2014 INAUGURAL EAST LOS ANGELES
BIENNIAL OF CULTURE PAVILIONS
SITE: Mariachi Plaza - Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
A maximum 200 sq. ft. portable pavilion structure up to 14'
ht. No second floors. No utilities. No disturbance to existing
grounds and infrastructure. No other requirements.
Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights is chosen as a venue for the
upcoming Los Angeles Biennial of Culture. The event will
take a place in the first week of May, 2014 including Cinco
Private galleries and art institutions such as; Mariachi Bands
Collective, La Opinion and some local Spanish and English
fm radio stations, United Farm Workers, East LA Recording
Studios and Label, Skateboard Collective, Los Angeles
Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, ELAC Architecture
Department, East LA Mural Painters, Mexican Traditional
Art Center and so on. Few of them have reserved their
individual booths which will be placed by ELAC 202
architecture students. Spaces are limited to 17 spots. Students
will be working on unique designs involving light weight
construction, high tech fabrics, pneumatic and tensile
structures, lightweight metals and plastics, plywood
continuous surfaces, rhombic forms, parametric shapes,
cubical configurations and so on, all welcome. According to
Biennial curator the overall theme is experimentation with
form, excitement, drawing more attention and interest to this
iconic plaza and the colorful local culture, while preserving
its everyday presence.
The Biennial will have this installation up for a week and
expecting 25,000 visitors throughout, mostly arriving by
walking, MetroRail, bus and bicycles. Like the individual
booth locations, places for various food stands and outdoor
cafeteria with sitting for 40 customers must be allocated,
located and collectively decided.
There will be Mariachi music played and local bands like
Chicano Batman and Buddy Zapata will be performing.
Each designer must include a day by day activity program as
Congratulations to all the student and thank you to the guest critics, Rob Berry, Aram Guiragozian and our own Alexis Navarro.