The Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design (ENV) will participate in the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. initiative this spring, hosting an exhibition titled Technology and Environment: The Post War House in Southern California. The Technology and Environment exhibition will run at the Cal Poly Pomona W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery from April 11 to June 12, 2013, showcasing new and rarely seen images and fresh insights into some of Southern California’s finest examples of modern architecture.

Professors Lauren Bricker of ENV’s Architecture Department and Judith Sheine of the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture (formerly with Cal Poly Pomona) will co-curate the exhibition, along with Professor Pablo La Roche of ENV’s Department of Architecture and Professor Philip Pregill of ENV’s Landscape Architecture Department, after receiving grant funding totaling $300,000 from the Getty Foundation for the exhibition. Renowned architecture photographer and digital architecture publisher Tim Sakamoto of IN-D media has also joined the team and will design the exhibit.

In addition to examining some of the most famous examples of post-war modern residential architecture in Southern California—examples that grew from the flat-roofed, steel boxes exemplified by the Case Study House program and made famous by the likes of Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, and Pierre Koenig—the exhibition will also look at another tradition of modern architecture starting with Rudolph Schindler, including John Lautner and Ray Kappe, and continuing into early post-modern architecture by Charles Moore and Frank Gehry. “We’re looking at how this other tradition used a variety of construction materials and methods and an interest in new technology and the environment to develop a wide variety of approaches to form and site,” says Prof. Sheine. Prof. Bricker adds that the exhibit will also provide a new reading of the historic context of Southern California post war architecture: “We’re interested in how these ideas were promoted to the public and how homeowners have adapted the houses to changing standards of comfort.”

Along with newly constructed models of post war residences, the Technology and Environment exhibition will feature historic drawings and photographs from the ENV Archives-Special Collection, a repository of rare and unique artifacts of Southern California architecture—many of which will be available to the public for the first time at the exhibition. Additional archival materials will comes from the Getty Research Institute and Architecture and Design Collection, UCSB.











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