UFI MAK – Urban Future Initiative

Urban Future Initiative
Center for Art and Architecture @ The Schindler House L.A.
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About the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House

MAK Center

Acting as a “think tank” for current issues in art, architecture, urbanism, design, and international discourse, the MAK Center encour/ages the exploration of experimental, practical, and theoretical trajectories of the contemporary. Offering a year-round schedule of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and concerts, the MAK Center proudly presents programming that challenges conventional notions of architectural space and relationships between the creative arts, thereby making a unique contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape of Los Angeles.Peter Noever, CEO and Artistic Director of the MAK in Vienna (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) founded the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles in 1994. Its activities are today based in three of the most important houses designed by Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler (1887-1953) in West Hollywood and Los Angeles.The MAK Center for Art and Architecture Los Angeles is partially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of the Republic of Austria. It is a satellite of MAK Vienna, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, in cooperation with the Friends of the Schindler House (FOSH).

For more information, please visit MAK Center Los Angeles.

MAK Center

The Schindler House, RM Schindler’s own live-work space built in 1921-22, serves as the public forum for MAK Center activities. A social idealist and experimental architect, Schindler developed a unique approach to design made possible by the moderate California climate. Schindler’s ideas about space and the interplay between architecture and landscape were precursors to a new, distinctly Californian conception of architecture.Regularly hosting artists, musicians, poets, writers, and actors, Schindler and wife Pauline turned their West Hollywood home into an axis for avant-garde art and inquiry. Today, the Schindler House remains a site for progressive art and thought. It is regarded as one of the most beloved architectural and cultural landmarks in Los Angeles. The MAK Center seeks to promote the house and its grounds, as well as its legacy, working in partnership with the Friends of the Schindler House, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve and maintain the Kings Road house.

The Pearl M. Mackey Apartments (1939) were secured by the Republic of Austria in 1995 and soon thereafter were established as the location of the first permanent arts residency scholarship program for Austrian artists and architecture students outside of the country. Since then, the Mackey Apartments have become the vibrant base of the MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence Program, today one of the most sought-after international scholarships.

The Fitzpatrick-Leland House (1936), an exemplary modern residence located at the crest of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive, was donated to the MAK Center by donor Russ Leland` in 2008 and since then has become the home of MAK UFI – Urban Future Initiative.

Urban Future Initiative Digital Roundtable
August 10-15, 2009
Moderated by: Samuel Assefa, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Subject: Cost Benefits of Mega-events in the Context of Global Competition

Participants: Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai; Ismail Farouk; Alaa Khaled and Salwa Rashad; Xiangning Li; Hubert Klumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban Think-Tank

Digital Roundtable 02
October 2009