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Feb 15, 2012

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The Architecture + Design Museum Los Angeles Announces DRYLANDS DESIGN

On View Mar 22 – Apr 26, 2012

Water scarcity is the history and the future of the American West. Re-thinking water use, particularly in the face of climate change, will be central to our region’s survival. Designers are poised to meet this challenge, particularly since the answers to this future crisis exceed the grasp of a single discipline, and touch all dimensions of the way people live and work.”
-Arid Land Institute

Los Angeles, CA (February 14, 2012) – The Architecture + Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D Museum) is pleased to announce the highly anticipated DRYLANDS DESIGN exhibition, on view March 22-April 26, 2012.

DRYLANDS DESIGN will feature work by architects, landscape architects, engineers, and urban designers responding to the challenges of water scarcity in the face of climate change. With a focus on the US West, the exhibition will present a portfolio of adaptive strategies large and small, rural and urban, high tech and low-carbon.

Since no single solution will meet the complex needs of the US West, the exhibition will explore a range of approaches for how buildings and parks, houses and streets, industry and agriculture, cities and neighborhoods might be adapted to face a drought-prone future. DRYLANDS DESIGN recognizes water scarcity as an issue of global concern, and challenges the industrialized world to take a leadership position with water-conserving, low-carbon design innovation for its own backyard.

At the heart of the exhibition are winning visions by Chau Nguyen, Rebecca Lederer, Geeti Silwal, Tom Kosbau, Meghan Storm, Gini Lee, Robert Lamb, AIA, Laurel McSherry and Ye Hua. The winning visions were chosen from hundreds of submissions to the William Turnbull International Drylands Design Competition (, hosted by the California Architectural Foundation, AIA California Council, and Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University.

Jury members included Tom Anglewicz, FAIA, President, California Architectural Foundation; Teddy Cruz, AIA, Estudio Cruz, San Diego; Mary Griffin, FAIA, Principal, Turnbull Griffin Haseloop Architects, San Francisco; Keith McPeters, Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Landscape Architects, Seattle; Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, TEN_Arquitectos, Mexico City and New York; Greg Otto, Principal, Buro Happold, Engineers, Los Angeles; and Michael Rotondi, FAIA, Roto Architecture, Los Angeles.

Through compelling and accessible drawings, models, graphics, and film clips, the exhibition will frame the challenges facing 30 million people in the US West, and how those challenges are shared throughout the arid regions of the world. Furthermore, the exhibition and companion public programs will introduce a wide swatch of the public to the possibilities for envisioning a new, adaptive West through design possibilities both practical and poetic. The exhibition speculates on how solutions for the US West might be adapted to meet the urgent needs of drylands cultures worldwide.

DRYLANDS DESIGN is an initiative of the Arid Lands Institute (ALI), a design-based education and outreach center based at Woodbury University that recognizes water scarcity and hydrologic variability as the defining challenge facing the West. Woodbury School of Architecture is a proud supporter of the ALI’s mission and activities.

The exhibition advisory board includes Hadley and Peter Arnold, Arid Land Institute; Michael Lehrer, Lehrer Architects; Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates; Peggy Weil, HeadsUp! Times Square; Jonathan Katz, Cinnabar; Louis Molina, Woodbury School of Architecture; and Cliff Garten, Cliff Garten Studio. Exhibition design is provided by Chu + Gooding Architects.

The A+D Museum is located at 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.


DRYLANDS DESIGN Conference: Retrofitting the West: Adaptation by Design
March 22-24, 2012
Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

The conference will re-examine the built environment of the arid and semi-arid west as a vast field of opportunities for design innovation at a range of scales, from building systems to infrastructure and landscape spaces. The conference will present and debate a portfolio of design strategies generated in response to the challenges set forth in ALI’s Drylands Design Initiative: Uncoupling the Water-Energy Nexus; Anticipating Climate Impacts; Maximizing Local Water Resources; and Creating Social Equity.

With a focus on the design of adaptation, this conference brings together multiple generations of designers, scientists, and policy makers to explore design leadership opportunities presented by a time of change.

About A+D Museum

The Architecture + Design Museum – Los Angeles is the only museum in southern California focused exclusively on progressive architecture, design, and urbanism. Since opening in January 2001, the A+D Museum has provided a forum for the contemporary issues that shape our city and the greater region.

The museum’s innovative programming encourages fresh thinking among a broad and inclusive audience of design professionals, students of all ages, and the general public. The A+D Museum is a 501c (3) non-profit institution supported by its members, corporations, foundations, and government grants. The A+D Museum is a proud member of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM) and the American Association of Museums (AAM).

The mission of the A+D Museum is to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs, and public outreach. For more information, visit

About Arid Land Institute

The Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University brings people and ideas together across multiple disciplines to shape answers and envision a future in which landscapes and communities are resilient in the face of regional aridity—environmentally, culturally, and economically.

The Arid Lands Institute is a self-sustaining education, research, and outreach center of Woodbury University dedicated to issues of aridity, climate change, and the design of the built environment. Its purpose is to train designers and leaders who will be resourceful and inventive in addressing water scarcity in the west.

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