"In the heart of Silver Lake, one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant creative cultural centres, the Materials & Applications exhibition space is redefining what an architecture gallery can be. Part architecture gallery, part public art display, and part workshop for experimentation and learning, the venue provides an outdoor exhibition space for new architectural ideas, while inviting the public to participate in creating its installations."

Uncube Magazine  |  Sept 25, 2014


Materials & Applications (M&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Our mission is to advance innovative and critical ideas about architectural design through public projects and programs. We produce outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.



"I wanted to use the parking lot as a new kind of public space, a pocket park, a space for experimentation and research. I had worked with many architects and I knew that the best of them had ideas that extended far beyond what their clients might require. In the spring of 2002, I created with a couple friends a new undulating temporary facade for the building - drawing from Christo and Jean-Claude as well as Gisele Stromeyer's work with tent fabric, in order to announce a new center for creative experimentation in the built environment. In this way I called architects and landscape architects out to play." 

- Jenna Didier, Founding Director (2002-2015)

Materials & Applications was founded in 2002 as a collaborative space for experimentation and research in the parking lot of a Silver Lake home. Since then, propelled by a community of artists, architects and designers, including Director Emeritus Oliver Hess and Program Director Bruce Chan, and the incredible commitment of our staff, interns and volunteers, M&A remains one of the only independent spaces in Los Angeles for art and architecture dedicated to foregrounding emerging ideas through built, material, real and temporary architecture.

Today, M&A is helmed by Jia Gu (Executive Director), with Courtney Coffman (Communications Director) and a generous team of volunteer staff and coordinators. 

To request press materials, please email Courtney Coffmann at coco [at] emanate.org



M&A Courtyard
1619 Silverlake Blvd. Los Angeles CA, 90026
Open from 10am - 10pm

The Materials & Applications exhibition space is located in a unique open-air courtyard (converted from a parking lot) in the heart of Silver Lake, near the intersection of Effie St. and Silverlake Blvd.