Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I love the cross-pollination of art and architecture. This exhibition in Santa Barbara is a great example of that. It gives architects a venue to show their work on a more intimate scale. 

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An exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara highlights today's expanded definition of architectural practice.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Laura Raskin
Published: 03 Jan 2014, Architectural Record


Gone are the days when emerging architects were confined to building houses. Opening this Sunday at the recently re-branded Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity highlights the many ways a studio can practice in the new century. "We wanted to show a broad sample of all these disparate types of practices," says visiting curator Brigitte Kouo, a designer with a background in architecture and graphics.

Co-curated by Kouo and MCASB Executive Director and Chief Curator Miki Garcia, the show aims to expand the definition of what it means to be an architect today. "[Architects] today are invested in research, in theory, in technology, and in hand-built things. It isn’t just this monolithic career," says Garcia. "I don’t think the general public going to MCASB really has that kind of understanding yet. Or maybe they do, but it’s great to have them see architecture in its most progressive forms.” [read more]

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