Archinect - News 2014-10-24T12:39:20-04:00 Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts? Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:47:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Partners has signed on to design a campus for the Children's Institute, Inc. (CII), a social services not-for-profit that provides youth development and education programs, as well as other family support and clinical services. For the project, the firm is collaborating with (fer) studio of Inglewood. The new campus will occupy a 2-acre lot on East 102nd Street near its intersection with Compton Avenue. It is just a half-dozen block walk to the northwest of the Watts Towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/ announced th...</a></p> UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers Archinect 2013-04-01T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T14:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now underway, is expected to be completed by early next year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> RIP Bud Goldstone, the Hero Who Saved Watts Towers Archinect 2012-09-24T20:32:00-04:00 >2012-09-25T18:34:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bud Goldstone (1926-2012), a former aerospace engineer who worked for over 50 years to save Watts Towers, has died at the age of 86. In 1959 he devised the test to prove the Towers were structurally sound and stopped the City of Los Angeles from demolishing them. He was a founding member of the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts, Inc., which successfully sued the city in 1985 to save the Towers from the city's neglect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Watts Towers, Sturdy Survivors Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-24T21:46:03-04:00 >2011-05-25T16:36:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"These people have been the stewards of Watts Towers all these years and have a tremendous sense of ownership to them. So while superstars like Walt Disney may be thought of as the consummate 20th-century Los Angeles hero, for those living on 107th Street and nearby, it's Simon Rodia."</p></em><br /><br /><p> One of my favorite cultural landmarks of Los Angeles, Watts Towers, goes on yet another restoration. Still, we need more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Angelinos</a> to visit the Towers.</p> <p> <em>"Now the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the city's Department of Cultural Affairs are working on a plan to restore Rodia's sculpture and, in so doing, to get Angelenos more interested in the landmark. Most visitors to the towers are now from outside the city&mdash;often from overseas, like their creator himself."</em></p>