Archinect - Features 2015-11-26T02:06:18-05:00 Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T14:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T17:16:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"I'm always looking at things and taking them at face value," said Mike Nesbit, a Los Angeles-based architect and artist, as he leaned over the table and grabbed an empty glass to use as illustration. He turned the glass over in his hands several times causing the reflection of an overhead light to splinter and reform with each rotation. &ldquo;Surveying a found object,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;and trying to eliminate the predetermined meaning that I have in my hand.&rdquo;</p> The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking" Julia Ingalls 2015-11-05T19:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-15T23:03:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rarely do any two people share an identical Los Angeles. From the unsentimentality of Joan Didion to the romantic corruption of James Ellroy to the hyperbolic insight of Mike Davis, LA's urbanity is fundamentally idiosyncratic.&nbsp;<em>Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles</em>, written by Guggenheim Fellow and <em>Los Angeles Times</em> book critic David Ulin, recognizes and celebrates this disjunction. By richly layering history and personal observation, Ulin unspools the divergent threads of LA one walk at a time, exploring not only his relationship to the city, but the city's relationship to itself.</p> The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-23T09:02:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T18:33:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The white cube museum to end all white cube museums has touched down in Los Angeles. This past Sunday, the personal post-war and contemporary art collection owned by billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, housed in Diller Scofidio + Renfro&rsquo;s meshed white box, opened for public viewing as the brand new Broad Museum, located just south of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall on downtown&rsquo;s Grand Avenue.</p> Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-08T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-20T23:16:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With all the media attention on California&rsquo;s drought, the &ldquo;atoning L.A.&rdquo; narrative has gotten pretty common. The city&rsquo;s gluttonous lawns, sprawling infrastructures and indulgent residents &ndash; in short, its sinful stereotypes &ndash; have become untenable as the drought, a housing crisis and pressing sustainability measures come knocking at the city&rsquo;s door.</p> Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-05T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-17T16:29:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 13 of this year, Los Angeles will get its first major exhibition of Frank Gehry&rsquo;s work, ever. Despite being the adopted hometown of the world-famous architect, and the city whose new-millennium architectural identity has been inflected most by his work, Los Angeles has not yet hosted a show exclusively on Gehry's retrospective.</p> "Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space Julia Ingalls 2015-07-31T11:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:07:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If the current exhibition at Los Angeles&rsquo; Architecture + Design Museum was titled by a sarcastic person, it would be called "Work/Life Balance: Pshaw!" As it is, the infographic-laden collection of vinyl banners loosely mounted to stacks of brown boxes, co-organized by Gensler and UCLA&rsquo;s cityLAB, is called "Work on Work", and it is both the history of and the proposed future for society's daily grind. And man, what a grind it is.</p> What makes an artless museum? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T11:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architectural criticism that begins with &ldquo;it looks like [insert Platonic object here]&rdquo; is suspect at best, but the temptation to gamble with semiotic stickiness is too great: if I see a contraceptive sponge when I look at the new Broad Museum, I want to say that.</p> Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp Nicholas Korody 2015-03-13T10:13:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T21:09:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"The easiest way to grasp what we do and to understand our mission is that we're a contemporary art museum without walls," explained Laura Hyatt, development director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Nomadic Division</a> (LAND), an LA-based organization dedicated to facilitating public art projects. After celebrating their fifth anniversary last year, LAND is settling into its role as a major force in redefining the relationship between contemporary art and its context.</p> The Deans List: Hernan Diaz Alonso of SCI-Arc Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-12-31T15:21:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Deans List</strong></a>&nbsp;is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school&rsquo;s programming, as defined by the head honcho &ndash; giving an invaluable perspective into the institution&rsquo;s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment.</p><p>For this issue, we spoke with&nbsp;<strong>Hernan Diaz Alonso</strong>, upcoming Director at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles.</p> "LA's Grand Central : The Gentrification of the People's Market": Interview with director Dylan Valley A C 2014-08-27T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-14T18:30:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dylan Valley is a filmmaker from Cape Town who recently completed a master&rsquo;s degree at the University of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, Valley produced a short documentary film about downtown&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Grand Central Market</a>, and its continuing <a href="" target="_blank">transformation</a>.&nbsp;</p> Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</p> The Trouble with a Bird’s Eye View: LA Forum's exhibition looks at Los Angeles from afar Nicholas Korody 2014-06-27T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-07-14T16:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No single image can contain a city, particularly one as large as Los Angeles. But through the accumulation of many, it may be possible that the irreducible complexity of a city can become slightly more legible. Pairing aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, the summer exhibition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a> presents two distinct perspectives with which to view the city.&nbsp;</p> "I am trying to function a little bit, in a humble way, as an ambassador for Los Angeles": Interview with Gabriel Kahane about his new album, The Ambassador Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-06-25T21:02:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gabriel Kahane's new album, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Ambassador</a></em>, builds songs from the moods of places within Los Angeles. Born in Venice Beach, raised in northern California and living in Brooklyn, Kahane has created an unlikely ambassador for Los Angeles' pathos.</p> A new nature: Interview with Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-05T13:46:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ma Yansong is a trailblazing figure for Chinese architecture, having made a name for himself around the world as a business leader and innovative architect. Recently named <a href="" target="_blank">2014's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum</a> and one of <a href="" target="_blank">Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business</a>, Yansong founded MAD Architecture ten years ago in Beijing, and earlier this year announced the opening of another office in Los Angeles.</p> What is the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-06T11:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T11:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For three days this past February, eight loosely-affiliated individuals sat around a makeshift table in Shenzhen and talked about Los Angeles. This is the purely pragmatic explanation of what the Los Angeles Biennale was, in its inaugural form at 2013&rsquo;s Bi-City Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism, taking place in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.</p> Interview: José Oubrerie Orhan Ayyüce 2014-04-11T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T10:54:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I met with Jos&eacute; Oubrerie in February at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and later we drove to the Schindler House on Kings Road. He was in town for the book launch of <em><a href="" target="_blank">Et in Suburbia Ego: Jos&eacute; Oubrerie&rsquo;s Miller House</a>&nbsp;edited by Todd Gannon</em>. The following is our conversation.</p> Take a Walk: Mike the Poet on L.A.'s Grand Avenue Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-20T13:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T04:59:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> On the verge of metamorphosis, Los Angeles' Grand Avenue could do with a check-up. To take a record of the historic street, Mike "The Poet" Sonksen walks its length from Grand Park to South Park, and muses on its rich history from downtown's beginnings.</p> In Focus: Nico Marques Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-04T20:04:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T19:24:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank">In Focus </a></strong>is Archinect's series of features dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better. What has attracted them to architecture? How do they work? What type of equipment do they use? What do they think about seeing their work in blogs?</p> <p> In this feature, we talk to Los Angeles-based architectural photographer <a href="" target="_blank">Nico Marques</a>.</p> Student Works: Building Soft takes on the L.A. River's infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T21:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T18:51:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> SWA&rsquo;s <em>Summer Student Program</em> challenges students to reconfigure established systems of infrastructure and landscape, adapting regional developments within a preexisting cultural environment. In its fifth year, the program has dealt mostly with California&rsquo;s diverse terrain, and now turns its focus to the bedraggled yet beloved Los Angeles River. Seven students from universities worldwide join SWA for four weeks of on-site practice, followed by five weeks of internship in an SWA studio.</p> The Science Fiction of "Never Built: Los Angeles" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-01T17:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T16:59:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What can we learn from the aborted potential icons of Los Angeles? Whether underfunded, over-dramatic or anachronistic, the structures on display in "<em>Never Built: Los Angeles</em>" at the Architecture and Design Museum in L.A. never saw the light of day. But because they were the twinkle in the eye of a few established names in post-war American architecture, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and John Lautner, these imaginings are vetted with their creators' robust reputations for modern, revolutionary forms. Seen with a 21st century perspective, jaded by the likes of Frank Gehry or Bjarke Ingels, it's actually pretty easy to imagine these never-built structures existing -- at least in terms of form, anyway.</p> Soriano's Glen Lukens House: Back to Life and Happy Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-26T17:41:00-04:00 >2012-08-02T15:53:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Opportunities to write about <a href="" target="_blank">historically significant</a> modern houses in Los Angeles keep coming to my attention this summer and more are on the way. It is kind of fun to write about these masterpieces from my messy office alcove next to the kitchen in our little happy dingbat apartment in Glendale, California.</p> Lautner's Concannon Residence, from Dust to Dust Orhan Ayyüce 2012-07-02T12:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T23:30:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> John Lautner's Concannon Residence, designed in 1960, was built in a blurry area contested by the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, with BH having the post office address but not collecting the property taxes. Both cities have a sad track record with the protection of historically significant structures, and have countless modernist architecture bones in their walk-in closets. Both are gleaming their real estate teeth, and are penchant for greed and mediocre architecture. And both have a negligible clue of the cultural values bestowed upon them by their architectural heritage.</p> Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis A C 2012-02-06T16:08:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T16:55:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>By Anthony Carfello with Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce as curating editor</em></p> <p> Over the past year, Los Angeles&rsquo; local news media and blogosphere have provided up-to-the-minute coverage of a new plan by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the professional sports and concert conglomerate behind several of the world&rsquo;s entertainment venues, like The O2 arena in London, the Home Depot Center in Carson, Califonia, and Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai(1). CEO of AEG Tim Leiweke has proposed construction of a 68,000-seat(2) football stadium on the site of one existing wing of the Los Angeles Convention Center, adjacent to the campus of AEG&rsquo;s already built and operating Staples Center, Nokia Theater, Grammy Museum, and ESPN Zone (as part of their L.A. Live complex), along Figueroa Street in the southwestern part of downtown.</p> Review: Shannon Ebner, &, Verses in Urban Art Orhan Ayyüce 2011-07-25T12:00:00-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Shannon Ebner:&nbsp;and, per se and,&nbsp;2011</em></p> <p> <em>Painted wood, steel, aluminum, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic solar cells, 12 volt battery&#8232;</em></p> <p> <em>Jul 15 - Oct 9, 2011</em></p> <p> <em>Through a collaboration with the City of Culver City, the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Culver City Redevelopment Agency, </em><em>the Hammer Museum,&nbsp;</em><em><a href="" target="_blank">LA&gt;&lt;ART</a>, and as part of the 54th Venice Biennale present Shannon Ebner&rsquo;s first public project in Los Angeles, &lsquo;and, per se and,&rsquo;, an 8-foot tall plywood ampersand installed in a vacant lot on the northeast corner of Centinela Ave. and Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA.</em></p> Sonic Intervention : The Architecture of Sound Archinect 2004-02-19T03:35:00-05:00 >2012-11-29T17:06:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Spacekraftlab is an LA-based architecture firm run by partners Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu. With twenty combined years of professional architecture experience, including positions under world-renowned architects Frank Gehry and Coop Himmelb(l)au, Spacekraftlab is taking their own work to another level with experimentations in electronic spatial definition. Baumgartner and Uriu pursue a real architecture that can be defined by the electronic space around us such as sounds, sonograms, and magnetic distortions. Somewhere between the "visible and intangible", they are continuing to develop their own unique approach to creating a completely new form of architecture. Some recent results of their experimentations can be seen in proposals for the Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul and a Media hybrid for the Museums Quartier in Vienna.</p>