Sunday, October 23, 2011

October Recap > Oyler Wu's Netscape

de LaB with Oyler Wu

On a breezy October evening, de Labbers gathered in the SCI-Arc parking lot for a tour of Netscape, the incredible temporary pavilion designed by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative. Dwayne and Jenny were commissioned by the school, where they both teach, to create a structure that would comfortably seat 1000 people for the fall graduation ceremony.

Oyler Wu's Netscape at SCI-Arc

As the sun began to slip lower in the sky, Dwayne and Jenny explained how, with the help of 15 SCI-Arc students, they had transformed 45,000 square feet of rope, 6,000 feet of steel and 300 square feet of jersey fabric into a canopy that could gracefully shade the crowd in the early September sun.

Oyler Wu's Netscape at SCI-Arc

The structure was actually knit using traditional techniques, with the students creating giant 4o-foot looms in the parking lot to make the panels of rope. The steel trusses were welded together and assembled with the help of two forklifts. The louvers, which are made from the same material as sports jerseys, were placed at the exact right angle to completely shade the structure at the moment the ceremony began.

de LaB with Oyler Wu

We got to watch as the shade crept over the parking lot, right on schedule. A huge thanks to Jenny and Dwayne for taking the time to guide us through their creation. You can read more about Netscape and watch a short video about the process over at Fast Company's Co.Design.


Afterwards we walked down the street to Wurstkuche for our own mini-Oktoberfest, complete with rattlesnake sausages, truffle fries, and big old goblets of beer.

Beers and brats

Mmmmm, beer. A few more photos are over at our Flickr group! If you have any, you can add them there.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

September Recap > Neutra VDL Studio and Residences Lecture and Reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an incredible evening of education, conversation, and libation at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences on September 29th. The evening was a fundraiser for the famous compound, which is currently undergoing important restoration work, and we are pleased to announce that de LaB raised more than $800 that evening!

Though the studio and residences are open to the public every weekend, we were treated to a special lecture by Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner, the firm selected to oversee the compound's repair and restoration. Leo shared many interesting historical tales, including the fact that the original plans for Neutra's famous Kaufmann House are rumored to have burned during the 1963 fire at the VDL compound.

Thank you again to the many students from Cal Poly Pomona who acted as docents that night, as well as Interim Director Robert Alexander and Caretaker David Hartwell, for creating such a memorable evening.

To support the ongoing restoration efforts at the VDL compound, click here; to learn more about upcoming events and programs, click here. And thanks to all who attended!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 18 > Oyler Wu's Netscape > SCI-Arc, Arts District

On Tuesday, October 18 we'll be in the downtown Arts District to check out Netscape, the temporary pavilion installed in the SCI-Arc parking lot by our friends at Oyler Wu Collaborative. Using 40,000 feet of polypropelene rope, 600 feet of steel, and 300 square feet of jersey fabric, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu's creation offered shade to hundreds of SCI-Arc students at their graduation ceremony in September. Dwayne and Jenny will give us a tour of the structure and show us how they created Netscape's unique texture using 40-foot looms and traditional knitting techniques!

Photos by Scott Mayoral

After our walk through this tangled web, we'll head across the street to Wurstkuche for our own version of Oktoberfest as we dine on their exotic sausages and craft beers. This event is part of Design Week Los Angeles, a city-wide celebration of design that takes place October 15 to 23. Check out all the Design Week events here!

Netscape Tour at SCI-Arc with Oyler Wu
Tuesday, October 18
5pm-6:30pm Tour in SCI-Arc parking lot
6:30-8pm Sausages and beer at Wurstkuche

SCI-Arc (meet in parking lot)
960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

800 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

This event is free, but please RSVP so we can get a headcount for Wurstkuche.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 29 > CNC Pumpkin Carving Workshop + After Party > Highland Park

For a special pre-Halloween event, de LaB is heading to Knowhow Shop LA, the awesome DIY workspace in Highland Park, for an afternoon of CNC pumpkin carving, followed by a ghoulish after party!

For this seasonally-spiked workshop, all that's required is that you bring your own pumpkin (round, non-heirloom varieties preferred). In exchange, Knowhow Shop will be using their digital fabrication equipment (think CNC router, laser cutter and engraver) to help us create architecturally patterned Jack-O'-Lantern sconces. The afternoon will culminate in drinking, music by Paul Grain and prizes for either best costumes (that's right, come dressed to impress), or best Jack-O'-Lantern sconce!

Photo by Scout Regalia

Knowhow Shop LA is a collaborative workspace and design studio providing tools and expertise to design practices, professionals and enthusiasts. Founded by architects Joshua Howell, Justin Rice and Kagan Taylor, Knowhow Shop is now run by Justin and Kagan, whose design agenda stems from their crafts-person's sensitivity, genuine good humor, feral strangeness, and belief that what they make can redirect their discipline from the hyper-digital to the real-surreal.

CNC Pumpkin Carving Workshop + After Party
Saturday, October 29th
3:00-6:00pm Workshop
6:00pm-Onward After Party

Knowhow Shop
6019 Echo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042

This event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP!

We'll have some beer and snacks onhand but if you have any seasonal treats, we'd love it if you could BYOB some pumpkin beer or candy corn.