January 17, 2014 - MAK Center for Art and Architecture - Steven Holl Architects
January 17, 2014

Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects, Sliced Porosity Block Capitaland Raffles City, Chengdu, China 2007–2012. © Shu He.

City in a City: a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects
January 30–March 9, 2014

Opening reception & panel discussion:
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
Public lecture by Steven Holl:
Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm


This new exhibition of the work of Steven Holl Architects presents six urban projects in China, designed with particular focus on shaping public space, natural green strategies, hybrid programs, structure and light. Included are three built works: Linked Hybrid in Beijing, Vanke Center/Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, and Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, as well as three yet to be built works: Porosity Plan in Dongguan, Eco-City in Tianjin, and the Qingdao Culture and Art Center. Concept watercolors of each building will be on view along with project models, construction documents, and short videos of the built works. 

Holl’s office has taken on work of increasing complexity in China. His designs embrace pressing issues dealing with infrastructure, urban density and overpopulation. The projects featured in this exhibition offer a study of contrasting and nested scales that acknowledge the city-dweller’s ever-morphing perception of urban life—from micro to macro and back again.

About Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl Architects has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, residential work and master planning. Steven Holl Architects is a 40-person architecture and urban design office founded in 1976, and working globally as one office from two locations; New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office with partners Chris McVoy and Noah Yaffe. Most recently completed are the Campbell Sports Center, the Sliced Porosity Block, the Daeyang Gallery and House, and the Sifang Art Museum. The Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland will open in April 2014. Currently in construction are the Beirut Zaitunay Bay Marina and the new Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa.

Related programming:
Wednesday, January 29, 7–9pm
Opening reception, with panel discussion from 7:30 to 8:15pm featuring contributing authors of the new book Urban Hopes: Made in China (Lars Müller, 2013). The discussion will be moderated by Christoph a. Kumpusch. Panelists include Kathy Battista, Kimberli Meyer, Mark Morris, Ryan J. Simons, Anthony Titus and Hrag Vartanian. 

Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm
Steven Holl will give a lecture in the courtyard of the Schindler House. 


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