Emerging Voices: Ball-Nogues Studio; P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
Benjamin Ball & Gaston Nogues; Marcelo Spina & Georgina Huljich
Introduced by Paul Lewis
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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The fourth and final evening of the 29th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Ball-Nogues Studio and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S.
Ball‐Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice founded by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. The design of each project’s production is essential for the Los Angeles-based studio: “We devise proprietary systems of construction, create new fabrication devices, develop custom digital tools, and invent materials, all with the aim of expanding the potential of the physically constructed world… Although our projects are experimental with respect to production, they are not simply prototypes; each directly addresses human occupation by enhancing and celebrating social interaction through sensation, spectacle, and physical engagement.” The firm’s projects include “Table Cloth,” a temporary installation at Schoenberg Hall at UCLA; “Gravity’s Loom,” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; “Liquid Sky,” their winning installation for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program; and “Cradle,” a commission by the city of Santa Monica, CA. The firm is the recipient of Los Angeles AIA Design Honor and Merit Awards and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award.
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues each received their Bachelors of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. They both recently taught the graduate seminar, “Paperword — Studies in Pulp,” at the University of Southern California.
Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich are principals of the office, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, founded in Los Angeles in 1999. The research- and collaborative-based approach of the practice seeks to move between digital and material expressions. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S describes its form-making, as “Driven by digital techniques and advanced computation, this is not just an abstract formalism, but a formalism deeply embedded in the physics of materials and tectonics, and the potential of construction methods and new fabrication processes.” In addition to their research, built projects include Prism Contemporary Art in West Hollywood; FYF Residence and Jujuy Redux both in Rosario, Argentina; and Fluid Core Yard in Chengdu, China. The firm was named by Architectural Record in 2004 to its Design Vanguard and is the recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant. The firm has been nominated for the Ordos Prize and is a current finalist for the Iakov Chernikov Prize. A monograph on the firm’s work, Embedded, is forthcoming.
Marcelo Spina received a Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Rosario in Argentina and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He is currently a part of the Design and Technology Faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Georgina Huljich received her Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Rosario and her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA. She is a Lecturer and Director of the Summer Program in UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design Department.
Paul Lewis is a partner at LTL Architects and is the current Vice President for Architecture of the Architectural League of New York. He served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.
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Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. For a listing of contributions to the Next Generation Fund, please click here.
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Images from left to right: Ball-Nogues Studio, Cradle, Santa Monica, CA 2010. Image: Monica Nouwens; P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S & Maxi Spina Architects, Jujuy Redux, Rosario, Argentina. Image courtesy of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S and MSA.