Archinect - News 2014-07-26T05:22:57-04:00 Can better design save lives in hospital trauma centers? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T14:40:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles partnered with the Department of Defense to build out the OR360, a new innovation center where doctors and military personnel can simulate hypothetical scenarios in order to simplify and streamline trauma care. [...] Designed by CannonDesign, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is the hospital&rsquo;s answer to the big question of: How can you make trauma care, both in hospitals and in military situations, faster and more effective?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:39:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As shocking as it is to look upon the rows and rows of makeshift encampments and thousands of roving, hopeless people, perhaps even more shocking is this: Los Angeles is the last major American city with a single district of anything approaching this magnitude of homelessness and extreme poverty [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts? Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T13:42:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Partners has signed on to design a campus for the Children's Institute, Inc. (CII), a social services not-for-profit that provides youth development and education programs, as well as other family support and clinical services. For the project, the firm is collaborating with (fer) studio of Inglewood. The new campus will occupy a 2-acre lot on East 102nd Street near its intersection with Compton Avenue. It is just a half-dozen block walk to the northwest of the Watts Towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T14:35:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #375 Nam Henderson 2014-07-09T19:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T13:37:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the 2014 Venice Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;penned the <strong>Op-Ed</strong> in which she argues that contemporary architecture must shift&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;In response <strong>Thayer-D</strong> wrote "<em>There's no rule that says architects can't stimulate both the senses and the intellect, as many great architects have done in the past, yet it's architecture's public nature that makes it imperative to not lose sight of how most people engage with it, and that is not through words</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the news,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid wins the </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">esign Museum&rsquo;s Designs of the Year Award 2014</a>.&nbsp;Despite (or perhaps due to?) some critics, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented&nbsp;"<em>I think all the criticism Zaha is getting for her stance on human rights is totally appropriate and deserved. &nbsp;And I have very mixed feelings about her body of work. But I find this building in particular hard to resist - it's just gorgeous. Perfectly balanced</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Creators Project</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> interviewed David Benjamin</a>, creator of MoMA PS1's...</p> Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-25T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:48:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says Archinect 2014-06-19T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:05:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The future &mdash; of a walkable, transit-friendly Los Angeles &mdash; is being built right now,&rdquo; the report says. &ldquo;It will allow people to drive everywhere they want, assuming they can put up with the traffic, and provide the option of walkable urbanism for those who want it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-16T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:06:14-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work is already underway in Bel Air on a megacompound that will include the largest single-family house in the US. The enormous project, at the dead-end of Airole Way above the Bel-Air Hotel, comes from megamansion developer Nile Niami, and is slated to total 85,000 square feet with a 70,000-square-foot main house. [...] The [Los Angeles Business Journal] guesses America's newest mega-megamansion will be listed "in the $150 million-plus range."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Old Bank District Museum" in Downtown LA to snake through sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of 3 buildings Archinect 2014-06-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Downtown Los Angeles&rsquo;s historic core is about to get its first major museum, if that&rsquo;s what you want to call it. Local developer Tom Gilmore and architect Tom Wiscombe are teaming up on the complex project, which they are calling the Old Bank District Museum. It will be dedicated to contemporary Los Angeles art and located in the sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of three interconnected buildings along Main and Fourth streets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> KCRW radio station breaks ground on new Media Center in Santa Monica Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:41:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCRW</a>, the NPR-affiliated public radio darling of Southern California, broke ground yesterday on its new 35,000 square-foot Media Center, located on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa Monica College</a>'s Academy of Entertainment &amp; Technology campus. For the past thirty years, KCRW was run out of a basement underneath the campus, while producing top-notch music and journalism programming that balances local flavor with international news. Now they'll have much more room to breathe, with spaces devoted to community socializing and performance alongside expanded operations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Home to such popular podcasts as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DnA: Design and Architecture</a>" and news digest "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Point</a>", KCRW also produces content outside of the studio, by hosting events around Los Angeles. With the Media Center, the station will have a homespace for its own events, to concretize its role in the local culture.</p><p>Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the Media Center&nbsp;also meets LEED Silver Certification standards, and is slated to open by early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p> Morphosis’ Emerson College Los Angeles takes Grand Prize at 2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Justine Testado 2014-06-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three dozen of L.A.'s most cutting-edge architecture and design were celebrated yesterday at the 44th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A jury of 25 notable design professionals honored entire project teams whose projects exhibit design excellence, commitment to sustainability, and community impact in a multitude of award categories.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out photos of this year's winners</p><p><strong>(Pictured above) Grand Prize: Emerson College Los Angeles</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a></p><p><strong>Community Impact Award: Los Angeles River </strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Beyond L.A. Award: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel</strong><br>Architect: Minarc</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>City of Los Angeles Green Building Award: Step Up on Vine</strong><br>Architect: EGAN | SIMON architecture</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Civic Award: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts </strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Pali Fekete Architects [SPF:a]</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Commercial Office Building &amp; Headquarters Award: Red Building</strong><br>Executive Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a><br>Design Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design Concept Award: 9300 Culver Blvd. Mixed Use Development</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Education Award: Los Angeles City College Student Union</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harley Ellis Devereaux</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hospitality: Ace Hotel </strong><br>Design Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GREC Architects</a><br>Executive Architect: Killefer Flammang Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Housing Award: Multi-family (Affordable): 2802 Pico</strong><br>Architect: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moore Ruble Yudell Architects &amp; Planners</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Interiors Award: United Talent Agency</strong><br>Archite...</p> Vernon CA, known for meatpacking, corruption and Tapatío, featured in LA Forum's submission to the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-04T19:41:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:32:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forty years after "Reyner Banham loves Los Angeles" another architect with the gaze of the foreigner takes us on a ride through the City of Angels, or as the Turkish architect Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce likes to refer to it: "La Citta Capitalista". [...] An &lsquo;exclusive industrial town,&rsquo; Vernon borders on the cosmopolitan downtown of Los Angeles... Are alternative forms of housing, agriculture, and nature imaginable in a town that relies solely on industry and transport?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> takes a weekend drive through a vacant Vernon, in the following short film for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam</a>. Submitted by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a>&nbsp;and run by Ayy&uuml;ce, <em>The Vernon City Project&nbsp;</em>is&nbsp;being featured in IABR's main exhibition, "Urban By Nature".</p><p>Watch&nbsp;<em>The Vernon City Project</em>&nbsp;below.</p><p></p> Eli Broad’s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays Archinect 2014-06-03T21:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T21:10:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The flagship museum of the billionaire financier and art collector Eli Broad, still under construction, has filed a $19.8 million lawsuit against a German company for what it describes as delays in fabricating the building blocks for its unusual latticed facade.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Baumgartner+Uriu’s "Apertures" shell structure challenges the conventions of sustainable design Justine Testado 2014-06-02T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T22:13:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baumgartner+Uriu</a> looked to none other than Mother Nature for their<em> Apertures</em> installation, which was publicly displayed at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> Gallery in Los Angeles this past spring. If B+U's <em>Apertures </em>sound familiar, perhaps you may recall their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Animated Apertures" Housing Tower</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a>that was exhibited at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France.</p><p>Whatever its organic form reminds you of, the shell structure let visitors catch a glimpse of B+U's ongoing exploration in architectural biomimicry and how it challenges the boundaries of ecological design.</p><p>Read on for more project details from B+U:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Apertures reflect a current architectural discourse of digital ecologies, emphasizing the relationship between the natural world and advances in digital technology, which leads to a new type of interactive, organic buildings. The installation focuses on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Rooted in Baumgartner+Uriu&rsquo;s work and ongoing research, Apertures challe...</p> Eric Kahn, Long-time Design Studio Professor, Passes Away Paul Petrunia 2014-06-02T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-04T22:14:56-04:00 <img src="" width="260" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kahn was one of three founding members of IDEA Office, formerly the Central Office of Architecture. He originally opened the office in 1987 together with fellow architects Ron Golan and Russell N. Thomsen. In 2009, he renewed his long-standing partnership with Thomsen to form IDEA Office. Their work includes design at all scales, from graphic design to installations and industrial design, to architecture and urban planning</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sad news today from the SCI-Arc and LA architecture community. Eric Kahn, teacher and architect, has passed away at 58.&nbsp;</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Y-House Showcase feature, by IDEA Office</a></p> At Disney Concert Hall, Hadid Picks Up on Gehry’s Tune Alexander Walter 2014-05-30T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T22:59:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was an artistic collaboration delayed by some 25 years: The London architect Zaha Hadid responded as much to Frank Gehry&rsquo;s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as she did to &ldquo;Cos&igrave; Fan Tutte&rdquo; when she designed her undulating all-white set for the Los Angeles Philharmonic&rsquo;s performance of Mozart&rsquo;s opera this week (it closes on Saturday). &ldquo;We were responding to the context, to Frank&rsquo;s design,&rdquo; Ms. Hadid said in a telephone interview from London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Feds Okay $1-Billion Los Angeles River Project Alexander Walter 2014-05-29T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-05-29T15:22:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The jury is in and the Los Angeles River's future seems to be bright. After more than six months of intense lobbying by the city, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has announced that it will be recommending a more ambitious $1-billion plan to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River from downtown through Elysian Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Only one week remaining to apply for AA Visiting School Los Angeles Summer 2014! Archinect 2014-05-27T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T13:18:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="682" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The registration deadline for the first ever <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School Los Angeles</a> is inching closer and closer &mdash; applicants have until Sunday, June 1 to apply for what promises to become one of the West Coast's standout events this summer.</p><p>Read on for more information and how to apply.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>AA Visiting School Los Angele</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>&nbsp;Details:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></strong></p><p>Registration is open to students and professionals alike, who are interested in participating in a 10 day design charette focused on exploring the legacy of experimental housing in LA through the lens of contemporary design methodologies.</p><p>Expect to explore computational design strategies, implement digital fabrication processes, work with a global network of like-minded designers, researchers, and educators, and experience the iconic legacy of LA's mid-century modernist homes.</p><p>Like&nbsp;us&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a><br>Follow&nbsp;us&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a><br>Apply&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p><p><strong>Confirmed design instructors include:</strong></p><ul><li>Marc Fornes, TheVeryMany, Harvard GSD</li><li>Jenny Wu,&nbsp;Oyler Wu Collaborative, Sci-Arc</li><li>Adam Marcus, V...</li></ul> Architectural installations to pop-up on Hollywood sign hiking trail this weekend Archinect 2014-05-14T20:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On May 17, the yearlong series' final event, inspired by L.A.'s most prominent icon, the Hollywood sign, is being staged. Six projects will be installed on the Hollywood sign trail, where all of Los Angeles is laid out before hikers. Details are still being finalized, but the event could feature imaginary viewfinders designed by Elly Ward and mini-monuments erected by Elizabeth Timme, co-director of design office LA-M&aacute;s.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Trek to the Hollywood sign</strong></p><p><strong>What:</strong>&nbsp;Installations along a trail near the Hollywood sign</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;Hollywood sign trail. Park in the Greek Theatre Parking Lot G in Griffith Park or at Griffith Observatory and take the shuttle to the Hollywood sign viewing area.</p><p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17</p><p><strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;Self-guided tour is free. Shuttle to the site, $7; free for 2 and younger.</p><p><em><strong>Information:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></p> Film museum's cast change may be a blessing in disguise Archinect 2014-05-14T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T11:55:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though Piano has taken several passes at the sphere, it hasn't coalesced into a convincing set of architectural ideas. The theater design remains gimmicky, alienated rather than emerging confidently from its site, as Piano's best museum projects do. By refusing to budge on its construction timeline, the academy is doubling down on the least-promising elements of the design. Sure, some refinements might smooth out some of its more obvious wrinkles. What they won't do is salvage the design...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Return of 'mansionization' has some L.A. homeowners grumbling Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:14:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years ago, Los Angeles politicians imposed new limits on the size of new and renovated houses, promising to rein in what they called "homes on steroids" dwarfing blocks of smaller buildings. But as the housing market rebounds and construction picks up, many homeowners complain that "mansionization" has revved up &mdash; reigniting long-standing policy battles and sometimes bitter fence fights over the face and feel of L.A.'s neighborhoods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Out of Shenzhen: Catalog #1 of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism Archinect 2014-04-24T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-25T16:18:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="540" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Was it:</em></p><p><em>Possible for a group of architects, artists, educators, writers, publishers to fly to Shenzhen and start a dialog and call it a Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, a.k.a. LAB A/U? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>A first for architecture and urbanism for Los Angeles? (Yes)</em></p><p><em>Possible to bee line the assumptions, suspicions, silent treatments and doubts? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Real? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Possible to talk about the aura of a city via on the road biennale? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>And...</em></p><p><em>Could the nomads' opinion be harnessed? (No)</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><em>LAB A/U did not happened in a vacuum even though it seemed that way. The participants, hosts and audience have thought so.</em></p><p><em>Is this a one time deal? (No)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Can I join when it convenes again? (No , you need to be curated)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Does it cost to participate? (No)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Will LAB A/U continue indefinitely (Yes, there are no plans to shut it down at the moment)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Will it be always nomadic? (Yes, even when it is in LA)</em></p><p><em>Is its nomadism in spirit or action? (Both)&nbsp;</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><em>Will it be critical and threatening? (Yes, but it will be promot...</em></p> Watch the Only Extant Footage of Union Station's 1939 Opening Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-22T12:55:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:27:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was 75 years ago&mdash;the year Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released and World War II began&mdash;that Los Angeles's lovely Union Station first opened for business. There was a big Downtown celebration on May 3, 1939 to mark the opening of what is viewed as the nation's last great rail station, and Ward Kimball, an award-winning Disney animator and part-time rail nerd (one of Disney's Nine Old Men and the man who created Tweedledee/Tweedledum and Jiminy Cricket), filmed the occasion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Design tweaks can't overcome Academy Museum's dramatic flaws Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T14:19:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Brougher and other academy leaders can compel the architects to reconcile the clear potential of the new wing's interior spaces with its unconvincing, unwieldy exterior, they may be able to salvage the design before construction begins. If not, they may well have an architectural flop on their hands when the museum opens in 2017 &mdash; not to mention the third disappointing Piano building within a quarter-mile radius.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> Southern California not so sprawling after all Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T18:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:50:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may not seem like it when you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway, but Southern California is home to some of the least-sprawling metro areas in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a study out today from Smart Growth America, which attempted to measure the concept of urban sprawl in 221 metro areas nationwide. The study ranked the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara regions in the 25 least-sprawling.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Last reminder! ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline is April 1 (UPDATE: April 22!) Justine Testado 2014-03-28T18:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:00:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.</em></p><p>Just a heads up that the deadline to submit papers for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference</a> is <strong>April 22 (UPDATED!)</strong>!</p><p>Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and others interested in computational design of architecture. Submissions can include the disciplines of science and art, engineering, fabrication, computer science, construction and design.</p><p>This year's conference will be held at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Oct. 20-25, 2014.</p><p>More details below:</p><p>"The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture. The theme is a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term "Agency" through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts...</p> Latino Placemaking: How the Civil Rights Movement Reshaped East LA Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T22:06:42-04:00 <img src="" width="504" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960&rsquo;s and early 1970&rsquo;s, which has its genesis in protests &ndash; many of which were carried out in public spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>