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Five decades of SCI-Arc celebrated with a year of public programs

Five decades of SCI-Arc celebrated with a year of public programs

SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) was established in 1972 and based on the concept of a “college without walls”. Its original name was New School, which symbolized a paradigm shift in the teaching of architecture, focusing on a horizontal relationship between teachers and students and on experimentation, which made it one of the few schools in independent architecture in the world. In 2022, the institution celebrates its 50th anniversary and has planned a calendar full of events and projects that will take place throughout the year.

As the retrospective on its official website demonstrates, there are extraordinary parallels between the historical circumstances when the school opened and our current global situation. If in 1972 we were still in the wake of the revolutionary 1960s, an era of social unrest mixed with radical changes in our collective cultural, scientific and artistic imagination; 2022 is marked by the obvious climate crisis, a global pandemic and racial justice movements. “The school has since operated as an offshoot of visionary thought, a hub for exploratory discourse and a laboratory for innovating the medium of architecture. For 50 years, SCI-Arc has been restless, bold and optimistic.

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Courtesy of SCI-Arc

Throughout 2022, the school will commemorate this banner milestone with events, conferences, podcasts, public programs, exhibitions, editorial characteristics, community initiatives, and more to honor SCI-Arc’s contributions over the past five decades. The lectures will feature names such as Shigeru Ban, Bernard Tschumi, David Adjaye and Anupama Kundoo, among many other leading professionals.

Besides, SCI-Arc Channel will release the 50+50 film series, covering various topics around school. SCI-Arc Main event returns with a special gala celebration honoring architect Frank Gehry, visual artist Alison Saar, Walt Disney Imagineering and the Herald Examiner Building/Georgetown Company.

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Courtesy of SCI-Arc

More than a celebration of the past, the institution seeks to reinvent the next 50 years, pushing the boundaries of architecture and producing the next generation of risk takers who will push us towards a brighter future.

Find the institution’s festivities on its official site.