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DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY on view through May 20

Category : Exhibits, Los Angeles Feb 2nd, 2011


DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY is on view at SUPERFRONT LA from now through May 20, 2011

Curated by Chloë Bass + Mitch McEwen
Opening January 20, 5:00 – 8:30PM

January 20 – May 20, 2011
Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208 | West Hollywood, CA | 90069

The possibility of encountering Detroit along a line of thought or inquiry, happening upon parallels, rather than making Detroit a singular object of study, defines much of this exhibit. Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study seeks, possibly, to develop a point of view that acknowledges a curatorial siting in Brooklyn, to deny the attempt to occupy a universal position from which to view Detroit. Consistent with the case study methodology, the exhibit aims to correlate the facts and point them in the direction of a problem to be solved or a future to be projected. In the instance of this exhibit, correlated works are pointed in the direction of more facts, as well as some myths, less a solution than an aggregation of possibilities that result in a few beginnings and no end.

Big City Forum at SUPERFRONT LA Sat. March 26 1:00 – 3:00pm

Big City Forum in conjunction with SUPERFRONT LA presents an architecture panel in response to the exhibition DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY.

Saturday, March 26 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208

This event is an opportunity to expand upon the themes of the DETROIT: A BROOKLYN CASE STUDY exhibit with a dynamic group of LA-based architects and theorists. This engaging conversation will ask participants to consider Los Angeles as an additional set of circumstances in which the ideas of post-industrial transformation, the shrinking city, and other terms of the DETROIT exhibit can be understood.

Featured Presenters:
DANA BAUER, groundup LLC
ANDREW ZAGO, Zago Architecture
Moderated by: Mitch McEwen and Chloe Bass, SUPERFRONT

Panelists Biographies:

DANA BAUER has recently launched a design practice based in Los Angeles, groundup LLC. Current projects span domestic and urban realms and include a new residence in the Hollywood Hills and the re-imagining of a Los Angeles strip mall for a start up design community. Her prior experience includes award winning work at Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles on such projects as MoMa QNS, the UCLA Hammer Museum and Kidspace Children’s Museum. At Gensler, in New York, her work for HBO and ESPN received numerous accolades. In addition to her 12 years practicing and teaching architecture, she has professional experience in set and costume design, fashion and photography. Working between design disciplines has enabled her to explore concepts across diverse venues and a wide range of audiences. By exposing unlikely and underlying socio-cultural mechanisms, her work proposes ways in which urban and social solutions may be represented, communicated and implemented.

DAVID FREELAND is principal of FreelandBuck in Los Angeles and adjunct faculty at Woodbury University. With over 10 years of experience in architecture, he has worked on award winning projects with a number of offices in New York and Los Angeles including Michael Maltzan Architecture, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, RES4, AGPS, and Eisenman Architects. He is a graduate of University of Virginia and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

ALI JEEVANJEE has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Ali has taught architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and at USC, and is also serving on the editorial team of the internationally recognized website Archinect.

Prior to founding LOC with Poonam Sharma, Ali worked in the office of Frank O. Gehry where he worked on The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit, on which he worked closely with the Guggenheim Museum, and the Vincor Winery in Ontario, Canada. Prior to this, Ali gained extensive experience with the Los Angeles office of Ellerbe Becket, where he worked on several large-scale sports and entertainment projects. He also worked very closely with landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson on the bridge and garden terrace at South Coast Plaza. Prior to which he was a studio assistant to Venice based artist Laddie Dill.

KAREN LOHRMANN is a Los Angeles based urbanist, artist, educator, and researcher. Previously located in Berlin, she initiated Lorma Marti focusing on studies of spaces, cultural manifestations and resultant landscapes, together with Stefano de Martino in 2002. Their work is published and exhibited internationally, most recent books are Update: All Possible Worlds (2008) and How we spent it (2009). Karen has been a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck (2003-2010) focusing on environments, landscape, urban and cultural studies. She has also been an assistant professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism TU Berlin (1998-2003), together with Kees Christiaanse and Hugo Beschoor Plug, and is co-editor of Clear Skies with Patches of Grey (2003). She has collaborated with architecture, design, and landscape practices (Studio Libeskind, Barkow Leibinger Architects and Topotek1 in Berlin; Fat and URL in London, produced award-winning competition entries and a number of interior and exterior film and photography sets.

With a focus on urban studies and related scenography, Karen places her work at the crossroads of disciplines, spread from site to non-site. In urban context she traces trends, patterns, and movements, in landscape she works within the notions of panorama, image, and its implicit content. Educated at Aachen University, ETH and University of the Arts Zurich, she graduated from the TU Berlin School of Architecture, Urbanism and Society. She is the recipient of a DAAD scholarship and grants from the German Art Project Fund, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Austrian Ministry for Art, Research and Education, and the German Research Ministry.

ANDREW ZAGO is an architect and founder of Zago Architecture in Detroit and Los Angeles. He is design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, has taught at UCLA, the Ohio State University, Cornell University and the City College of New York.



Detroit: A Brooklyn Case Study is enabled by generous donations from Brian & Suzanne Selmo, Betty J. Webb, and the SUPERFRONT Board of Directors.

We would also like to thank our Kickstarter backers: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Joy Akien-Prohaska, Eleanor Anderson, Jason Andrew, Nicolas Barrette, Alan Bass, K. Berg, Monica Bernheim and Daniel Gelb, Matt Broach, Isabella Bruno, Anne Bynoe, Pat Bynoe, Lynn Cazabon, Mollie Eisenberg, Mack Elder, Kira-Laura Ferrand, Rafael Gallegos, Rachel Gibbs, John Hartmann, Megan Hays, Drayton Hiers, Lee Ping Kwan, Ferentz Lafargue, Amy Lucker, Lee Mandell, Erica Mapp, Walter McEwen, Robert McKee, Sarah Millsaps, Kunle Owolabi, Paula Owolabi, Olukola Owolabi, Andrew Radin, Kate Ryan, Susanne Schnell, Risa Shoup, Brendan Spiegel, Rachel Stevens, Austin Thomas, Gia Wolff, Paul Zonca, and The Freedwomans Bureau.

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