Archinect - News 2015-08-30T18:33:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eda6af5f924d08058d5b9155e12d205.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, the firm designing the stadium, previously described the open-air venue as &ldquo;like a luxury sports car&rdquo; and &ldquo;very aerodynamic.&rdquo; A brief video released Monday to promote the project described the stadium as &ldquo;designed to be an instant classic.&rdquo; Narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, it touted an on-site campus for the NFL that would &ldquo;power every important league initiative for the next 50 years&rdquo; as well as a farmers' market [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>One must-have LA feature the <em>Times</em> article glanced over is the "VVIP In-Stadium Valet Parking for Premium Fans." After all, who wants to self-park their <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/pic-kim-kardashian-buys-kanye-west-750000-lamborghini-201286" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">special-edition Lamborghini</a> next to a stinking Porsche Boxster and then schlep their personally-trained buttocks all the way to the friggin' sky box?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ko/kogcb9u0xkfmz9gc.jpg"></p><p>James Dator at <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/2015/8/18/9171629/new-los-angeles-nfl-stadium-carson-video-farmers-market-valet-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>SBNation</em></a> got the caption right: "HAHAHAHAHA! Look at all those poor people staring through the glass.&nbsp;They'll never own a car that nice, and they know it!"</p><p>What's your take, LA Archinectors? Will we be able to take the 101 to the 110 to the 405 soon to see a live NFL game?</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125977921/quest-for-la-football-stadium-enters-the-next-round-carson-city-council-approves-its-nfl-stadium-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quest for LA football stadium enters the next round: Carson City Council approves its NFL stadium proposal</a></li><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/133183115/cities-don-t-see-much-economic-gain-from-sports-stadiums-says-stanford-economist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:53:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/cers7ut3e6wb2127.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many have challenged the logic of a Swiss building in Los Angeles [...] In a sense, all of the criticisms can be boiled down to a single accusation: quality architecture does not belong in Los Angeles. [...] Contextualism in Los Angeles requires more innovation than matching roof heights or aligning cornices; its ecology is one of large and oversized cultural objects that act as signposts amid sprawl.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Situating LACMA in "master builder" Peter Zumthor's career overall, architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (of the LA-based firm&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4256960/johnston-marklee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>) discuss what distinguishes his work in a city with a somewhat confused attitude towards icons and context.</p><p>More on Zumthor's LACMA:</p><ul><li><a title="Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126728059/is-zumthor-s-inkblot-the-right-size-for-lacma-s-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff&quot;: Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124302971/the-erection-the-inkblot-and-the-rfra-riff-raff-morphosis-vals-tower-zumthor-s-lacma-and-hoosier-hospitality-confronts-rfra-on-archinect-sessions-episode-23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23</a></li><li><a title="Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church</a></li><li><a title="Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></li><li><a title="LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:12:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/ybg2ctpopl4wg65t.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have generations of people under the age of 35 &hellip; who are choosing to live car free and car-lite." &ndash; Westside Councilman Mike Bonin</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the newly installed <a href="http://nuzzel.com/sharedstory/08112015/usa.streetsblog/it_just_works_davis_quietly_debuts_americas_first_protected?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=app&amp;utm_campaign=digest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"protected" intersections</a> in Austin, Texas and Davis, California to additional proposed bus lanes and bike paths&nbsp;in Los Angeles, car culture is becoming less of a given and more of an expensive, perhaps even less desirable, option.&nbsp;Cities across the U.S. are starting to rethink their approach to large scale transportation infrastructure projects (i.e., freeways) as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118199171/clinton-s-keynote-boston-s-olympics-and-california-s-bullet-train-groundbreaking-weekly-news-round-up-for-january-5-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving per capita</a> remains stagnant. Of course, this trend is somewhat complicated by the rise of cheap door-to-door transportation options such as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134105097/data-crunching-the-uberization-of-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>, which make it easier for the car-less to get around without having to own a vehicle. For its part, Los Angeles is considering approving an initiative known as&nbsp;Mobility Plan 2035, which would redesign major boulevards and avenues to encourage people to get out of their cars and into the mass-transit dreams of city planners.<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09rj3sc0nzxwy74s.jpg"></p><p>Last week, Archinect highlighted Christopher Hawthorne's review of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">additional lane</a>&nbsp;on the 405 freeway, a project that bega...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134105100/how-can-diversity-be-quantified How can diversity be quantified? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:44:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/ol60xzuo29bydmm5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a macro level, Chicago is quite diverse. At a neighborhood level, it isn&rsquo;t.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How can a city be both diverse and segregated? In Chicago's case, the city is home to every major racial/ethnic group, but these groups rarely tend to live together in the same neighborhoods. In fact, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level, Chicago has one of the higher residential segregation rates of major metropolitan cities in the U.S. Even Los Angeles, long derided for being an archipelago of neighborhoods with no identifiable urban connective tissue or center, has a higher rate of residential integration than Chicago. Nate Silver's article asks us to question the metrics of diversity and segregation, especially in terms of urban planning: should those metrics be defined by where people live, where they work, or simply by the overarching boundaries of the city limits? Good question(s).</p><p>For more on this topic, do check out:</p><p><a href="http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-most-diverse-cities-are-often-the-most-segregated/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;Surprise! Architecture is still among&nbsp;the&nbsp;whitest professions in America</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvuct6smle6rp976.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105336559/the-rise-and-spectacular-fall-of-venice-beach-s-pacific-ocean-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99370499/oren-safdie-s-play-false-solution-finishes-up-its-3-week-run-this-weekend-in-santa-monica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130260144/those-hipster-millennials-might-not-be-the-true-gentrifiers-of-u-s-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T20:44:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lg/lgnqh8wwtrfpyhtf.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, officials said they can host the massive 17-day sporting event for $4.1 billion and offered to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns. [...] Garcetti and his team have proposed to spend $500 million less than what Boston had planned and expect to finish with a $150-million surplus by generating billions in broadcast and sponsorship revenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Olympic news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133587773/will-rio-s-olympic-venues-be-ready-in-time-for-the-2016-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132880075/toronto-ventures-into-sixth-bid-to-host-olympic-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T19:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T02:31:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de4d5445bb843f4e1fb6f5d63f0bd158.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry insists that he isn't interested in the river as the site for new landmarks. He says he told the Revitalization Corp. board members who first visited his office last year that he would take on the job only if he could look at the river primarily in terms of hydrology. [...] "I told them I'm not a landscape guy. I said I would only do it on the condition that they approached it as a water-reclamation project, to deal with all the water issues first."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following up on last week's news that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry had been attached to the LA River redevelopment strategy</a>, a few more details have surfaced &ndash; no distinct plans yet, but an overall approach has emerged. Summed up by Christopher Hawthorne, the&nbsp;<em>LA Times'</em>&nbsp;architecture critic, the plan is: "Gehry thinks [the LA River] could be turned into an entirely different kind of machine, one that could store and even treat storm water."</p><p>In the 1930s, the riverbed was coated in concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers to manage stormwater flooding, and has since turned the river into a piece of civic infrastructure foremost, a public space second. With that traditional understanding of the river's utility,&nbsp;Gehry's approach "stresses how little sense it makes to prohibit the public from using the river or its banks when risk of flooding is low &mdash; which means the vast majority of the time."</p><p>At least by that note, it appears Gehry's plan for the river will not push waterfront residential development at the expe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133743642/christopher-hawthorne-on-repairing-l-a-s-long-broken-relationship-with-its-freeways Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbfrnuzg2j11o8j0.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133655328/archinect-s-critical-round-up-the-week-s-best-architectural-critiques-so-far" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112437604/la-s-unbuilt-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93984981/like-it-or-not-most-urban-freeways-are-here-to-stay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/13066137/405-freeway-closure-exposes-the-limits-of-los-angeles-mobility" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8a3a89957d3fb82b6239214d923bd05.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry's involvement is a potential turning point in the&nbsp;decades-long movement to&nbsp;transform the concrete-lined waterway that winds through the heart of the Los Angeles Basin. [...] it appears to be a broad reworking of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that L.A. city officials adopted in 2007 [...] the new plan is getting a cold reception from the community of activists who have helped draw attention over the years to what was once a forlorn environmental cause.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an exclusive published earlier today by the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>, Peter Jamison takes a hard look at Frank Gehry's newly-announced collaboration with city officials to revitalize the LA River. Details are still very scant at this time, and Gehry's office has been tight-lipped about what their plans actually look like, but reportedly they'll encompass the whole 52-mile stretch.</p><p>While not much of the plan is public yet, there isn't much to celebrate so far. Not only are critics suspicious of Gehry's secrecy, but also feel that any shift in river redevelopment plans now could compromise the amount of federal funding promised to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100631259/feds-okay-1-billion-los-angeles-river-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.4B revitalization plan already attached</a> to a portion of river. Nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) has chosen not to endorse the project, deriding Gehry's appointment as the same kind of top-down planning that led to the river being encased in concrete in the middle of the last century &ndash; "[turning] a meandering alluvial river into a notoriou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133537965/la-forum-releases-summer-newsletter-on-brutalism-in-los-angeles LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-05T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:45:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cfjbnu51ixszqys.jpg" width="498" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Musings about a Brutalist building&rsquo;s friendliness quotient are a distraction&rdquo; - Anthony Carfello, artist</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Summer 2015 Newsletter surveys and critiques LA's own collection of high-quality brutalist buildings in a 'must be collected" issue that grew out of its own google map&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zx-ljemZMn2M.kdgzLe9LvWpA&amp;hl=en_US" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Brutalism Los Angeles&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;and other resources.</p><p><a href="http://laforum.org/content/publications/la-forum-summer-2015-newsletter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Newsletter</a> features a collection of articles, interviews and an op-ed by architects, historians, and critics.</p><p>You can write to LA Forum and request your free copy with an optional <a href="http://laforum.org/membership" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">membership</a> that goes a&nbsp;long way with many benefits and preferred access to events and publications.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133121876/sculptor-larry-bell-s-influence-on-frank-gehry Sculptor Larry Bell's influence on Frank Gehry Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:55:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/036342ivi88en1wi.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has often talked about the influence artists have had on his building designs. [...] An early work from the 1960s by sculptor Larry Bell in the Frank Lloyd show offers a partial template for a Gehry design built three decades ago in Toluca Lake. Gehry's World Savings and Loan branch at Riverside Drive and Mariota Avenue is a sky-lighted, one-story hall framed by tall facades out front and in the back, as if a full second story had been planned but never built.</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/132949093/boston-backs-out-of-2024-olympics-bid Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:05:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g93b7jlojtug0l9y.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132101061/zaha-s-tokyo-olympic-stadium-cancelled-abe-calls-for-a-redesign-from-scratch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129652792/david-manfredi-the-architect-behind-boston-s-2024-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117960873/boston-wins-u-s-olympic-committee-s-bid-for-2024-games" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> 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 >2015-07-05T22:33:50-04:00 <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>