The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/LA), hosted the opening of its 11th Annual Student Exhibition, 2×8 Evolve, at the A+D Museum on Friday, April 11, 2014.
The annual 2×8 Exhibition showcases exemplary work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each participating academic program selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work is judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers which, this year, included Patrick Tighe, Principal, Patrick Tighe Architecture; Sam Lubell, Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper and Douglas Teiger, Managing Principal, Abramson Teiger Architects.
Participating institutions included: Art Center College of Design, California College of the Arts, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University-Long Beach, East Los Angeles College, Glendale Community College, Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Pasadena City College, Southern California Institute of Architecture, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Los Angeles Extension, University of Southern California, Woodbury University-Burbank and Woodbury University-San Diego.
The jurors announced the winners at the exhibition opening.
Otis College of Art and Design and California College of the Arts shared the 1st Place/Honor Award.
Pasadena City College and the Southern California Institute of Architecture received Merit Awards.
Architecture/Landscape/Interiors senior Molly Minot Hubley won an Honor Award for her project ECOTONE-Seattle Research Lab – Vortical Café.
At the intersection of architecture and ecology, a jigsaw of hexagon-shaped tanks,
designed to absorb the rising water levels of the Duwamish River, offer energy-efficient pump receptors and generators of hydro-powered self-sustaining ecosystems. Water regenerates, purifies and flows through a three-story, glass and concrete structure of interlocking modules. The Vortical Cafe, an architectural installation that sweeps from floor to ceiling, displays its wood ribbing, like the inside hull of a rowboat, to create asymmetrical shadows throughout the lobby and an overall gesture that highlights the interior of a torus. Inspired by Cedrus, which proudly dominates the botanical surface of Seattle’s industrial coastline, the focus of the Café is a large, vertical, vortex-like, structure that functions as a planter. The vertical structure of the planter is inside a fiberglass sheath at the core of the Café, emulating the tree of life, physically and philosophically. Rainwater is collected at the top of the structure and semi-saline water, from the bay, is collected at the base. The water is conducted in a canal, between the inner and outer surfaces of the structure, to the hexagonal planters. This energy-efficient irrigation system, absorbing water from the roots and base of the hexagon vertical planters, provide a sustainable harvest and seasonal menu for visitors to the Café.
upper left: Molly Minot Hubley with her 2×8 Evolve Honor Award certificate
upper middle: Molly’s project as displayed in 2×8 Evolve
bottom left: Molly Minot Hubley with Coleman Griffith, Pasadena City College Architecture Department Area Head (Molly studied in Coleman’s Program prior to transferring to Otis.) and Linda Pollari, Chair, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, at the opening reception of 2×8 Evolve
right: Molly Minot Hubley’s Honor Award-winning project ECOTONE-Seattle Research Lab – Vortical Café