Published, Mohamed Sharif
Lecturer Mohamed Sharif's recent review of Soupergreen held at the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles is featured in the Journal of Architectural Education, volume 65, issue 1, Pages 75-81, October 2011.
SOUPERgreen on view from January 28, 2011 - February 4, 2011 presented new architectural work that offers a critical and compelling alternative to the prevailing approaches to environmentally conscious architecture. It specifically challenges the architectural discipline’s inexcusably normative application of technology in response to the environmental crisis, which has to date resulted in work that either approaches the environmental crisis as an engineering problem to be simply “solved” through a banal or invisible technology, or else speciously uses the rhetoric of technological performance in an attempt to justify an otherwise irrelevant formalism. Given the seriousness of the environmental crisis, the complacency of both of these existing approaches is severely problematic.
This exhibition features newly completed projects by Doug Jackson, Wes Jones, Aryan Omar, Steven Purvis, and Randolph Ruiz—five architects and designers who have each produced widely publicized and celebrated work renowned for its emphasis on the expressive and transformative potential of technology.