Archinect - News 2015-03-30T09:05:46-04:00 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 >2015-03-26T21:12:58-04:00 <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 >2015-03-27T20:18:07-04:00 <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 >2015-03-24T20:52:08-04:00 <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 >2015-03-24T12:35:34-04:00 <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 >2015-03-23T14:17:44-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future Michael Maltzan Looks to the Future Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:36:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j313lvk1mij6jwu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles is a place that is &ldquo;conducive to making ideas and forms at the same time,&rdquo; asserted Michael Maltzan during a talk yesterday at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. Part of the museum&rsquo;s ongoing lecture series inCOLLABORATION, Maltzan&rsquo;s talk focused on the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts, as well as his conception of the role of contemporary architecture in the future of American cities.</p><p>The talk was divided into three categories: housing, civic or landscape design, and infrastructure. Yet as Maltzan moved from one to the next, he noted the conceptual permeability of these categories. On the one hand, he asserted that the movement between a house and an infrastructure project, for example, can be radically divergent. This is a fact with which Michael Maltzan Architecture has become intimately acquainted as they have greatly expanded their reach both programmatically and geographically in recent years. On t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121585222/how-to-shop-for-an-nfl-stadium How to shop for an NFL stadium Alexander Walter 2015-02-25T13:38:00-05:00 >2015-02-25T13:48:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37z7fymt4c5obdr6.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the last 20 years, just one NFL stadium has been built solely through private funding. [...] Still, when it comes to getting the best deal out of an arena, leaving taxpayer money off the tab is only a good start. Studies have repeatedly shown that sports teams don&rsquo;t have the far-reaching economic impacts that one might assume, and experts have noted that stadiums aren&rsquo;t as catalytic as some franchise owners might tout.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><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></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56308055/special-law-for-nfl-stadium-project-unconstitutional-lawsuit-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Special law for NFL stadium project unconstitutional, lawsuit claims</a></p></li><li><p><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></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121427777/get-lectured-east-los-angeles-college-spring-15 Get Lectured: East Los Angeles College, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-23T12:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-23T14:06:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqbmsioe0kntmsey.jpg" width="514" height="665" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>For the next featured poster, the East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Department of Architecture has some Spring '15 lectures starting in April.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Lectures take place on Fridays, 7:30 pm at the Vincent Price Art Museum Lecture Hall.</p><p><em>April 17</em><br><strong>Sarah Lorenzen</strong> / Chair, Cal Poly Pomona - Architecture Department</p><p><em>May 1</em><br><strong>Allyne Winderman </strong>/ Cal Poly Pomona</p><p><em>May 15</em><br><strong>Victor Jones</strong> / USC School of Architecture</p><p>For more info, click <a href="http://www.elac.edu/academics/departments/architecture/index.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120975774/new-study-finds-that-los-angeles-is-actually-the-nation-s-least-sprawling-metro New study finds that Los Angeles is actually the nation's least sprawling metro Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T15:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl6rf24cy6cq3xt.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study by Thomas Laidley, a sociology doctoral student at NYU [...], uses satellite images to develop a new and improved &ldquo;Sprawl Index,&rdquo; which he links to a wide range of outcome measures. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that L.A. ranks as the least sprawling metro in the country, ahead of New York and San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California not so sprawling after all</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101093240/the-u-s-cities-that-sprawled-the-most-and-least-between-2000-and-2010" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120894579/so-what-s-new-at-the-broad So what's new at the Broad? Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T14:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T22:20:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffnee9ajd2fcnprv.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Elizabeth Diller [...] stood on the Grand Avenue sidewalk Friday morning in front of the Broad museum, which she designed with her New York firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and is set to open Sept. 20. Was she giving an architectural preview? Doing damage control? Trying to regain some influence over the narrative of the museum&rsquo;s construction, which has been beset by delays, fabrication problems and legal wrangling? The answer seemed to be some combination of the three.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/80978/broad-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120581531/get-lectured-usc-skin-bones-series-spring-15 Get Lectured: USC - "Skin + Bones" series, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-12T13:17:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T14:10:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1c2oxs7pxwchv8k.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>For the next poster, the University of Southern California School of Architecture shared the details of their "Skin + Bones" lecture series, accompanying the Spring '15 <a href="http://arch.usc.edu/sites/default/files/courses/2015/01/302b_sp15_syllabus_draft.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skin + Bones third-year studio project</a>.</p><p>Each lecture invites a prominent specialist within the LA design community to instigate a disciplinary (rather than technical) discussion about the relationship between form, structure, and skin in their work.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Lectures take place at 2 pm in USC Harris 101. Free and open to the public. Listed below are upcoming events.</p><p>Mar 2<br>Structure &amp; Skin - N...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120048386/ds-r-s-broad-museum-set-to-open-on-sept-20-with-a-feb-15-preview DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview Justine Testado 2015-02-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T20:06:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6mhbrmj3lsta0h0z.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The opening art display in September will offer an array of greatest hits from the more than 2,000 pieces the Broads have amassed. The show will range through some 60 years of post-World War II art, arranged in "predominantly chronological" order from the 1950s to a recently acquired massive video installation created in 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For $10, you can get a one-day not-so-sneak preview in the museum on February 15.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title="Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117439302/is-the-broad-museum-s-newly-unveiled-facade-living-up-to-its-renderings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112418303/the-broad-kinda-sorta-has-an-opening-date-fall-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112259973/los-angeles-cultural-boom-gives-city-s-artists-spaces-they-can-call-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles cultural boom gives city&rsquo;s artists spaces they can call home</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101037764/eli-broad-s-art-showcase-in-los-angeles-still-unfinished-sues-over-delays" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad&rsquo;s Art Showcase in Los Angeles, Still Unfinished, Sues Over Delays</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82061530/eli-broad-s-art-museum-designed-by-ds-r-to-open-in-late-2014-and-will-offer-free-admission" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eli Broad's art museum, designed by DS+R, to open in late 2014 and will offer free admission</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120044361/get-lectured-usc-spring-15 Get Lectured: USC, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-05T14:10:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:42:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0zxr56731zvxayj.jpg" width="514" height="679" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the University of Southern California School of Architecture.</p><p>Listed below are selected upcoming events.</p><p><em>Feb 2-Feb 13</em><br><strong>Graeme Morland Retrospective Exhibition</strong></p><p><em>Feb 11</em><br><strong>Thomas Phifer</strong> / Thomas Phifer &amp; Partners</p><p><em>Feb 18-Mar 9</em><br><strong>Midterm Presentations + Reviews</strong></p><p><em>Mar 11</em><br><strong>100 Years Celebration<br>Konrad Wachsmann &amp; USC</strong><br>Kenneth Breisch, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture<br>John Enright, FAIA / Grif&#64257;n Enright Architects, Los Angeles, CA<br>&nbsp;Alexis Rochas / Principal, Founder, Stereo-Bot, Los Angeles, CA</p><p><em>Mar 23-27</em><br><strong>Architecture in Spain, China &amp; Japan </strong>exhibition<br>Reception: March 23, 6 pm</p><p><em>Mar 25</em><br><strong>USC Women in Architecture</strong></p><p><em>Mar 28</em><br><strong>Haworth Charette</strong></p><p><em>Mar 30-Apr 3</em><br><strong>USC...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119039951/frank-lloyd-wright-s-hollyhock-house-to-reopen-once-again-in-february Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February Justine Testado 2015-01-23T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:20:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83wyyvc3mjsqg0vf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the heart of Hollywood's Barnsdall Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House will officially reopen on February 13, as recently announced by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the Barnsdall Park Art Foundation. This isn't the first time the iconic house has been restored, but the latest renovation focused on bringing back the house, and all its decorative details, to its original early 20th century state. The conservation effort took place from 2008 to 2014 and cost $4,359,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ij8bvobem7qdre3q.jpg"></p><p>The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first residence in Los Angeles. Pennsylvanian oil heiress and arts enthusiast Aline Barnsdall commissioned Wright to build the house -- which was named after her favorite flower -- as her own venue for producing avant-garde plays. It later became a performing arts complex including Barnsdall's private residence. Construction began in 1919 but came to a halt in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, primarily due to costs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59e4ix3plz5f1fpl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jybvp9ywes8tbyvu.jpg"></p><p>Nonetheless, the hou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqvd5benki7qbqyi.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>George Lucas said Friday that complications in his plan to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the Chicago lakefront may put Los Angeles back in the running. Last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a vigorous push to get the "Star Wars" creator to choose L.A., but the city lost out to Chicago. "We still have to get through some lawsuits and things in Chicago [...] But it's still a possibility that Chicago will be unable to do it," Lucas said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition Archinect 2015-01-15T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b77e125e04f1f620d84c7ccf18fbde41.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a hearing earlier today, Los Angeles&rsquo; Culture Heritage Commission voted to consider granting Historic-Cultural Monument status to Norms Coffee Shop on La Cienega. This would protect the iconic building in the Googie modern style until a final decision is made by the commission. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the new owners of Norms were issued a demolition permit on January 5, triggering a wave of outrage from architectural preservationists.</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/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f74tndob5fbwgjqd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building that housed the world&rsquo;s first Taco Bell is under &ldquo;imminent threat of demolition,&rdquo; according to the Downey Conservancy [...] Although Downey is more famously recognized as the site of the oldest operating location for [McDonald's], it is Taco Bell that built its very first location within the city. [...] &ldquo;The [Conservancy] recognizes that the building&rsquo;s current location may not be the best for its future and, as such, is also looking at opportunities to relocate"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Why does this matter? Not because Taco Bell is inherently newsworthy, but because fast food spots are arguably Downey's local urbanism icons. The city in southeast Los Angeles County is known for its Googie fast-food joints, historic McDonald's and drive-ins (as well as the birthplace of the Apollo space program) &ndash; so the Taco Bell is in good company. While not as iconic as a Googie structure, the Taco Bell is still emblematic of Downey's postwar California urban planning, awash in asphalt oceans where cars were king. Perhaps the chain's success in peddling drive-in fast food around the world may actually have perpetuated that kind of urbanism.</p><p>The building is currently vacant, leading Downey Conservancy to take up the preservation case, planning to possibly relocate it to &ldquo;another site within the city&rdquo;. Taco Bell has even joined the cause, despite not even being the building&rsquo;s most recent tenant, with the hashtag #SaveTacoBell. I wonder if <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> is tracking this.</p><p>Meanwhile,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own Thom Mayne razing Ray Bradbury's house to build his own Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T12:42:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fa437243d061ad807295e5941435e5f.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ray Bradbury's] Cheviot Hills house ... hit the market last May, and sold in a little over a month for $1.765 million [...] the buyers were Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis, and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. [...] the new property owner's plan is to demolish Bradbury's house to put in a new house with three underground levels&mdash;one of which will hold a swimming pool&mdash;and two stories above ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CurbedLA also points out that, according to <a href="http://morphopedia.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphopedia</a>, this will be Mayne's first residential project in LA in more than ten years.</p><p>More photos via <a href="http://file770.com/?p=20397?michpun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">File 770</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118206417/get-lectured-ucla-ideas-series-2015 Get Lectured: UCLA IDEAS Series 2015 Justine Testado 2015-01-12T17:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-13T17:01:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u5/u5jcoczvts59yy7t.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from UCLA Architecture &amp; Urban Design with their 2015 IDEAS Lecture Series. IDEAS invites speakers working in a wide range of disciplines and explores topics from unexpected areas such as entertainment, aerospace, tech, and the automotive industries. The series also examines the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture.</p><p>Unless noted, lectures will take place at 7:30 pm at the Hercules Campus: 5865 S. Campus Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094. Pre-lecture receptions: 6:45 pm</p><p><em>Jan 20</em><br>WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: THE FUTURE OF THEME PARKS<br>David Durham / Creative Designers Studio Lead / Blue Sky Program Lead</p><p><em>Feb 3</em><br>CITY OF LOS ANGELES: A C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72b1e15d9e7572164ae15fe02cada079.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T20:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:40:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/393c7c0eef2abf630804a04877dc4947.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elevator doors snap shut behind Otto Solis and his fellow ironworkers. With a quick shudder, gears kick in for a rattling 90-second ascent through the concrete structure rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. The men huddle in the confined space. Wearing hard hats, bandannas, kneepads and gloves, they look like gladiators ready to fight.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93501997/downtown-la-to-set-record-for-world-s-largest-concrete-pour" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA to set record for world's largest concrete pour</a></p>