The Broad Museum Oct16

The Broad Museum

The Broad Museum is opened a month ago in downtown Los Angeles right next to the Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Architects of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and Highline of New York, Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed and completed their third landmark building in the United States. Broad Museum is probably the most exciting building I have ever seen in Los Angeles since my first visit to Bonaventura Hotel. Its circulation and internal organisation is interesting despite tiny flaws. The Lecture room’s glazing is penetrated by the facade of the building.   The relationstip between the art (Jeffrey Koons’ sculpture on left) and the exhibition space is not as succesful as expected. Meandering around the exhibition space, one can come across an emergency door right next to a painting which could easily be resolved in a different way with more care. The ceilings are beautiful – reminding me the ceilings of Barbican Center in London. The continuation of the facade as ceiling also gives a sense of locating self within the levels of the building.   Elevator Shaft   Interior Corner   Exterior Dissapointing disconnection of the exterior of the building with bulge extending into the building. The most spectacular, surpising instance in the building stays as an visual effect by the physical disconnection when you look closer to the facade. All photographs are taken for BoPaper by Aras Burak ©...

Patrik Schumacher Lecture, UCLA Nov19

Patrik Schumacher Lecture, UCLA...

On the 18th of November, Zaha Hadid’s longtime partner gave a very interesting lecture at UCLA, Perloff Hall. The practice has been known for the paintings of Zaha Hadid even a decade ago. There was only a few construction sites of the architecture office. The Wolfsburg Volkswagen building in Germany was a great step among the BMW plant in 2000s for turning the spectacular and unique style of Zaha into a physicality. The One North Masterplan, science city in Singapore also proved the masterplan schemes are not destined to be an unbuilt cool vision. Patrik has shown astonishing construction photos of the complex concrete structures on site in the first half of the lecture which pleased the audience who came for the fest of pretty images. In the second part of hıs lecture, Patrik almost started another lecture on his personal architectural theory. The architectural theory of Patrik Schumacher is shaped under the roof of infamous architecture school of London, the Architectural Association. Being one of the directors of the Design Research Lab (AA-DRL) Patrik has been questioning the capacity of the parametric software plug-ins in order to create more intelligent forms that are responding to the demands for using the space more efficient. He talked about orientation, for example the curving walls guiding the user through his journey in the Building. The primitive symbology of buildings as a subject being not questioned and waiting to be evaluated by architects. The very academic approach of Patrik inevitably raises questions in our heads on how the running business partnership works in Zaha Hadid Architects. Even though Hadid comes from an academic background spending years teaching AA Diploma 9, taking over the unit master position from Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zanghelis, her approach has been challenged...

Glenn Small: Recovery Room Nov10

Glenn Small: Recovery Room...

Assembly and Orhan Ayyüce present Glen Small: Recovery Room, a selection of the architect’s proposals. The show is on view from November 9 through 30. Opening reception is Saturday, November 9, 7-9 pm. Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon-6 pm. Assembly is located at 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to WSS Shoe Warehouse at the same address. “When he saw the Green Machine, he said, ‘we’re going to build this thing.’”  – Glen Small quoting Los Angeles city planner Calvin Hamilton Oregon and Nicaragua-based architect Glen Small’s mid-career proposals still inspire radical reconsideration of our notions of environmentalism, housing, and urban development.From the 1960s-80s, a body of visionary yet mostly unbuilt designs placed Small at the centre of key discussions of architectural experimentation and ecological consciousness in California, and studying alongside him was anassumed part of one’s education during the founding decades of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.His ingenious Green Machine (1977-80), a sustainable, low income residential community using stacked Airstream trailers as interchangeable living modules, was nearly realised before funding disappeared with the start of the Reagan era. A series of further professional disappointments soon followed.Thirty-plus years later, his proposals still exist as such – not as suggestions for monuments, nor as “paper architecture,” but as thoroughly worked out architectural propositions. Projects like Turf Town (1983) are made all the more relevant by comparison with contemporary commercial development projects. Details of a work like Biomorphic Biosphere Megastructure (1969-77) may be elegant, but these qualities are never separate from a primary function as architectural program. The flickering ethos of early SCI-Arc lies at the heart of his work,though Glen Small still represents positions often considered too experimental in the current state of education and emerging practices. With this exhibition of original models, drawings, published material, and a series of events, Assembly® revisits and hosts anew the conversations and methodologies Small has sustained throughout his career. On display: Green Machine, an almost constructed vision from the late...

John Ridley @LAFilm Nov05

John Ridley @LAFilm

John Ridley was at Los Angeles Film School on 30th of September for the 12 Years a Slave screening. Meltem Öznalcı watched the movie and the Q&A for BoPaper in Los Angeles.