The Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc) released the eleventh edition of its yearly academic journal Offramp this week. This time, the journal pursues the theme of “Ground” and lists SCI-Arc director and CEO Hernan Diaz Alonso as Editor-In-Chief. In a brief for the issue, Alonso puts forth the following provocation: “Issue #11 of Offramp aims to momentarily divert our critical gaze away from the architectural object in order to reflect upon its other: the ground. In a world increasingly resistant to dichotomies between human activity and the natural environment, how should architects conceive of sites, territories, topographies and other manifestations of ground?” The online-only, submissions-based hodgepodge of neo-postmodern eye candy is made up of ten articles supported by heady text and flashy imagery. The issue features an interview with Tom Wiscombe by Zachary Tate Porter, 2015-2016 Design Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc and founder of Office of Contingent Affairs, a thought-experiment of extruded sandwich-inspired buildings by Jennifer Bonner of MALL, a review of Jorge Otero-Pailos’s “Ethics of Dust” by Carolyn Strauss of Slow Research Lab, and a musing on color and background by Erin Besler and Ian Besler of Besler and Sons. The eleventh issue also hosts essays by Nora Wendl, Florencita Pita, Neyran Turan, Alexander Robinson, Stephen Nova, and Benjamin Flowers. Current and past issues of Offramp can be accessed here.
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A collection of anonymous students at SCI-Arc calling themselves SCI-Arc Community have taken to Tumblr to express their concern over the hiring process for future school director Hernan Diaz Alonso. Their biggest complaint: the "extreme secrecy of the Director Search Committee." According to the group, the committee, after determining that only one of the two candidates for the position—professor Wes Jones and Graduate Programs Chair Diaz Alonso—was "viable," never followed through on its promise to broadcast Diaz Alonso's presentation via live webcast. "SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 by Ray Kappe in the spirit of 'institution without walls' literally and metaphorically, but it seems in 2014 we now have 'walls, floors, and stairs' due to the lack of dialogue," the students have said. "The SCI-Arc community, especially the student body, should be engaged in this process...We would like to see at minimum level, both candidates be given the chance to present to the entire SCI-Arc community." SCI-Arc spokesperson Georgiana Ceausu said the Director's Office had no comment on the group's letter. She added that the search committee received it, but "no other actions or new decisions have been taken as a result." Diaz Alonso has been recommended by the school's search committee to be SCI-Arc's next dean, but the choice will not be official until the school's board makes an appointment, likely in the next month or two.