Archinect - News 2014-12-20T16:32:40-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/101717557/kcrw-radio-station-breaks-ground-on-new-media-center-in-santa-monica KCRW radio station breaks ground on new Media Center in Santa Monica Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:41:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l66c6h05lh043877.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.kcrw.com/about" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCRW</a>, the NPR-affiliated public radio darling of Southern California, broke ground yesterday on its new 35,000 square-foot Media Center, located on <a href="http://www.smc.edu/Pages/default.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa Monica College</a>'s Academy of Entertainment &amp; Technology campus. For the past thirty years, KCRW was run out of a basement underneath the campus, while producing top-notch music and journalism programming that balances local flavor with international news. Now they'll have much more room to breathe, with spaces devoted to community socializing and performance alongside expanded operations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xm/xm9ei7ooel02ovox.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9gmwn9wfrefisz7.jpg"></p><p>Home to such popular podcasts as "<a href="http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/design-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DnA: Design and Architecture</a>" and news digest "<a href="http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Point</a>", KCRW also produces content outside of the studio, by hosting events around Los Angeles. With the Media Center, the station will have a homespace for its own events, to concretize its role in the local culture.</p><p>Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the Media Center&nbsp;also meets LEED Silver Certification standards, and is slated to open by early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq6p8qbvyfe8n757.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica Paul Petrunia 2014-05-07T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T19:08:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/ac57z2y5qtwwv0xd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Oren Safdie, architecture-turned-playwright (and son of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106501/safdie-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie</a>), has taken his play <em>False Solution</em> to Santa Monica, after a run in NYC last year. <em>False Solution</em>, Safdie's 3rd architecture-themed play, following <em>Private Jokes, Public Places</em> and <em>The Bilbao Effect</em>, follows German-Jewish architect Anton Seligman (played by Daniel J. Travanti) as he designs a new Holocaust museum in Poland. Linda Johansson (played by Amanda Saunders), a first-year architecture student, brings sexual tension as she challenges his work.</p><p>I met up with Oren at his home in Venice Beach to talk about his work as a playwright. You can listen to our conversation below...</p><p></p><p>I also had a chance to record a read-through between leads Daniel J. Travanti, whom you may recognize as <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_j-pai0nBU0/TtMCKtfvEII/AAAAAAAABUM/E8W3wYGgEvo/s1600/Actor-Daniel-J-Travanti-receives-Emmy-Award-as-Outstanding-Lead-Actor-in-Hill-Street-Blues_8.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the captain from <em>Hill Street Blues</em>,</a> and Amanda Saunders.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/588251" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tickets to False Solution can still be purchased for the final four performances this Thursday to Sunday.</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98969373/net-neutrality-lives-on-in-santa-monica-california Net Neutrality lives on in Santa Monica, California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02b8d20f8323a74f42990fc3ea066810.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Santa Monica will] be able to offer its residents real net neutrality, which the [FCC] is working on rolling back for just about everyone else in the US. [...] Santa Monica has cleverly and quietly been installing its own network of city-owned fiber-optic cables for years, and they intend to keep the net neutral. [...] Santa Monica has also made about $5 million providing internet service and leasing out the cables to other providers, and their competition has driven down rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Federal Communications Commission&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/5425808/fcc-chair-announces-plan-for-new-net-neutrality-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently proposed</a> that internet service providers (like Verizon, AT&amp;T, and Time Warner Cable) should be able to charge companies extra for faster service -- so for example, Netflix could pay AT&amp;T more to ensure faster download speeds for its viewers. This would violate <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net neutrality</a>, the concept that aims to ensure that every companies' data on the internet is treated (and delivered) equally. Under the FCC's proposal, larger companies would be able to make their content more accessible to users, handicapping smaller companies from the get-go.</p><p>But what if your internet service provider wasn't AT&amp;T or Verizon, but your own city? Should city governments hold the reins of internet service, and ultimately net neutrality? It's not only a question of download speeds for the user, but of how local governments could use internet traffic data to change their city.&nbsp;If the internet were treated like a local utility, then perhaps city governments could more ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81063081/oma-s-winning-santa-monica-design-is-rejected-by-city-council-members OMA's winning Santa Monica design is rejected by city council members Archinect 2013-09-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:50:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1yjkecbx3vsyhdpi.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design called for a series of rectangular buildings skewed on an axis comprised of ground-floor retail, office development and proposed residential and flex office space and the upper section would be a hotel, according to city officials. &ldquo;I have to say that the Metro Pacific is a beautiful project and you look at it and it&rsquo;s stunning architecturally,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;The affordable housing is kind of an afterthought &hellip; . It&rsquo;s a little unclear of how many units we are going to get.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77774101/oma-s-winning-the-plaza-at-santa-monica-entry OMA’s Winning “The Plaza at Santa Monica” Entry Alexander Walter 2013-07-23T21:10:00-04:00 >2013-07-24T12:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7x8jdq9va3vzkea.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA is on a winning spree on both American coasts right now: we reported last week that the team consisting of OMA, Tishman Realty and UIA Management had won the Miami Beach Convention Center Master Plan competition, and just earlier this month, OMA's New York office was also declared winner of a major competition for a mixed use development in Santa Monica, California. In both cases, OMA's submissions prevailed over entries by fellow finalists Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77365740/oma-wins-miami-beach-convention-center-competition" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68788415/frank-gehry-designing-new-tower-in-santa-monica Frank Gehry designing new tower in Santa Monica Archinect 2013-03-04T11:52:00-05:00 >2013-12-25T13:01:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lh/lhk83j2ddh0ips1l.jpg" width="514" height="452" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry is designing a new 22-story tower that developers want to build in downtown Santa Monica, near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the official website for the project. The structure will feature space for a hotel and condominiums, as well as restaurant and retail space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/35525407/santa-monica-complete-green-street-breaks-ground Santa Monica Complete Green Street Breaks Ground Alexander Walter 2012-01-23T15:20:00-05:00 >2012-01-25T10:19:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uw/uw0lznl0i36itonj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by John Kaliski Architects, in conjunction with Lawrence Moss &amp; Associates, Landscape Architects, and Kimley-Horn &amp; Associates, Civil Engineers, the Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street recently broke ground on December 12, 2011. When completed in early 2013, it will be the longest complete green street in the City of Santa Monica, and one of the longest in Southern California.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34163157/gehry-s-santa-monica-residence-wins-aia-twenty-five-year-award Gehry’s Santa Monica Residence Wins AIA Twenty-Five Year Award Alexander Walter 2012-01-11T17:51:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T19:30:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y2bk4culg50r0ljb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, California for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. [...] A seemingly ad hoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials wrapped around an unassuming two-story clapboard bungalow, Frank Gehry&rsquo;s, FAIA, home for his wife, Berta, and two sons found a literal, but unexpected, answer to the question of neighborhood context, and used it to forever re-shape the formal and material boundaries of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/30337008/the-covert-birth-of-apple-s-next-santa-monica-store The covert birth of Apple's next Santa Monica store Archinect 2011-12-09T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-11-16T18:04:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/180d92d0d8e6fe30c9d3d0a90792a7b9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... according to a person familiar with the plans who is bound by a nondisclosure agreement, Apple has already begun work on such a store in Santa Monica. Like the Peter Bohlin-designed Apple Store on New York's Upper West Side, it will have a tall, striking glass storefront...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Santa Monica store episode also illustrates Apple's unusually covert way of doing business. Interviews with almost two dozen people familiar with Apple Store negotiations say the Cupertino, California, company sometimes employs uncommon legal tactics, refuses to name itself in public documents and hearings, and has sworn city government officials to secrecy.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/12441711/ground-level-one-more-good-looking-garage-in-santa-monica Ground Level: One more good-looking garage in Santa Monica Archinect 2011-07-06T16:39:00-04:00 >2012-10-05T13:41:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a72ffb8f9c38478eb590926beeb1a36a.jpg" width="500" height="457" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the real show is outside, where the garage includes a number of large-scale public-art installations, including pieces by Anne Marie Karlsen (along 2nd Street) and L.A. firm Ball-Nogues Studio (along 4th Street). The Ball-Nogues piece, called &ldquo;Cradle,&rdquo; features hundreds of stainless-steel spheres suspended from one of the garage&rsquo;s exterior walls. The design is open-ended enough to suggest both sea foam and a Newton&rsquo;s Cradle...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10039190/santa-monica-s-field-operations Santa Monica's Field Operations Orhan Ayyüce 2011-06-15T18:59:53-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khaagpimv8kjc0mv.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Monica&rsquo;s $46.1 Mil Park Moves Forward. A crowd of about 200 Santa Monicans were on hand at the June 14 Santa Monica City Council&rsquo;s consideration of the planned public parks to be placed in front of city hall. After a presentation by designer James Corner followed by a lovefest of public comment, the council proceeded with overall design plans and construction documents for Palisades Garden Walk, despite its $46.1 million price tag.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now, I will quote myself when I said this to the journalist friend who asked my opinion on the proposal.</p> <p> <em>"The real critique of this park is not only the physical aspects of the complicated site but the "consumerist development" Santa Monica had adopted since the 80's on.<br> James Corner's park could be real useful if he understands this development policy that changed the personality of Santa Monica and somehow pairs its "gin fizz urbanism" with the real community "DNA" of Santa Monica as the "people's city." &nbsp;In short, if he can negotiate and balance it with consuming tourists and wealthy gentrification, then, perhaps, we would see a really good park for the money.<br> Without being nostalgic, Santa Monica could use a little inspiration from the old negative propaganda of intrepid developers, where it was regarded as "Peoples Republic of Santa Monica." &nbsp;Within the context of the late shiny developments, the city could now own this old misplaced adage and be proud of its progressive ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/7395391/venice-vs-santa-monica-is-the-architecture-different Venice vs. Santa Monica: Is the Architecture Different? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 >2011-05-23T19:57:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0b8e897421e60b4524002e2c2d115f22.jpg" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Those homeboys over at the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) are so bad, drumming up biz for their May 15 architectural home tour called "Ve &ne; SaMo (Venice is not Santa Monica)" by asking if the two locales drove different architecture -- say, Santa Monica soccer mom versus Venice Bohemian daddy. Everyone knows Venice is dead, cemented over by gentrification, and the emerging artist crew has moved onto Inglewood.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>