Akousmaflore Scenocosme – Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt – SKYLINE 2016

Akousmaflore
Scenocosme : Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt

Akousmaflore is an interactive installation, a small garden composed of living musical plants, which react to gentle contact. Each plant reacts in a different way to contact by producing a specific sound. The plant «language» or song occurs through touch and the close proximity of the spectator. Our invisible electrostatic aura acts on the plant branches and encourages them to react. The plants sing when the audience is touching or stroking lightly them.

In their artwork, the artists Scenocosme create hybrids between plants and digital technology. Plants are natural sensors and are sensitive to various energy flows. Digital technologies permit them to establish a relationship between plants and sound. They display the effects of random data flow and plant interaction. The data is modified as the spectator meanders around and touches the installation, resulting in a random musical universe. Audience contacts with plants generate sound effects and changes in the texture of the sound. There are a specific vegetal languages through sonorous compositions. They signify characters, behaviors having a feedback, an influence on the reaction, on the feeling and on the approach of the spectator.

Our body continually produces an electrostatic aura, which cannot be felt. This energetic cloud follows us like an invisible shadow and touches lightly our environment. Mixing reality with imagination, Scenocosme animates that which we cannot detect and proposes a sensory experience that encourages us to think about our invisible relationship with other living being. Through Akousmaflore, plants let us know about their existence by a scream, a melody or an acoustical vibration.

Starlings by Yan Krymsky, Ben Juckes, Noam Saragosti, and Alexandra Schioldager – SKYLINE 2016

Starlings – part of SKYLINE 2016 presented by LERATA March 10 – 19.

by Yan Krymsky, Ben Juckes, Noam Saragosti, and Alexandra Schioldager.

Starlings is a choreographed, interactive-experience installation in which visitors
perform the artwork. Through a series of hand-held, illuminated, interactive objects,
or “pixels”, individuals are led to participate in a series of slowly evolving formations.
A simple “follow-the-light” principal will draw each participant towards specific, but
slowly shifting locations within the space. Pixels carried by visitors that are located
near these virtual magnetic poles, will produce bright, colorful displays of light while
pixels in other areas will produces only dim, occasional bursts. Motivated by a desire
for their personal pixel to “do more stuff”, participants will be encouraged to cluster
together in programmed locations. A reflective surface overhead reveals a cohesive
visual of the entire field, exposing each individual blinking, color-shifting pixel to be
only a singular point in a slowly choreographed pattern of rhythmic, orbiting whirlpools
of light. As participants cluster together to follow these magnetic “poles” through
the exhibit space, they cycle between merging into a single, large vortex of light and
breaking apart into smaller nodes. The goal of the installation is to create a coordinated
movement of bodies that illustrates the constantly changing relationship that people
have with the cities they inhabit.

Yan Krymsky is a lead designer at the Yazdani Studio, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice in Los Angeles. He also owns and operates Liminal Space, a Downtown Los Angeles design practice that focuses on local, small-scale installation and residential work. He earned his BA from the USC School of Architecture in 1999. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of local and internationally recognized buildings – most recently the CJ R&D center in Soeul, Korea and the Lassonde Studios, a hybrid “maker space” and housing building at the University of Utah. The project has received national attention for introducing a first-of-its-kind modular sleeping room concept. Yan also leads the Yazdani Studio research initiative focused on explorations in software, robotics and high performance building facades. The work is frequently shared with a community of enthusiasts on the popular Responsive Skins blog. Yan is a frequent guest university critic and has presented his research work at the University
of Southern California and the University of Oregon among others.

Noam Saragosti graduated with distinction from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona in 2014. He was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Student Award and the Thesis Degree Honor Award. In 2013 he was the receipient of the LT Shanks Traveling Fellowship. While a student, he assisted with an installation by Michael Fox for the Superfront Gallery in Los Angeles. Noam has worked at several award-winning architecture offices in Los Angeles including JFAK architects, Domaen, and Yazdani Studio. For the past year Noam has been working as a designer on three interactive media exhibits in the city of Jerusalem.

Ben Juckes is currently a designer at Yazdani Studio, working on the exhibit design for The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, estimated completion in 2017. Prior to his involvement at Yazdani Studio, Ben was part of the creative team behind the Australian Exhibit ‘Augmented Australia’ at the Venice Biennale in 2014. The exhibit showcased the unbuilt architecture of Australia, by locating 1:1 scale digital models of selected works at physical coordinates throughout Venice, visitors where able to explore the augmented structures using a smart phone. Ben graduated from his Masters of Architecture in 2013 from the University of Western Australia, receiving the E.G. Cohen Medal for his thesis project ‘A Funerary Paradigm’.

Alexandra Schioldager is currently a designer at Liminal Space, a design and architecture practice based in Downtown Los Angeles. She spent 4 years as a curatorial and preparator’s assistant at the Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois and has worked independently on numerous exhibitions at galleries in Chicago and New York. Alexandra received her undergraduate degree in art history and film from Northwestern University in 2003 and graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the AUD at UCLA in 2009. Recent work has included the design of an artists studio in Sun Valley, numerous residential and retail projects around Los Angeles and educational work at UCLA and Woodbury University.

Meet the SKYLINE Architects + Artists

Monday – Wednesday, March 14 – 16, we will be conducting Meet + Greets with our 2016 SKYLINE participants.

Join LERATA President Melissa Urcan to meet the architects and artists who created these works and learn how they designed and developed their projects and the technologies involved.

The current schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – 8pm.  Meet architect Steve Lee (@Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., Concourse Level, installation 1 on our Map/Guide) – ALSO at 9pm, Guitarist Aaron Gilmartin will interact with the sculpture musically, you can interact with it yourself from 8-9! See our Facebook page for video:

Steve Lee is the founder of Aprilli design studio, a Los Angeles-based design atelier mainly focusing on design, research and implementation of sustainable design and planning strategies. As a product designer and architect, his project ranges from small scale product design to larger scale installation and urban proposals which improve the quality of human life, society and surrounding environments. His recent project “Aprilli Flower Vase Collection” has been showcased at various galleries and international exhibitions including ICFF 2014 and HD Expo 2015.

Prior to founding Aprilli Design Studio, he has worked at architectural design firms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, RTKL Associates and Koetter Kim Associates for about eight years as lead designer on international high rise, commercial and hospitality projects including Wuhan Optic Valley Business Center, Chengdu Hyatt Regency Hotel and Chongqing ITCC. His work has been published on international magazines and media extensively.
Steve has received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Yonsei University in 2002 and Master in Architecture degree from Yale University in 2007.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 6pm.  Meet architects Yan Krymsky, Noam Saragosti, Ben Juckes, and Alexandra Schioldager (@1820 Industrial St. installations 3 on our Map/Guide):

Yan Krymsky is a lead designer at the Yazdani Studio, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice in Los Angeles. He also owns and operates Liminal Space, a Downtown Los Angeles design practice that focuses on local, small-scale installation and residential work. He earned his BA from the USC School of Architecture in 1999. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of local and internationally recognized buildings – most recently the CJ R&D center in Soeul, Korea and the Lassonde Studios, a hybrid “maker space” and housing building at the University of Utah. The project has received national attention for introducing a first-of-its-kind modular sleeping room concept. Yan also leads the Yazdani Studio research initiative focused on explorations in software, robotics and high performance building facades. The work is frequently shared with a community of enthusiasts on the popular Responsive Skins blog. Yan is a frequent guest university critic and has presented his research work at the University
of Southern California and the University of Oregon among others.

Noam Saragosti graduated with distinction from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona in 2014. He was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Student Award and the Thesis Degree Honor Award. In 2013 he was the receipient of the LT Shanks Traveling Fellowship. While a student, he assisted with an installation by Michael Fox for the Superfront Gallery in Los Angeles. Noam has worked at several award-winning architecture offices in Los Angeles including JFAK architects, Domaen, and Yazdani Studio. For the past year Noam has been working as a designer on three interactive media exhibits in the city of Jerusalem.

Ben Juckes is currently a designer at Yazdani Studio, working on the exhibit design for The Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, estimated completion in 2017. Prior to his involvement at Yazdani Studio, Ben was part of the creative team behind the Australian Exhibit ‘Augmented Australia’ at the Venice Biennale in 2014. The exhibit showcased the unbuilt architecture of Australia, by locating 1:1 scale digital models of selected works at physical coordinates throughout Venice, visitors where able to explore the augmented structures using a smart phone. Ben graduated from his Masters of Architecture in 2013 from the University of Western Australia, receiving the E.G. Cohen Medal for his thesis project ‘A Funerary Paradigm’.

Past Meet + Greets:

Monday, March 14, 2016  – 8pm.  Meet architect Natasha Bajc (@1820 Industrial St. installations 4/5 on our Map/Guide):

Natasha Bajc is currently a faculty at Suprastudio @ AUD School at UCLA with the interest in mixed reality, cyber-physical systems and human computer spatial interaction. Natasha’s previous academic engagements include Southern California Institute of Architecture( SCI Arc), Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, Pasadena City College and University of Belgrade.

Her strong background in engineering, coupled with over 20 years of architectural practice allows her to have a broad picture of the current construction discipline. Providing for her interest in computation, she is currently pursuing Master of Computer Science at University of Southern California, and due to her set of unique skills, she develops new technological approaches to the old construction issues.

Natasha’s most recent exhibitions include Architecture and Design museum in Los Angeles and  museum of applied arts in Belgrade. With her company CodeDesignStudio she is the winner of European hotel design award and award for Radical Innovation in Hospitality. Her work has been published in many trade magazines and she was a TEDx speaker in the inaugural TED x conference in Belgrade, Serbia.

SKYLINE 2016 – March 10 – 19, 2016

For SPONSOR information please follow this link

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SKYLINE (March 10 -19, 2016) is a free, ten-day, biannual architecture, art and technology event that showcases site specific, future-forward, interactive installations that embrace Los Angeles’ ever-evolving cultural landscape.  During SKYLINE, architects, designers and artists transform historic, hidden spaces within downtown Los Angeles into a unique experiential event for visitors and locals alike.

The SKYLINE installations are created by internationally recognized architects and artists both local and abroad including: Steve Lee (Aprilli Design Studio) + Meredith Sattler, Scenocosme (Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt), Natasha Bajc, Ben Juckes, Alexandra Schioldager, Yan Krymsky (Yazdani Studio), Noam Saragosti, and more.  All of the installations will be on view nightly from 6pm – 10pm (with few exceptions as noted on map guide and as posted online here).

DOWNLOAD MAP/GUIDE HERE

SKYLINE aims to engage and educate the viewer through interventions specifically designed for individual sites.  This results in an experience that draws attention to the architectural past, while providing a fresh, contemporary perspective.

SKYLINE exhibition spaces include unseen, unused, or underutilized locales in downtown Los Angeles.  Sites selected showcase rooftops, private courtyards and lobbies, empty buildings and storefronts, and other unique architectural places that are often inaccessible to the public.  These historic sites are easily walked by unnoticed, literally hidden from view, waiting to be exposed during SKYLINE.  Uncovering these spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of downtown Los Angeles, combined with site-specific contemporary art and architecture interventions, exemplifies the SKYLINE experience.

For information about the 2014 SKYLINE event, including images, please click here.  For SPONSOR information, please click here.

We would like to thank our primary sponsors Arts Brookfield and Temporary Space LA.

 

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LEVEL UP!

Mario_1200x600_02LEVEL UP! Event with Gaming Tournament was held October 10, 2015 from 7pm – 11pm at Temporary Space LA, 5522 Wilshire Blvd. LEVEL UP! was a gaming event to benefit LERATA, featuring classic video game titles  and a Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart Tournament that pay tribute to the earliest forms of gaming.

To view images from this event, please visit our Facebook page here.

The 2015 LEVEL UP! event was held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Temporary Space LA.  LEVEL UP! aimed to engage guests of all skill-levels to participate in friendly player versus player matches for the tournament (where you can win prizes!) or individual classic Mario console game play during the event.

The LEVEL UP! event included classic Mario title games that *everyone* (not just tournament participants) can play and enjoy.  For even more gaming the Party Game Truck (images below) will be at our event with additional Mario games that you can play both inside and outside the truck (parked just outside Temporary Space LA)!

A silent auction featured awesome collectibles, jewelry and more will also took place during LEVEL UP!  The jumbo JENGA world champion was there to compete too…and two giant JENGA’s were auctioned off as well.

The LERATA Café, located inside Temporary Space LA, was open during the event, and featured gourmet pour over coffee by Compelling and Rich, boutique tea selections by local August Uncommon, and traditional iced items.

LEVEL UP! location, Temporary Space LA, is a working, physical art space exhibiting Part Two of Signs & Alarms, featuring artists Scott Grieger and Margaret Nielsen. This exhibition includes a unique digital experience (via IPad provided to guests in the space) including state-of-the-art augmented reality and image recognition tools.  Guests will also receive complimentary goodie bags, featuring the #TemporarySketchbook, Margaret Nielsen calendar, postcards and more, while supplies last.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!!!

AUCTION DONORS:

drGEEKsters
JENGA Giant
Iam8bit
Pink Avenger
Phat Collectibles
Killer Tentacle Octopus
SWEET! Hollywood
Compelling and Rich Coffee
NESCAFE Dulce Gusto
August Uncommon Tea
XD LAN Internet & Gaming
World-8
IndieCade
The Phoenix Effect

EVENT SPONSORS:
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Party Truck Game Center

 

Coffee + Art = LERATA Cafe

lerata cafe squareLERATA was proud to partner with Temporary Space LA to provide a coffee and tea bar within their temporary art space.

Temporary Space LA launched March 21, 2015 at 5522 Wilshire Boulevard.  It lived there for seven months and during that time mounted two major exhibitions, each in two parts, featuring three different artists. Expanding upon the idea of what an exhibition can be, Temporary Space LA also presented each artist’s entire body of work through a digital archive available online and in the gallery space.

Lerata Cafe ColetteTemporary Space LA created a community-based environment by bringing in outside events,some also in partnership with LERATA that engaged with diverse audiences, stimulating meaningful dialogues around performance, music, video games, art and poetry.

While both Temporary Space LA and the LERATA Cafe closed as of October 31, 2015, Temporary Space LA continues to partner with LERATA in supporting the 2016 SKYLINE event.

 

Lerata Cafe 2015

 

LEVEL 2016 – Chicago’s Second Annual, Free, Art, Architecture and Technology Event

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LEVEL is a free, ten-day bi-annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific and often experimental interactive installations that embrace Chicago’s rich cultural landscape.  During LEVEL, architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within the Downtown Chicago Loop into destination places for visitors and locals alike.  

LEVEL aims to engage and educate the viewer through interventions specifically designed for individual sites.  This results in an experience that draws attention to the architectural past, while providing a fresh, contemporary perspective.

LEVEL exhibition spaces include unseen, unused, or underutilized locales in Downtown Chicago.  Sites selected showcase rooftops, private courtyards and lobbies, empty buildings and storefronts, and other unique architectural places that are often inaccessible to the public.  These historic sites are easily walked by unnoticed, literally hidden from view, waiting to be exposed during LEVEL.  Uncovering these spaces via a self-guided walking discovery tour of Downtown Chicago, combined with site-specific contemporary architecture and art interventions, exemplifies the LEVEL experience.

LERATA is presenting the event in partnership with the contemporary art fair EXPO CHICAGO, AIA Chicago, Columbia College, the Chicago Loop Alliance, Choose Chicago, Friends of the Chicago River, Perkins+Will, SOM, 2 N. Riverside Plaza, and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals.

Participants for LEVEL 2016 will be selected by a local Chicago Host Committee and Exhibition Director/Curator, Melissa Urcan via invitation and an RFP process.  The LEVEL 2014 Host Committee included Brad Lynch, AIA, Partner – Brinistool+Lynch; Patricia Natke, Founding Partner, UrbanWorks; Obi Nwazota, Owner, Orangeskin; Sabrina Raaf, New Media Arts School of Art & Art History, UIC, Chicago; Marcin Szef, Designer, John Ronan Architects; and Ed Uhlir, FAIA, Executive Director, Millennium Park.

John Umbanhowar + Elizabeth Umbanhowar (hughesumbanhowar Architects) – Evaporative Fault

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This installation is part of the 2014 SKYLINE Event – held February 13 – 22, 2014, in Downtown Los Angeles.  For event information, please click on the ‘SKYLINE Main Menu’ link above.   For more SKYLINE 2014 installations, please click on theArtist/Architect Installationslink above.

John Umbanhowar + Elizabeth Umbanhowarcaseinstall(hughesumbanhowar Architects) – Evaporative Fault

INSTALLATION SITE #10
1106 S. Broadway
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

“Evaporative Fault” seeks to reveal the slow/fast erosions/accretions of chronology and place at the interface of inside/outside in the urban environment. Using ephemeral/fluid materials—light, salt, time—the project engages passersby in noticing ineffable, sometimes ineluctable, processes that define and reflect the converging geological and cultural histories of Los Angeles. Lodged between the boundaries of defined architectural space and “open space” of the street grid, “Evaporative Fault” presents the viewer/participant with a conundrum—the apparent permanence and simultaneous fleetingness of the urban edifice at the interstices between inside and outside, nature and built environment, the corporeal and the psychological.  Architecture meets art meets landscape meets human psyche. At once object and site, a Plexi-glass structure set within the window frame of an historic storefront, appears as both wall and window. This “time vessel” acts as barrier, boundary and gateway, gradually allowing/revealing views to the other/in/out side. A pulsing/glowing beacon of light concomitantly invites and warns the passerby of things that were and of things to come. Over the course of the 10-day installation, this salt curtain wall, seemingly impenetrable, gradually erodes/drains—like an hour glass—ending in an amorphous and revelatory mass of salt within. It is a specular quickening of the otherwise invisible (or deliberately concealed) natural and cultural processes that define geological time and human development. This tenuous fascia between activity and dormancy in the downtown fabric is momentarily alight and in motion, a stage for the performance of human ego and environmental process, a space for confrontation, a moment of pause by which the accidental tourist, the glib go-getter, the engaged artiste, or the willing flaneur discovers, meditates upon, reacts against, or responds to material, moment and monument.

In so doing, s/he recognizes something familiar, and her/his own role in the (un)becoming of the city surrounding.

SALT WALL_FRONT_BUILDING_BLUE umbanhower image 2ELIZABETH UMBANHOWAR bio:

Elizabeth Umbanhowar is a practicing landscape architect, landscape studio design instructor at the University of Washington and curator and artist in Seattle, Washington. She has experience working at a variety of scales, conditions (topographic, economic, climatic) and idea and is versed both design/build and construction practices, large scale planning, sustainable practice, and contract and construction document development. Prior returning to graduate student in landscape architecture, Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Kirkland Arts Center, Fund Development Director for the Wing Luke Asian Museum and served on the King County Public Art Committee (now 4Culture). She has extensive experience as a lecturer and studio design instructor in landscape architecture at the University of Washington and the National Garden Club. She taught art history and public art courses at Indiana University, University of Indiana, and the University of Washington. She continues to serve the arts and landscape community as jury member and curator for local arts programming, as well as contributing her volunteer skills in area schools and nonprofits as a presenter and mentor.

JOHN UMBANHOWAR bio:

John Umbanhowar, AIA, LEED AP is the Los Angeles based principal of hughesumbanhowar. His design process initiates in compelling ideas and his solutions are derived through cross-field investigations in materials, technology, the natural and social sciences. John oversees huum work and projects from beginning to end, directing the tempo of the offices and acting as its central hub for communications. His hands-on involvement runs from schematic design through completion of construction and post-occupancy. John has been integral in several historically significant Los Angeles building projects during his career including renovation of the Troxell House by Richard Neutra and EastWest Recording Studios in collaboration with Philippe Starck. He has been the recipient of multiple AIA awards and furniture design awards.

John serves on academice juries as well as speaking frequently on architecture and design in Los Angeles. John received his Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture/SCI-Arc.

Joanna Shaw + Helen Cheuk + Christian Prasch – Pump Your Hood

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This installation is part of the 2014 SKYLINE Event – held February 13 – 22, 2014, in Downtown Los Angeles.  For event information, please click on the ‘SKYLINE Main Menu’ link above.   For more SKYLINE 2014 installations, please click on the ‘Artist/Architect Installationslink above.

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Joanna Shaw + Helen Cheuk + Christian Prasch – Pump Your Hood

This installation is part of the 2014 SKYLINE Event – held February 13 – 22, 2014, in Downtown Los Angeles.  For event information, please click on the ‘SKYLINE Main Menu’ link above.

INSTALLATION SITE #6
888 S. Figueroa – Located on Plaza Level above Parking Lot
Downtown Los Angeles

As a breathing diaphragm of inflation and deflation this installation inserts moments of fluid compression, expansion, and ultimately physical relief within the rigidity of Downtown LA’s historic composition. A collection of inflatable components. Pushing the parameters of space to encounter new choreographies of urban movement. Inserting opportunities to navigate LA’s uninvestigated voids with a momentum entirely unique to the grid and to the one way course of movement in LA’s arteries. The pressure to move under, between, through the installation draws people to new encounters and forced proximity to the texture and materiality of the city. The installation is intended to counter the rigid formality of LA’s architecture. It is a voluptuous, temporary manifestation of air and the space between the monumental buildings that compose historic Los Angeles. This work engages pedestrians as a unique piece of circulation within the city. It draws people out of their gridded trajectory slowing their pace and altering movement through a series of encounters within a compressive space.

Participant Bios:

HELEN CHEUK

Helen Cheuk is a Hong Kong-born, Toronto-raised designer. From the urban jungle to suburbia, she investigates the dynamic role of art and design in the service of economic progress, development, globalization and public policy. Helen’s curiosity and interest for the built environment inspires her to continue creating a range of practical to imaginative solutions for our urbanscape without sacrificing the spirit of transformation and experimentation inherent in art, culture, and community. She has practiced and assisted on researches in multi-disciplinary Architecture and Urban Design offices in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. She is currently an urban and architectural designer at Los Angeles architecture firm Johnson Fain.  Helen has degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, as well as a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

CHRISTIAN PRASCH

Christian Prasch a.k.a. “CAP” hails from the buffalo-grass-covered plains of the Sandhills in Nebraska. His resume includes: Design Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and military experience manning our Nuclear ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) Force. He earned his Masters from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has worked in Los Angeles with Michael Maltzan Architects, Design Hunter LA, and Kim Lewis Designs. Throughout all his pursuits, he has cycled and appreciated a nomadic mobile environment. Inflatables and instantaneous spaces of collision fall right in line with such considerations.

JOANNA SHAW

Joanna Shaw received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and completed her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Her design footprint extends across a broad range of contextually integrated projects from the intimate composition of homes to infrastructural integration of urban scale master plans. She has practiced architecture in Melbourne, Australia and in Miami and Los Angles within the United States. Urban ecology consistently influences her research and design investigations.

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