Alexis Rochas’ AEROMADS will form a temporary outdoor installation for the September’s exhibition opening reception at Telic. AEROMADS is an itinerant housing prototype to be installed in various locations throughout Los Angeles over 6 weeks, starting July 29 through to September 10. It will incorporate a range of programs and ideas, hosting children’s art workshops at Slanguage, Canoga Park Youth Arts Center and the Watts Tower Arts Center; fostering public interaction with the city during a 24-hour stop in a downtown parking lot; becoming a house within a house at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House; tested for sustainability as a dwelling during stays in urban parks, campgrounds,and the desert, and for its ability to float in the ocean; and acting as a surrealist projection surface and bar for it’s closing party at Telic.
Alexis Rochas is the founder of I/O, a Los Angeles practice focusing on Open Source architectural methodologies and systems through the development of dynamic technologies and implementation processes. His work has been exhibited at the 2005 Index Awards, Copenhagen; Sundown: Baroque Geode, Los Angeles; La Chute, in collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, and at the Bienal de Buenos Aires. It has been published in a number of architectural journals including Metropolis, Architectural Record, and Domus magazine. A member of SCI-Arc’s design faculty since 2003, Rochas has headed projects through the Community Outreach and Design Build Program, including the FAB Arts Market Temporal Gallery, LINC Housing community grounds prototyping, SCI-Arc’s Lecture Hall Acoustical Treatment, and the LAMP Community’s Sun Shelter Pavilion. He is the recipient of the 2004 City of Los Angeles Design Award, the 2002 New York Society of Architects M.W Del Gaudio Award for Excellence in Total Design, and the 1996 Award for Excellence in Design from the Architectural department of the University of Buenos Aires.