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These days ideas about integrated design across art, architecture, landscape and objects are all the rage in schools and design studios alike — and renowned practitioner of all this and more, Elena Manferdini has been an important and influential part of blending the categories. From her position as chair of graduate programs at progressive design school SCI-Arc, to running her own Venice-based atelier, Manferdini’s work is all about moving toward a more holistic, interdisciplinary, expressive built environment. Her new monograph, the two-volume Elena Manferdini: Portraits and Landscapes, chronicles her work of the last six years — an especially inspired and productive time in her creative career.

Knappe Library, SCI-Arc, 960 E. 3rd S., downtown; Mon., March 9, 6 p.m.; free. sciarc.edu.

 

LA Weekly