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Film Screening & Conversation: Face of a Nation

February 28, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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USC Architecture faculty Mina Chow will screen her feature documentary FACE OF A NATION: “What Happened to the World’s Fair?” Chow began FACE OF A NATION in 2010 after she visited the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the first World’s Fair in China and with over 73 million visitors. She found the U.S. pavilion to be an uninspired disappointment, and the film explores the U.S.’s declining participation in World’s Fairs over the last 25 years and questions the country’s role in the world and perceptions of America’s image.

 

A Q&A with the below panelists will follow the screening:

Professor Nicholas J. Cull, USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy

Assoc. Professor Jay Wang, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Beverly Payeff-Masey, Executive Director, The Masey Archives of US Exhibitions

 

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8B72IPRm8&t=4s

 

For more information on this film, visit https://arch.usc.edu/news/mina-chow%E2%80%99s-face-nation-premieres-nov-3.

 

Lecture: Benjamin Ball & Gaston Nogues

April 04, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Benjamin Ball explores an intersection between architecture, public art and industrial design. In 2004 he began collaborating with Gaston Nogues as Ball-Nogues Studio. Essential to each of their projects is the "design" of the production process, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. The Studio has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa where his mother's involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree, Ball worked for Frank Gehry and upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series). As an architect, his experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions to complex medical structures and event design. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball explores new materials, develops custom digital tools, and applies architectural techniques in unorthodox ways.

 

Gaston Nogues studied architecture at SCI-Arc from 1989-1993. He founded Ball-Nogues Studio with  fellow Sci-Arc alumnus Benjamin Ball in 2004, where he currently explores an intersection of public art, architecture and fabrication. The Studio produces a diverse body of work with the aim of making environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. Nogues was born and raised in Buenos Aires before moving to Los Angeles at age 12. Frequently accompanying his father to his job as an aerospace engineer, Nogues acquired a fascination with the hands-on process of building. An honors graduate in architecture from SCI-Arc, he moved directly from school into a position at Gehry Partners where he worked in product design and production and became a specialist in creative fabrication. He remained there until 2005 except for a one-year stint in 1996 as an assistant curator at a fine arts publishing house, Gemini GEL. In his current collaboration with Benjamin Ball, Nogues is focused on fabricating what they visualize; on process as it relates to the built object. In his spare time, Nogues is learning to fly paragliders.

 

Lecture: Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul

April 11, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Minsuk Cho founded the Seoul-based firm Mass Studies in 2003. He has been committed to the discourse of architecture through socio-cultural and urban research, and mostly built works, which have been recognized globally. Representative works include the Pixel House, Missing Matrix, Bundle Matrix, Shanghai Expo 2010: Korea Pavilion, Daum Space.1, Tea Stone/Innisfree, Southcape, Dome-ino, and the Daejeon University Residential College. Active beyond his practice, he co-curated the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, and was the commissioner and co-curator of the Korean Pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, which was awarded the Gold Lion for Best National Participation. In late 2014, PLATEAU Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, held their first ever architecture exhibition, highlighting his works in a solo exhibition titled "Before/After: Mass Studies Does Architecture." Cho is an active lecturer and speaker at symposiums worldwide.

 

Lecture: Hansy Better Barraza, Studio Luz, Boston

March 21, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Hansy received her first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University (1997) and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School (2000). In 2002, Hansy co-founded Studio Luz Architects – a progressive architecture firm that serves a diverse client base on residential, commercial, institutional, and cultural projects. The firm has been recognized as one of Architecture Record Magazine’s Design Vanguard and the work garnered many local and national design awards. Additionally, Hansy is a co-founder of BR+A+CE, a non-profit that builds new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues facing communities around the world.

 

 As Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hansy has also deepened her commitment to socially engaged architecture through academic research and teaching. Her book, Where are the Utopian Visionaries: Architecture of Social Exchange by Prestel Press engages in the exchange of ideas, techniques and visions of a more socially just  and diverse understanding for the discipline of architecture, where those people historically relegated to silence and invisibility are given real agency.

 

Lecture: Gary Bates, SPACEGROUP, Oslo

March 07, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Gary Bates founded SPACEGROUP with Gro Bonesmo in 1999. The office quickly made its mark by winning major international competitions such as the Prostneset Ferry Terminal in Tromsø, the Vestbane National Library, the Filipstad Masterplan, and the Oslo Central Station.  He is currently involved in SPACEGROUP projects worldwide, from Cote D’Ivoire, Novosibirsk Russia, Louisville, New York, and Azerbaijan, and has been a visiting teacher, lecturer, and critic at the University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, The Oslo School of Architecture (AHO), Syracuse University and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, amongst others.

 

Lecture: Olafur Eliasson, A Vision and Voices Event

February 27, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

USC Tutor Center Ballroom

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A Visions & Voices Event

 

ADMISSION:
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, February 6, at 9 a.m. Reception to follow.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

DESCRIPTION:
Encounter Olafur Eliasson, the environmentally concerned artist who brought icebergs to Paris. The Danish-Icelandic artist doesn’t limit himself to the confines of museums or galleries but engages the public sphere through architectural projects and interventions in civic space. His diverse works—in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations—have been exhibited around the world, from The Weather Project at Tate Modern to The New York City Waterfalls on NYC shorelines to Ice Watch, in which he installed a circle of icebergs in Paris during the 2015 conference on climate change. His Studio Olafur Eliasson, a laboratory for spatial research, encompasses some ninety craftsmen, technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks. In an illuminating evening, Eliasson will reflect on his art and the broad questions his works consider regarding emotion, physicality, and the future of our world.

Additional Links:
Olafur Eliasson New Yorker feature, TED Talk: Playing with Space and Light, Wikipedia
Studio Olafur Eliasson Facebook, Instagram, Kitchen Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo

 

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Hadrian Predock (USC Architecture).

 

 

Lecture: Bryony Roberts

February 21, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Bryony Roberts Studio, New York City

 

Bryony Roberts is an architectural designer and scholar. Her practice, Bryony Roberts Studio, integrates strategies from architecture, art, and performance to critically engage historical buildings and urban spaces. Her practice has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy in Rome, where she was awarded the Rome Prize from 2015-2016. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2015 and Performa 17, along with exhibitions in Rome, New York, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles. She has published her research in the Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Future Anterior, and Architectural Record, co-edited the volume Log 31: New Ancients, and recently edited a book titled Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation published by Lars Müller Publishers. Having earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from the Princeton School of Architecture, Roberts now teaches architecture at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York and the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway.

 

Lecture: Jimenez Lai & Joanna Grant

February 07, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles

 

 

Jimenez Lai works in the world of art, design, architecture and education. Prior to founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked few international offices, including OMA. Lai teaches at UCLA, and is a visiting faculty at Columbia GSAPP. After publishing Citizens of No Place (2012), Lai went on to represent Taiwan at the 2014 Venice Biennale, as well as organizing the publication series Treatise (Graham Foundation). Lai is in the permanent collection of MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA, and LACMA. 

 

 

Joanna Grant received her M.Arch from Princeton University. She has worked for architecture offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Guangzhou and Shenzhen for a diverse range of internationally renowned firms, including the L.A.-based firm Johnston Marklee & Associates. She has previously worked with Beatriz Colomina on a research project of couples in architecture. In 2013, she became a member of Bureau Spectacular and played a critical role in the winning proposal for the Taiwan pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale. 

 

Film Screening: 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

January 31, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Screening and Conversation with Director Ronit Bezalel

 

Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue documentary films for over 25 years. Bezalel's award-winning film, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago’s Public Housing (1999), received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award to catalyze dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods. Newsweek magazine selected Bezalel as one of the “Top 10 Women of the 21st Century” (Jan. 8, 2001) for this work. Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. from McGill University.  

 

Edward Dimendberg is Professor of Humanities and European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine. A noted architectural historian and theorist, he has lectured and published widely on the built environment and taught at University of Michigan, SCI-Arc and Columbia. His books include Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He is currently completing a book on theories of Los Angeles and a critical edition of the first urban geography of the city, completed in 1935 by Anton Wagner.

 

Lecture: Henri Bava, Agence TER, Paris

January 10, 2018
Time: 
6:00pm
Location: 

Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall 101

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Join us for our first lecture of the year with landscape architect Henri Bava in a talk entitled "Design with Living Grounds." This lecture is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

 

From Agence Ter's website:

 

Born in Tunisia and raised between Tunisia and Paris, Henri Bava started his studies with a degree in plant biology from Paris-Orsay University. Showing a keen interest in the living world but from different perspectives, he enrolled afterwards in the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (ENSP) in Versailles in 1980, following at the same time a stage design course at the Jacques Lecoq École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris. He graduated as DPLG landscape designer in 1984 with Michel Corajoud as supervisor, and worked for one year in his agency in Paris. In 1986, with his current associates, he founded Agence Ter. Just three years after obtaining his degree, he returned to the ENSP Versailles as a teacher, in parallel to his professional activities, for a period of ten years. As of 1989, after the departure of Michel Hössler for French Guyana, he headed the Agence Ter office in Paris together with Olivier Philippe. From 1993 to 1997, he combined this with work as a State Consultant Landscape Designer for the DDE of the Eure County. Henri Bava was elected president of the French Landscape Federation, a position held between 1996 and 1998.

 

It was at this time that he initiated his work in Germany. He lead the execution of the Aqua Magica Park project near Hanover and was appointed at the same time, under a European recruitment process, as full professor and director of the Landscape department of the school of architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he is still teaching today. In 2000, he created an Agence Ter office in Karlsruhe, from where he directed large cross-border territory development projects, rehabilitation projects for derelict industrial sites or the realisation of major public venues, such as in Duisburg. Six years later he was elected a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts. After returning to Agence Ter Paris in 2007, he was elected president of the governing board of the École Nationale de la Nature et du Paysage, Blois (ENSNP) in 2010. That same year, Henri Bava was invited to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design by Charles Waldheim, director of the landscape department, where he often teaches in the frame of design studios until today.

 

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