Arch Students Build a Hive
This semester I had the opportunity to teach the first studio for the new three-year MArch grad program at Woodbury University with Rebecca Rudolph, in coordination with Kelly Bair (who taught the Visualization seminar). Together we compiled a series of projects investigating architecture at a range of scales from the city to the detail. The final project of the semester is a collaborative project with all the students pitching in together to create a single installation at Woodbury’s Hollywood space, recently renamed WUHo, in an exhibition coordinated by Christian Stayner. The show, Super! Show, is on view until mid-January, along with a series of other exhibitions by Woodbury students; an installation by Molly Hunker and Greg Corson; an experimental film series programmed by Vera Brunner-Sung; and a project curated by Stayner and Jayna Zweiman entitled "13.3% is an exasperated reply to those who say: 'there are no women making architecture.'"
Our students, in teams of three and four, were given one week to develop proposals for an installation, the Threshold, that would be programmed as display space for their drawings and models and mediate movement of people and light. The proposals needed to take advantage of the schools new digital fab-lab (laser-cutting and CNC milling shop) and create a temporary space that integrated the program, circulation and lighting through articulation of the surface, specifically using the techniques of cutting and folding. And the installation was required to be made entirely out of corrugated cardboard so that it could be recycled at the end of the show.
"When thinking of inspiration for the threshold (now called the "hive"), I recalled an event from my early adulthood," says Austin Wilson. "A few years ago my roommate and I needed a place to live, and the only place we could afford was a small house in Canoga Park. The interior wasn't fancy, but it was clean and cozy. The backyard was a different story. Several years of neglect had turned the back into a jungle of weeds. Hidden among the weeds were relics of parties past: tiki torches, propane tanks, and other items left to fend for themselves. Among these relics was an old couch. The previous tenant informed us he did not dare venture into the backyard, because bees surrounded the couch."
Threshold / HIVE
WUHo Super! Show
WUHo Gallery / 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A collaborative studio project by Grad Studio 1 / Woodbury University School of Architecture
Grad Chair: Barbara Bestor
Instructors: Kelly Bair, Rebecca Rudolph and Linda Taalman
Design Team: Henry Cheung, Ehson Hoarpisheh, Austin Wilson
Fabrication and Design Specialists:
Documentation and Curating: Julia Amouyal and Gerardo Huerta
Drawing & Cutting Coordinators: Sunny Lam and Aroutioun Grigorian
Detail Development/Construction Coordinators: John Epperly and Israel Castillo
Panel Articulation: Ana Del Longo-Silberstein and Michael Kuroda
Materials Research: Junko Takeshita and Kemi Esho
Lighting Design: Aydin Naghibi
Fabrication and Assembly: Vaagn Grigorian and Martin Garcia
Quantity Surveyor/Material Procurement: Kevin Molin