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Posts Tagged ‘Ray Kappe’

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


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.


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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Surprise Guests Announced for Tonight’s Ray Kappe-Shigeru Ban Event in LA


For those of you in LA on the fence about attending tonight’s conversation at the Hammer Museum between Shigeru Ban and Ray Kappe (and moderated by Frances Anderton) this little tidbit might help you get off that fence and over to UCLA.

To celebrate Kappe’s 80th birthday (yeah he’s up there, but he’s no Julius Shulman), there will be surprise appearances by Michael Rotundi, Thom Mayne, and America’s most eligible eco-bachelor, Steve Glenn. (Tell him you liked his movie, okay? Even if you didn’t see it. Makes him feel good inside.)

Tonight, 7pm at the Hammer, and it’s FREE.

Lautner, Kappe & Koenig Headed to the Getty


The files of John Lautner, Ray Kappe and Pierre Koenig are going to a temperature-controlled home at the Getty, according to Janet Eastman‘s article in the LA Times.

This beefs up the Getty’s architectural collection considerably since it lagged behind other cultural institutions until a little gift from Julius Shulman gave it some serious clout:

The centerpiece of the Getty’s Modernist collection arrived in 2005: photographer Julius Shulman’s archive consisting of 260,000 contact prints, negatives, transparencies and other images of more than 7,000 projects by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Schindler, Charles Eames, Koenig and Lautner.

“Once Shulman arrived, people contacted us and we contacted them,” says De Wit.

Eastman also points out how tricky it is to get other architects to donate their works to posterity:

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas turned down $1.3 million last year from the Netherlands Architecture Institute to wait for a better offer. And star architects such as Zaha Hadid have sold individual drawings on the art market as if they were by David Hockney.

Because it wouldn’t be the weekend without one final pick-on-the-starchitect-fest by the LA Times.

Steve Glenn’s LivingHomes Gets WIRED


When LivingHomes CEO Steve Glenn needs more room to store his collection of Legos and Star Wars toys, he simply builds another LEED-certified house. The green entrepreneur is breaking ground with WIRED to create the WIRED LivingHome in the posh LA hood of Crestwood Hills.

The house, which will aim for at least a Gold rating, is actually a teardown job, with 75% of the existing structure being reused or repurposed. All sorts of VIP sponsors have climbed on board, including BMW Clean Energy, Bosch, HP and Valcucine, but Glenn himself doesn’t come with this one: The 4,057 square foot house will be put on the market this fall. Just like the original LivingHome, living legend Ray Kappe is the architect of record, but no word yet on the inclusion of a powder room rock garden.

Steve Glenn’s LivingHomes Prototype LEED Platinum Certified…And the Ultimate Bachelor Pad


We considered ourselves horribly lucky to be invited to the grand opening of the Ray Kappe-designed LivingHomes demo tonight, the Santa Monica prefab that’s the very first residence to receive LEED Platinum certification. But perhaps more lucky were the legions of single women tossing back tofu spring rolls and organic white wine while eyeing Steve Glenn‘s sleek blond cabinetry, tapping the tile in the shower, running their fingers through the white sand of the rooftop garden, thinking…”I could see myself here.”

See, LivingHomes CEO Glenn actually lives in the LivingHomes protoype, making him the #1 most sought-after bachelor in both the architecture and sustainability genres. The sad thing is, the place is just begging for a woman’s touch, with a coffee table piled full of Legos (might be a fetish, actually) and at least eight miniature Star Wars models (our favorites were the Emperor’s throne, Dagobah and the tie-fighter). But it’s not hopeless; it’s not overly-huge, opulent or cold, ladies. And there’s plenty of closet space.

Another highlight during the dreadfully long congratulatory speech session (except for an adorable Eric Garcetti–sorry, he’s taken) was the fact that they actually owned up to the fact that it’s not supposed to be affordable–yet. This was something an article in the LA Times sought to prove in a pseudo-expose. Sigh. Why do all the controversial stories in the LA Times get taken down? Anyway, read Glenn’s articulate response here.

Just Two More Year End Reviews and Then That’s It…


We’re just as sick of them as you are, and we promise these two will be the last “Best of the Year” things this writer posts from here on out (until this December when they all come out of the woodwork again). The first is Inhabitat‘s “Top 10 Green Design of 2006″, which goes over everything from advances in solar power to Ray Kappe‘s Living Home. Some nice quick synopses of things you might have missed throughout the year and some nice big photos to boot. The second is Advertising/Design Goodness’ “2006 Year in Review” highlighting everything from the best magazine ads, best art direction, direct mail, etc. Everything geared toward you spending money on junk you don’t need. So there you have it, and there we are, in 2007. Finally.