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AIA|LA Announces Reprise of its Student Competition + Exhibition, 2x8
Exhibition Takes Over the Plaza at THE BLOC in Downtown Los Angeles
Opens Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30PM

Date: November 9, 2017 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Name: 2x8: CORE
What:Exhibition Opening
Where: Plaza at The BLOC | 750 W 7th Street, LA CA 90017
Yes, it’s free!! Do join us for this raucous and relevant opening
Web page to let us know you’re attending:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—November 2, 2017—Next Thursday night, November 9, 2017, architecture students attending schools from as far as San Francisco, California, will launch an exhibition of visual concepts, of their own design, in a plaza in the midst of Downtown Los Angeles.

The exhibit, is part of the American Institute of Architecture Los Angeles chapter’s (AIA|LA) influential 2x8, a three-pronged program dedicated to creating exposure for next generation architects, and to provide scholarships.

Those participating will express 2x8’s 2017 theme of “CORE” through designs that range from modular housing for refugees to a re-think of DTLA’s former Los Angeles Stock Exchange.

“We chose to exhibit 2x8 work at a center point of DTLA, the plaza amidst The BLOC, for two reasons,” noted the AIA|LA’s executive director, Carlo Caccavale, who helms the initiative for the thirteenth time this year.

“One, it’s fitting in that these same students will influence how we experience our streets in the future, whether their work is residential, civic, or retail. And two, it’s an opportunity to share with the public, how architects become: how a designer’s thought process develops as they evolve.”

What 2x8 is:
2x8 is a competition, exhibition, and scholarship fund for students at institutions of higher education throughout California. Academic institutions select two projects by student teams that exemplify the exhibition theme, which is then considered a jury of architects and designers who select winning entries. Winners and scholarship recipients are announced at the exhibition opening but all entries are displayed.

This year, students submitted varied expressions of the 2017 competition theme: “CORE.”

About this year’s theme | How Students are Expressing It
“The theme is deliberately ambiguous to provide the greatest freedom to students in terms of interpretations,” stated Clay Holden, AIA, an AIA|LA board member who has been instrumental in organizing the exhibit since its inception. “Core can be viewed literally, a building’s core; or as reflective of the profession’s core values; or as recognition that pedagogy is the core of the profession,” he continued.

“I am participating in 2x8 to get the word out about how to improve the living conditions within refugee camps through the development of a modular housing unit that can evolve with the refugees overtime,” said Grace Tan, of New School, whose entry focused on modular housing for refugee camps. 

Meanwhile, a counterpart, Palak Mandhana who studies at SCI-Arc, reimagined the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange, adding a greenhouse and a boutique hotel to the “existing nightclub sustaining the stock exchange building [which] is alternated with a Sunday church[…] The adaptive reuse of the building enables me to sustain multiple typologies in an overbuilt site like downtown Los Angeles,” he said.

The full list of schools participating in 2017 emanates from a large region of Southern California, along with the Northern California-based California College of the Arts. They are:

Art Center College of Design  
Cal Poly Pomona Architecture
California College of the Arts 
Cal State Long Beach BFA Interior Design
Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design
Newschool of Architecture and Design
Otis College Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
UCLA Extension: Architecture & Interior Design
USC School of Architecture 
Woodbury University School of Architecture 

The temporary exhibition is of modular construction, printed by ARC Document Solutions to be assembled and installed at THE BLOC.

For further information, do contact: Tibby Rothman, or by cell: 310.994.1423

Last updated: 08-Nov-2017 06:11 PM
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