Oct
15
to Feb 28

The Kid Gets Out of the Picture

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Oct. 15, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017

M&A Courtyard
1619 Silver Lake Blvd. LA CA 90026

The Kid Gets Out of the Picture is a contemporary update on the aesthetic principles of early 19th century English landscape architecture. By the early-nineteenth century, practitioners of the English picturesque had invented a catalog of objects (follys, ha-has, viewpoints) that worked to produce the pictorial effects of landscape painting within real space. Lumps, clumps, and masses made it possible, in a sense, to occupy the picture. 

The Kid Gets Out of the Picture is a three-month long exhibition that returns to the catalog of nouns developed by the picturesque to ask how these tactics can be deployed in reverse, extracting the qualities of images and literalizing them in the real world. 

Guest curated by Los Angeles Design Group, the project is a collaborative installation by LADG,First OfficeLaurel Broughton/Andrew Kovacs, and Hirsuta

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TURF: A Mini-Golf Project
Jun
18
to Aug 1

TURF: A Mini-Golf Project

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TURF: A Mini-Golf Project

JUNE 18 - JULY 31

TURF: A Mini-Golf Project explores the meaning of terrain and territory in Los Angeles through the architecture of mini-golf. The mini-golf course becomes a playful trope of the city of Los Angeles, articulated through artificial terrains, winding territories and fantastical architecture. Launched as an open call in 2015TURF asked architects, designers and artists to design a single architectural obstacle that investigates a contemporary Los Angeles condition — including topics such as drought and lawns, parking and traffic, nature and neighborhoods, housing typologies and identity — in the form of the miniature and the absurd. Materials & Applications (M&A) presents nine architectural obstacles that explore topics relevant to Los Angeles today, including topography and territory, greenscapes and waterscapes, housing and traffic, and the ground beneath our feet. Both pleasure and obstacle are par for the course. 

 

NINE HOLES BY NINE ARCHITECT TEAMS

Selected Projects: 

club LA  Andrea Kamilaris, Brian Koehler, Drew Stanley
Putt-to-Fit  Knowhow Shop
Terrains TAG-LA
Gilded Sphere on Sticks Endemic
The Electric Palm Tree Turbine House  Ordinary Architecture 
SiNK  Kyle May 
Practice Mat  Besler & Sons 
Pie in the Sky  Heyday Partnership
Artificial Turf  G!LL!S  

Honorable Mentions:
Authority Figures Kyle Miller
On Par David Eskenazi & Mark Acciari
Elbows Kristy Balliet with Sam Fudala
Dude, Where’s My LA Heron-Mazy Studio

Topography provides the greatest obstacle in TAG-LA’s Terrains, as mountain ranges, desert plateaus, sandy beaches and sink holes demarcate the city. Likewise, players try to navigate the ruptures and collisions of our region’s fault lines in the undulating surface of Andrea Kamilaris, Brian Koehler, and Drew Stanley’s Club LA. The sensual, reflective surface in G!LL!S Artificial Turf inverts the typical golf landscape by bringing the blue sky to the ground, the ceiling to the floor, and the grass to the underside. An advocate for open ground as a social and public medium, Endemic’s Gilded Sphere on Sticks considers temporality through material and the inherent weathering process.

A playful commentary on LA’s most urgent social and infrastructural issues, Pie in the Sky by Heyday presents a small slice of the American dream in the form of a floating lawn, hinting at the inaccessibility of land ownership in Los Angeles and the precarious nature of our greenscape. Palm trees and wind turbines collide in Ordinary Architecture’s proposal for a residential tower, The Electric Palm Tree Turbine House, which addresses issues of densification, verticality, renewable technology, and LA’s history of iconic architecture.

Re-considering the ground beneath our feet as sites of fluidity and flexibility, Kyle May’s SiNK appears an easy play at first, but the seemingly stable asphalt rolls and swells as players step onto the mat. Concealed beneath the asphalt is a subterranean waterscape, a reminder of our own critical reliance on Los Angeles underground aquifers. In Practice MatBesler & Sons tests both artificial turf and intellectual territory with their simulated golf putting practice mat, whose design casually borrows from 1960’s and 1970’s U.S. patents. Their project is easily stored away in a carrying case and can be packed, unpacked, rearranged, and re-sited. Putt-To-Fit by Knowhow Shop extends the material studies of Charles and Ray Eames from furniture to landscape, tailoring a strip of lawn into a rolling hill using a single sheet of molded plywood articulated with darts and stitches.

Press Coverage: LA Weekly, Architect's Newspaper, LAist, KCRW DnA

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M&A Team: Jia Gu and Courtney Coffman with Hillary Bretcko, Jess Castillo, Karen Choi, Chase Galis, Maria Kobalyan and Esmi Rennick. Delicious graphics by Jamie Barron

Special Thanks: Special thanks to our main supporter Hillcrest Company for their generous donation of space and resources. Hillcrest develops design-driven residential, commercial, and hospitality properties for vibrant, creative, and culturally diverse urban neighborhoods. TURF: A Mini-Golf Project is supported by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

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PROJECT S’MORE
Apr
21
to May 25

PROJECT S’MORE

Project S’More challenges the utility of the non-functional decorative skins that are prevalent in contemporary parametric architecture with a stunning yet economical confederacy of form and function. 

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SQUID CAPSULE
Jun
19
to Sep 30

SQUID CAPSULE

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“Squid Capsule”, an installation by the Los Angeles design studio Layer, will transform the outdoor courtyard into a weather island that isolates and amplifies subtle changes in Los Angeles’ summer climate.

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FAT FRINGE
Mar
8
to Apr 12

FAT FRINGE

The aim of the project "Fat Fringe" is to explore techniques for large scale, high volume paper cutting. A die-cut paper canopy has been developed by participants in a series of weekend workshops led by designers Lisa Little and Emily White of Layer.

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YAKUZA LOU
Oct
11
to Mar 18

YAKUZA LOU

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Eddy Sykes’ Yakuza Lou was a site-specific installation that uses the relationship between the natural and mechanical notions of landscape, to create a unique garden with pushing and folding topographic surfaces and a robot cloud that floats overhead which created a volume in constant pseudo-natural flux.

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PHALANSTERY MODULE
Apr
1
to Sep 1

PHALANSTERY MODULE

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This installation hypothesizes that in zero-gravity, one can rotate (in) architecture and treat all elevations as plans – i.e., walls, ceilings and floors. Without gravity, all surfaces can be occupied. In essence, the distinctions between orthographic drawings become obsolete. 

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B U B B L E S
Jan
1
to Feb 15

B U B B L E S

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Bubbles installation is a spatially adaptable pneumatic environment at an urban scale that consists of large air-bags or “bubbles” that inflate and deflate in reaction to visitors pushing or bumping the lower inflated volume of each pair.

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HERE THERE BE MONSTERS
Apr
1
to Jul 30

HERE THERE BE MONSTERS

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The Here There Be Monsters installation explores the challenges of synchronizing the aesthetics and intrinsic characteristics of natural materials into a built environment completed with the latest computer aided design tools and embedded control system technologies.

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WEATHER GARDEN
Sep
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

WEATHER GARDEN

The weather garden investigates architecture’s invisible elements: space, ambiance, atmosphere and how people experience them. The place itself is an urban void, an empty stage. The events that will activate this space are an integral part of the project. A weather forecast will announce the program (film screening, lecture, musical performance, party, reading …) using a silver screen facing the street as a billboard. What does it mean to generate a climate, to build with the air, to create space? When we inhabit a place, we do not live inside the concrete, the glass or the wood, but in the space that they surround. The project is an “inverted architecture” , it reveals the condition of the air, the effects of the material, the light. It is more specifically a garden of air; the climate ( light, water, occurrences…) is generated, preserved or avoided. It can function as a greenhouse, a plant park, a public stage, a winter garden, a café… The house extends itself into an outdoor living room as the street extends itself into the courtyard to become a public space open to everyone. Like the medieval pleasure gardens or ladies gardens, it becomes a place to find shade, smells and sounds. Conceptual art fought against the preeminence of vision. The weather garden is an environment built around senses and organs other than the eye, around the invisible layers that create a space and our perception of them.

François Perrin is an architect who lives and works in Los Angeles. During the time of this installation, he taught at Art Center School of Design and had a concurrent exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City.

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LAND.TILES
Apr
18
to Jul 26

LAND.TILES

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Land.Tiles, an articulated contoured topography consisting of 140 concrete cast and textured blocks manufactured through a process of CNC milling and vacuum formed plastic.

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Jun
8
to Sep 28

LIQUID FACADE

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Inspired by the wrapped buildings of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the stretch fabric interiors of Gisela Stromeyer, this facade presented a reverse unveiling of the new architecture and landscape research center, Materials & Applications.

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