Archinect - News 2014-04-20T09:34:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98148220/design-tweaks-can-t-overcome-academy-museum-s-dramatic-flaws Design tweaks can't overcome Academy Museum's dramatic flaws Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-20T02:51:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f353a80c8162d4c0adf1ab119ea338ca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Brougher and other academy leaders can compel the architects to reconcile the clear potential of the new wing's interior spaces with its unconvincing, unwieldy exterior, they may be able to salvage the design before construction begins. If not, they may well have an architectural flop on their hands when the museum opens in 2017 &mdash; not to mention the third disappointing Piano building within a quarter-mile radius.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97119254/southern-california-not-so-sprawling-after-all Southern California not so sprawling after all Alexander Walter 2014-04-02T18:46:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T18:50:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23ea080ac9a476d107169220192010a8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may not seem like it when you&rsquo;re stuck in traffic on the 110 Freeway, but Southern California is home to some of the least-sprawling metro areas in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a study out today from Smart Growth America, which attempted to measure the concept of urban sprawl in 221 metro areas nationwide. The study ranked the Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Barbara regions in the 25 least-sprawling.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96730819/last-reminder-acadia-2014-call-for-papers-deadline-is-april-1-update-april-22 Last reminder! ACADIA 2014 Call for Papers deadline is April 1 (UPDATE: April 22!) Justine Testado 2014-03-28T18:07:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T13:00:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ps/psv8h4yxi6buvhiw.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The Call For Papers deadline has been extended to April 22nd 12AM PDT.</em></p><p>Just a heads up that the deadline to submit papers for the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/acadia_2014_design_agency/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 | Design Agency conference</a> is <strong>April 22 (UPDATED!)</strong>!</p><p>Submissions are welcome from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and others interested in computational design of architecture. Submissions can include the disciplines of science and art, engineering, fabrication, computer science, construction and design.</p><p>This year's conference will be held at the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Oct. 20-25, 2014.</p><p>More details below:</p><p>"The conference theme is intended to highlight experimental research and projects that exhibit and explore new paradigms of computing in architecture. The theme is a purposeful instigation of work that looks at re-defining the term "Agency" through the lens of computational design strategies such as simulation, fabrication, robotics, and novel integrations from science and the media arts...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96490028/latino-placemaking-how-the-civil-rights-movement-reshaped-east-la Latino Placemaking: How the Civil Rights Movement Reshaped East LA Alexander Walter 2014-03-25T15:08:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T22:06:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1275e11f58944eb02dd149330d293d0.jpg" width="504" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Latino Placemaking goes beyond creating great public spaces. It also includes cultural identity, which is shaped by needs, desires, and imagination. The Latino quest for cultural identity parallels the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960&rsquo;s and early 1970&rsquo;s, which has its genesis in protests &ndash; many of which were carried out in public spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96014901/design-bitches-shakes-up-l-a-architecture Design, Bitches Shakes Up L.A. Architecture Archinect 2014-03-19T11:23:00-04:00 >2014-03-26T16:19:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b59ad3c9273c0f955db2d0b27d74e51b.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They submitted an entry for the "Architecture is" competition... The call for entries asked young architects to fill in the following sentence, "Architecture is ___." For Rudolph and Johnson, the answer to the question was a no-brainer. "Architecture is design, bitches." They earned an honorable mention, and although it was never intended as a name, Design, Bitches stuck. It has turned out to be a mission statement in two words.</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/95969942/grant-mudford-to-receive-2014-julius-shulman-institute-excellence-in-photography-award Grant Mudford to receive 2014 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award Justine Testado 2014-03-18T21:51:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pj4xhvpn7v17eq53.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Grant Mudford has been named the 2014 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. The award highlights an early or mid-career artist who embodies the legacy of architectural photographer Julius Shulman and the Institute's mission to challenge the perception of physical space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Mudford will receive the award on April 3 at the WUHO Gallery from 6-8 pm. Accompanying the award reception will be the opening of the <em>Grant Mudford: Building</em> exhibition, running from April 3-27.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wgtk4fwildrngixq.jpg"></p><p>"Since the mid-1960s, Grant Mudford has investigated the urban landscape in photographs known for their clarity, conceptual acumen and sly humor. After studying architecture at the University of New South Wales, the Australian-born artist established himself as a cogent observer of Sydney and London's social and architectural scenes. With his move to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he found his ideal subject in a city founded on quirky details, anxious expediency and stylistic incongruence."</p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/grant_mudford_to_receive_julius_shulman_institute_excellence_in_photography/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95945729/materials-applications-goes-from-silver-lake-yard-art-to-a-museum-show Materials & Applications goes from Silver Lake yard art to a museum show Archinect 2014-03-18T14:01:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f1ed6258f001bc934fef43600bbb9c24.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Places like M&amp;A provide architects with the opportunity to fail. I mean that in the best possible way," said Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues, whose practice got its start at M&amp;A. Ball-Nogues works are now in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Not many clients will support a trial-and-error process on an untested structure. M&amp;A is a place where you can do that."</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/95941701/get-lectured-usc-spring-14 Get Lectured: USC, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-18T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T11:35:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2n/2nm7d45w82x5hkaj.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming events you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster features the Spring '14 Lectures and Events at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Events requiring reservations and/or admission fees indicated with RSVP. All other events are free and open to the public.&nbsp; Note each event's time and location. USC Architecture Galleries are open M-F, 10 am-5 pm.</p><p><strong>MARCH</strong></p><p><em>March 24-28</em><br>ARCHITECTURE IN SPAIN &amp; CHINA<br>An Exhibition of Work from the Study Abroad Programs<br>Reception: Mar...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94417473/get-lectured-cal-poly-la-metro-14 Get Lectured: Cal Poly LA Metro '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-26T13:20:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T13:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1j/1jlvplt0zzrhbxjm.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often &mdash; and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!<br><br>Our midweek poster features a noteworthy lineup from the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, an off-campus program of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events only. Lecture/reception/discussion is 6:30-8:30 PM. Note each lecture's location. A+D memb...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94364358/should-tenants-pay-for-earthquake-retrofitting-costs Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs? Justine Testado 2014-02-25T20:17:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:03:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/ktkzoex8gkerc25m.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Los Angeles is considering a proposal from Councilman Bernard Parks that would pass the cost of retrofitting apartment buildings on to tenants. Currently, only 50% of major renovation costs may be passed along to tenants, with landlords and building owners paying the cost of retrofitting.</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/93965670/the-power-of-sticker-shock The Power of Sticker Shock Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b38ae52bf4ef8973db4ac31ff5380ff5.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of wrapping a house in giant graphic stickers, like the ones used for ads on city buses, appealed to Eric Chu the moment his architect suggested it. [...] Applying colorful, blown-up photos to the exterior glass walls &mdash; allowing daytime views out, but not in &mdash; was the unconventional solution proposed by Mr. Chu&rsquo;s architect, Whitney Sander, who runs Sander Architects with his wife, Catherine Holliss.</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/93898180/la-mayor-the-basics-have-been-neglected-for-too-long LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T18:37:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:30:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/796add84c1357234bb32c4cc16820f4e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles may be known for its celebrities, glitz and glam, but the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, is focused on something decidedly less flashy: infrastructure. [...] "We destroyed our public transit system from the '30s and '40s and '50s, and so we're in the process of rebuilding it," Garcetti says. "A bigger program than anywhere in the U.S., but a long way to go."</p></em><br /><br /><p>See also:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/93762216/editor-s-picks-355 Editor's Picks #355 Nam Henderson 2014-02-18T20:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T13:44:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7d6eijcj2jluldg.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The third edition of <strong>The Deans List: </strong>&nbsp;featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92861538/the-deans-list-jack-davis-of-virginia-tech" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jack Davis of Virginia Tech</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oc/ocd1jzy0wb2p48ra.jpg"></p><p>Topics ranged from Virginia Tech&rsquo;s founding in a pedagogy of "experimental laboratories", the <a href="http://spec.lib.vt.edu/iawa/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)</a>, a Center in the School of Architecture + Design which brings together research in multiple design and construction disciplines and the winning 2010 Solar Decathlon <a href="http://www.lumenhaus.com/index2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LumenHAUS</a> design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tqivmnpsx7whc97j.jpg"></p><p>Plus, for the latest from the <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>: </strong>series <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect talked to Greece-based </a><a href="http://karatzas-architects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="http://karatzas.wix.com/photo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photographer</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/93394904/in-focus-pygmalion-karatzas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">, Pygmalion Karatzas</a>. Before focusing on photography he studied architecture in Budapest, urban design in Edinburgh, and ecovillage design education in Findhorn.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bi/bijhaktxyh6b98ay.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>We discussed whether a Geoff Manaugh post at Gizmodo on whether Gehry was the worst living architect was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93644080/gehry-worst-living-architect-reasonable-critique-or-typical-gizmodo-link-bait" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reasonable critique or typical Gizmodo link bait?</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2vt9en2j15ki8xyy.jpg"></p><p>to get things started <strong>sevensixfive</strong> rehashed some reactions he posted on Twitter "<em>The tone is really shocking on the first read, then on the second run through, you re...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93808894/archiving-the-built-environment-in-joakim-dahlqvist-s-piminski-renderings Archiving the built environment in Joakim Dahlqvist's "Piminski" renderings Justine Testado 2014-02-18T14:59:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T14:27:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4ljcc7jpfv996n5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 3D model renderings of architect, illustrator, and digital artist <a href="http://www.piminski.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joakim Dahlqvist</a> are a tug-o'-war between reality and imagination &mdash; a constant tension reflected in the never-ending quest for design innovation. The smartly arranged objects in Dahlqvist's 3D renderings would have one think each piece required thorough, calculated thought every step of the way. They do, to an extent.</p><p>But after I had a short phone conversation with Dahlqvist, his creative thought process seems to lean toward an experimental and intuitive side that may not be easily detected in his work.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78de4kfbnxe0ct37.jpg"></p><p>Always having an interest in collecting things and spotting interesting details in his everyday surroundings, Dahlqvist began piecing together the renderings as a "bureaucratic" exercise. The renderings were also a uniquely productive way for him to archive the items he had collected over the years.<br><br>When he was invited to exhibit his work at the <a href="http://architecture.woodbury.edu/wuho/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WUHO Gallery</a> in L.A., he explained that he took it as an opportunity to c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93502802/la-mayor-talks-urbanism-and-mass-transit-with-architecture-critic-christopher-hawthorne LA Mayor talks urbanism and mass transit with architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-14T18:06:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T19:53:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hcw380ewv5k92mz.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last night on the bucolic hilltop campus of Occidental College, Los Angeles Mayor&nbsp;Eric Garcetti spoke with the Los Angeles <em>Times</em> architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne, about the state of L.A. urbanism. This broad topical platform positioned Hawthorne's interview not as a political interrogation, nor as a staged public appearance, but as a relaxed discourse for Garcetti to mention policy while riffing on the kind of place he believes L.A. is becoming. You can review Archinect's live-tweets of the event <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23oxyurbanism&amp;src=typd&amp;f=realtime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The discourse of L.A. urbanism is often bogged down by insufficient comparisons and false dichotomies -- sprawl vs. density, cyclists vs. drivers, liberals vs. libertarians, east vs. west, etc. -- that doggedly try to force the region into the conventions of other, completely incomparable cities. Early on, Hawthorne made clear that "Los Angeles" has to be thought of on the "regional scale", and shouldn't copy the developmental models of radically different cities. Garcetti ce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93501997/downtown-la-to-set-record-for-world-s-largest-concrete-pour Downtown LA to set record for world's largest concrete pour Alexander Walter 2014-02-14T15:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:11:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7eb5114f7c803c9e3ce8491ad867e340.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest addition to the Los Angeles skyline &mdash; the New Wilshire Grand, the tallest structure to be built west of the Mississippi &mdash; takes a major step forward Saturday when more than 2,000 truckloads of concrete are driven through downtown for what is being billed as the world's largest continuous concrete pour. The slurry-fest begins at 5 p.m. and is expected to last nearly 20 hours.</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/93446410/l-a-s-people-st-initiative-puts-public-place-making-into-the-public-s-hands L.A.'s "People St." initiative puts public place-making into the public's hands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-13T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T17:58:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oi/oi7vb1cv9uwdlwu4.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.&rsquo;s largest public asset&mdash;our 7,500 miles of city streets&mdash;into active, vibrant, and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Eligible Community Partners can apply for approval to create projects that enhance the quality of life in this city. Three innovative types of projects are available: Plazas, Parklets, and Bicycle Corrals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles began piloting its "People St." program in 2011, developing spaces designed to reclaim sections of streetspace for public recreation and use, rather than car traffic. The projects were few but popular, including the Sunset Triangle (designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1898/rios-clementi-hale-studios" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>) plaza in Silverlake, a couple of parklets in Downtown, and bike corrals in Atwater Village and Highland Park. Led by LA's Department of Transportation and invigorated by LA's current mayor, Eric Garcetti, the program will accept applications for "People St." initiatives by any eligible community group, beginning this March.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaym7c341otxgwtb.jpg"></p><p>The program is designed not only so communities can individualize their surroundings and make their city more livable, but for LADOT to expedite city improvement projects. Initiatives that otherwise would have taken years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars become faster and cheaper to execute, led by the people most in touch with the project site, and approved by city of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93446212/get-lectured-sci-arc-spring-14 Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-12T21:23:00-05:00 >2014-02-14T12:52:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kw/kwt84ipzugwo8dom.jpg" width="514" height="899" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Since we've been receiving more submissions lately, we're gonna show off posters more often -- and so you can see what events are happening in architecture schools right now!</p><p>Thursday's poster comes from SCI-Arc a.k.a. the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>All events begin at<strong> </strong>7:00 pm and take place in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted. Gallery discussions and opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Lectures will also be <strong>broadcast live</strong> on <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/live" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.sciarc.edu/live</a>.</p><p>Listed...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93393291/billy-al-bengston-and-frank-gehry-discuss-their-1968-collaboration-at-lacma Billy Al Bengston and Frank Gehry discuss their 1968 collaboration at LACMA Metropolitan Monk 2014-02-11T18:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T20:23:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/idawhzgdx4298i02.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1968, artist Billy Al Bengston enlisted the help of Frank Gehry to design the LACMA exhibition&rsquo;s scenography [...] East of Borneo publishes a conversation between the two: FG: I was a hanger-on to the art scene because the architects that I was collegiate with at the time thought I was nuts. Even my friends at the time and those who are still my friends thought I was weird, but I didn&rsquo;t know I was weird. And when the art guys embraced me, I was declared weird by association probably.</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/93393291/billy-al-bengston-and-frank-gehry-discuss-their-1968-collaboration-at-lacma Billy Al Bengston and Frank Gehry discuss their 1968 collaboration at LACMA Metropolitan Monk 2014-02-11T18:54:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T20:23:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/idawhzgdx4298i02.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1968, artist Billy Al Bengston enlisted the help of Frank Gehry to design the LACMA exhibition&rsquo;s scenography [...] East of Borneo publishes a conversation between the two: FG: I was a hanger-on to the art scene because the architects that I was collegiate with at the time thought I was nuts. Even my friends at the time and those who are still my friends thought I was weird, but I didn&rsquo;t know I was weird. And when the art guys embraced me, I was declared weird by association probably.</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/93076197/nine-days-left-for-l-a-forum-s-dingbat-2-0-kickstarter-campaign Nine days left for L.A. Forum's DINGBAT 2.0 Kickstarter campaign Justine Testado 2014-02-07T15:17:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T21:52:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7q7scuc3b935oij.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a little over a week left, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design launched their first <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452190721/dingbat-20-publication" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> to support the production and distribution of their upcoming book, <em>DINGBAT 2.0</em>, the first in-depth study of the ubiquitous dingbat apartment -- a common, easy-to-identify structure in Los Angeles that apparently no one&nbsp; talks about.</p><p>Co-edited by former L.A. Forum Board of Directors president Thurman Grant and former board member and Radical Craft principal Joshua G. Stein, each section of the book offers a look into its history, future, and value in L.A.'s urban identity. Features include essays, winning entries of the Dingbat 2.0 competition, and panel discussions between some notable figures.<br><br>Here's more detail about the book:<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fk67aaaf396sf4qc.jpg"><br>"Just as Banham used Los Angeles as a lens through which we could imagine a new form of urbanism emerging across the globe, Dingbat 2.0 uses the dingbat apartment type to explore the seemingly paradoxical potential for individual ide...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92940456/book-launch-l-a-ten-interviews-on-los-angeles-architecture-1970s-1990s-author-in-conversation-with-aaron-betsky-sylvia-lavin Book Launch: "L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s" author in conversation with Aaron Betsky, Sylvia Lavin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-06T12:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T20:51:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yl/yl5lb6rodwh02yb3.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Tuesday's book launch for <em>L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s</em> at the A+D Museum brought author Stephen Phillips in conversation with the book&rsquo;s publisher, Lars M&uuml;ller, and architecture critics (among other things) Aaron Betsky and Sylvia Lavin. The book is a collaborative effort, culling work from students in Cal Poly&rsquo;s L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander of the Getty Research Institute, and Phillips himself. As an initiative that pits students alongside practicing professionals, combining oral history with journalistic investigation, <em>L.A. [TEN]</em> is both the artifact of an educational performance and a signpost in the continuing attempt to historicize L.A.&rsquo;s messy architectural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zvolwgm1fy3emboh.jpg"></p><p>Lavin and Betsky kicked off the launch with miniature lectures, riffing on L.A.&rsquo;s environmental and cultural context during the book&rsquo;s era. Lacking the institutional validation of a strong publishing culture, archite...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92925122/worlds-of-cityvision-coming-to-los-angeles-this-march Worlds of Cityvision coming to Los Angeles this March Alexander Walter 2014-02-05T15:50:00-05:00 >2014-02-06T14:05:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3qd11ozhuhtzg67.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most readers may be very familiar with Italian architecture lab Cityvision for its thought-provoking architectural ideas competitions [...]. Now Cityvision goes traveling and pitches its tent in Los Angeles this March. For the first time abroad, the exhibition Worlds of Cityvision will be on display at Woodbury University's WUHO Gallery from March 6-23.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Worlds of Cityvisions will also see the launch of the new international competition <em>Evolution: the architecture of future mankind</em>, about the future of Beijing featuring a special jury panel comprised of Sou Fujimoto, Greg Lynn, Sanford Kwinter, Eric de Broche des Combes and Ai Weiwei.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92770513/get-lectured-woodbury-spring-14 Get Lectured: Woodbury, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-02-03T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T17:06:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nqmyreq7b8rf298b.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</strong></a><br><br>Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.<br><br>Today's featured poster is from the Woodbury University School of Architecture. Woodbury Architecture will be hosting events throughout the Spring semester in their Burbank (Los Angeles) and San Diego campuses.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em><br><br>All lectures and openings are free and open to the public. All lectures begin at 6:30 pm unless noted. Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Note each event's location.<br><strong>Woodbury University, Los Angeles-Burbank:</strong><br>Fletcher Jones Auditorium, Ahmanson Main Space,<br>7500 Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank, CA 91504<br><br><strong>Wo...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92488673/on-sunset-boulevard-a-striking-example-of-brutalism On Sunset Boulevard, a striking example of brutalism Nam Henderson 2014-01-31T00:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T14:11:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6hkyixynkso851c.jpg" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Bridges, averse to the financial risks of the building industry and feeling his interests move elsewhere, left architecture for academia. His lasting mark as an architect and the work for which he is best known, even if anonymously, is the house he wakes up in every morning</p></em><br /><br /><p>Steven Kurutz profiles a home familiar to many Los Angelenos, but whose architect since turned academic,&nbsp;Robert Bridges, perhaps is not. Located just before the&nbsp;Pacific Palisades off Sunset Boulevard, it is a "concrete-pillared house"&nbsp;many have driven by.</p><p>h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/bldgblog/status/429086213887119360" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92006134/innovators-in-california-architecture-take-part-in-m-a-exhibition-opening-tomorrow-in-long-beach Innovators in California architecture take part in M&A exhibition, opening tomorrow in Long Beach Justine Testado 2014-01-24T17:55:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7qck9gqvrga55gpj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heads up to our Angeleno readers looking for weekend plans, come to the opening reception of "Materials &amp; Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 - 2013", taking place on Jan. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m at the University Art Museum in Cal State Long Beach.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting tomorrow, the M&amp;A exhibition will feature works of the most active, up-and-coming names in California architecture.</p><p>Below is a handful of the works in the show:<br><br>Bubbles by FoxLin<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/6730ihy8yt7ad296.jpg"><br><br>Fat Fringe by Layer<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7fe8q5k4j4zjlp3.jpg"><br><br>Light Frames by Gail Borden<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hs7u125z6ublu3h.jpg"><br><br>Yakuza Lou by Eddy Sykes<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ammqdad63imhttd7.jpg"><br><br>Find the complete list of exhibitors and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/materials_applications_exhibition_opening_reception/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.<br><br><em>Images courtesy of Materials &amp; Applications.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality Hyperloop still far from frictionless reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-17T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T20:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8cjvj0hyhzvaimf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> What we do know: the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> is a fantastic, gee-whiz! prospect that, in an idealized and seamless application, would get between A and B faster than we ever imagined. But whether the Hyperloop actually can (or should) be built is still very much unclear. Ever since Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX) first proposed the Hyperloop last year, his "<a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white paper</a>" plan caused a flurry of excitement and criticism for a project that was still technically quite vague but so futurist (especially as an alternative to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-lane-high-speed-rail-in-california-runs-into-a-low-speed-process/2014/01/13/4aebd266-7c75-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rail's lumbering difficulties</a>) that people loved shouting about it, whether for or against.</p> <p> But since then, how has the Hyperloop project developed? Focus has shifted a bit away from Musk onto <a href="https://www.jumpstartfund.com/hyperloopmilestones.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.</a>, an engineering startup backed by JumpStartFund, a Californian crowd-funding/sourcing platform. The founders of HTT, Patricia Galloway and Marco Villa, are now organizing efforts to actually build the thing (or at l...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91389596/redesigned-grand-avenue-project-wins-l-a-county-supervisors-blessing Redesigned Grand Avenue project wins L.A. County supervisors' blessing Archinect 2014-01-16T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-18T20:13:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b21f26dbb4406f0a35db395b8f1312a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles County supervisors gave their blessing Tuesday to a reimagined design for a proposed mix of high-end apartments, businesses and public space across from Walt Disney Concert Hall. The $750-million plan to redevelop that portion of downtown's Grand Avenue nearly screeched to a halt in September, when a panel of city and county representatives overseeing the project rejected the design presented by developer Related Cos.</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/90909340/get-lectured-ucla-ideas-14 Get Lectured: UCLA IDEAS '14 Justine Testado 2014-01-10T13:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-10T13:09:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/398rv9lf18646n5s.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</strong><br><br> Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, we'll feature a school's lecture series--and their snazzy posters--for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> We're gonna start off this edition of Get Lectured with UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's 2014 IDEAS Lecture Series.</p> <p> "...The series looks beyond the field's traditional boundaries and explores topics arising from unexpected quarters -- entertainment, automotive, aerospace, and tech industries -- in order to explore rapidly emerging new technologies, possibilities for interdisciplinary growth, and the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture."<br><br><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em><br><br> Lectures are free and open to the public. No rese...</p>