Faculty/Student Exhibition Series

The USC Architecture Faculty/Student Exhibition Series is an exhibition program that profiles the work of a faculty member along with a selection of student projects from their studio or seminar. The intent is not only to highlight their professional work or academic research but also to offer insights into connections between their pedagogy and practice.

Fall 2020 Exhibitions

Designing at Fairy Scale

By Takako Tajima Fairy gardens are generally comprised of live plant material and fairy garden accessories (i.e. fairy figurines, tiny houses, little gates and fences, and petite furniture) to create an environment at a miniature scale for its imagined fairy residents. Lecturer Tajima was motivated to design fairy gardens because they have a unique capacity to be conceived at multiple scales simultaneously. Like fairies, the fairy scale is strange and magical. The gardens are created at 1:1 fairy scale. However, they are also to be enjoyed purely for its 1:1 planting design AND can serve as a scaled model for imagining new landscapes and architecture for human beings. According to her research, fairies range in height from 2 ½” to 3” so fairy gardens can be perceived at approximately ½” = 1’-0”.


Rethinking “manufactured homes”

By Olivier Touraine Studio Touraine was contacted by a large “manufactured home” company to improve design and energy autonomy for its line of products in three assembly factories in the U.S. The purpose was to target a new market of co-shared weekend or vacation homes for an urbanite population, possibly located in very diverse landscapes. All components were identified and modified. The roof and external wall were clad with one unified material, optimizing the look and reducing the number of trades involved in the manufacturing.


Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Design, Racial Science, and the Ergonomics of the Spirit

By Ginger Nolan This exhibition is based on a forthcoming book, Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Racial Science and Twentieth-Century Design. This historically researched study addresses a gap in existing literature on modernist primitivism by revealing discursive connections between technologically oriented design practices, a preoccupation with so-called “primitive” thought, and constructions of race. Professor Nolan hopes that viewers will be encouraged to consider various strains of design history in light of these connections.


Housing the Co‑op – A Micro‑political Manifesto

By Sascha Delz This exhibition shows excerpts from Housing the Co‑op – A Micro‑political Manifesto, a publication co-edited by Sascha Delz, Rainer Hehl and Patricia Ventura, and based on a research project conducted over the past three years. Housing the Co-op illustrates how co-operative practices can provide affordable shelter for a growing global population. The manifesto and accompanying essays — including case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas — show that a mix of micro-political actions and models of co-ownership, co-production and co-management can spark systemic change for a more sustainable and equitable future.