The Blindspot Initiative exhibition opens at 6pm on 7 February 2014 at the Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles. USC Professors Biayna Bogosian, Myles Sciotto and Jose Sanchez are among the exhibitors, along with USC Annenberg Fellow, Behnaz Farahi.
USC Professor Neil Leach was interviewed recently on a Slovenian radio station about his views on architecture. The interview was accompanied by music by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, and may be heard here: http://radiostudent.si/kultura/arhitektura-govori/arhitektura-govori-trinajsti%C4%8D-neil-leach
The Alice in Wonderland installation from the interactive studio directed by Neil Leach and Myles Sciotto is currently on display at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Building Site. The project was completed by Justin Edwards, Corey Koczarski, Nicolle Landowski, Vince Tang, Kristina Lambros, Paulina Shahery, Philip Royster, Anish Tilak, Simon Liu and Kevin Tan. For video of the installation see: http://vimeo.com/89476130
Alvin Huang is giving a lecture today at 6.00pm in the Gin D. Wong Conference Center, USC School of Architecture, entitled, “Coincidence | Incidence | Interference: Exploratory Practice and Moiré.” Alvin is currently an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. He has also taught design studios and master classes at the Architectural Association (London), Tongji University (Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Beijing), University of Lund (Sweden) and Chelsea College of Art (London). His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008 along with numerous design awards including a 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIA California Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.
An interactive installation, ‘Living Wall’, by USC Post Professional Alumna, Behnaz Farahi, is on display in the ‘Sight, Sound and Space’ exhibition in the Main Gallery of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Behnaz is currently a PhD student on the interdivisional Media Arts and Practice PhD program. ‘Living Wall’ is a prototype adaptive wall consisting of stretched fabric over a series of aluminum members activated by Shape Memory Alloy springs and controlled an Arduino control board: http://imap.usc.edu/news-and-events/sight-sound-space/#.UpY7gpVCaFI
A building designed by USC Post Professional MArch alumnus, Wenqing Li, has been published by ArchDaily. The building, a flagship store, is located in the Wudaokou District of Beijing, close to Tsinghua University. Wenqing Li, who studied at USC from 2010 to 2011, also acts as a consultant for Autodesk. For further details of the project see: http://www.archdaily.com/449691/west-street-number-1-6a2-studio-architectural-design-and-research-institute-of-tsinghua-universit
Thom Mayne gave a lecture and took part in a subsequent discussion with Joe Day at USC School of Architecture on 20 November 2013. Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972. Mr. Mayne is an alumnus of USC, co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. Morphosis works have been published extensively. The firm has been the subject of numerous exhibitions and 25 monographs.
Greg Lynn gave a lecture on his recent research into carbon fibre and composite construction at USC School of Architecture on 20 November 2013. Greg has been at the cutting edge of design in both architecture and design culture in general when it comes to the use of the computer. The buildings, projects, publications, teachings and writings associated with his office have been influential in the acceptance and use of the advanced technologies germane to the aeronautic, automobile and film industries of Southern California in architecture. Forbes magazine named Lynn one of the top ten trend- setters in Architecture in 2005 and Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. He was named a 2010 fellow of United States Artists (USA) and recipient of the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture.
USC Professor Neil Leach will be taking part in the conference, The Politics of Parametricism, taking place on 15-16 November in the Redcat Theater, Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles. This two-day conference organized by Matthew Poole and Manuel Shvartzberg includes a range of international experts from architectural practice and theory, and explores urgent questions that concern the social and political ramifications at stake in the evolution of computational design. Other speakers include Phil Bernstein (Autodesk), Benjamin Bratton (UCSD), Christina Cogdell (UCD), Teddy Cruz (UCSD), Peggy Deamer (Yale), Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation), Laura Kurgan (Columbia), Reinhold Martin (Columbia) & Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects, London). For further details see: http://www.redcat.org/event/politics-parametricism