The Second Community


Architectural Association

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‘The Second Community’, model by Fredrik Hellberg, 2011.

Date of creation: 


Extent and basic medium: 

1 model

Name of creator(s): 

Fredrik Hellberg

Administrative / contextual / biographical history: 

Comprises of a model constructed by Fredrik Hellberg for his AA Fifth Year Diploma project ‘The Second Community: Identity Tourism, California City.The project was carried out by Hellberg under AA Diploma Unit 5 tutors Cristina Diaz Moreno, Efren Garcia Grinda and Tyen Masten. ‘The Second Community’ explores identity tourism beyond the virtual space of online gaming, festivals and cosplay, floating above the desert of northeast Los Angeles as a porous mountain avatar. The project was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal, 2011.This model was exhibited at the AA Diploma Honours Exhibition, September-October, 2011, and loaned to the RIBA President’s Medals Awards exhibition, December 2011 – January 2012. The digital model was created in Rhinoceros 3D 4, using Grasshopper plugin and Autodesk Algor 2012.

Provenance / archival ownership history: 

Retained by Fredrik Hellberg until July 2011.

Immediate source of acquisition: 

Donated to the AA Archives by Fredrik Hellberg, July 2011.

Conditions governing access: 


Conditions governing reproduction: 

Copyright AA Archives

Materials, physical characteristics and technical requirements:

Model is 3D printed in nylon, housed within a perspex case.

Finding aids available: 

AA Archives catalogue –

Bibliographic note: 

AA Projects Review, Architectural Association Publications, 2011, pp 131-135.

Cataloguing rules or conventions followed: 

ISAD(G), NRA, ISAAF(CPF), Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus

Exhibition / display history: 

Exhibited at AA Projects Review, 34-36 Bedford Square, London, 2010-11.

Subjects (Getty Art & Arch Thesaurus): 

architectural models; conceptual models; model-making; architectural education


United States: California: Kern: California City


Hellberg, Carl Fredrik Valdemar, 1988.