Extreme Environments: Design for Unfamiliar Terrain


UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) will carry the narrative of modern architecture in L.A. forward from its influential past to the future with Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of programs that chart a dynamic new future for architecture. The programs will look beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explore topics arising from unexpected quarters in film, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture. Major support for Extreme IDEAS has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7:30pm
Extreme Environments: Design for Unfamiliar Terrain
Greg Lynn and Loretta Hidalgo
Griffith Observatory

UCLA A.UD Professor Greg Lynn leads a panel discussion to explore new frontiers for architecture in extreme environments from the arctic to the desert to outer space. Panelists include Steve Yahata, Director of Structures Technology at Boeing Research & Technology, and Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, former astrobiologist and director of flights at Zero Gravity.

Greg Lynn has served as studio Professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 1996 and has been at the cutting edge of design in both architecture and design culture in general when it comes to the use of the computer. The buildings, projects, publications, teachings, and writings associated with his office have been influential in the integration of advanced technologies from aeronautic, automobile, and film industries for use in architecture. Forbes magazine named Lynn one of the ten most influential living architects in 2005 and Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2011 he was recipient of the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture. In addition to his architectural work, he has numerous industrial design objects in production with companies including Alessi, Vitra, and most recently, Swarovski. He is the author of seven books including the 2009 Greg Lynn Form (Rizzoli).

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides is an FAA certified Flight Attendant for Zero Gravity Corp's 727,  "G-Force One." She has been on over 85 "weightless" flights and has adapted to the other ways of doing things that you adopt to in a world where everything floats. Her five submersible dives to the vent fields at the bottom of the ocean are captured in James Cameron's 3D IMAX film Aliens of the Deep where the team explores a remote, dark, high-pressure world. Loretta has also worked in the Canadian Arctic at Haughton Crater (a Mars analog site), doing research on plant biology in extreme environments for NASA. In 2005 she and her husband George bought tickets to take a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and in 2010 her husband George became the CEO of Virgin Galactic. These days, a lot of their attention is on designing for the next phase of human space travel.

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Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways.