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SCI-Arc Future Initiatives, Postgraduate Program




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Future Initiatives generates greater exposure for its research findings within both academic and professional discussions by publishing semi-annual publications that will capture the results of each three term sequence of study as well as invite professional and academic contributions from individuals from the fields of architecture, city design, planning, real estate development and city management.

December 2009

Onramp, No. 2, 2007-2009
Edited by Florencia Pita

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Available at the SCI-Arc Supply Store
A publication of selected work by SCI-Arc graduate and undergraduate students, the second edition of ONRAMP features projects from the 2007-2009 academic years. They range from plans for a “Library for the 21st Century” to a vision for “Family Dwelling after the Zombie Wars.” Works from studios at every level is shown alongside ideologies and methods of execution, revealing a different way of going about the business of educating the next wave of architects. ONRAMP is a catalog of diverse, compelling and unorthodox work being done by SCI-Arc students.

 

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November 2009

SCIFI’s A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles
Edited by Peter Zellner
Available only at the SCI-Arc Supply Store
If you could remake the transit infrastructure in Los Angeles, how would you go about it? The Future Initiatives program at SCI-Arc asked and got answers ranging from regional high-speed rail to innovative vehicle redesign. Published with the support of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, the 156-page book documents the results of the transit competition. Inspired by LA County Measure R—a half cent sales tax that promises up to $40 billion in transit funding in coming decades—the competition drew 75 proposals from architecture firms and students throughout the U.S. and from four other countries.

 

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May 2009

Vernon – Void City
Edited by Christopher Michlig
Vernon’s industrial makeup has evolved continuously for the past 100 years to maintain its economic viability in relation to global and local markets. Its “exclusively industrial” motto is essential to its identity, though what qualifies as “industrial” requires increased scrutiny and analysis. Vernon is immune to the language and practice of “potentiality” that drives the re-development of urban industrial architecture into residential communities. In place of that discussion is the question of how to optimize Vernon’s ecology of industrial development. SCI-Arc’s studio engaged in a deep understanding of Vernon’s flows and trajectories in order to render hybrid urbanisms, synthesizing commerce, infrastructure, culture, and ecology. Issues of remediation and reclamation are eschewed in recognition of Vernon’s dynamic industrial history and character as essential to its industrial ecology.

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February 2008

Onramp, No. 1
Edited by Florencia Pita
Available only at the SCI-Arc Supply Store
ONRAMP is the first publication of all-student work created by SCI-Arc and depicts selected projects from the 2006-2007 academic year. Each studio, at every level, is shown alongside the teacher’s ideologies and methods of execution, revealing a wholly different way of going about the business of educating the next wave of architects. Edited by faculty member Florencia Pita, the publication will be an annual catalog of diverse, compelling and unorthodox work being done by SCI-Arc faculty and students.

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January 2008

Primitives: Fall 2007 1A Installation book 
Edited by Andy Ku, Marcos Sanchez and Jenny Wu
Available only at the SCI-Arc Supply Store
Primitives documents the creative and design processes leading to the new installation by the 2007 1A Studio, which joins the 2006 and 2005 1A Studio installations still on display. The publication provides the original project brief along with a reflection by Marcos Sanchez on the many stages of design, starting with intricate paper sculptures made by each student, to small group models informed by the original shapes and mutated in various ways and finally to the construction of the installation itself.

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October 2007

Who Says What Architecture Is?
By Eric Owen Moss

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A collection of SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss’ introductions, essays and lectures. Moss draws from a wide range of literary, philosophical and historic sources to discuss the work of architects and theorists from all over the world who have lectured at SCI-Arc, as well as central themes such as 9/11 and the urban development of Los Angeles.

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2006

Paffard Keating Clay
Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s)

By Eric Keune

Click to purchase on Amazon.comThis publication documents the relatively unknown work of Paffard Keatinge-Clay and brings to light the importance of the work in representing its time, as well as the influence of those for whom Keatinge-Clay worked. This is the first retrospective study of Keatinge-Clay’s architectural projects and, as such, is an important record of an academically and socially significant body of work.

Paffard Keatinge-Clay is a unique figure in American architectural history. Born in England, he trained in Europe, at the AA in London then at the ETH in Zürich, then worked for Le Corbusier in Paris in 1948. Keatinge-Clay then came to America and apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 and 1951. He practiced in America until the mid-1970s, yet his work remains largely unknown, even in San Francisco, where he worked for over twenty years. His own brand of orthodox modernism was decidedly out of step with the prevailing “Bay Area Modernism” exemplified by figures like Moore, Wurster, McCue, and Turnbull, who dominated both the academic and professional arenas at the time. As a result, Keatinge-Clay garnered minimal recognition in the area and struggled to execute his own unique and expressive architectural language. Keatinge-Clay lives in Malaga, Spain, where he is a practising sculptor.

 

2006

Zago Architecture and Office dA: Two Installations
Edited by Julianna Morais, Martha Read and Dora Epstein-Jones

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This book chronicles the responses of two experimental architectural firms to the opportunity to design and build, with the assistance of their students at SCI-Arc, a site specific exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery, and explores their work through the lectures they delivered at SCI-Arc and through in-depth interviews conducted by SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss.

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2005

Sessions
Edited by Hernan Diaz Alonso and Julianna Morais

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Sessions features interviews, conducted by Jeff Kipnis, with five members of SCI-Arc’s faculty, young architects and theorists whose work embraces the possibilities of new computer technology to advance the architectural discourse. It features projects by Hernan Diaz Alonso (Xefirotarch), Marcelo Spina (PATTERNS), Marta Male, George Yu (George Yu Architects), and Benjamin Bratton (The Culture Industry).

 

SCI-Arc's SCIFI is an intensive research-based, post-professional degree program and think tank dedicated to generating pertinent examinations of contemporary civic design, city formulation, and urban regulation.


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