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Apr 11, 2009

Please join us for the first OUTLET event for 2009 at LA><ART.


Peter Zellner will host a discussion with architects Hernan Diaz Alonso and Tom Wiscombe to mark the occasion of the launch of two new monographs on the work of Xefirotarch and EMERGENT published by AADCU, Beijing.

Saturday April 11, 2009
Talk starts at 4 pm

Hernan Diaz Alonso is the principal and founder of Xefirotarch, an award-winning Los Angeles-based design firm working in Architecture, Product and Digital Motion. He has taught design studio and visual studies for several years at SCI_Arc, where he is also graduate thesis coordinator. He is a design studio professor at the GSAPP at Columbia University, New York and a visiting professor at the Universitat fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He received his Architecture degrees from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, and from Columbia University’s AAD Program. In 1996, he worked as a designer in the office of Enric Miralles in Barcelona and from 2000 to 2001 he was senior designer at Eisenman Architects in New York. Diaz Alonso has lectured widely in major institutions around the world including the Architectural Association in London, MIT, University of Pennsylvania; Archilab in Orleans, France; the IDCA Conference, Aspen Colorado; UC Berkeley; the Pratt Institute; UCLA; Columbia University; and Princeton University. His work has been widely published in most of the major architectural magazines and periodicals worldwide and in several books. The first monograph of his work will be published in 2007. His work has been exhibited in the solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa in 2006, the Art Institute in Chicago and MAK center in Vienna in 2007, and the Pompidou Center in 2008-2009. In 2005, he was the winner of the PS1 MoMa, New York, Young Architects Program competition. His work is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC, the San Francisco MOMA and the New York MOMA.

Tom Wiscombe is an architectural designer based in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded EMERGENT, a platform for researching contemporary models of biology, engineering, and computation to produce an architecture characterized by formal variability, high performance, and atmospherics. EMERGENT is currently working on a 20,000 SM. office tower in Guiyang, China and Freshwater Plaza, Abu Dhabi, which is a water desalinization prototype and public space. EMERGENT won first place in the reknowned MoMA/P.S.1 Urban Beach competition in 2003, and second place in the Seoul Performing Arts Center and Novosibirsk A&D Pavilion competitions in 2005 and 2007. In 2007, EMERGENT was a finalist in the Czech National Library Competition. The work of EMERGENT has been published and exhibited extensively and it is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Centre, the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Wiscombe was Chief Designer and Project Partner at Coop Himmelb(l)au for over 10 years, right-hand to Principal Wolf Prix. He was in charge of design for BMW World, which has been hailed as one of the most important buildings of the 21st century. Educated at UCLA and UC Berkeley, Wiscombe has taught design and technology at SCI_Arc, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He has lectured widely, including at Rice, Yale, and Columbia.

About Outlet:

Outlet was founded to instigate and to promote the public sharing of architectural ideas, concepts and projects.

Outlet will present new works by local, national and international practitioners, host panel discussions on selected themes or topics and stage one-night only exhibitions.

Outlet will be staged at various venues over the course of its life.

Outlet will promote discussions about architecture through an online magazine, podcasts and online exhibitions.

Outlet is dedicated to the long term goal of establishing a permanent architectural publications program and architectural exhibition space.

Outlet was founded in 2006 by Architect and SCI-Arc Faculty Member Peter Zellner.

For more information please visit: www.outlet4arch.org

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