"In the heart of Silver Lake, one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant creative cultural centres, the Materials & Applications exhibition space is redefining what an architecture gallery can be. Part architecture gallery, part public art display, and part workshop for experimentation and learning, the venue provides an outdoor exhibition space for new architectural ideas, while inviting the public to participate in creating its installations."

Uncube Magazine  |  Sept 25, 2014


Founded in 2002, Materials & Applications (M&A) is an open-air outdoor exhibition space dedicated to advancing new and underused ideas in art, architecture, and design. Our mission is to provoke new work through exhibitions and public programming, in the form of open calls, temporary architectures, curated performances and happenings. M&A plays a key role in the framing of architectural culture in Los Angeles, not only as an independent and public venue for the circulation of ideas, events and objects, but as a critical and discursive platform where work itself — new lines of research, new material and conceptual explorations, new formats and technologies — is constantly being generated.

Recognizing that designers and architects themselves often have limited resources for cultural engagement, M&A offers itself as temporary “headquarters” for each project to encourage new encounters and new participation in the greater Los Angeles community. Committed to engaging those who are at critical stages of their design trajectory, our collaborators are experimental practitioners who have gone on to win commissioned projects, gallery invitations, and museum exhibitions. 


"I wanted to use the parking lot as a new kind of public space, a pocket park, a space for experimentation and research. I had worked with many architects and I knew that the best of them had ideas that extended far beyond what their clients might require. In the spring of 2002, I created with a couple friends a new undulating temporary facade for the building - drawing from Christo and Jean-Claude as well as Gisele Stromeyer's work with tent fabric, in order to announce a new center for creative experimentation in the built environment. In this way I called architects and landscape architects out to play." 

Materials & Applications was founded in 2002 by Jenna Didier as a collaborative space for experimentation and research in the parking lot of her Silver Lake home. Since then, propelled by a community of artists, architects and designers, including Director Emeritus Oliver Hess and Program Director Bruce Chan, and the incredible commitment of our staff, interns and volunteers, M&A remains one of the only independent spaces in Los Angeles for art and architecture dedicated to foregrounding emerging ideas through built, material, real and temporary architecture. 

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M&A Courtyard
1619 Silverlake Blvd. Los Angeles CA, 90026
Open from 10am - 10pm 

M&A Office & Mailing Address
1200 S Hope St, Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA, US , 90015

The Materials & Applications exhibition space is located in a unique open-air courtyard (converted from a parking lot) in the heart of Silver Lake, near the intersection of Effie St. and Silverlake Blvd.