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

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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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Raymond Salvatore Harmon + Heavy – Mirage

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Raymond Salvatore Harmon + Heavy – Mirage

INSTALLATION SITE #9

11th and Main Street
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

MIRAGE SKYLINE FINAL (3)

TO ENJOY MIRAGE WITH DIGITAL, INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS

1. Please download the app from the Google Play store (android) and use search term “skyline mirage” (app not currently available on iphone) Link is here.

2. Install application

3. Launch application and it will go straight to camera view

4. Stand towards the far end of the parking lot on the opposite side of the mural

5. Point your mobile device at the mural, keeping it still, until the digital experience appears

6. You can then touch the digital mural to change colors, activate animations, and make pieces fall off

7. Always keeping the mural in camera view, you can also walk “in” and “around” the digital mural to see its full depth

8. If the digital mural flickers or disappears, please go back and repeat steps 4 and 5

Note – this piece works during the day and night!  We have the site set up with lights for nighttime interaction during SKYLINE hours – 6pm – 10pm.  You can also visit during non-SKYLINE hours to enjoy the interaction.

MIRAGE is a site specific architectural scale interactive paint installation. Utilizing the architectural surface as a canvas Harmon paints walls, floors, ceilings in an abstracted visual colourfield. Once the piece is complete photo documentation is collected and fed into the Mirage mobile app (developed in collaboration with BC Biermann), which allows the viewer/user to explore a 4D augmented reality environment whose forms are built from extensions of the architectural and colourfield data.

While MIRAGE is featured in the upcoming book Imaginary Apps by DJ Spooky the Skyline presentation would be the world premiere of MIRAGE as a real world installation.

Heavy Bio:
Heavy fuses technology + creativity to find new modes of communicating ideas. Building upon existing technological and theoretical frameworks, Heavy creates innovative interfaces between digital design and physical worlds in ways that provoke the imagination and challenge existing styles of art, design, and interaction.

Raymond Salvatore Harmon Bio:

Born in Jackson, Michigan in 1974 Raymond Salvatore Harmon grew up in the small town fringe on the border of Detroit’s industrial wasteland. After a dismal attempt in the early 1990s at university education (anthropology) Harmon decided the best lessons are taught by life itself, which is as far from university living as one can imagine.

For more than a decade Harmon has been developing and evolving the theoretical and practical applications of non object oriented art. Utilizing architectural scale painting and new media/web based content in coordination with public performance, graffiti style ad bombing, and web based social engineering Harmon’s work has carved out an over arching form of contemporary media insurgency.

Harmon paints dominantly on an architectural scale, encompassing multistory building facades, sidewalks and street surfaces which he has referred to as “site specific paint installations.” Visually his work is based in gestural abstracted forms utilizing intensely vibrant colours to alter the public perception of both the architecture and its contextual environment.

Harmon’s film work is abstract, often accompanied by the experimental electronic compositions of his various collaborators.

In what time is left at the end of Harmon’s day he takes a great deal of pleasure dreaming, either awake or asleep.

 

 

Behnaz Farahi – Living Wall

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INSTALLATION SITE #5

724 South Spring Stret – #301 (3rd Floor)
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

How might we imagine a space that can build an understanding of its users through their movements and respond accordingly? How might we build upon interactive 2-D works by developing a 3-D interactive environment that goes beyond mere narrative to actual choreographies of space? 
This installation is an attempt to address these questions through the design of an interactive kinetic wall. One of the main contributions of this work is to explore how a physical environment can change its shape in response to the users. The central focus is on the relationship between materials, form and interactive systems of control.

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Bio

Behnaz Farahi is a designer, architect, and researcher. She is an Annenberg Fellow at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  She is interested in exploring the potential interaction between the environment and the human body. In particular she is interested in the integration of material behaviors, performance, soft robotic systems and smart materials in contemporary art/architecture practice. Behnaz Farahi has an undergraduate and two masters degrees in Architecture. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. In 2013 she was also awarded the first prize for the Kinetic Art Organization 2013 International Award.ahi is a designer, architect, and researcher. She is an Annenberg Fellow at the USC School of Cin

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

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PLEASE NOTE – this site is closed to public 2.17-2.18 due to film shoot – re-opens 2.19-2.23. Furthermore, this installation site closes at 9pm nightly – earlier than regular 10pm close of other 9 sites. Please schedule accordingly to not miss this great work and performance!  

Performances are at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on February 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

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.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

INSTALLATION SITE #7
Cooper Design Space
860 S. Los Angeles – 11th Floor Penthouse
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

This performance will take place at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on the following dates:
February 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

Performances last approximately 15 minutes.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will activate an interactive urban ecology in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with architect Filipa Valente’s project “Liminoid Garden*.” With dancers reacting to the shifting lights and sounds of Valente’s environmentally-responsive “bloom” installations, the collaboration will immerse viewers in a living, breathing space that pairs the immediate surrounds of the urban jungle with the amoebic vitality of the natural world.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre creates ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art. The collaboration will build upon the company’s almost thirty-year legacy of site-specific performance. Infusing nontraditional sites including local laundromats, abandoned hotels, and Los Angeles’ City Hall with daring performance, the company uses the never-ending urban motion of the city to animate bodies, enliven total environments, and engage citizens on the ground.

At SKYLINE 2014, the company will invigorate a downtown penthouse with symbiotic movement, working alongside “Liminoid Garden*” to create a play space that shifts according to real-time behaviors. Viewers will have the opportunity to observe, touch, and interface with Valente’s light and sound-sensory, experimental floral forms whose interactivity demonstrates a striking contextual awareness. Alongside the participants’ kinetic and spatial exploration, two athletic company dancers will investigate cycles of circulation and growth using their own human bodies. Adding dynamic motion to the sights and sounds of the penthouse space, they will simultaneously respond to Valente’s artificial organisms as well as the other human beings surrounding them.

With the stunning visual backdrop of downtown visible through the penthouse’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the environment created by the company and Valente will reflect the nature of the area as a unique, ever-changing biosphere. The interactive installations and performance will remind viewers of the layers of nature and artifice encircling them throughout their daily lives in the city.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Bio

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre creates ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art. Through cultivating innovative collaborations with artists, arts organizations and underserved communities, the company brings meaningful interdisciplinary dance to new audiences throughout Los Angeles and the world.

For over twenty-five years, the company has infused nontraditional sites including local laundromats, abandoned hotels, and Los Angeles’ City Hall with daring performance. Using the never-ending urban motion of the city, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre animates bodies, enlivens total environments, and engages citizens on the ground. Since site-specific work takes place beyond the proscenium stage, the company’s process and practice is inherently and closely tied with the public and civic spheres. The company envisions and choreographs with the intention of piquing the interest of the public, inviting interaction through movement and dance, and providing individuals with exciting, challenging, and innovative artwork.

HEIDI DUCKLER is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Since its inception in 1985, she has choreographed more than 100 original dance works at unique sites in Russia, Hong Kong, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California including Los Angeles City Hall, Lincoln Heights Jail, the Los Angeles River, the Herald Examiner Building, the former Ambassador Hotel and the Los Angeles Police Academy. Titled “the reigning queen of site-specific performance,” by the L.A. Times, her work has been commissioned by Miami Light, Grand Performances, REDCAT, Aben Dans in Denmark, Brookfield Properties, and the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, among others.  She earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA. Duckler recently participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Arts Leadership Initiative and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee. She has most recently been honored with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Maverick Award and the University of Oregon’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

http://www.heididuckler.org/

Natasha Bajc + Samy Kamkar – Other World Ceiling

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Site Installation #1 is Closed Saturday February 22 for a Private Event.  Do please visit sites 2-10!

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 Installations‘ link above.

Natasha Bajc + Samy Kamkar – Other World CeilingOther World Ceiling

INSTALLATION SITE #1
Farmers & Merchants Bank
401 South Main Street
Historic District, Downtown Los Angeles

In the best historical traditions, namely renaissance and baroque; we develop a contemporary version of the “fresco ceiling” that carves out “The Other World” space in a physical space of a flat ceiling  in the old bank.

The space that opens up feels as an extension of the material space, playing on the inherited  style of the actual old bank, rhythms of the ceiling , decorations and proportions. realistic actualization or unfolding of the potential seeded in the actual.

But it is not a neutral space. it is a space occupied by the ghost of an old bank. just like many of the neighboring spaces in the historic downtown district, sediments of history open up for interpretation.

It is not a passive space either, it registers your presence and pulls you in.

By stepping in the area of the old bank, a ghost of an old bank will start sucking up ” money” from you, pulling it in The Other World vault. just like in the mythical good versus evil fights, participants will team up to shut the vault door, and stop the “money” drain…

Bios:

Natasha Bajc

Natasha Bajc is an architect ( M Arch Sci-Arc ’99) with interest in art, technology, computation and augmented reality. Weaving her career between academia, and professional practice as principal of both Urbis and Code Design Studio, she is hoping to build a platform for perpetual exploration.  Her path has taken her to production design for movies(dark world 2004 ,Baby Doll forever 2000) exhibitions, lectures and traditional architectural design.

Samy Kamkar

Samy Kamkar is a technologist with a background in developing software, hardware and interactive technology. After creating a company producing a new grade of unified communications phone systems (Fonality) and releasing over a dozen open-source projects in the realms of new technology, security and privacy, he is now working on creating interactive technology focusing on music, gestural software and art.

Juan Azulay + Benjamin Rice (MTTR MGMT) with Adam Grove – The Passenger

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Juan Azulay + Benjamin Rice (MTTR MGMT) with Adam Grove – The PassengerThe Passenger

INSTALLATION SITE #2
Alexandria Apartments
501 South Spring Street
Historic District, Downtown Los Angeles

The Passenger (Moon) proposes a celestially enabled interactive micro-planet that engages passing-by inhabitants through releasing its own moody mediated weather system for an experience of immersion and communication with a new planetary logic.

Suppose you make the wrong turn in downtown Los Angeles.

The soft glowing orb hovers at the end of the dead end street, a planet that has descended upon its inhabitants – ready to communicate and carry its innards and linkages to mate with other celestial bodies.

The orb is a moth-light, hypnotizing, impossible to turn away from. The more the orb is engaged, the more it feeds the engagement. It carries an on-board computer patched with if-then mechanisms that actuate subtle responses to those who engage it. These responses are driven by two types of interaction/actuation relationships: LUMA-drivers and SOUND-drivers.

Biographies

Juan Azulay

Juan Azulay is the founder and creative director of MTTR MGMT, a design practice focused on conceiving and constructing environments by working within an intensive intradisciplinary process. Juan has designed and built award-winning architecture projects, master-planned an 8,000 year old city in southern China, written and directed music videos and films, published books, released music and curated art shows. Juan teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture since 2006, where he co-founded a post-graduate media arts program (MediaScapes). He has also taught previously at Columbia University in the City of New York, the University of Miami and the ETSAV in Barcelona. Azulay has also collaborated with culture-shifting creatives.  Flood Stains is the product of a collaboration with No Wave legend Lydia Lunch, Blue Eyed Sailor is the joint brainchild of Azulay, Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and actress-musician Mia Maestro (The Strain, Frida, Motorcycle Diaries). MAK t6 Vacant is a joint venture with SF-based landscape visionary Fletcher Studio and Vivarium invited a team of collaborators that include programmers, engineers, sound designers, bioengineers and builders. He also led the editing team that published Architecture Xenoculture (eVolo Publications) and curated Morphallaxis (DLFA Miami), a show focused on issues of bio-regeneration in architecture. Juan Azulay has degrees from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Columbia University.

Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice is a principal of MTTR MGMT. Before joining MM Benjamin helped deliver high profile architectural projects, competitions, installations, and objects as an assistant for some of the worlds leading architectural firms. Benjamin’s work, both personal and professional, has been published and exhibited widely. Recent exhibitions include the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the MKThink Gallery in San Francis-co and the Denver Art Museum. Recent publications include On Ramp, Pidgin Magazine, TARP, eVolo Magazine, and The Huffington Post. In 2013 Benjamin began writing his first book, titled “Robotic Interpretation: New Fabrication and Material Techniques for Architecture,” which will be published in early 2014 and distributed by Actar. Benjamin is currently a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design and a Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts. He has taught previously at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, as an assistant at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Princeton University School of Architecture, as well as having been involved with several international workshops. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and his Master of Architecture from the Princeton University School of Architecture.

Adam Grove

Adam Grove is the founder of SPECIAL TOPICS, an interdisciplinary design bureau driven by a deep interest in the relationship of design, making and industry. It capitalizes upon the interrelationship of cultures, climate, geography and immediate history of Southern California to further our own critical inquiries and enhance our capacity for production.  SPCLTPCS is endlessly fascinated by the dynamics of our place. Two core units comprise Special Topics, an architectural design studio and rapid prototyping workshop.  Through our combination of physical and intellectual resources It has the unique ability to address a range of project types and scales.

Filipa Valente – Liminoid Garden

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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 Installations‘ link above.

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INSTALLATION SITE #8
Cooper Design Space – Penthouse Floor (11th Floor)
860 S. Los Angeles
Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Filipa Valente – Liminoid Garden

The liminoid space of the urbanscape is where we create new cultural expressions and relationships with our surroundings. This Liminoid Garden* – an interactive machine interface between the environment, the city and its users – breathes and feeds itself on the real-time movements and conditions of the city, giving awareness to the audience while simultaneously making him/her part of the behavior.

Set in the context of Downtown Los Angeles, a bouquet of artificial ecology mechanisms communicate between the penthouse of the Cooper Design building and the city at large. The mechanical blooms are equipped with electronic controllers that receive readings of light, temperature and pollution from the exterior and reinterpret these into physical movements and light fluctuations. The pieces then reflect a kind of breathing behavior that is altered by the actions of audience members –  creating a play space between conditions of the outside and inside.

 The interaction between machine, environment and people will be explored by the Heidi Duckler dance group in a series of programmed short (15min ) performances that will occur February 13th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Artist bio:

Filipa Valente (limiLAB) lives in Los Angeles, USA, where she pursues her interactive experience design work and currently is an Associate and lead interactive designer at Synthesis Design + Architecture in downtown Los Angeles. She completed the BSc and Masters in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London 04’ and 08’ and more recently the Masters in Media Art and Architecture (MEDIAScapes) at SciArc 11’(Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles.

Filipa has collaborated with different architectural practices around the world while simultaneously pursuing her own work and frequent collaborations. During the past years she has held positions at Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London.

The work in interactive art and installations has grown from an interest in expanding the immediate ‘space’ of architecture, by using technology to connect it to the surrounding environment and context, in most cases the urban context. Her current research explores relationships between architecture and urban space, experience design and the body, environmental interaction and media art.

Filipa’s work has been featured at the Lisbon Experimenta Design Biennale in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and at several international exhibits in Copenhagen, Lisbon, London and Los Angeles. Recently her piece Liminoid Bloom*s was featured in the main exhibition for the Albuquerque ISEA 2012 (International Symposium on Electronic Art).

www.limilab.com

www.filipavalente.com

 

 

amphibianArc – Cocoon

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PLEASE NOTE – this installation was delayed due to travel and customs issues; yet it has been installed &  is available for viewing as of Monday, February 17 for the duration of Skyline (through Saturday 2.23).  Thank you for your patience!

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 Installations‘ link above.

INSTALLATION SITE #4SONY DSC
Union Lofts Ground Floor – on the corner of 8th and Hill Street.  Entrance on Hill Street.
Downtown Los Angeles

amphibianArc – Cocoon

Concept

The installation, namely Cocoon, is a 6m × 3m × 4m full-scale model of an actual part extracted from one of the two public buildings designed by amphibianArc. At the back of the installation’s platform structure there is an illustrative board of diagrams, construction drawings and mostly prominently, a built-in screen at the center showing a documentary film of the installation’s entire design and construction process. The installation as a whole is not only an innovative, eye-catching art piece but also an accurate reference for future construction.

This installation demonstrates the feasibility of amphibianArc-designed Yi Chang Museum and Yi Chang Planning Exhibition Center in the historic Chinese city of Yi Chang. The design of these buildings drew inspiration from the shape and structure of silkworm cocoon, as a tribute to the Yi Chang-native Leizu, a legendary Chinese empress who invented and passed on the technique of silk production. While the exhibit, as a partial model of the real building, resembles the enlarged internal structure of cocoon. This installation is also an in-depth exploration in the field of parametric design. With an avant-garde parametric design approach, the team successfully managed to associate the project’s local cultural element with the broader Chinese history. The Parametric design was done in Grasshopper, a plug-in of Rhino, to generate the desired cocoon form. Meanwhile, the project’s structural Engineer BIAD adjusted the script to ensure that the model is structurally proven. With the help of parametric design, the team was able to rationalize the construction method by identifying the primary and secondary structure, and dividing the entire model into sequential layers, all of which was done in a completely parametric environment.

amphibianArc

amphibianArc is an architecture design firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with branch office in Shanghai, China. Founded by Nonchi Wang in 1992, the practice endeavors to synthesize between artistic expression and problem solving technique.

Through a shared disclosure called Liquid Architecture, his work, encompasses not only the curvilinear forms prevalent in contemporary architectural scene, but also ideogramic methodology which is the foundation of Chinese word making. Since its founding, amphibianArc has been designed a wide range of projects in both the U.S. and China, including the award winning Beijing Planetarium (AIA/LA awards, China Zian Tien Yo Award), Foshan Dongping New City Mass Transit Center (2011 MIPIM Architecture Review Future Project Awards), and Hongxing Macalline Furniture Flagship Store (2012 MIPIM Architecture Review Future Project Awards). The practice’s work has also been featured in publications including Architectural Record, Dezeen, LA Architect, and World Architecture.

Tel: +1 (323) 933-3698 – Fax: +1 (323) 395-0738

Address: 5670 Wilshire Boulevard Ste 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

Website: http://www.amphibianarc.com

Principal Designer

Nonchi Wang

Since his graduation from Yale University School of Architecture in 1987, Mr. Wang has dedicated his professional life in the United States to the design and planning of complex institutional and commercial projects. He launched his own practice in 1993, establishing amphibianArc. Design excellence and high quality service to the clients have been the defining elements of Mr. Wang’s practice. Mr. Wang has won national and international recognition through numerous design awards and publications.

While creative in nature, Mr. Wang is predisposed to theoretical thinking. This early tendency and ensuing education at Yale has provided him with a rigorous philosophical underpinning for his design works. His ongoing theoretical-philosophical thinking and investigation has been a visible twin to his most influential design works. His design theory matrix includes liquid architecture, ideographic (Chinese wordmaking) methodology, 3D calligraphy and evolutionary parametrism. Due to Mr. Wang’s Chinese cultural heritage, besides absorbing western science and metaphysics – the underling framework of Liquid Architecture, he naturally adopted the methodology of Chinese word making, creating ideographic formal repertoire to institute narrativity into architecture. The narrative property in Mr. Wang’s design is the main strength and uniqueness of his architecture.

Project Architect

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez joined amphibianArc in 2012, where he is currently working as a senior project detailer and technical adviser. His technical knowledge and expertise, as well as his design sensitivity derives from over 20 years of professional experience working with various design firms and on a variety of large projects. In his 10 year tenure with Gehry Partners, Mr. Rodriguez served as project architect for the MIT Stata Center and the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. He also gained extensive experience on developing and implementing exterior systems through completion of construction. He joined Michael Maltzan Architecture in 2008 and was hired as a project architect for the San Francisco State University Creative Arts Center. During his 4 years at MMA he also worked on the Playa Vista Park Bandshell, Star Apartments, Biscuit Company Loft among other various projects.

Parametric Design

Brandon Vickers

Born in a small village in Eastern Ohio, Brandon was raised in the tall grasses of the Appalachian foothills by a pack of displaced marmots. Attracted by the bright lights and strange noises he eventually found himself in the bustling metropolis of Columbus Ohio. During his brief stint in Columbus Brandon completed his bachelor’s in architecture at The Ohio State University in 2008. After this there is a significant hole in his time-line. For a span of 14 months Brandon was on hiatus. Some speculate that he was roaming the lowlands of the American Midwest foraging for wolves, or that he that he simply took a shit job because the economic downturn, all we know for sure is that he reemerged in 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Here he earned his masters of Architecture from Sci-Arc in 2011. During this time he was also contracted into an indentured servitude at Xeferotarch under principal Hernan Diaz-Alonso. His focus, in these trying times, was on advanced digital representation and fabrication techniques. Expanding on these endeavors Brandon moved on to become a founding partner of the collaborative design / fabrication studio Alley 36. Here he is currently researching effects of entropy on complex compositions in a series of installation art and furniture pieces using a synthesis of ancient analog techniques and cutting edge digital process and robotics. Brandon is a highly functioning social recluse operating out an abandoned mattress factory is south central Los Angeles.

Project Manager

Charles Liu

Charles serves as the firm’s Project Manager. Having experience in real estate development, and both public and private sectors of planning, Charles brought a diverse skill set and a holistic perspective of the building industry to the company. Prior to joining amphibianArc, he serves as the Project Manager/Senior Assistant Planner in URS, China where he managed and participated in the designing of multiple award-winning projects.

Installation Supervisor

Xiaofeng Mei

Xiaofeng Mei joined amphibianArc in 2012 and has contributed to many projects including Hangzhou Wonder Mall, Zoomlion Headquarters International Plaza, Yichang New District Master Plan and DADA

2013 “Digital Infiltration” Exhibition. His motivation of the architectural forms exploration and skilled use of advanced digital methodologies are reflected in the design process. Prior to joining amphibianArc, Xiaofeng Mei served as an intern in Graft Architects China, where he participated in variety of large scale projects involving mixed use development project, residential master plan, high-rise architectural design, etc.