Archinect - News 2015-07-05T11:09:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a Trust for Public Land initiative will soon bring greener alleys to L.A. Justine Testado 2015-07-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T00:43:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ew0t2ffr1j0o53bt.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the project is scaled up, it could have a substantial impact on the urban fabric: Los Angeles has a total of almost 900 miles of alleys, roughly the length of the coast of California. Proponents believe that on a citywide scale, green alleys could act as significant rainwater sponges, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce vehicle use, as well as bring social and health benefits to nearby residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tori Kjer, a program director of the Trust for Public Land, and her colleagues won support from local South L.A. communities for their proposed Avalon Green Alley Network Plan, which will transform the city's alleyways into more community-friendly spaces for playing and for bike and walking routes. The plan will start with the renovation of two alleys early next year.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130966166/ball-nogues-and-other-la-artists-unveil-public-art-commissions-at-lax Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:21:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cd8cbfd9a5c22a7f615c5bfe7360a078.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX debuted this week three new public art commissions designed to greet departing and arriving passengers and provide a measure of calm and reflection amid the chaos of air travel. The&nbsp;artists involved&nbsp;all have strong ties to Los Angeles -- Mark Bradford, Pae White and the Ball-Nogues studio each resides or works in the L.A. area.</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/130874587/a-guerilla-teahouse-pops-up-in-la-s-griffith-park A guerilla teahouse pops up in LA's Griffith Park Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T03:08:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9y/9yi354o9yrz86m6x.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The invitation was&nbsp;cryptic. A small piece of wood with a laser-burned message that read, "June 30, 2015. Please join us for tea and wishes overlooking the city. Sunrise, Griffith Park."&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's a rather charming story: an anonymous collective of artists have fashioned a Japanese-inspired teahouse out of charred wood reclaimed from the 2007 Griffith Park fire and offered it as a gift to the city. Surreptitiously assembled in parts, the teahouse was inaugurated yesterday morning for a select group of the artists' friends and associates.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tysw8yik3rv4wdx4.jpg"></p><p>The invited guests were sent clandestine notes that led them, as if on a scavenger hunt, to the wooden structure at dawn. There, green tea and cookies were offered and a ceremony was performed. An opera signer sang in the distance.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa1d8ky9ww1djo9h.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, this isn't the first time the group &ndash; who isn't named &ndash; have created a work of&nbsp;guerrilla&nbsp;architecture. And if the&nbsp;safety-and-regulations angel on your shoulder is balking at potential liabilities, rest easy. According to the LA Times report, the structure was designed with help from professional woodworkers. The artists pegged the wooden structure to an existing concrete and rebar foundation, which...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130723572/katy-perry-rebellious-nuns-and-that-la-convent Katy Perry, rebellious nuns, and that LA convent Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-07-01T00:21:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yd/yd72fdu1u0u2xood.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's a line I never thought I'd have the pleasure of writing: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is sparring with elderly Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary over the pending sale of the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to international superstar singer Katy Perry.</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/130408069/this-could-be-the-los-angeles-convention-center-of-the-near-future This could be the Los Angeles Convention Center of the (near) future Alexander Walter 2015-06-25T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T13:52:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f9qst8bxqodvcgt.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, the City of Los Angeles announced that the team of Populous and HMC Architects had been selected to design the $350 million expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, beating out other proposals from teams lead by Gensler and AC Martin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>LA Mayor Eric Garceitti's office recently also released a set of renderings of the recommended new design by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/21094336/populous" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106317/hmc-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HMC Architects</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2ndwfzm44ovapui4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wa/wau14sz4s90l9giz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/ttcgnvyicilhm21r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at9f2xwbh279iiyv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1qq0x6at44xguk2.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o24tlj6fk9fffjvo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9m7pmhwwxa8gddy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/seqw1vv25s3v8g3a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vcc1e4zlkzv7rhz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4dp9q34pns7pvc9m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via Mayor Eric Garcetti's Facebook.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129957435/mad-unveils-hillside-village-project-for-beverly-hills MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills Justine Testado 2015-06-21T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T22:38:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/in636i80w1le0b5j.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MAD Architects is making their U.S. residential debut with the unveiling of 8600 Wilshire, which is scheduled to break ground along Wilshire Boulevard in the one and only Beverly Hills this October. Described by the architects like an oasis-like 'hillside village', the stark-white glass villas and lush greenery can easily appeal to the well-to-do 90210 crowd as California's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/439658/drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drought</a> persists.</p><p>With a site area of 25,900 sq.ft, the mixed-use project consists of a cluster of 18 residential units nestled above a lush green commercial building covered in a "living wall" of California-native succulents and vines. The project 'mimics a small sinuous white hill' so as to complement the rolling landscape of Beverly Hills.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54gw4pxoekuts7lr.jpg"></p><p>From the street, the villas appear opaque but reveal a transparent fa&ccedil;ade that faces toward the private garden and neighboring residential units inside. Housing types include three townhouses, five villas, two studios, and eight condominiums, including individual balcony-patio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare Nicholas Korody 2015-06-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:04:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f240h6c4ujmdeliy.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that cities and counties may require developers to provide below-market-rate housing as a condition of a building permit. The decision is expected to make it easier for Los Angeles and other cities with housing shortages to force developers to build or pay for affordable housing.</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/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal Justine Testado 2015-06-15T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:25:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7i/7i3jzpevwbporwzb.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Loath to lose more housing, Los Angeles lawmakers are now taking steps to help legalize 'bootlegged' apartments that have long existed without municipal blessing...The goal, City Councilman Felipe Fuentes said, is to 'maintain affordability and try to get folks into stable, dignified housing.' Both tenant and landlord groups praised the budding plan as a 'win-win'...But the idea has already raised concerns among some residents who see it as a reward for flouting the law.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><ul><li><a title="In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li><li><a title="Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127179161/monterey-park-city-council-adopts-tougher-penalties-for-landlords-of-illegal-boarding-homes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monterey Park City Council adopts tougher penalties for landlords of illegal boarding homes</a></li><li><a title="Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a title="Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb faces opposition from NYC affordable housing group</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/128787238/beginning-of-a-1b-fund-for-middle-income-housing-in-us Beginning of a $1B fund for middle-income housing in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-04T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T00:04:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7ecpnd3gbwf7dpj.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turner Impact Multifamily Fund will target opportunities to acquire housing for workers making up to 80 percent of the area&rsquo;s median income. The goal is to provide housing for those who earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing, but too little to afford a home or luxury apartment near their workplace [...] &ldquo;Workforce housing is an overlooked segment of the real estate market with a significant mismatch in supply and demand that we believe offers a compelling investment opportunity&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/128653102/in-los-angeles-homelessness-is-becoming-more-visible In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-02T18:56:00-04:00 >2015-06-14T10:25:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3d8832f0e0ef36c27473104ef224214b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More homeless people in Los Angeles are leaving Skid Row for other more visible areas of the city, such as parks and near freeways. [...] Some of the increased visibility is the result of lawsuits. Until the city can supply more affordable housing, the homeless can legally camp on sidewalks from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. [...] Marketplace reports that advocates say they&rsquo;ve seen a rise in middle-aged homeless people, some victims of recession-era job loss.</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/128334354/built-la-maps-the-age-of-every-building-in-los-angeles built: LA maps the age of every building in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-05-29T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T23:30:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/1099513b66d5dd97297e23b85c6c9d15.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction in Los Angeles may have exploded during the postwar era, but as a new interactive map shows, the wide age range of its buildings might surprise you. Using open data from local governments, built: LA visualizes the age of roughly 3 million buildings across L.A. County constructed between 1890 and 2008. Drag your mouse to explore the vast web of communities and neighborhoods, hover over individual properties to discover birth years, and double click to zoom in further. &nbsp;</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/128325505/arson-suspect-arrested-in-connection-with-downtown-la-da-vinci-fire Arson suspect arrested in connection with downtown LA "Da Vinci" fire Alexander Walter 2015-05-29T12:55:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T23:29:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mtl81zhdunr5qw1f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex last year, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the unfinished structure and a nearby city-owned building [...]. Abdulwali&rsquo;s arrest followed an intense investigation that began even before firefighters fully extinguished the Dec. 8 blaze at the seven-story Da Vinci complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125748007/bad-news-for-good-taste-burnt-da-vinci-apartments-expected-to-be-rebuilt-in-10-months" target="_blank">Bad news for good taste - burnt Da Vinci apartments expected to be rebuilt in 10 months</a></li><li><a title="L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case" rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124206488/l-a-fire-officials-reveal-new-details-about-potential-suspect-in-da-vinci-arson-case" target="_blank">L.A. fire officials reveal new details about potential suspect in Da Vinci arson case</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime" target="_blank">Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime?</a></li><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128252389/winners-of-the-dwell-on-design-l-a-pass-giveaway Winners of the Dwell on Design L.A. pass giveaway Sponsor 2015-05-28T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T17:55:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97e6ezbrqwl8s1ho.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127587227/win-two-3-day-passes-to-dwell-on-design-los-angeles-may-29-31" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest giveaway</a> on Archinect, <a href="http://dwell.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell</a> gave away two sets of 3-day passes to their Dwell on Design Los Angeles trade-show, which opens tomorrow at the Los Angeles Convention Center through Sunday, May 31.</p><p>After Archinectors commented on what they're looking forward to most in the event, the lucky winners are: marli and Justin Tien.</p><p>Congrats and enjoy the event! Thanks to those who participated.</p><p>Register or learn more about Dwell on Design L.A. <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128249171/this-bel-air-home-could-be-yours-for-a-mere-half-billion-dollars-yes-b-illion This Bel Air home could be yours for a mere half billion dollars (yes, B-illion) Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:07:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21118a5ed22ab973fdab4cb8fb1d9571.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the biggest homes in U.S. history is rising on a Los Angeles hilltop, and the developer hopes to sell it for a record $500 million. Nile Niami, a film producer and speculative residential developer, is pouring concrete in L.A.&rsquo;s Bel Air neighborhood for a compound with a 74,000-square-foot (6,900-square-meter) main residence and three smaller homes, according to city records. [...] including a 5,000-square-foot master bedroom, a 30-car garage and a &ldquo;Monaco-style casino,&rdquo; Niami said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e65953d94226f0e86da3e13b64b0200.jpg"></p><p><em>Rendering of the "largest home built in the U.S. this century." (Image: McClean Design; via bloomberg.com)</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127659689/sci-arc-offering-graduate-degree-and-summer-program-for-participants-with-non-architectural-background SCI-Arc offering graduate degree and summer program for participants with non-architectural background Sponsor 2015-05-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:09:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uf/ufbys3z2hzyl74cc.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong><em>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://archinect.com/sci-arc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a></em></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) well known for its progressive curriculum, and singular focus on architecture is accepting applications from prospective students of all non-architectural backgrounds. The degree program, M.Arch 1, and summer program, Making + Meaning, specialize in providing architectural education to students entering the profession for the first time.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdh6wg7xp23m8v9u.jpg"></p><p>M.Arch 1 is a three-year professional, Master of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and open to applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field of study. The program prepares students for the professional practice of architecture through emphasis on learning through making and implementation of digital technologies. By linking each semester&rsquo;s architecture design studio with courses in visual, cultural and applied studies, students are offered instr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127587227/win-two-3-day-passes-to-dwell-on-design-los-angeles-may-29-31 Win two 3-Day Passes to Dwell on Design Los Angeles, May 29-31 Sponsor 2015-05-21T16:47:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T17:05:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i4/i49z92aa8uiv0wgf.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're excited to announce that we're giving away two sets of 3-Day Passes (4 tickets total) for the fast-approaching 2015 <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dwell on Design</a>, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles on May 29-31. If you haven't <a href="https://www.xpressreg.net/register/dods055/start.asp?__utma=159819176.947297153.1432064828.1432064828.1432064828.1&amp;__utmb=159819176.2.10.1432064828&amp;__utmc=159819176&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=159819176.1432064828.1.1.utmcsr=%28direct%29%7Cutmccn=%28direct%29%7Cutmcmd=%28none%29&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=147675127" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">registered</a> for the event yet, why not take a shot at winning&nbsp;<strong>two</strong> free passes?</p><p>Two lucky winners will each receive two Design Trade 3-Day Passes good for the entire Dwell on Design L.A. weekend.</p><p>The Passes will grant access to all Dwell on Design <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Programs</a>, <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/directory/exhibitors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exhibitions</a>, and Onstage <a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/directory/presenters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Presentations</a> over Trade-Day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including sessions presented by the Dwell Editorial team. (<a href="http://www.dwellondesign.com/schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Schedule</a>)</p><p>Visitors have access to 90 onstage programs, 2,000+ innovative furnishings and products, and beautiful prefab homes and living landscapes in Dwell Outdoor. Visitors can also engage in workshops and discussions with more than 250 notable architects and designers from leading companies like Bestor Architecture, HOK, Gensler, Mia Lehrer + Associates, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark" Julia Ingalls 2015-05-21T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:02:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfk7mkvct51sf9x4.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The effort to save Norms comes at a time when historic preservationists say postwar buildings &mdash; especially on a smaller scale &mdash; face an increased threat from development pressure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has ever grabbed a post-Largo meal or 2 a.m. existential coffee at Los Angeles&nbsp;restaurant&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norms</a> will be delighted to hear that The Los Angeles City Council has deemed the Googie-style building a cultural and historic landmark. Although this demarcation doesn't guarantee that it will never be knocked down, the move does require the Council to review proposed demolition to the site.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nv/nvl7jjhbc3jsnx6m.jpg"></p><p>As the Times notes, "Googie is an exuberant, postwar Southern California style of sharp angles and sweeping curves meant to grab the attention of passing drivers." Located on a vibrant stretch of La Cienega Boulevard that is home to the benign monolith of the Beverly Center, the recently revamped Largo at the Coronet, and a handful of Vegan restaurants, antiques dealers and vintage dive bars, Norms architecture is arguably reflective of a wilder time in Los Angeles's urban development. Demarcating the building tangibly preserves elements of an era that will likely become only rarer as Los Angeles...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127650629/growing-up-in-case-study-house-22-the-stahl-house Growing up in Case Study House #22: The Stahl House Justine Testado 2015-05-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:44:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odwy4n9rnr9m2xm9.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Stahl House] may be more famous for its breathtaking view of the Sunset Strip, its immaculate midcentury design, and its oft-photographed pool, which is perched on the edge of a cliff, but I love it for another reason, too: It&rsquo;s living history. [...] The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. &mdash; Alison Martino</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Alison Martino interviews Bruce and Shari, two of Clarence and Carlotta Stahl's three kids, on their experiences growing up in The Stahl House a.k.a. Case Study House #22.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126769064/la-s-skid-row-the-homeless-capital-of-america-seeks-to-establish-own-neighborhood-council LA's Skid Row, the "homeless capital of America", seeks to establish own neighborhood council Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c402582dbd1a5161e450adc654b5eec3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While neighborhood councils don't have governing power, they are crucial for the public to come together and discuss issues and concerns, organize projects and lobby for change from City Council. [...] Page and other activists say that Skid Row is underrepresented in the [Downtown LA Neighborhood Council] [...] He likened downtown to a glazed donut, where the shiny donut part is the rapidly gentrifying downtown, and where Skid Row is the empty hole in the center.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about homelessness in Los Angeles and its infamous "Skid Row":</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126287085/will-los-angeles-be-seeing-more-housing-development-along-its-la-river Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River? Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6prfekc4pgrlk80.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Los Angeles aims to add more housing, it should look at the neighborhoods lining its long-maligned river to do it. [...] The city could make a big dent in Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal of adding 100,000 housing units by 2021 if it streamlines permitting and creates incentive zones in places along the river [...]. The report comes in the wake of a billion-dollar plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revamp 11 miles of the L.A. River north of downtown [...].</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/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 >2015-04-28T21:57:04-04:00 <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 >2015-04-28T21:56:46-04:00 <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 >2015-05-06T22:45:48-04:00 <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/we/wejfeupmnjixu418.jpg"></p><p><em>The Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles will be hosting the event. (Photo: David Hartwell</em>)</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, Ch...</em></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 >2015-04-28T21:36:05-04:00 <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 >2015-04-28T21:02:11-04:00 <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 >2015-04-28T12:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiwto8d5u6oy3axz.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>