Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype

Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype includes an exhibition in the SCI-Arc Gallery and a public art installation in the Los Angeles Arts District’s Bloom Square, both aiming to demonstrate the fearless nature with which the late visionary architect and draftsman created. Assembled by an exhibition committee including SCI-Arc graduate programs chair Hernan Diaz Alonso, Christoph A. Kumpusch, and design faculty Dwayne Oyler and Alexis Rochas, the SCI-Arc Gallery component of Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype will include several original, rarely seen Woods drawings from private collections, and most notably, recently uncovered video footage from a 1998 interview recorded in Vico Morcote, Switzerland, then part of a SCI-Arc European campus program. The video articulates Woods’s philosophy and the forces and influences which shaped his thinking, including the work of Heinz von Foerster and the systems-thinking theory of Cybernetics. A public symposium on October 11th will feature a panel of young architects who will discuss Woods’s influence on their generation.

Earlier this year, SCI-Arc completed Earthwave, an “inhabitable drawing” originally designed, but never built, for the 2009 Biennale of Architecture and Art of the Mediterranean in Reggio Calabria (BaaM), Italy. Earthwave was designed by Lebbeus Woods and Christoph a. Kumpusch in collaboration with Adam Orlinski, and is based on one of Woods’ drawings from 1997. Assembled on a public site located three blocks away from the SCI-Arc campus, the installation aims to prove to a new generation that there is a fine line between “unbuilt” and “unbuildable.” The temporary 18’x 18’, two-and-a-half-ton steel structure includes four parallel steel frame “swarms,” each frame penetrated by a dense field of steel vectors, using the urban Arts District as a backdrop for Woods’ dystopian vision.

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Friday, October 11, 2013
    07:00 pm

  • Where: 

    Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
    960 E. 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, California

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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