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Materials and Applications

Materials and Applications

  • Co-directors Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier

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    Co-directors Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier

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    Co-directors Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier

  • Material & Applications (M&A) is a 1,000 square foot courtyard exhibition space located just Los Angeles' Silver Lake Boulevard. Co-founders Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess bring experimental architecture directly to the street.

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    Material & Applications (M&A) is a 1,000 square foot courtyard exhibition space located just Los Angeles' Silver Lake Boulevard. Co-founders Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess bring experimental architecture directly to the street.

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    Material & Applications (M&A) is a 1,000-square-foot courtyard exhibition space located just off Los Angeles' Silver Lake Boulevard. Co-founders Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess bring experimental architecture directly to the street.

  • Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden's translucent vinyl plastic chapel pairs with a metal component system for the Light Frames exhibition at M&A this past winter.

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    Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden's translucent vinyl plastic chapel pairs with a metal component system for the Light Frames exhibition at M&A this past winter.

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    Los Angeles architect Gail Peter Borden's translucent vinyl plastic chapel pairs with a metal component system for the Light Frames exhibition at M&A this past winter.

  • M&As space lends itself to installations and an ongoing series of public design workshops. San Diego-based artist Bruce Busby discusses his prototypes at tent technology workshop.

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    M&As space lends itself to installations and an ongoing series of public design workshops. San Diego-based artist Bruce Busby discusses his prototypes at tent technology workshop.

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    M&As space lends itself to installations and an ongoing series of public design workshops. San Diego–based artist Bruce Busby discusses his prototypes at tent technology workshop.

  • Busbys full-sized tents fill the courtyard alongside Bordens jungle gymlike installation, Light Frames.

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    Busbys full-sized tents fill the courtyard alongside Bordens jungle gymlike installation, Light Frames.

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    Busby’s full-sized tents fill the courtyard alongside Borden’s jungle gymlike installation, Light Frames.

  • Superscript, architect and artist Kate Moxham's shade structure, hangs over the reading yard of 826LA literacy center in Echo Park. A collaboration between the designer, M&A, and youth-education non-profit 826LA, the Tyvek canopy grew out of a series of hands-on workshops.

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    Superscript, architect and artist Kate Moxham's shade structure, hangs over the reading yard of 826LA literacy center in Echo Park. A collaboration between the designer, M&A, and youth-education non-profit 826LA, the Tyvek canopy grew out of a series of hands-on workshops.

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    Superscript, architect and artist Kate Moxham’s shade structure, hangs over the reading yard of 826LA literacy center in Echo Park. A collaboration between the designer, M&A, and youth-education nonprofit 826LA, the Tyvek canopy grew out of a series of hands-on workshops.

  • Moxham fastens Tyvek squares to a braided stainless steel net that spans the yard. Each square is perforated with short selections of 826LA student writings.

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    Moxham fastens Tyvek squares to a braided stainless steel net that spans the yard. Each square is perforated with short selections of 826LA student writings.

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    Moxham fastens Tyvek squares to a braided stainless steel net that spans the yard. Each square is perforated with short selections of 826LA student writings.

Oliver Hess, co-director; Jenna Didier, founder and co-director

If you boil it down, Materials & Applications’ 25-by-40-foot outdoor exhibition space, just off of Los Angeles’s Silver Lake Boulevard, is nothing much fancier than a repurposed front garden. However, in its nearly 10 years of existence, nonprofit founder Jenna Didier, 41, and her co-director Oliver Hess, 38, have made that gravel yard a 24/7 laboratory for experimental architecture. Didier always knew that she wanted a place where innovative and emerging artists and designers could collaborate on new ideas for public space. “Architects seemed to understand its purpose intrinsically and began right away to propose ideas,” she says.

Materials & Applications (M&A) works with architects who often spend much of their time gazing at a computer screen, so the architects’ installations often test how to viably translate ideas from science and computational design into structural reality. “Software-based design tools allow for such diverse creative and technical pursuits, but they often remove the depth of process,” notes Hess, himself an artist with a technological bent. “By returning to the meaning of these processes it allows for greater perspective on the design process. It is necessary to reaffirm this approach daily.”