DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Southern California Institute of Architecture will break ground next year on a project with the fantastical description of a “magic box.”
In reality, the 4,000-square-foot structure on the south end of the Arts District campus will be a prototyping and fabrication lab. Construction of the two-story edifice is slated to begin in January, but that could change as the school awaits building permits, said spokeswoman Georgiana Ceausu.
The building will connect to the school’s existing robotics lab and analog fabrication shop to form the RAD Center. It will house three times as many high-speed laser cutters, 3D scanners and ABS plastic printers as are currently available.
The school is also revamping the existing SCI-Arc wood shop; that should be finished next summer, Ceausu said. The new lab is intended to familiarize students with modern technologies. They will learn to build, vacuum form or 3D print their models using a variety of materials including wax, plastic and metal.
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