Archinect - News 2016-10-23T19:55:15-04:00 Needle exchange: a look at Herzog & de Meuron's transformative "needle" tower development in DTLA's arts district Julia Ingalls 2016-09-29T12:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-02T21:24:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="628" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The name of Herzog and de Meuron's proposed new development for downtown Los Angeles' <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arts district</a>, 6 AM, seems like an hour/mindset that most of its current residents experience only because they stayed up much too late. But no one can stop the dawn of high-concept gentrification from breaking all over the district of former abandoned warehouses, especially when that concept promises to embody the so-called "DNA"of Los Angeles.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article by Frances Anderton</a>, de Meuron purposefully nixed medium height buildings from 6 AM's design in favor of nose-bleed high rises and squat, table-like mixed-use structures, as this was reflective of how he views Los Angeles:</p><p>&ldquo;The high rise for us is important to make a difference between the low and the high because I think this is a part of specificity of Los Angeles.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s either flat or it&rsquo;s high. You don&rsquo;t have in between&nbsp;bulky&nbsp;buildings. So (we&rsquo;d) rather do extremely low and then you go higher. (The towers are)&nbsp;needle like &mdash; it shows...</p> Frank Gehry, Closet Classicist Archinect 2012-10-01T19:03:00-04:00 >2012-10-02T20:00:50-04:00 <img src="" width="580" height="605" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of his alumni, the highly regarded architect Michael Maltzan, and a designer on the Walt Disney Concert Hall, says "most of the time people understand his buildings from their surface but deep down Frank is a classically trained architect. Whether that's historical classicism or a classical modernism, the foundations of that work and what's really operating under the surface is this incredibly controlled sense of order which allows for the buildings to have a seemingly intense animation".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> FRANCES ANDERTON - Architectural Critic Archinect 2012-03-24T11:28:37-04:00 >2012-03-24T18:32:17-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frances Anderton came to Los Angeles via Bath, England in 1991 and like her compatriot Reyner Banham, fell in love with the city. As a longtime producer and host of radio shows Which Way, LA? and DnA: Design and Architecture respectively, Anderton has spent the last 25 years of her professional and personal life exploring the relationship between L.A.'s architecture, politics and design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>