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Space and Learning
SAHSCC Tour
Saturday, October 01, 2005

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Go back to school with SAH/SCC on Saturday, October 1st, 8:45AM-5PM, for an exclusive, one-day tour and study program exploring historical and contemporary relationships between architectural space and early childhood education. This day-long event, organized by SAH/SCC Executive Board members Sian Winship and John Berley, includes visits to some of the most cutting-edge new schools in Southern California.

The day begins on an historical note with a visit to Richard Neutras University Elementary School/UES (Neutra & Alexander, 1957-8) at UCLA and a lecture by Barbara Lamprecht, author of 'Neutra: The Complete Works' (Taschen, 2000). Lamprechts lecture will examine Neutras theories on the psychology of space, classroom relationships and adjacencies, and campus development during the post-war period.

After lunch, participants will be transported by shuttle bus to some of the most innovative new elementary school spaces in Los Angeles. Visits will include: Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (Daly Genik, 2000), Layfayette Park Primary Center (Rios Clementi Hale Studios, 1999-2002), The Accelerated School (Marmol Radziner and Associates, 2004), John W. Mack Elementary School #3 (Arquitectonica, 2005), and Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Jr. Science Center School (Morphosis, 1992-2004).

These schools feature a range of architectural approaches to contemporary issues of space and learning, such as­ the evolving programmatic elements required for todays elementary schools, the focus on urban vs. suburban sites, the demands of specialized curricula, and the need for enhanced campus security and technology. The featured schools also showcase a variety of design solutions ranging from new construction to adaptive reuse.

Tour-goers will have the opportunity to experience first-hand and participate in a discussion of how many of the principles of modern architecture in Southern California have been reinvented, reinterpreted, and are now contributing to the development of a new legacy in regional school design.

The day ends with a panel discussion by the contemporary architects. During the session we will explore common and divergent themes between the post-war school building boom in Los Angeles and today. Participants will include architects Frank Clementi, Kevin Daly, Leo Marmol, and others.

Tour-goers will drive themselves to the UCLA campus for our morning visit to UES, then to a central staging location for shuttle bus transport in the afternoon. A sack lunch will be provided to all tour-goers. The event lasts from 8:45AM to the end of the panel discussion at 5:00PM. Tickets are $69 for SAH/SCC members and $89 for non-members. Please note that UCLA Parking is an additional $8 per car and payable to the attendant on event day.

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