Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts

Exhibition, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, US.


From June 24, 2017 until January 7, 2018
Presented are digital and handmade architectural pavilions by local, national, and international architects. The works transform the galleries of the museum into an immersive architectural environment, and range from small-scale models to full-scale installations. An architectural pavilion is traditionally defined as a freestanding structure – an object of pleasure – typically constructed for temporary events or display, whose unorthodox form contributes to its spectacular appearance. The content here
is diverse – material samples, drawings, films, models, mock-ups, and full-scale installations, reflecting the broad range of techniques employed. Addressed are architecture’s physical and collaborative processes through a presentation by eight different studios.
“Pavilions,” as described by London-based practice Carmody Groarke, “are not defined by the conventional characteristics of building, that of shelter or utility, but instead offer architects the opportunity to speculate about architecture and urbanism in precise and conceptual ways.”
The content included in the exhibition is diverse – material samples, drawings, films, models, mock-ups, and full-scale installations reflect the broad range of techniques that architects employ to build pavilions at variant scales. This exhibition addresses architecture’s physical and collaborative processes through the presentation of digital and handmade pavilions by eight architectural studios: Carmody Groarke (London); DOSU Studio Architecture (Los Angeles); Future Cities Lab (San Francisco); Jay Nelson (San Francisco); Materials & Applications (Los Angeles); SITU Studio (New York); UC Berkeley Architecture students, Prof. Lisa Iwamoto (Bay Area) and Warren Techentin Architecture (Los Angeles).
Guest Curator: Mariah Nielson’s background as an architect has informed her work as a curator and design historian. She completed an MA with distinction in Design History at the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where she researched architectural representation in the 1970s. Mariah worked as the curator at the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, (2009 – 2011) and the Director of the J.B. Blunk Residency (2007 – 2011). She currently manages the J.B. Blunk Estate and is the co-founder of Permanent Collection. Nielson’s recent curatorial projects include design is a state of mind with Martino Gamper at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery (2014 – 2015), the UK Pavilion for the British Council, Guadalajara, Mexico, (2015) and an exhibition of J.B. Blunk’s ceramics at Blum & Poe in Tokyo (2016).