Archinect - News 2017-01-20T17:35:58-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985790/la-is-selected-for-george-lucas-s-museum-of-narrative-art LA is selected for George Lucas's Museum of Narrative Art Paul Petrunia 2017-01-10T23:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-13T09:58:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/001eee180215leku.jpg" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of planning, negotiations and speculation, filmmaker George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles to be the home for his museum honoring visual storytelling. It will display his personal collection of fine and popular art, including Norman Rockwell paintings, Mad Magazine covers, photography, children's art, as well as Hollywood props and visual effects from his famous movie franchise Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"South Los Angeles's Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship," reads a statement from the board of directors for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. "Exposition Park is a magnet for the region and accessible from all parts of the city. As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985035/can-late-modernism-survive-the-near-future Can late modernism survive the near future? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T18:32:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T14:01:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/ylegkxgb5e8qt29h.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All across Los Angeles, buildings by the city's most important firms face preservation threats. Rejected and outmoded, can late modernism find love?</p></em><br /><br /><p>What is the value of history in a city known for its ephemerality? (Hint: um, not much, unless everyone agrees it is pretty.) In this <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/arts/can-preservationists-save-las-late-modernist-landmarks-from-the-wrecking-ball-7784088" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">piece for the L.A. Weekly</a>, Mimi Zeiger thoroughly investigates the state of late modernist structures in the City of Angels, and how likely it is that many of these often repurposed (and unfortunately altered) buildings will survive changing public tastes. While the LAX theme building has been legally protected from demolition, other notable works--like William L. Pereira's original LACMA buildings--haven't met with the same preservationist zeal.&nbsp;</p><p>Modernism, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938550/le-corbusier-s-cit-de-refuge-in-paris-to-reopen-after-restoration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Corbusier's Cit&eacute; de Refuge in Paris to reopen after restoration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937684/will-mies-van-der-rohe-s-wolf-house-rise-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s Wolf House rise again?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145515699/winners-of-the-african-modernism-book-giveaway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the "African Modernism" book giveaway</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984590/defacing-the-stone-a-history-of-vandalism-on-famous-architectural-landmarks Defacing the stone: a history of vandalism on famous architectural landmarks Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T21:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T22:22:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38vqgkwpox3xk1p.jpg" width="633" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For as long as there have been landmarks, there have been people willing to deface them in the name of politics, art, fame or sheer stupidity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to the Trevi fountain in Rome, this Guardian article explores a brief history of temporary vandalism on famous landmarks (and it's not just artfully placed tarps: try a dangling VW Beetle!).&nbsp;</p><p>From the annals of the vandals:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131021521/detroit-issues-arrest-for-vandal-shepard-fairey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983755/boring-how-serious-is-elon-musk-about-his-latest-traffic-solving-venture Boring: how serious is Elon Musk about his latest traffic-solving venture? Alexander Walter 2016-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T14:48:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b3/b3okjdp3s44f304u.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a pretty good sense of humor, but sometimes we can't tell when he's just joking or mulling his next big idea.&nbsp; For example, on Saturday Musk took to Twitter to say out loud what every traffic-plagued Los Angeles resident is silently screaming inside: The city is a gridlocked hellscape. &nbsp; "Traffic is driving me nuts," wrote Musk. But he didn't stop there. He also raised the idea of boring through obstacles to alleviate traffic woes.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>"It would be easy to toss this off as random talk from an eccentric auto and space mogul, but Musk's last "random idea," the Hyperloop, has spawned a number of startups and millions in funding. So when Musk not only says that boring through things would be a good idea to ease traffic, but that he plans to do it himself, it's time to start paying attention."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962733/forget-solar-panels-elon-musk-is-thinking-solar-roof" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget solar panels: Elon Musk is thinking "solar roof"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953303/elon-musk-thinks-tesla-could-be-worth-1-trillion-if-it-buys-solarcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion &ndash; if it buys SolarCity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983277/delayed-for-years-gehry-s-la-grand-avenue-project-gets-city-council-approval Delayed for years, Gehry's LA Grand Avenue Project gets city council approval Alexander Walter 2016-12-19T15:12:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T16:02:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/os90cmf0oj2ao2yk.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City Council this morning voted to approve the latest joint venture partnership and timeline for the long-delayed Grand Avenue project. The $950 million mega-development being designed by Frank Gehry is now scheduled to break ground in 2018 and open in 2022, according to developer Related Companies. [...] The project was initially announced before the recession, and stalled during the economic downturn. It has been through numerous design changes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2n/2nyop8408zvplgha.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3v/3vm3jt30l2wt96ml.jpg"></p><p>The glacial pace of the Grand Avenue Project development documented in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91389596/redesigned-grand-avenue-project-wins-l-a-county-supervisors-blessing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesigned Grand Avenue project wins L.A. County supervisors' blessing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87376639/new-designs-unveiled-by-frank-gehry-for-la-s-storied-grand-ave-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New designs unveiled by Frank Gehry for LA's storied Grand Ave. project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83306267/in-the-end-turmoil-over-grand-avenue-plan-could-help-the-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In the end, turmoil over Grand Avenue plan could help the design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/65774896/developer-unveils-new-plan-for-grand-avenue-sans-gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer Unveils New Plan for Grand Avenue, sans Gehry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68436/3-billion-grand-avenue-project-starts-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$3 Billion Grand Avenue Project Starts Construction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982614/indoor-malls-are-out-as-la-s-brick-and-mortar-shopping-centers-get-renovated Indoor malls are out as LA's brick-and-mortar shopping centers get renovated Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T20:25:00-05:00 >2016-12-19T23:44:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cq/cqtklothqfn3ou7o.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sometime in the not too distant future we will look back at traditional malls as an anachronism &ndash; something that started with the post World War II move to the suburbs, peaked in 1990, and faded away, according to the billionaire Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso, whose properties include the Grove and the Americana at Brand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Millions of dollars are being spent on refurbishing and renovating malls in Los Angeles in an attempt to offer online shoppers an incentive to go outdoors. According to this report by <a href="http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/12/06/66718/why-there-s-a-shopping-center-arms-race-in-los-ang/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPCC</a>, the big-league mall masterminds, including Grove guru Rick Caruso, are purposefully trying to redesign malls to center around activities like eating and socializing, experiences which are arguably better in person (and which indoor malls frequently sequester to dimly lit food courts). Although many are predicting the outright death of indoor malls, others are simply <a href="http://they%20apparently%20haven't%20been%20keeping%20up%20on%20inventive%20repurposing%20schemes%20that%20convert%20the%20space%20into%20hospitals,%20parks,%20and%20occasionally%20dwellings%20in%20housing%20crisis-plagued%20cities." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">repurposing them into religious centers, hospitals, and occasionally dwellings in housing-crisis plagued cities.</a></p><p>For more on malls:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128736686/for-in-that-death-of-malls-what-dreams-may-come-archinect-sessions-32-featuring-special-guest-co-host-nam-henderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">For in that death of malls, what dreams may come? Archinect Sessions #32, featuring special guest co-host, Nam Henderson!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119304867/dead-malls-and-shopping-dinosaurs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dead Malls and Shopping Dinosaurs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55294047/china-s-ghost-towns-and-phantom-malls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's ghost towns and phantom malls</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982430/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-12-12T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:02:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rl/rl97pbrsevshqmz5.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a breather amidst the holiday frenzy. For anyone curious about what local&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">happenings</a>&nbsp;to fit into your weekly schedules,&nbsp;Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;have compiled a snappy list of events in Los Angeles that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's LA picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8394/socal-storylines-innovating-for-our-communities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SoCal Storylines: Innovating for our communities |&nbsp;December 14</a>, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/jd/jdpz93azxx7t09o8.jpg"></p><p>California's economy is the 8th biggest in the world &ndash; how can Southern California hold up the legacy of innovation that fuels the state's development? This discussion with members of KPCC and the Urban Land Institute will look at how LA in particular contributes to the So-Cal region's unique culture, and what that means for future development.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8621/rick-owens-furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rick Owens: Furniture | Opening on December 17</a>, recommended by Justine Testado</strong></p><p><a title="Designer Rick Owens. Photo via Wikimedia Commons." href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1500x/4k/4kfgml38n1xhu137.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/4k/4kfgml38n1xhu137.jpg"></a><em>Designer Rick Owens. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.</em></p><p>Get up close to a collection of recent furniture and sculpture pieces by renowned fas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982379/big-proposes-massive-gridded-development-for-the-la-arts-district BIG proposes massive, gridded development for the LA Arts District Nicholas Korody 2016-12-12T13:15:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T18:00:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/47/47y9qx2ufzhknplq.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> is the latest big fish to join the development frenzy along the LA River in advance of its rehabilitation. The Gallo family, of vinous fame, has commissioned the Copenhagen/New York-based firm to create a proposal for a city block-sized development in the Arts District. The building, which would comprise two connected buildings reaching 30 stories tall in some places, is for a site along the edge of the LA River not far from the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjfneLNoO_QAhVmwVQKHdSzC0YQFggaMAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Fsciarc&amp;usg=AFQjCNHkFil8LiMZWnkE_eiGqkES8j6jUQ&amp;sig2=5fg7kh1aX4RmgzMDfaa_-Q&amp;bvm=bv.141320020,d.cGw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2145/michael-maltzan-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan</a>&rsquo;s prone behemoth, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/513794/one-santa-fe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One Santa Fe</a>.</p><p>In total, the project, dubbed 670 Mesquit, would contain nearly 800,000 sq. ft. of office space, two boutique hotels, 250 rental units and a slew of restaurants and shops. Following the strictures of Measure JJJ, which passed by a wide margin in the last election, the building would have 41 affordable units. Additionally, the building would host a small museum or public sculpture park that would connect to a massive &ldquo;deck&rdquo; stretching over the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981496/listen-to-our-final-interviews-from-next-up-the-la-river-on-one-to-one Listen to our final interviews from 'Next Up: The LA River' on One-to-One! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-05T16:43:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s6foq21ygqyhmvu.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Missed out on&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975308/join-us-this-saturday-for-next-up-the-l-a-river-ft-mia-lehrer-christopher-hawthorne-and-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a>, Archinect Sessions' podcasting event? Now you can listen to the whole thing, released in two parts on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>. Last week, we released the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980500/now-you-can-listen-to-interviews-from-next-up-the-la-river-on-one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first half of the interviews</a>, and this week we've got the rest.&nbsp;</p><p>This week's playlist of live recordings features interviews with:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979380/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-5-with-lou-pesce-of-metabolic-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Lou Pesce</strong></a>&nbsp;(designer with Metabolic Studio)</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979836/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-6-julia-meltzer-clockshop-and-elizabeth-timme-la-m-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Julia Meltzer</strong></a>&nbsp;(director and founder of Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization) and&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979836/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-6-julia-meltzer-clockshop-and-elizabeth-timme-la-m-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Timme</a>&nbsp;</strong>(co-director of LA-M&aacute;s)</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980005/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-7-with-renee-dake-wilson-la-city-planning-commission-and-alexander-robinson-office-of-outdoor-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Renee Dake Wilson</strong></a>&nbsp;(partner at Dake Wilson Architects and VP of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission) and&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980005/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-7-with-renee-dake-wilson-la-city-planning-commission-and-alexander-robinson-office-of-outdoor-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Robinson</a>&nbsp;</strong>(assistant professor of architecture at USC and principal at Office of Outdoor Research)</p><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980645/mia-lehrer-discusses-her-long-running-history-with-the-la-river-s-redevelopment-on-our-final-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a>&nbsp;</strong>(founder and president at Mia Lehrer + Associates)</p><p>Individual episodes are available on Archinect Sessions. Listen and subscribe&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<strong>One-to-One</strong>&nbsp;#48, featuring the last four interviews from<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/842448/next-up-la-river-mini-session" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up: The LA River</a></strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions-one-to-one/id1057340260?mt=2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the lo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981495/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-12-05T15:15:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:00:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ep/epcd90b6qdwny3md.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a breather at an art exhibition as the holiday frenzy begins.&nbsp;LA is&nbsp;abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's LA picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8397/fast-forward-future-of-play" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fast Forward: Future of Play |&nbsp;December 8</a>, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/lb/lbu1ose42xuzmrxd.jpg"></p><p>In the rapidly expanding markets of VR and robotics, interactions based on play and, well, fun are increasingly scrutinized for marketable potentials. Hear representatives from Disney and Mattel discuss the future of play in our Internet-of-Everything world, and its implications for early childhood development.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8656/the-human-beast-art-of-maxine-kim-stussy-jan-stussy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Human Beast: Art of Maxine Kim Stussy &amp; Jan Stussy |&nbsp;Opening on December 10</a><strong>,</strong> recommended by Alexander Walter</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/8d/8d52ju711zycleqk.jpg"><em>Stuss...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980848/santa-monica-s-impossibly-green-building-dreams-the-challenging-path-to-living-building-certification Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ie/ieanteww318tv4hp.jpg" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965794/architecture-dean-poh-says-reduction-in-energy-savings-is-not-enough-i-am-for-net-zero" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71829118/seattle-s-super-green-bullitt-center-opened-on-earth-day" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980528/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-11-28T17:11:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:31:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v8/v8dy0wz86ef6bjc1.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a breather at an art exhibition as the holiday frenzy begins.&nbsp;LA is&nbsp;abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's LA picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8650/live-filming-rad-bad-and-sad-talk-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Live Filming: Rad, Bad, and Sad (Talk Show) |&nbsp;December 4</a>, recommended by Nicholas Korody</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/g0/g0kgzd49sfd71nf5.jpg"></p><p>Materials &amp; Applications is something of an LA-architecture institution. Right now, they have an&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/events/8429/the-kid-gets-out-of-the-picture-at-materials-applications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interesting exhibit</a>&nbsp;up in their courtyard space: "a contemporary update on the aesthetic principles of early 19th century English landscape architecture". Head over on Sunday night for some "bantering" on past exhibitions held at the space with Joseph Adam Dunn and Ben Warwas.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8651/enchanted-forest-of-light" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Enchanted: Forest of Light | Open now until Jan...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979836/listen-to-next-up-the-la-river-mini-session-6-julia-meltzer-clockshop-and-elizabeth-timme-la-m-s Listen to 'Next Up: The LA River' Mini-Session #6: Julia Meltzer (Clockshop) and Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-22T14:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:13:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z0/z0a5f5nn5k3xxprt.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this Mini-Session from our Next Up: The LA River event, Nicholas Korody spoke with Elizabeth Timme, co-director of the urban design and architecture non-profit <a href="http://archinect.com/mas.la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA-M&aacute;s</a>, and Julia Meltzer, director and founder of non-profit arts organization, Clockshop.</p><p>Both Clockshop and LA-M&aacute;s are located within Elysian Valley, aka Frogtown&mdash;a sliver of a neighborhood bordered by the LA River, the 5 and the 2 freeways. In recent years, Frogtown (predominantly a low-density neighborhood of single-family homes) has become a major focus in LA conversations about gentrification and development, and both Timme's and Meltzer's work is heavily invested in their context. Clockshop (in collaboration with California State Parks) has its HQ in Frogtown and hosts art events in the Bowtie, an undeveloped plot of land along the river. In 2015, LA-M&aacute;s led a community "co-visioning process" (the 'Futuro de Frogtown') to determine the kind of development decisions residents were concerned about.</p><p>Korody spoke with b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979718/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-11-21T19:06:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:49:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m3vyc9bj7bggh77y.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Take a breather at an art exhibition as the holiday frenzy begins.&nbsp;LA is&nbsp;abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's LA picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8025/michael-sorkin-studio-and-terreform-metrophysics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform: Metrophysics |&nbsp;Open now until December 4</a>, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/9u/9umojpce7555qr20.jpg"></p><p>In 2005, Michael Sorkin Studio underwent "mitosis" through the founding of Terreform, a practice focused on "non-commercial&mdash;even utopian&mdash;projects and ambitions," such that the Studio could focus entirely on "ordinary" building while both firms profited from the other's research experience. This exhibit at SCI-Arc is testament to that relationship, looking to "projects with meanings rooted i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149979642/homelessness-decreased-this-year-in-the-us-but-increased-in-cities-including-la Homelessness decreased this year in the US, but increased in cities including LA Julia Ingalls 2016-11-21T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T14:34:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dm/dm5scrgqxtwr6zyo.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Accurately tracking a population that has no permanent home has always been a challenge for those who attempt to put together figures on homelessness. Many studies elect to count transients one night each year in order to create some form of consistency. Using that method, a study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that figures for homelessness seem to down overall across the nation as of January 2016, while certain cities such as Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have experienced significant upticks. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/17/502359805/homelessness-in-the-u-s-was-down-slightly-over-the-past-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NPR</a> explains:</p><p>"But some areas bucked the trend. Washington, D.C., saw a 14.4 percent increase in homelessness, over 1,000 more people, and there were an additional 2,680 homeless people in Los Angeles County, an increase of 6.5 percent. The Dallas and Seattle areas also had big increases, 21.3 and 6.0 percent, respectively."</p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How 4 US cities are applying architectural solutions to homelessness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness ad...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149978475/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-11-14T20:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:16:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bv/bv8u44axaege3ztr.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is&nbsp;abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Wondering where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. area? Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's L.A. picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8393/socal-storylines-housing-l-a-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SoCal Storylines: Housing L.A.&rsquo;s future | November 16</a>, recommended by Alexander Walter</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/su/sudcjxu8b2yvcao7.jpg">Photo: John Williams PHD/Flickr, image via scpr.org</p><p>The Milken Institute in Santa Monica hosts the third installment of KPCC's SoCal Storylines: Conversations with movers and shakers series. This time the focus is on the topic of housing, and panelists will discuss affordable housing in Los Angeles, housing for the homeless, as well as budgetary concerns and infrastructure needs.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8498/the-algorithm-in-the-room-an-evening-of-the-post-geographic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Algorithm ...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977282/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-11-07T14:37:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T18:05:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mu/mu31fb1lwt4pwgo2.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is&nbsp;abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked. Wondering where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. area? Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's L.A. picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8398/fast-forward-considered-consumerism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fast Forward: Considered Consumerism | November 10</a>, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/c2/c2l8jgtft6z8dy5t.jpg"></p><p>Depending on how the election turns out, come Thursday you may either be selling all your possessions to buy that ticket to Canada, or embarking on a celebratory shopping spree. Either way, it's a good time to consider how the role of consumerism, particularly in local marketplaces, shapes California culture. This event, hosted by Take Two's Alex Cohen, will take a look at Californian cons...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976710/john-southern-unpacks-the-role-of-the-skyscraper-in-the-21st-century-city-at-a-new-exhibition-at-jai-jai-gallery John Southern unpacks the role of the skyscraper in the 21st century city at a new exhibition at Jai & Jai Gallery Nicholas Korody 2016-11-03T17:57:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T23:43:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9n/9n9454wuuimd6v6i.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the public imaginary, skyscrapers represent something like the pinnacle of architecture. Cities compete to have the tallest. The most iconic become keychains. Tourists wait for hours&mdash;and forfeit cash&mdash;to climb to their tops. But according to <a href="http://archinect.com/drowninginculture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Southern</a> of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/people/52674846/urban-operations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Operations</a>, there is something deeply sinister about the skyscraper and its role in the contemporary city.</p><p>&ldquo;If the early modernist skyscraper proposals of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe were attempts at utopian urbanity and aesthetic prowess, then today&rsquo;s towers reflect a darker, more nihilistic attitude toward spatial democracy,&rdquo; writes Southern in a text accompanying his new exhibit <em>Hot on the Heels of Love: Sensational Speculations</em>, which opens this Saturday at <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/620593/jai-jai-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jai &amp; Jai Gallery</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>&ldquo;Packed with every experience and function, and produced in almost every shape and material finish imaginable, the contemporary skyscraper has become a disaffected breeding ground for neoliberal proposals, which reject the op...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976668/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-unanimously-approved-by-l-a-city-council Frank Gehry's Sunset Strip mixed-user unanimously approved by L.A. City Council Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-03T13:17:00-04:00 >2016-11-13T14:00:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y2/y2ep92ufvbml8g6c.jpg" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the developer, Townscape Partners, agreed to reduce its tallest tower to 178 feet and add more affordable housing and more parking spaces. It will also provide $2 million to ease traffic congestion. The project will have 229 residential units, including 38 for low-income families. There will be 65,000 square feet of commercial space and a pedestrian plaza.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Gehry's Sunset Strip development was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960952/frank-gehry-s-sunset-strip-mixed-user-approved-by-la-city-planning-commission-with-15-affordable-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">approved by the L.A. City Planning Commission</a> last August, the plan called for 28 affordable housing units (15% of the total stock)&mdash;a number that some at the Commission meeting were concerned set a "low bar" for a development of its size, stature and density (especially given the city's ongoing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960208/california-lawmakers-turn-to-granny-flats-to-help-ease-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>).</p><p>The City Council's approval came with 10 more affordable housing units&mdash;approximately 17% of the total stock. The entire project includes two residential towers, a shopping center and gardens.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975291/take-a-vr-tour-of-the-new-l-a-federal-courthouse-an-unusually-polished-work-of-civic-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an &ldquo;unusually polished work of civic architecture&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975205/airbnb-helps-the-homeless-while-getting-involved-with-l-a-s-city-council" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council</a></li><li><a title="How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974688/how-frank-gehry-was-won-over-to-design-the-watts-children-s-institute-pro-bono" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975989/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-10-31T15:21:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T22:44:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1mj8u1ihsc26fajf.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We could've sworn on Frank Lloyd Wright's ghost that October barely started, and yet Halloween is here. Wondering where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. area? Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's L.A. picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8545/mia-lehrer-recalibrating-the-los-angeles-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer: "Recalibrating The Los Angeles River" | October 31</a>, recommended by Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/q8/q8kpj66vmtkbti1z.jpg"></p><p>As a key figure in the River's 2007 master plan, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22201405/mia-lehrer-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer</a> was working on revitalization efforts long before Frank Gehry became involved. Her perspective on the River and its impact on LA's landscape urbanism is invaluable, making her talk at USC a must-do for anyone interested in the river.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8543/lecture-amale-andraos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lecture:&nbsp;Amale Andraos | November 2</a>, recommended by Nicholas Korody</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/zd/zdhcex2lkxmtlf0d.jpg"><em>Photo by Raymond Adams.</em></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943271/dismantled-models-amale-andraos-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-21" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amale Andraos</a>, dean of Columbia GSAPP and founder of WorkAC, will be lecturing at USC this Tuesday. Her...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975726/bid-for-a-cocktail-party-at-the-vdl-a-hostage-situationist-experience-and-more-fun-items-in-l-a-forum-s-2016-auction Bid for a cocktail party at the VDL, a “Hostage Situationist” experience, and more fun items in L.A. Forum's 2016 auction Justine Testado 2016-10-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:05:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rh/rhbgwz5h5if50rvn.jpg" width="650" height="944" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is hosting a silent online auction as part of their Fall Benefit starting now until November 13. When architecture is involved, the items up for bidding are bound to be an interesting mix &mdash; and the more than 80 items in this particular auction don't disappoint.</p><p>Bidders can choose from books signed by the likes of Frank Gehry, Barbara Bestor, and Aaron Betsky, unique hand-made accessories, photographs, and one-of-a-kind experiences (Hostage Situationist, anyone?), all ranging from $50 to $1,000 &mdash; so no need to worry about million-dollar pricetags here. For starters, here are some items that caught our attention:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xbdrb0cg2cchf27.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pb/pbrpwi36xxrnorly.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/as/asve3mteddejdvxq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5h/5h56pdhqw4vi854w.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a9gttg8lv6b83ide.jpg"><br><em>All screenshots via L.A. Forum.</em></p><p>Find all the auction items <a href="https://lafaud16.auction-bid.org/microsite/items" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;More info <a href="https://lafaud16.auction-bid.org/microsite/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Julia Ingalls 2016-10-27T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T03:02:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/sclji6q9egyi4pb5.jpg" width="650" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a <a href="http://Even%20after%20improved%20plan,%20Lucas%20Museum%20still%20mired%20in%20legal%20and%20financial%20problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">long and obstructive political process</a> (and some sad looking pics of Rahm Emanuel) George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art decided to abandon its attempt to build in Chicago and now is looking toward the Golden State: specifically, Treasure Island in San Francisco and Exposition Park in Los Angeles. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a> of MAD architects has subsequently whipped up some new proposed designs for each locale. First up, Exposition Park:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/um2qjteynesjzab1.jpg"></p><p>And Treasure Island:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nchsi4wslc54ypfy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8tc9zsre17hjwir.jpg"></p><p>For more on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975291/take-a-vr-tour-of-the-new-l-a-federal-courthouse-an-unusually-polished-work-of-civic-architecture Take a VR tour of the new L.A. Federal Courthouse, an “unusually polished work of civic architecture” Justine Testado 2016-10-25T20:01:00-04:00 >2016-12-16T20:01:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqodpjmebmxtfr5r.jpg" width="616" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $350-million, 633,000-square-foot courthouse, designed by Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill, is an unusually polished work of civic architecture &mdash; especially by the standards of Los Angeles...This is a building that wants to look respectable and rational but not staid, one that is fairly conventional on the horizontal plane and takes a significant if measured chance on the vertical one. Still, it&rsquo;s a chance that pays off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Christopher Hawthorne gives a thumbs up in his review of SOM's design for the now-completed Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse, which appears to &ldquo;float&rdquo; in mid-air. Don't forget to check out a virtual tour of the building in the video below.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79843738/la-federal-courthouse-under-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Federal Courthouse under construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/63275169/skidmore-owings-merrill-to-design-federal-courthouse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill to Design Federal Courthouse</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975205/airbnb-helps-the-homeless-while-getting-involved-with-l-a-s-city-council Airbnb helps the homeless while getting involved with L.A.'s City Council Julia Ingalls 2016-10-25T13:27:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T13:29:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g34nm7ku9mo07brv.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being criticized for helping to displace renters by inadvertently motivating landlords to turn long-term rentals into short-term hotel-like quarters, Airbnb is getting political and donating $100,000 to Los Angeles' Proposition HHH, which would require city officials to raise tax dollars to build 10,000 units of homeless housing. According to an article in the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-airbnb-homeless-housing-20161018-snap-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Times:</a></p><p>"The contribution&nbsp;comes as a proposed ordinance&nbsp;to regulate short-term rentals is working its way to the&nbsp;<a title="Los Angeles City Council" href="http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics-government/government/los-angeles-city-council-ORGOVV0000379-topic.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Council</a>. The measure, approved in June by the Los Angeles Planning Commission, would limit short-term&nbsp;rentals to 180 days per year,&nbsp;exclude&nbsp;rent-controlled units and impose a tax on rentals.</p><p>Airbnb welcomes&nbsp;being regulated&nbsp;but is not endorsing all the terms of&nbsp;the proposal as is, said spokesman Christopher Nully."&nbsp;</p><p>Airbnb in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973652/airbnb-adds-a-frank-lloyd-wright-home-the-cooke-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb adds a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the Cooke House</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961108/airbnb-turns-to-urban-planning-as-it-looks-towards-the-future-of-home-sharing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb turns to urban planning as it looks towards the future of home-sharing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968386/airbnb-offers-landlords-a-cut-of-the-profits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb offers landlords a cut of the profi...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974741/this-week-s-picks-for-la-architecture-and-design-events This week's picks for LA architecture and design events Justine Testado 2016-10-24T15:56:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T18:16:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7mtyg3dzfhyghfru.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We could've sworn on Frank Lloyd Wright's ghost that October barely started, and yet Halloween festivities are upon us.&nbsp;As always, the&nbsp;city is abuzz with creative folks expanding the possibilities of how architectural design and practice can be reinterpreted, bringing attention to what in the urban environment is constantly overlooked.&nbsp;Wondering where other design-inclined folks are gathering in the Greater L.A. area? Archinect and&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;compiled a snappy list of noteworthy happenings&nbsp;around town that are worth checking out.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/746680/weekly-events-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check back regularly</a>&nbsp;so you don't miss out on our latest event recommendations. Here are this week's L.A. picks.</p><p><strong><a href="http://bustler.net/events/8458/between-east-and-west-day-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between East and West: Day One and Two | October 25-26</a>, recommended by Alexander Walter</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1010x/mk/mkzotkgcmsi2vsnx.jpg"><em>Yokosuka Museum of Art, Japan, designed by Riken Yamamoto, 2007. Image via Wikipedia.</em></p><p>Don't miss this two-day lecture series at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Perloff Hall: organized by Hitoshi Abe, the event presents the globe-spanning work of Japanese archite...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963868/win-dingbat-2-0-a-critical-study-of-l-a-s-most-ubiquitous-vernacular-typology Win “Dingbat 2.0”, a critical study of L.A.'s most ubiquitous vernacular typology Justine Testado 2016-10-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-11-02T23:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6q/6qiz0fjnpjopmqf0.jpg" width="650" height="797" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Dingbat&nbsp;2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis&nbsp;</em>is the first full-length critical study of the dingbat apartment, the stucco-clad boxy &ldquo;building code creature&rdquo; that is the Southland's most ubiquitous and mundane vernacular typology.&nbsp;Co-edited by Radical Craft founder&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/radicalcraft" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Stein</a> and architect and educator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thurmangrant.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thurman Grant</a>, the&nbsp;book&nbsp;is the latest initiative in the Dingbat 2.0 project, following the&nbsp;LA Forum's 2010 Dingbat 2.0 competition.</p><p>The nearly 300-page publication features essays by figures like Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, Dana Cuff, John Kaliski, the editors themselves, and more. It also includes a Dingbat Field Guide, a fun-to-read section of critical responses and comments from both architects and non-architects, and winning entries of the&nbsp;Dingbat 2.0&nbsp;competition.</p><p>Thanks to <a href="http://doppelhouse.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DoppelHouse Press</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies to our readers!</p><p>Joshua Stein and Thurman Grant took a moment with Archinect to share more details about the book. Read on f...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974688/how-frank-gehry-was-won-over-to-design-the-watts-children-s-institute-pro-bono How Frank Gehry was won over to design the Watts Children's Institute pro bono Alexander Walter 2016-10-21T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-11-02T01:38:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/29/29f1e513df8f2af6222f16869186b812.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We explained what the agency does and what we stand for, and he gave me a handshake right there," offering to work pro bono. [...] Of his design &mdash; a series of two-story, garden-surrounded buildings that echo the modest scale of the neighborhood, their shiny roofs the only Gehry-esque note &mdash; he says: "This building is not fancy but has all of my heart and soul in it. I worked hard to make spaces for the kids and families that would use it so that they would feel special."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Gehry's Watts involvement previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136670734/frank-gehry-designed-children-s-center-planned-for-watts-neighborhood-in-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974532/tom-wiscombe-redesigns-the-l-a-billboard-and-is-chosen-over-zaha-hadid-s-proposal Tom Wiscombe redesigns the L.A. billboard (and is chosen over Zaha Hadid's proposal) Julia Ingalls 2016-10-20T12:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T23:01:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/th/thfp25mfocg94qdi.jpg" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although Los Angeles has had its battles over <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493929/supergraphics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supergraphics</a>&mdash;those painted on advertisements that often stretch multiple stories on a building's facade&mdash;the billboard as a concept has received substantially less attention, unless the provocative imagery on it causes fender benders. However, Tom Wiscombe's proposal for digital, vertically aligned, two-sided billboards that allow people to walk inside of them injects new life into an otherwise sleepy structure, making them less car-centric and more about public space.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1c/1cbx0q7rghsbu70n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwdmarki1zlgb3dr.jpg"></p><p>The proposed billboards, which were chosen via a West Hollywood RFP over designs submitted by <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>, and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/46108/mak-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAK Center</a>, will be placed in public plazas along West Hollywood's section of Sunset Boulevard.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w5/w5v7a805fj1lk4ng.jpg"></p><p>For more on Tom Wiscombe:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149823829/a-liberal-education-tom-wiscombe-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Liberal Education: Tom Wiscombe on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #14</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122304156/take-a-peek-at-tom-wiscombe-s-underground-old-bank-district-museum-scheme-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Museum scheme for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83617031/moscow-new-ncca-entry-by-tom-wiscombe-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow New NCCA Entry by Tom Wiscombe Design</a></li></ul>