los Angeles’ Architectural history is deeply ingrained with technological, material, formal and cultural experimentation. Explorations including Wright’s textile blocks, the fabrication techniques of Charles and Ray Eames, and Gehry’s formal and material developments have all pioneered new territory for the discipline of architecture.

Today’s Pioneers continue westward expansion armed with a range of interests unique to the contemporary moment. This series will zoom in on a group of practitioners whose research at the margins of the discipline is expanding the architectural designer’s territory for play. From advanced technology to cultural aesthetics, a dizzying array of new trajectories is quickly taking shape. For these designers research is a practice based, not a project based activity. The cultural value of this approach is that it offers disciplinary intelligence without the shackles of sensibility.

Please join the LA Forum in listening to and interrogating design practices whose outputs graph the myriad trajectories of our multiple collective futures.


Devyn Weiser (Testa & Weiser) / Heather Roberge (Murmur)
10/8/2009, 7:30pm
@ The MAK Center for Art + Architecture
835 North Kings Rd., 90069

Joshua G. Stein (Radical Craft) / Aaron Sprecher + Chandler Ahrens (Open Source Architecture)
10/29/2009, 7:30pm
@ The MAK Center for Art + Architecture
835 North Kings Rd., 90069

Christian Moeller / Rob Ley (Urbana)

11/5/2009, 7:30pm
@ Lace (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd., 90069

Andrew Zago (Zago Architecture) with response from Jeffrey Kipnis, Professor of Architecture, Ohio State University
11/19/2009, 7:30pm
@ The MAK Center for Art + Architecture
835 North Kings Rd., 90069

All lectures free for members, $10 for non-members