2x8: Groundworks (Student) Exhibit
8560 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
February 21 - April 2
Opening Evening Reception on February 21
by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects, 2x8 is an annual
exhibition showcasing two student projects
from each of eight
architecture and design institutions located
in Southern California. The criteria and
process for selection is intentionally left
to the discretion of each institution,
and the installment of each selected project
is carried out directly by its designer.
Each project exemplifies the core values
and vision of its host institution. In its
entirety, the exhibition spotlights the unequalled
diversity of pedagogical directions available
to design students within the greater Los
Angeles area, and honors
the outstanding talent of those who will
give form to our future.
Groundworks is the title and theme for the
upcoming 2x8 event, to be held at the A+D
Museum from February 21 through April 3 of
2004. While clearly
referencing the pool of talented students
currently laying the foundations for the
future of design – breaking
new ground, laying new ground, covering new
ground– the phrase “groundworks” gives
rise to a host of other ideas or imagery.
It could describe a group of new (or reconstituted)
physical or spatial topographies.
It could describe work utilizing the natural
landscape to inspire, mold, or dictate artificial
and formal terrains. It could describe mapping
or zoning strategies
making way for new urban or suburban demographies.
It could ask a question: how can new modes
of representation, new technologies, and
means shape our future? In short, “groundworks” is
an expansive term that may be translated
to generate varied categories of responses.
Each of the eight
institutions may utilize, define, or manipulate
the phrase as it wishes to. It has the capacity
to encompass the wide variety of processes
and pedagogies that the
schools as a whole have to offer.
March 25 & 26
Santa Monica Design District
"Seating of Some Sort"
In an effort to promote creativity and to
showcase young designers, the Santa Monica
Design District is pleased to announce their
Spring design competition.
The challenge: "Seating of Some
The SMDD is dedicated to bringing modern
design to the home and workplace.
The District is inviting entries from
six Southern California universities
-- Art Center, Otis, Sci-Arc, UCLA, USC,
and Woodbury. Judging will be based on
and functionality. Additional points
will be given for innovative use of materials
and durability. Special prizes will be
awarded for those with outstanding
environmental consciousness, originality
and the most successful blend of form
Selected work will be displayed in the
SMDD showrooms March 19th through 27th
with winners announced during the design
walk and party on the 23rd.
A peoples choice award will also be presented
International judges will include Don
Chadwick, Piero Lissoni, Gregg Buchbinder,
Greg Llynn, Maira Kalman, and Hella Jongerius.
Members of the Santa Monica
Design District include: Arcana, Boffi,
Design Within Reach, Dolce Dormire, Eames
Office Gallery, Functions, Hennessey
+ Ingalls, Highlights Lighting, In-Ex,