There were earnest discussions about elasticity and tensegrity. There were multilevel foamboard models of buildings displayed inside and outside Watt and Harris halls — each model representing untold hours with a laser cutter and digital fabrication techniques.
And every available bit of exhibition and studio space in both buildings was covered with striking digital building plans, specifications, charts, data visualizations and project descriptions.
It was the USC School of Architecture’s final studio reviews, held April 30 and May 1. Formerly known as “Blue Tape,” the reviews this year had a new name, EXPO.
The reviews and a week of panel discussions and exhibitions were rebranded by Hadrian Predock, director of undergraduate programs, to refer to neighboring Exposition Park, as well as reference the history of expositions as a way to communicate advances in knowledge, arts and sciences.
Guest jurors came from around the country, including a Super Jury of five renowned figures in architecture. The jurors participated in studio reviews, spoke on a panel moderated by Predock and selected what they felt were the best projects for an exhibition the school is planning for fall.
The Super Jurors were:
- Reed Kroloff, principal at Jones/Kroloff, former director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, former dean of architecture at Tulane University and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine.
- Barbara Bestor, founder and principal of Bestor Architecture, a Los Angeles based modern architecture firm.
- Florian Idenburg, co-founder of the design firm SO-IL in New York City.
- Elizabeth Mossop, director at Spackman Mossop Michaels, a landscape architecture and urban design firm in New Orleans and director of the School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.
- Andrew Zago, partner and founder of Zago Architecture in Los Angeles.
EXPO 2015 included work from more than 60 design studios at USC Architecture this spring semester, spanning graduate and undergraduate programs.