Come and Forget, a series of speculative historical erasures, continues with Los Angeles–based architect Craig Hodgetts, principal of Hodgetts + Fung, founded with Hsinming Fung in 1984. Their work has been marked for its advocacy of technological experimentation developed from alternative and speculative positions; projects include the UCLA Towell Library, the LACMA exhibition “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way,” and Wild Beast Pavilion at the California Institute of the Arts. Hodgetts has taught at UCLA since 1972.
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Todd Gannon moderates a discussion with nine entrants from SCI-Arc in the Guggenheim Foundation’s 2012 competition for a museum in Helsinki: Eric Owen Moss (Eric Owen Moss Architects), Ivan Bernal (Xefirotarch), Margaret Griffin and John Enright (Griffin Enright Architects), Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts (Hodgetts + Fung), Florencia Pita (Pita & Bloom), Jenny Wu (Oyler Wu Collaborative), Russell Thomsen (Idea Office), Tom Wiscombe (Tom Wiscombe Architecture), and Wes Jones (Jones, Partners: Architecture). Gannon begins with an attempt to categorize them by formal strategies, and then invites the panelists to respond to his categorization. Wes Jones’s assertion that entries need to be strategized based on knowledge of the jurors prompts a general discussion about architectural competitions. From the audience, Thom Mayne challenges the panelists to articulate what their project’s position was, and each panelist responds.
Monday, November 16, 2016 at 6:30pm
Decafe, Perloff Hall
FAIA, Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design; Principal, Hodgetts+Fung, Los Angeles
Introduction and conversation with A.UD Professor Dana Cuff
Craig Hodgetts, a member of the faculty since 1972, worked for Sir James Stirling and formed StudioWorks before opening a firm with his partner, Hsinming Fung, in 1984. Known for his innovative work in such projects as the UCLA Towell Library (1982), Cal Arts' Wild Beast (2011) and UCLA's Hyperloop SUPRASTUDIO (2014-15). Craig is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and story-telling to invigorate his designs, producing an architecture that embraces contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. Hodgett's will lead a SUPRASTUDIO at the IDEAS campus in 2015-16.
- 1-Year Post-Professional Master Degree Program in Architecture
- B.Arch. professional five-year undergraduate degree in architecture, or foreign equivalent is required.
SUPRASTUDIO is a one-year post-professional program that leads to a Masters of Architecture II degree. Students engage in real-word issues through intensive research to develop new methodologies of architectural design. The program offers extensive research opportunities in studios led by world-renowned figures in architecture. SUPRASTUDIO partners student researchers with industry collaborators exploring topics as diverse as strategic thinking, sustainability, contemporary culture, lifestyle, Artificial Intelligence, autonomous mobility, sensing technology, robotics, extreme environments, the journey to outer space, virtual reality, entertainment production performances, and media-enhanced experiences.
Students have the opportunity to investigate architectural design and its cultural and social context to further their educational agenda. For example, students may engross themselves in a master-plan for a futuristic city for 10,000 where everyone is connected and uses autonomous cars led by Craig Hodgetts; or they could rethink the static buildings that house event performances to produce architecture that employs advances in temporary staging/pop-ups, robotized movements, and light led by Mark Mack; or they can tackle comprehensive critical analyses on the modern history and politics of cities, data-driven research of planning infrastructure and social issues, concluding with design proposals developed in collaboration with city governments and community partners led by Thom Mayne; or they could investigate the intersection between the digital and the physical worlds, looking at the cusp of living in mixed realities where interactive environments challenge traditional fabrication techniques and spatial assemblies with virtual and augmented realities, robotics and smart space applications led by Guvenc Ozel.
Previous collaborations with Walt Disney Imagineering, Toyota Motor Sales, Boeing, Cirque du Soleil, City of Los Angeles, City of Madrid, JumpStart Fund / Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., Gehry Technologies Inc., Mayor’s Institute on City Design, National Endowment for the Arts, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, UNICEF, and UNESCO have already generated a new set of design problems, research interests, scholarships, and practices to which students, faculty, and collaborators would not have otherwise had access.
After an introduction by Todd Gannon and Ewan Branda, Jeffrey Kipnis moderates a discussion with Eugene Kupper, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Peter de Bretteville, Thom Mayne, Craig Hodgetts, Eric Owen Moss and Coy Howard.
Kipnis begins the discussion by asking about the circumstances that led to the 1979 Architecture Gallery lectures and exhibits, which evolves into a discussion about the wider cultural context of the late 1970s. Panelists stress the hunger for new ideas, new architecture programs, increasingly international architectural publishing, plus a collegial communication between younger architects.
When Kipnis mentions Reyner Banham's representation of Los Angeles, the panelists respond by describing how the freedom of working a city without an established design intelligentsia encouraged intensive experiment with the process of building, especially with regard to materials and modes of architectural representation.