Materials and Applications

Co-directors Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier

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.

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.

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 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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