Archinect - News 2015-04-26T02:25:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126054273/artist-bedecks-decrepit-bates-motel-in-ghost-white-before-eventual-demolition Artist bedecks decrepit Bates Motel in ghost-white before eventual demolition Justine Testado 2015-04-24T14:34:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T14:55:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oz/ozdba6291tojl21w.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This project [titled 'Projection'], announced last October, is probably the first time in a long time that the old inn (aka the Sunset Pacific) has gotten so much attention. The Bates&mdash;whose nickname is as much a callback to 'Psycho' as it is to the motel's location near the intersection of Bates and Sunset&mdash;has been vacant for decades, except for the squatters and the occasional, totally fun-looking, likely illegal party</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist Vincent Lamouroux went all out in covering Silver Lake's Bates Motel in stark white limewash for his piece titled, <em>Projection</em>, which officially opens on April 26. As of now, the derelict landmark will eventually be razed to make room for three mixed-users.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126049454/rem-koolhaas-tapped-to-design-los-angeles-temple-expansion Rem Koolhaas tapped to design Los Angeles Temple expansion Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T12:54:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T19:04:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3q/3q9yiqnz7omktcoi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilshire Boulevard Temple, famous for its ornate 1929 synagogue, is trying to create another Los Angeles landmark, negotiating with the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design a building next door for special events. It would be open for use by the public as well as by congregants. &ldquo;Architecture is a form of prayer,&rdquo; said Rabbi Steven Z. Leder of the Reform congregation, which is in Koreatown.</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/125994868/archinect-to-host-party-book-launch-for-treatise-why-write-alone-at-the-neutra-vdl-saturday-may-2nd Archinect to host party & book launch for "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" at the Neutra VDL Saturday, May 2nd! Justine Testado 2015-04-24T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-04-25T22:51:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z09vi8j32jlphcrh.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, May 2! Archinect is heading out to the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles for the "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" West Coast book launch. Archinect, Neutra VDL House, and The Graham Foundation will be co-hosting the event.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9lm43u9q0ulwwkg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vs/vsfo39xnm4nrfm5y.jpg"></p><p>Organized by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular</a>, "Treatise" is a publication project featuring the collective works of 14 young design offices, who each explore the concept: <em>"Why Write? And why write alone?" </em>"Treatise" originates from Lai's Graham Foundation grant to pursue non-conformist approaches to architecture, and it made its debut as an exhibition in Chicago's Graham Foundation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118901375/treatise-why-write-alone-to-debut-at-the-graham-foundation-this-friday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in January</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.popupcoffee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cognoscenti Coffee</a> will be serving espresso and espresso-based drinks -- including espresso-based cocktails! Special guests will soon be announced.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/treatise-why-write-alone-book-launch-party-tickets-16715976937" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP now</a></strong>. (The event is free!)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u82mxcjw2tcn9omy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6g1q9w4nzahxe7id.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5l6tvla8s8muswyy.jpg"><br><em>View of &ldquo;Treatise: Why Write Alone?&rdquo;, 2015, Graham Foundation, Chicago</em></p><p>Find more photos in the gallery below. More about Treatise <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118901375/treatise-why-write-alone-to-debut-at-the-graham-foundation-this-friday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125977921/quest-for-la-football-stadium-enters-the-next-round-carson-city-council-approves-its-nfl-stadium-proposal Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal Alexander Walter 2015-04-23T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-23T14:36:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65sx0jbuz38fuxtf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Carson City Council unanimously approved a privately financed stadium for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night, barely two months after the public announcement of the $1.7-billion project. "There are two things we need in California: rain &hellip; and football," Carson Mayor Albert Robles said after the 3-0 vote. "And football is coming to Carson!"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125896734/downtown-la-s-vision-of-an-architecture-and-design-super-cluster Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T15:43:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/613d037fc62a6c7e00da2587b7ee633f.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Architecture + Design Museum announced their impending move to the Arts District late last year, their short-term (two-year) lease had some wondering what was in the cards for the museum's future. [...]after their lease is up, the A+D Museum is hoping to move again&mdash;into a new building that will house it, the American Institute of Architects' Los Angeles chapter (AIA/LA), and the much-anticipated Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles (CALA), a non-profit "design commons."</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/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months Justine Testado 2015-04-20T17:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:15:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/65/65o7by3j7rjozf5b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A rise from the ashes had always been in [developer Geoff] Palmer's mind for this charred housing project; he'd said in a statement back in December that the devastation at the building on the south side of Temple Street was just a 'temporary loss.' Now that all the wreckage from the fire has been cleared off the site, construction can begin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The kind of "renaissance" (sorry) that many locals are <em>probably</em> not very thrilled about...</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:02:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/037f10d58967a96918d736c0abc999f7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125447647/christopher-hawthorne-remembers-the-lacma-that-once-was Christopher Hawthorne remembers the LACMA that once was Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T17:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/056dqu8x77zqcvua.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the museum turns 50 this year and debate continues about LACMA Director Michael Govan's plan to replace the Pereira buildings (and a later addition by Hugh Hardy) with a giant new wing by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, it's worth remembering how the original LACMA campus was greeted &mdash; as well as a few things about the Los Angeles into which it was born.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-15T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89j3t1cpw0gnddtp.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Four Level, or Stack as it&rsquo;s sometimes known, was the first interchange of its kind when it fully opened in 1953. [...] It may seem a cliche to simply associate LA with its freeways, but the connection between the infrastructure and the city&rsquo;s image is strong. It&rsquo;s not just about driving, it&rsquo;s about a new form of urban living in the postwar era [...] &ldquo;LA kind of emerged at the forefront of that development and it became recognised as a freeway metropolis&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/125232179/editor-s-picks-411 Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0125eqsxdf8e7k7.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/lamayac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124819398/interview-with-alfredo-brillembourg-founder-of-urban-think-tank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124666656/pratt-institute-to-offer-masters-in-placemaking-and-management" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124448438/david-burney-named-interim-executive-director-of-aiany-and-center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eifufls6gnscua7c.jpg"></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124745471/redesign-of-dc-s-main-mies-library-tip-toes-around-the-good-and-the-bad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125206423/case-studies-in-water-management-from-los-angeles-the-great-lakes-and-nyc Case studies in water management from Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and NYC Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-13T14:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fd300040721f2b05c477641d1375d336.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of water supply in the context of climate change was the topic for the recent 5KL: Water symposium, organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. Twelve experts in water resource design and management &mdash; from architects to geographers to former government officials &mdash; addressed the carbon intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply and how design and planning can contribute to that goal.</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/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future Alexander Walter 2015-04-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:58:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zd98obgmgg5omhnz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The phrases "public housing" or "low-income housing" do not generally conjure thoughts of architectural innovation. [...] But it doesn't have to be that way, as several recent housing developments in Los Angeles prove. Instead, they pose the question: What if low-income housing was perceived as leading the vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124745474/la-gets-its-first-parking-protected-bike-lanes LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:29:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/522d510090ed20de7c07f0c1adfe8e70.jpg" width="514" height="475" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles installed its first ever&nbsp;parking-protected bike lanes. They&rsquo;re on Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, part of the mayor&rsquo;s Great Streets Initiative. As of this morning, the project is roughly one-quarter complete. The new protected lanes, also known as&nbsp;cycletracks, are mostly complete on the west side of Reseda Blvd from Plummer Street to Prairie Street. The full one-mile protected lanes will go from Plummer to Parthenia Street.</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/124665842/los-angeles-has-created-the-perfect-parking-sign Los Angeles has Created the Perfect Parking Sign DianePham 2015-04-06T15:11:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T21:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0l58rqxpyo880q6.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the quest to make parking suck less, there are apps that help you find a space, and meters where you can pay with a swipe of your credit card. But LA has launched a simple, low-tech solution to make parking better: Well-designed signage that offers no ambiguity whatsoever when it comes to where you can park, when you can park there, and how much it will cost.</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/124665848/attend-dwell-on-design-la-may-29-31 Attend Dwell on Design LA, May 29-31! Sponsor 2015-04-06T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T14:45:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb8jzs6sm9q9asir.jpg" width="514" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design LA</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell on Design LA</strong></a>, America&rsquo;s Largest Design Event, curated by the editors of <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dwell</strong></a> magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 29-31, celebrating its 10th year.&nbsp;Join 30,000+ attendees at this magnificent 3-day wonderland of modern design that will be sure to amaze, delight and inspire.</p><p>See thousands of the best modern products across five design zones including Furniture &amp; Accessories, Kitchen &amp; Bath, Design Materials, Dwell Outdoor and more. Connect with hundreds of brands such as Bugaboo, Cosentino, Hansgrohe, Lutron, Marvin Windows &amp; Doors, Miele, Panasonic, TOTO, Sunbrella and more. Check out a full list of exhibitors at this year&rsquo;s show <a href="http://www.DwellonDesign.com/directory/exhibitors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Hear from 250+ design industry experts on three stages on topics such as Design for Humankind, Smart Tech, Resiliency, Energy 360 and more. Be sure not to miss keynote speaker, <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/blog/announcing-dutch-designer-marcel-wanders-dwell-designs-2015-keynote-speaker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marcel Wanders</a> giving the keynote address on Friday May 29th and other speakers over three days in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case Justine Testado 2015-03-31T15:32:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wg03loncetie3vva.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials have offered a $170,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the arsonist behind the blaze that consumed a seven-story building in the Da Vinci apartment complex and damaged the freeway and neighboring buildings. Investigators believe the suspect 'torched that building up from the freeway side and then escaped'...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Well, L.A. fire officials are revealing <em>some</em> details. The L.A. Times reports that L.A. Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Ruda informed Echo Park neighborhood council members last week that authorities have surveillance footage allegedly showing the suspect of the fire that engulfed a 7-story structure in the Da Vinci apartment complex last December. A few weeks later, federal investigators <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">determined the fire was arson</a>. City officials estimate the December blaze caused between $25 million-$30 million in damage.</p><p>Ruda described that the footage shows the suspect parking their vehicle on the 110 Freeway and then walking into the half-built structure with cans of fuel. While the suspect is said to still be at large, the LAFD and law enforcement are continuing further investigation into the case. However, further details of collected evidence are not currently being released "to protect the integrity of the investigation," according to Ruda.</p><p>Footage of the possible suspect has not been...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123839523/christoper-hawthorne-on-the-recovery-of-public-space-in-los-angeles Christoper Hawthorne on the recovery of public space in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T21:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/luxt7au51zi2kyzf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The public sector stopped making public space a long time ago," Los Angeles architect Jon Jerde told Wired magazine rather matter-of-factly in 1999. [...] A little more than two decades later, there is something quaintly fatalistic about Jerde's attitude toward the frail state of public space. In Los Angeles, at least, it has returned pretty dramatically to health.</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/123833084/this-modernist-rudolph-schindler-church-in-south-la-could-be-yours-for-1-85m This modernist Rudolph Schindler church in South LA could be yours for $1.85M Alexander Walter 2015-03-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T00:02:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/6945aunxhm6gmu4w.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prolific Los Angeles Modernist Rudolph Schindler designed dozens of timeless duplexes, apartments, houses, and office buildings, but he only ever designed one church. Bethlehem Baptist Church in Central-Alameda was built in 1944 for a small, black church congregation. Now, just after a much-needed restoration to what was for many years a pretty rough-looking building, the architecturally significant church&mdash;an official Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark&mdash;is up for sale.</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/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9efd179dfb25e88c18d92eaa6c5bb14d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A source close to [Hyperloop Technologies Inc.], who was not authorized speak publicly, confirmed the company has moved into the space, which was chosen in part so Hyperloop could be around artists and designers and other creative types in a space big enough to build large-scale hardware. [...] Funded by a reported $8.5 million in seed money, the company has raised an additional $20 million of the estimated $80 million it will need to build a five-mile Hyperloop test track</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/123607270/schindler-lab-initiative-recounts-intricate-process-behind-schindler-house-artistic-interventions Schindler Lab Initiative recounts intricate process behind Schindler House artistic interventions Justine Testado 2015-03-24T10:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd9ndv51zwzgs4fp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This publication documents an exhibition-oriented initiative that prompts artists and architects to develop installations highlighting Rudolph M. Schindler&rsquo;s domestic experiment...Visitors often ask detailed questions. They are curious about Schindler&rsquo;s thought process when designing and constructing the house; how the house has been used, understood, and canonized throughout the decades; and how the house is holding up today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For years, the Schindler House in West Hollywood has served as a cultural backdrop for a multitude of MAK Center exhibitions that have -- in turn -- continuously reinvented the experience of the house and also uniquely demonstrate the ongoing need to preserve the house. Whether engaging with the house itself, examining its use as a domestic space, or reflecting on its 93-year-old history as a modernist icon, every one of these artistic interventions resulted from a meticulous process of discussion, debate, and creative problem solving -- all of which the MAK Center chronicles in an online publication known as the Schindler Lab.</p><p>First initiated in 2011 by MAK Center consultant and cultural producer Sara Daleiden, the Schindler Lab is divided into sections that starts off with the Schindler House's architecture and history. The publication then goes on to present the variety of perspectives, proposals, and after-thoughts that architects, designers, artists, curators, and administrators...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fdgd5svwqwquzmo.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] &ldquo;I saw them all move out,&rdquo; my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood&rsquo;s white residents. &ldquo;And now I&rsquo;m watching them move back in.&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/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops Los Angeles' famously Googie Norms to become focal point in new "community of shops" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-16T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:34:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8in550rdgr2utzl.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developer Jason Illoulian of Faring Capital is the new owner of the land under the restaurant and its 43 parking spaces ... his plan: To build a &ldquo;community of shops&rdquo; where the parking lot now stands. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s such a beautiful building and that sign is just like fucking awesome,&rdquo; he says. Will there be room in this new village for an $11.99 steak dinner? &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping to keep it as a 24- hour diner,&rdquo; says Illoulian of the restaurant space. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s Norms or somebody else.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>This upcoming Thursday, the Cultural Heritage Commission will decide whether the La Cienega Norms that&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">faced imminent demolition</a> back in January will be given monument status. Meanwhile, development plans for the site are chugging along. Developer Jason Illoulian, who purchased the site back in December, is working with <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hodgetts + Fung</a> to design a "community of shops" as infill in Norms' parking lot. The "background building" around the Norms structure would eat up parking on the site, drastically affecting the restaurant's accessibility. According to Mike Colonna, Norms' president, "Parking is a primary issue for us. We&rsquo;re not a high end restaurant where you could valet park your car and take an elevator to the third floor.&rdquo;</p><p>Even if the building is declared a historic monument, the diner-institution of Norms may no longer be a good fit for the neighborhood, according to Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung:&nbsp;&ldquo;Norms is not a good fit on La Cienega,&rdquo; says Hodgetts. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not appropriate. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122663902/la-forum-talks-with-brooke-hodge-curator-of-provocations-the-architecture-and-design-of-heatherwick-studio LA Forum talks with Brooke Hodge, curator of "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-11T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:10:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jw/jwahy0dm1i80c1no.jpg" width="514" height="766" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"From the beginning, I wanted to give a sense of the variety of scale of the studio&rsquo;s projects, from the more intimate objects like the Christmas cards to large-scale mockups like those for the Paternoster Square vents. [...] Thomas is trained as a designer and not as an architect and he has always made things as a way to test his ideas. He often mentions how unusual it is that most architects have never actually made anything themselves." &ndash; Brooke Hodge</p></em><br /><br /><p>When news broke that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio would be collaborating with BIG on Google's campus expansion</a>, many were hearing Thomas Heatherwick's name for the first time. "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Provocations</a>", the first exhibition devoted to Heatherwick Studios to be shown in North America, will make sure that Heatherwick becomes a name in the states not just for the Google project, but for a significant catalogue of distinct work.&nbsp;Brooke Hodge, the curator of "Provocations", recognized Heatherwick's unique status in architecture and design long before Google's announcement, and now the timing couldn't be better to get to know Heatherwick.</p><p>Currently the Deputy Director at the Cooper Hewitt's National Design Museum, Hodge casts Heatherwick not as architect or designer per se, but as an inventor &ndash; the tinkerer who sets out to solve problems, not develop a style. The LA Forum interview posted here is a quick overview of Hodge's organizational strategy for the exhibition.</p><p>"Provocations" is currently on display at th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122585949/the-days-of-infinite-thinking-what-city-of-quartz-means-for-los-angeles-25-years-later The Days of Infinite Thinking: What "City of Quartz" means for Los Angeles 25 years later Julia Ingalls 2015-03-10T20:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-12T02:12:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz6vm4gs33od5ngb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you conceive of Los Angeles as having three distinct historical periods &ndash; as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4359/christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a>, architecture critic for the<em> L.A. Times</em> and the driving force behind <a href="http://www.oxy.edu/third-los-angeles-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Third L.A.</a> series, does &ndash; then the first period encapsulated the 1880s to the 1940s, the second the 1940s to the new millennium, and the third from 2000 to now. It is this current period which The Third L.A. series situates itself. It's also the era which fascinates Hawthorne: specifically, his series investigates how the city's denizens are conceiving of and working toward creating an altogether more integrated, metropolitan-oriented Los Angeles. In partnership with southern California public radio station <a href="http://www.scpr.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KPCC</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/44447917/occidental-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Occidental College</a>, Hawthorne assembled Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rick Cole, Occidental Art History Professor Amy Lyford, and fellow <em>L.A. Times</em> book critic David Ulin to discuss the influence on city politics and culture of Mike Davis' frothy, passionate, anti-booster classic<em> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Quartz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Quartz</a></em>, a book w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122587559/1-1-billion-and-five-years-later-the-405-congestion-relief-project-is-a-fail $1.1 Billion and Five Years Later, the 405 Congestion Relief Project Is a Fail Nicholas Korody 2015-03-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T14:49:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/582a2e71863f20c8ebe147cb2f0686d5.jpg" width="235" height="132" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the $1.1 billion question hangs in the air: Is the 405 any more relieved of congestion than when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congressman Brad Sherman and County Supervisor Gloria Molina demanded in 2006 that L.A.'s "fair share" of state bond money be used to add carpool lanes to the 405? The answer is no. A traffic study by Seattle-based...Inrix has shown that auto speeds during the afternoon crawl on the northbound 405 are now the same or slightly slower...</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/122582726/aeg-scraps-plans-to-bring-an-nfl-football-stadium-to-downtown-la AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA Alexander Walter 2015-03-10T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8b3e653e3fba1d681032ab3eb0f67b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After investing five years and $50 million in an attempt to bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles, AEG is abandoning plans for its Farmers Field football stadium downtown. The sports and entertainment conglomerate is no longer in discussions with the NFL or any teams about the project, company officials said Monday. [...] In recent weeks, competing stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson, backed by NFL team owners, have overshadowed the AEG plan.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to shop for an NFL stadium</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37135555/farmers-field-bringing-football-back-on-a-need-to-know-basis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farmers Field: Bringing Football Back on a Need-to-Know Basis</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122524873/new-gehry-mixed-user-in-the-works-at-gateway-to-the-sunset-strip New Gehry mixed-user in the works at "gateway to the Sunset Strip" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-09T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aee4f195fd60995f657541cc3cb73da4.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That unattractive strip mall on the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards ... will be razed in favor of a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use development [...] The state last year deemed the project to be L.A. County's first California Environmental Leadership Development Project. To qualify developments must see at least $100 million in investment, achieve LEED Silver certification or better, and emit zero net greenhouse gases.</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/122304156/take-a-peek-at-tom-wiscombe-s-underground-old-bank-district-museum-scheme-for-l-a Take a peek at Tom Wiscombe's "underground" Old Bank District Museum scheme for L.A. Justine Testado 2015-03-09T15:19:00-04:00 >2015-03-16T22:57:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1gd3w1a8xchzus23.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Broad Museum might not be the only new museum to be built in Downtown Los Angeles. Announced last year, L.A. property developer Tom Gilmore and Tom Wiscombe&nbsp; seem to be making progress towards the Old Bank District Museum, a new contemporary art and design museum that will house the works of locally based artists. Located in the Old Bank District, the OBDM will interweave through three interconnected buildings along Main and Fourth Streets: the Bank House Garage, the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and the Hellman Building.</p><p>According to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101804306/old-bank-district-museum-in-downtown-la-to-snake-through-sub-basements-basements-ground-floors-mezzanines-and-roofs-of-3-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous reports</a>, Gilmore and his business partner Jerri Perrone will fund the initial construction, and start construction documents by this year. Completion of the project is currently slated for 2017.</p><p>Read on for more project info we received from Tom Wiscombe:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v4hqdy7x0c2fcj0j.jpg"></p><p>"The OBDM is a contemporary art and design museum located in the heart of the Old Bank District of Downtown Los Angeles. The project is part adaptive re-use and part new construction, capitali...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122049433/h-l-ne-binet-celebrates-first-u-s-exhibit-at-wuho-with-the-2015-julius-shulman-institute-photography-award Hélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award Justine Testado 2015-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:00:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1otpfdf5c8j5vdqb.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The WUHO Gallery in Hollywood was abuzz on the opening night of <a href="http://jsi.architecture.woodbury.edu/portfolio/helene-binet-fragments-of-light" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet: Fragments of Light&rdquo;</a> this past Saturday, in celebration of Binet as the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118971699/the-2015-julius-shulman-institute-photography-award-goes-to-h-l-ne-binet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient</a> of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Co-curated by JSI Managing Director Emily Bills and Binet, &ldquo;Fragments of Light&rdquo; is the photographer&rsquo;s first U.S. exhibition featuring around 20 photos out of her vast body of work from 25 years of working in the field.</p><p>Treating light as if it were a building material, Binet&rsquo;s signature style renders the buildings of architects like Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Le Corbusier into black and white atmospheric compositions of light, shadow, and sharp details that Binet masterfully captures all through a film camera.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fjh0owo6tk5ee90n.jpg"></p><p>The crowd slowly trickled into the narrow but long gallery space, which was soon full of friends, associates, Woodbury architecture students and alumni, and photography and arts enthusiasts chattering away over light refreshments.</p><p>Notable attendees in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...</p>