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SCI-Arc’s Got a New Annual Publication and a Shiny New Table To Read It On

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How we love venturing into the dusty heart of downtown LA to see what’s happening at SCI-Arc. Situated between the LA River and run-down warehouses boasting bolsa de regalo, and heaped with drifts made from scraps of materials we didn’t even know existed, SCI-Arc is a top secret lair of creative geniuses masquerading as a junkyard.

During our last visit we got a sneak peek of a new conference table built last semester by the students of Heather Flood and Ramiro Diaz-Granados (also known as F-Lab). The table is affectionately named CHUB and lives in the Ray Kappe Library, where it’s getting all sorts of weird looks as people try to decide if they should hide in it, fear it, eat it, or just sit at it. It’s simply stunning in person. And huge! Lots more shots here.

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Then we went down to visit Brian Roettinger, the master behind SCI-Arc’s publications (we loved his shrink-wrapped poster that went out last year). Roettinger just finished up Onramp, the first publication of all-student work by SCI-Arc. Edited by Florencia Pita, and designed by Roettinger and Lucas Quigley, Onramp includes hundreds of projects from the 2006-7 academic year, organized into duotone spreads color-coded by studio.

The first thing you’ll notice about Onramp, however, is this logo, with its hodgepodge of vaguely familiar letterforms. They’re from the logos of six 80′s punk bands, Roettinger smiled as he told us (he has a music label, heck, even his lecture posters look like they’re for rock shows). “Historically SCI-Arc is known as ‘those renegades,’ maybe not always following the norm or following the rules,” he told us. “Much like these bands did in the 80s.” The book’s theme will transform completely for future editions to reflect the current vibe of the school. But for now, can you guess which bands are represented in the cover? Answers below…

Both the table and the book will premiere on January 25, when SCI-Arc will have a little open house of sorts. Keep reading to see more Onramp shots and the answers to the Onramp Punk Band Logo Quiz!

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Giving Up On Green Architects, Hawthorne Settles for the Ugly Ones

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While he finds it incredibly difficult to locate architects working in the field of sustainability, Christopher Hawthorne has no trouble naming names when it comes to architects creating eyesores.

Earlier this year he cringed with other architectural luminaries when judging Curbed LA’s Ugliest Building Contest (which we judged alongside Hawthorne). In a long-awaited commentary, “Bringing ‘Ugly’ Back,” he provides his analysis of ugliness, including naming Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne and Frank “F’in” Gehry the Fathers of Fug.

We hope the Los Angeles Times also got the hint when publishing the name of its own building as the ugliest runner-up in Curbed’s contest, to which Hawthorne quips: No Comment.

Frank Gehry’s F-Me Shirt-Wearing Promotional Campaign Pays Off In Spades

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Whether he’s busy screwing himself or trying hard to get others to screw him, Frank Gehry‘s publicity stunt is certainly working. In yesterday’s Times Mag, Pilar Viladas drops the Fuckable One’s name in two separate articles .

Here’s #1:

In the 1970s and ’80s, Southern California was a hotbed of architectural experimentation. Buildings by Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and others challenged conventional notions of how we live and work, thrilling some observers and horrifying others.

And love letter #2:

The notion of limited-edition design–which is all the rage now and which loomed large last month at Art Basel and its offshoot, Design Miami/Basel–was not born yesterday. Indeed, the Swiss furniture company Vitra embraced it 20 years ago when it started Vitra Edition, which offered a way for cutting-edge architects and designers–like Ron Arad, Frank Gehry, Shiro Kuramata, Ettore Sottsass and others–to do experimental work without the constraints of production or the market.

Because, really, what can’t that god among men do?

The City of the Future (Alissa To Steve: It’s On)

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First, can we briefly give it up for the History Channel? They’ve managed to orchestrate a full-on design competition, on television, with national attention and big old sponsors like I to the B to the M. “The City of the Future” pits three cities, envisioned by three architects, against each other. Voting for one city over another seems like comparing apples and, um, watermelons, but the proposals are intriguing. Cast your vote for NY/ARO: Architecture Research Office, Chicago/Urban Lab, or LA/Eric Owen Moss Architects. Daniel Libeskind presides over the whole thing as a host/juror kind of thing.

Now, on behalf of the entire city of Los Angeles, a few words about LA:

Los Angeles, City of the Future. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It sounds good because it feels good. And it feels good because LA is already home to one city of the future. That city is called Tomorrowland. And since LA is already home to Tomorrowland, why shouldn’t LA be the home to all cities of the future? LA: Land of Tomorrow, City of the Future. Paid for by UnBeige Editors for Los Angeles, City of the Future.

Steve has been allotted equal time to argue for his fair city of Chicago. If someone would like to campaign for the obvious underdog, New York, UnBeige welcomes your counterpoint.