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Contact: Christine Payton March 9, 2004
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is hosting a week of events March 15-19 as it celebrates Design Week 2004.

Several events are planned throughout the week starting with an exhibit on March 15. “Inner Scene Vienna” is a traveling exhibit highlighting the work of 40 young Austrian Architects. Its composed of presentation folders and scenic photographs from these architects.

According to exhibit organizers, the new era of the Viennese architecture scene started taking shape in the late 1980s. With the founding of the Vienna Architecture Center and massive construction volumes, this young scene created a revival which helped spark interest. The architecture students that followed in the 1990s inherited an atmosphere of “euphoria.”

As a result, many students started architecture offices immediately after graduation, many of them in storefront locations with retail character.

This exhibit attempts to capture the phenomenon of the Viennese architecture scene, with an emphasis on composing a snapshot of the scope of their functions and the potential they possess. The exhibit will open at 5 p.m. in the Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall, room 202 and will run until April 4.

In addition to this exhibit, architect Scott Enge of Marmol & Radziner Associates in Los Angeles will discuss “Fabricating Modernism” at 3:30 p.m. in Fletcher Hall, room 134.

Enge is an architect and metal fabricator who leads the in-house fabrication shop on projects that range from custom work to restoration and renovation of Modernist masterpieces such as Richard Neutra’s Kaufman House.

The workshop that Enge will be leading will result in a laser-cut stainless steel structure defined by compound curves and warping surfaces. This structure will ultimately help to support a fabric structure that will be put up during a following workshop and also allow for seating on the second floor terrace at Fletcher Hall.

This design collaborative is being led by Assistant Professor Corey Saft of the School of Architecture and includes Enge, Charles Duvall of Duvall Design, the second year Architecture and Interior Design students and student assistants Benji Beaugh and David Jaubert.

There will be lectures and receptions at the completion of each component of the project: steel lecture by Enge at 3:30 p.m. March 15; and a fabric lecture by Duvall at 3:30 p.m. March 19. Both will be held at Fletcher Hall, room 134.

Duvall, an internationally recognized fabric designer and fabricator, has his own company Duvall Design in Maine. He travels throughout the country and internationally to oversee his projects.

As well as his fabric structures, Duvall works with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Marines to design, develop and fabricate the working prototype for the ASSTC mobile surgical “hospital in a box.”

He also exhibits his own sculpture. His workshop will transform the second floor terrace of Fletcher Hall into a student center through the installation of a 3,000 square foot fabric roof. The project will be designed, fabricated and installed in an intensive four-day charrette with the second year architecture and interior design students.

All lectures are supported by the UL Lafayette College of the Arts’ School of Architecture and Design and the Student Government Association.

In addition to these events, a screening of “My Architect” will be shown on March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Bayou Bijou. This is Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary investigating his father, Louis Kahn. This film is nominated for an Academy Award in the best documentary category.

Call the School of Architecture and Design at 482-6225 for more information about these events.

Document last revised Tuesday, March 9, 2004 3:37 PM

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