Archinect - News 2016-02-14T09:46:38-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147903395/take-a-look-at-6-an-experimental-documentary-that-memorializes-the-recently-demolished-sixth-street-viaduct-in-la Take a look at "6," an experimental documentary that memorializes the recently-demolished Sixth Street Viaduct in LA Nicholas Korody 2016-02-11T18:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T18:48:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/th/thimo3wclm7eq0ig.jpg" width="514" height="217" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These days, it&rsquo;s hard to think clearly about the Los Angeles River. Once the lifeline of the city and, before that, the Tongva people, the river was paved in the early 20th century following a series of devastating floods and then &ndash; at least according to a well-worn narrative &ndash; forgotten by the public.</p><p>After years of potamic amnesia, or so the story goes, Los Angeles suddenly remembered its river, finding in the thin stream a possible answer to both its growing thirst and perpetual identity crises. Now, nobody seems to talk about much else besides &ldquo;our forgotten river&rdquo;. In a sense, the LA River is the ecological inverse of Kim Kardashian: famous for being not-famous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trdlnqkrfntm9h6m.jpg"></p><p>Of course, endless editorializing belies this apparent obscurity. It wasn&rsquo;t just <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry&rsquo;s arrival</a> that heralded the return of the LA River to public attention, or the concatenation of activists and designers that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137338693/they-should-grow-up-frank-gehry-to-critics-of-his-involvement-with-the-l-a-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preceded him</a>. In a way, it had never really been forgotten at all. After all, the river has appeared in H...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147831854/what-s-the-big-deal-assemble-serpentine-and-yap-winners-and-big-controversy-on-archinect-sessions-52-with-special-guest-co-host-will-galloway What's the Big Deal‽ – Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archinect Sessions #52, with special guest co-host Will Galloway Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T18:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-14T03:39:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0j/0jfaefq1iu2wtmqb.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and reliably sane commentator <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1970535/will-galloway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> joins us from his base in Tokyo to discuss the weekly news, including&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147196490/talking-with-assemble-before-they-won-the-turner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his interview with Assemble</a>, crucially taking place mere weeks before they won the Turner Prize. While news from Bjarke Ingels Group commanded the feistiest comment threads this week &ndash; with renderings of BIG's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147663869/big-s-concept-for-a-spiraling-landscape-tower-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spiraling Hudson Yards tower</a> provoking debate over craft in skyscrapers, and the firm being selected to design the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147811744/big-to-design-2016-serpentine-pavilion-alongside-smaller-summer-houses-by-kunl-adeyemi-barkow-leibinger-yona-friedman-and-asif-kahn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion for 2016</a> in their last last eligible year &ndash; recent news included big wins for firms both star-studded and unknown. MoMA PS1 named <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147120123/escobedo-sol-z-studio-is-the-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-2016-young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Escobedo Sol&iacute;z Studio as the 2016 winner of its Young Architects Program</a>, for their "Weaving the Courtyard" submission, while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147362019/zaha-hadid-joins-the-ranks-of-riba-gold-medalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid received her RIBA Gold Medal</a> (the first woman to win solo). Lastly, for you planning wonks, we throw in a brief discussion of a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial proposed ballot measure</a> to halt big developments in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 52 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Ses...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear Alexander Walter 2016-02-10T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ua/uav7qdf0mh1hlw61.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a fresh bid to confront a problem that has confounded lawmakers for decades, Los Angeles city and county officials approved sweeping plans Tuesday aimed at getting thousands of homeless people off the streets. But one crucial question remains unanswered: Where will most of the money come from? [...] The renewed government attention to homelessness was spurred in part by a 12% surge in people living on the streets [...] pushing the total to more than 44,000 homeless people countywide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"It&rsquo;s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147805300/why-a-house-in-manhattan-beach-is-covered-in-a-family-s-memories Why a house in Manhattan Beach is covered in a family's memories Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:22:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9trk0527pnz6li0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Feb. 29, when he packs the plywood portraits back into the truck and heads back to Texas, the house will be demolished and replaced by a pair of three-story condos. "It's not going to be fun when I drive off," he says, "but this is always going to be my hometown."</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Six years ago, when developers offered artist Gary Sweeney "an armored truck full of money" for his childhood home in Manhattan Beach, he turned them down. Sweeney, who currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, was content renting out the old wood-paneled beach house to surfers and letting a management company deal with repairs.</p><p>But then the airline where Sweeney worked a day job as a baggage handler offered him cash to retire. He's in his 60s now, with no children and a wife whose job as a flight attendant would make traveling the world easy and affordable. On top of that, tree roots in the yard of the house at 320 35th St. were constantly mucking up the plumbing and maintenance costs were piling high. It was time to sell. Time to retire. Time to travel and make art full-time.</p><p>Eventually the developers came knocking again and offered Sweeney "two armored trucks full of money" for the property his parents purchased for $5,400 in 1945. He accepted on one condition: He would maintain occu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147736189/get-lectured-usc-informed-by-spring-16 Get Lectured: USC - "Informed By", Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-09T14:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T15:02:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1ykhz4wwmvvmhq2m.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next poster features "Informed By...", the third-year studio project and lecture series at the USC School of Architecture for Spring '16. Coordinated by <a href="http://archinect.com/synthesisdna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Synthesis Design</a> principal Alvin Huang, the studio course and its accompanying talks focus on the topic of "Informed Form", which explores the various ways in which form is informed by a range of disciplinary, technical, and performative influences.&nbsp;</p><p>Listed below are upcoming events.&nbsp;All lectures free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Feb 29</strong><br>MATERIALITY&nbsp;&amp; FABRICATION<br>Benjamin Ball and&nbsp;Gaston Nogues /&nbsp;Ball...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147661460/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-slow-jams-101-freeway-closure-announcement LA mayor Eric Garcetti slow-jams 101 freeway closure announcement Alexander Walter 2016-02-08T15:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T16:11:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmva8z649qj1twgw.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti summoned his inner crooner&nbsp;and released a music video&nbsp;Thursday to warn drivers of an impending 40-hour traffic headache -- the #101SlowJam. Flanked by the Theodore Roosevelt High School Jazz Band,&nbsp;Garcetti sings a tune&nbsp;reminiscent of the "Slow Jam the News" segment on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon."</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"See we're bringing down the 6th Street Bridge, making way for something new and the demolition will cause delays," Garcetti says in the video. "But sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty to build something beautiful." </em>&ndash;&nbsp;Infrastructure never felt so sexy.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/565135/6th-street-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angele&ntilde;os get around</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139050479/say-goodbye-to-the-sixth-street-viaduct-along-the-l-a-river-at-forumfest-2015-oct-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to the Sixth Street Viaduct along the L.A. River at ForumFest 2015, Oct. 25</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. Orhan Ayyüce 2016-02-03T20:49:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T18:29:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1nx39vpauttunbcu.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Poised to be the mother of all the&nbsp;initiatives ever to impact the built environment of the city in a while, a proposed ballot initiative called &nbsp;the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative,&nbsp;sponsored by a group called the Coalition to Preserve L.A. (CPLA), is the talk of the architecture, planning and developer circles at the moment.</p><p>Initially underwritten by the&nbsp;AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who emphasizes, among other reasons, the idea that densification can be a public health issue. The proposed initiative has the potential of stopping all the large scale development in Los Angeles. It aims to put a halt on the "vibrant"&nbsp;urban lifestyle which the developers, their political representatives and good number of gentrification people have been advocating at the cost of minorities, low-income&nbsp;communities and the majority of L.A.'s residents who have been struggling to come up with the outrageous rents month after month until they finally fall victim to substandard housing, homelessness or move...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147271960/get-lectured-usc-spring-16 Get Lectured: USC, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-03T17:12:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T01:15:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ux/uxlf94ypwvtig70t.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Southern California, School of Architecture</a>.</p><p>A selection of upcoming events are listed below.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 3</strong><br>4 Architects Panel: Errors, Estrangement, Messes &amp; Fictions: Exhibit Panel</p><p><strong>March 9</strong><br>Etienne Iliffe-Moon / Director of Industrial Design with BMW Group Designworks</p><p><strong>March 7-11</strong><br>Career Week - workshops and discussions for students</p><p><strong>March 11</strong><br>Career Connections: Firm Fair</p><p><strong>March 14-25</strong><br>Campsites Exhibition</p><p><strong>March 21-25</strong><br>Architecture in Spain, China &amp; Japan</p><p><strong>March 30</strong><br>Frei Otto: Spanning the Future -&nbsp;film screening (premie...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146887482/are-you-ready-for-some-more-football-new-renderings-of-inglewood-s-impending-stadium-revealed Are you ready for some (more) football? New renderings of Inglewood's impending stadium revealed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-29T13:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T15:28:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/245e40091bc93b418300c175290c56e3.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Highlights include a detailed look at the stadium's swooping roof canopy, which was designed by HKS Architects. [...] When completed in 2019, the $2.66-billion venue will offer seating for up to 70,240 NFL fans, as well as standing-room capacity for over 100,000 people at larger events. [...] The stadium is one component of a much larger mixed-use complex that is being jointly developed by real estate firms Stockbridge Capital and Wilson Meany along with Rams owner Stan Kroenke.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the video below for another look at "the&nbsp;NFL's biggest and most expensive venue, with a price tag well over $2 billion... the priciest sports venue in the nation's history" (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145653809/nfl-football-is-officially-returning-to-los-angeles-gigantic-new-stadium-might-even-be-home-to-more-than-just-one-team" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed LA</a>) &ndash; aka,&nbsp;the new home for the recently-minted Los Angeles Rams (and potentially the San Diego Chargers as well). More renderings are perusable in the gallery below. Yay?</p><p></p><p>Are you ready for some more FOOTBALL?!?!?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146368753/bjarke-ingels-shouldn-t-be-proud-to-have-the-washington-redskins-as-a-client-according-to-critic-philip-kennicott" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels shouldn't be proud to have the Washington Redskins as a client, according to critic Philip Kennicott</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146816074/a-final-hurrah-for-l-a-s-sixth-street-viaduct A final hurrah for L.A.'s Sixth Street Viaduct Justine Testado 2016-01-28T15:13:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T15:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftpotnd0stw7qg4l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Final farewells were visible all over the 6th Street Viaduct on Wednesday. Spinning tire trails were burned onto the bridge's asphalt deck; declarations of love and poetry were scribbled onto its concrete railings and incomprehensible graffiti was blasted across its high metal arches...Demolition of the crumbling bridge is scheduled to begin this week and could take up to nine months to complete, as crews cart away more than 110,000 tons of concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"While I'm more aware that the closure will cause delays, believe me, it will be worth it in the long run,&rdquo;&nbsp;Mayor Garcetti tells the L.A. Times.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139050479/say-goodbye-to-the-sixth-street-viaduct-along-the-l-a-river-at-forumfest-2015-oct-25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to the Sixth Street Viaduct along the L.A. River at ForumFest 2015, Oct. 25</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59641528/hntb-maltzan-ac-martin-win-6th-street-bridge-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HNTB, Maltzan, AC Martin win 6th Street bridge competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146756658/so-cal-has-dumped-a-lot-of-money-into-transit-projects-but-there-s-been-little-pay-off-so-far So Cal has dumped a lot of money into transit projects, but there's been little pay-off so far Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T20:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2a6xjux11zmxt8q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option."</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730131/eric-garcetti-vs-the-car-how-la-s-mayor-plans-to-change-the-way-angele-os-get-around" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angele&ntilde;os get around</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T14:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T13:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pu/puwkyi9a23e162gk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hamburger stand is part of southern California&rsquo;s rich tradition of roadside architecture. These buildings are typically 100 square-foot boxes, with an outdoor window to order and pick up food. Next to the structures are rudimentary dining areas, often consisting of no more than a plastic tarp and a few fold-up chairs and tables [...] The hipsterfication of LA&rsquo;s hamburger stands may... prove the final chapter in the saga of these half-century-old structures.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141782005/regarding-the-remarkable-range-of-prefab-self-built-movable-and-vernacular-dwellings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Regarding the remarkable range of prefab, self-built, movable, and vernacular dwellings</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127711075/l-a-city-council-officially-votes-norms-restaurant-as-historic-and-cultural-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. City Council Officially Votes Norms Restaurant as "Historic and Cultural Landmark"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/51499334/googie-architecture-of-the-space-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Googie: Architecture of the Space Age</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T20:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T22:17:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czfqo7b4678z0p68.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...this week's higher temperatures and sunny skies serve as a reminder that one watery week doesn't erase the years of hardcore drought that have dragged on in SoCal and all of California. The record-breaking rains are a reason to be excited, certainly, but "Although this is a favorable start to the year, there are still 3-4 more critical months that will determine how much rain/snow will fall and accumulate during the wet season," [says] David Miskus, a meteorologist ...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Relevant:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139317744/drought-reveals-16th-century-church-beneath-mexican-reservoir" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought reveals 16th century church beneath Mexican reservoir</a></li><li><p><a title="In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136648960/in-face-of-drought-san-diego-s-desalination-efforts-won-t-stop-there" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In face of drought, San Diego's desalination efforts won't stop there</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142904746/thirst-quenching-as-los-angeles-heats-up-next-wave-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thirst-quenching as Los Angeles heats up: Next Wave @ UCLA</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Fatal shores? Sea snakes wash up on Southern California beaches" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140811641/fatal-shores-sea-snakes-wash-up-on-southern-california-beaches" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fatal shores? Sea snakes wash up on Southern California beaches</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146138891/it-s-easier-now-to-tear-down-historic-homes-in-beverly-hills-than-before-is-this-progress-or-folly It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before – is this progress or folly? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:43:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1gcdassgjzvdn5j4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last July, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to modify the city&rsquo;s historic preservation ordinance, thereby making it easier to demolish buildings that were at one point deemed &ldquo;historic.&rdquo; While the City Council understands this a mark of progress&mdash;allowing more real estate money, and therefore more revenue, to flow into the city&mdash;historically minded citizens believe the modification places architecturally and historically relevant buildings onto a very slippery slope...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143597471/roam-l-a-s-westside-with-these-travel-tips-from-ehrlich-architects-takashi-yanai" target="_blank">Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai</a></p></li><li><p><a title="$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140903285/500-000-000-spec-house-under-construction-in-la" target="_blank">$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA</a></p></li><li><p><a title='MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129957435/mad-unveils-hillside-village-project-for-beverly-hills" target="_blank">MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146052779/it-s-about-recognizing-someone-as-existing-photo-exhibit-depicts-l-a-s-homelessness-crisis "It’s about recognizing someone as existing": Photo exhibit depicts L.A.'s homelessness crisis Justine Testado 2016-01-19T11:30:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:10:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkl4tedldg80e9sq.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Los Angeles-based designers Sofia Borges and Susan Nwankpa recently collaborated in a photo exhibition titled "HOME(less)". Currently at the University of Southern California, the exhibition spotlights L.A.'s ongoing homelessness crisis in an interestingly positive manner. Borges and Nwankpa took a moment with Archinect to give more details into their project.</p><p><strong>Read the full Archinect feature <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146054413/to-each-their-own-home-a-peek-into-the-home-less-exhibition-at-usc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>More about homelessness in L.A.:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></p><p><a 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></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145730131/eric-garcetti-vs-the-car-how-la-s-mayor-plans-to-change-the-way-angele-os-get-around Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angeleños get around Nicholas Korody 2016-01-14T13:15:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T22:18:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vn/vnr0y9gn2bvsonc1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now in his third year as mayor, the 44-year-old [Eric Garcetti] wants Los Angeles to be &ldquo;the first postmodern city,&rdquo; as he tells me, speaking in his art-filled office one morning in October. Throughout the past year, he has made a series of proposals that would fundamentally alter the city by deposing the automobile, which has reigned over Los Angeles for a half-century like a cocksure Third World despot... Call him the Che Guevara of Southern California infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks artist to help reduce L.A.'s pedestrian fatalities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140008648/mayor-eric-garcetti-seeks-artist-to-help-reduce-l-a-s-pedestrian-fatalities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks artist to help reduce L.A.'s pedestrian fatalities</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 title="L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting</a></li><li><a title="Garcetti Calls for 100K New Homes in Los Angeles by 2021" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113050259/garcetti-calls-for-100k-new-homes-in-los-angeles-by-2021" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garcetti Calls for 100K New Homes in Los Angeles by 2021</a></li><li><a title="Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110233666/mayor-vows-to-make-la-more-pedestrian-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145678749/in-los-angeles-landlords-and-tenants-will-share-seismic-retrofit-costs In Los Angeles, landlords and tenants will share seismic retrofit costs Alexander Walter 2016-01-14T11:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T00:14:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3es09wa0umlzzysg.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renters and apartment owners must equally share the financial burden of earthquake retrofitting, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday, capping a more than year-long debate that allows the city to begin implementing the most sweeping mandatory seismic laws in the nation. [...] Owners can pass half the retrofit costs to tenants through rent increases over a 10-year period, with a maximum increase of $38 per month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94364358/should-tenants-pay-for-earthquake-retrofitting-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Should tenants pay for earthquake retrofitting costs?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79606948/deep-retrofits-next-market-for-struggling-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deep Retrofits Next Market for Struggling Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107560614/napa-quake-a-reality-check" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Napa Quake a 'Reality Check'</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145653809/nfl-football-is-officially-returning-to-los-angeles-gigantic-new-stadium-might-even-be-home-to-more-than-just-one-team NFL football is officially returning to Los Angeles: gigantic new stadium might even be home to more than just one team Alexander Walter 2016-01-13T13:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-14T14:24:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2umnxxdzxo85oym.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 21 years away, the NFL is coming back to Los Angeles. The winner after months of waiting and a busy day of voting and discussion among the NFL team owners in Houston was St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke [...]. The exciting twist is that the San Diego Chargers have the option to join the Rams in their huge, shiny stadium&mdash;which is poised to be the NFL's biggest and most expensive venue, with a price tag well over $2 billion. (It'd be the priciest sports venue in the nation's history, too.)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134568620/organic-kale-for-posh-la-football-fans-newly-unveiled-stadium-design-sports-a-farmers-market-and-vvip-parking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145580752/will-la-s-building-boom-produce-beloved-icons-or-hated-eyesores Will LA's building boom produce beloved icons or hated eyesores? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-12T14:26:00-05:00 >2016-01-14T19:40:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/932ngaeh13fkvbyw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>L.A. has always been a place of experimentation, but now it appears to be in an architectural arms race, a competition to build the tallest, shiniest, and weirdest buildings. Adding to some Angelenos&rsquo; trepidation is how many of the projects popping up around the city are museums&mdash;built to last for 40 years or more, which is an eternity in a city known for knocking things down.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a 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><p><a title="Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum " href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban blight: a review of the Petersen Automotive Museum</a></p></li><li><p><a title="The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137204495/the-broad-museum-opens-its-doors-for-a-look-beyond-the-veil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145497982/playboy-mansion-to-hit-the-market-soon-yes-it-comes-with-hugh-hefner Playboy Mansion to hit the market soon (yes, it comes with Hugh Hefner) Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-11T18:46:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pg3f9xlppye59e18.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ, the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles is soon to go up for sale and the owner &mdash; Playboy Enterprises and not Hugh Hefner &mdash; hopes for a brazenly quixotic and international publicity assuring sale price &ldquo;somewhere north of $200 million.&rdquo; [...] should someone sign on the dotted line they will be required to accept a lifetime tenancy by Mister Hefner, now 89 years old and married since 2012 to 29-year-old former Playmate of the Month Crystal Harris.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Better call the carpet cleaner first.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140343452/un-haunting-a-house-the-art-of-selling-a-building-with-a-grisly-past" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Un-haunting a house: the art of selling a building with a grisly past</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145192240/get-lectured-sci-arc-spring-16 Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-01-07T13:27:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:33:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izh6qwxzurs2qojc.jpg" width="514" height="899" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from <a href="http://archinect.com/sciarc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, with their "Duels + Duets" lecture event series for Spring 2016. In addition to lectures and exhibitions, the series features unscripted conversations between some leading architecture figures.</p><p>Take a gander at the upcoming events below.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jan 27</strong><br>Robert Somol</p><p><strong>Feb 10</strong><br>Mohsen Mostafavi&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Peter Testa + Greg Lynn</p><p><strong>March 2 </strong><br>Ray Kappe + Hernan Diaz Alonso</p><p><strong>March 4</strong><br>Gregory Crewdson</p><p><strong>March 9</strong><br>Antoine Picon</p><p><strong>March 11</strong><br>Close-up: SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception</p><p><strong>March 14</strong><br>Timothy Morton</p><p><strong>March 16</strong><br>Michael Fried</p><p><strong>March 18</strong><br>Ellie...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145041324/get-lectured-woodbury-university-spring-16 Get Lectured: Woodbury University, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-01-05T13:49:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:17:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3ewcrx5awl144nx8.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="http://archinect.com/woodbury" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury University, School of Architecture</a> with their eye-popping poster for Spring 2016.&nbsp;</p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Free and open to the public.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/99/991z6k7fpx5ybx9j.jpg"></p><p><strong>LOS ANGELES/BURBANK CAMPUS</strong> -&nbsp;All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Main Space.</p><p><strong>Jan 12</strong><br>Kiel Moe / Harvard Graduate School of Design</p><p><strong>Jan 26</strong><br>T. Kelly Wilson / Indiana University, Bloomington</p><p><strong>Feb 16</strong><br>The Drawing Symposium: Heather Peterson, Gerard Smulevich, Heather Flood, Mark Ericson</p><p><strong>March 22</strong><br>Cathrine Veikos / California College of the Arts</p><p><strong>April 5</strong><br>David Giss...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways Nicholas Korody 2016-01-04T13:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T21:59:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tpmu30msgofmwkrr.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An elevated park filling a retired stretch of freeway may sound reminiscent of the High Line, the hugely popular park built along an abandoned elevated train line in Manhattan. In symbolic and practical terms, the potential of a remade 2 spur is greater than even that project. It would take a working stretch of freeway in Los Angeles, a city still synonymous with car culture, and reinvent it as a vibrant, diverse urban landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Critics rarely take advantage of their position to propose urban initiatives of their own, but when they do, it usually merits some serious consideration.<br><br>Christopher Hawthorne has issued an inventive, but well-reasoned, proposal to remake the awkward terminus of the 2 Freeway, where it "bends south and west from Interstate 5 and dips into Silver Lake and Echo Park, two miles or so from downtown Los Angeles," into a new urban space.</p><p>Noting the general feasibility of the idea &ndash; similar projects have had little to no harmful effect on traffic conditions &ndash; Hawthorne asserts that transforming the freeway could turn "noise into quiet, gray into green, dangerous into healthful, a no man's land into a destination."<br><br>Hawthorne proposes a variety of possible programs, from parkland to housing to storm water treatment (or all of the above), rather than prescribe a single idea. In the process, his call reads more as an invitation for designers than an edict.<br><br>He concludes by suggesting a glimmering ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144499048/frank-lloyd-wright-s-sturges-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-50-years Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-29T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6fb3fa3c5b9db24b0f381e457f4c7d0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has announced that Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s George Sturges House will be among 75 lots from the estate of the actor and playwright Jack Larson to be auctioned on February 21. [...] When a house like this became available in 1967, Larson and Bridges were looking for something that exemplified their interests in all things artistic, it was very exciting for them to acquire. It was a trophy. It will be a trophy, probably, for the next owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 1,200 square foot home, located in Brentwood Heights in Brentwood, Los Angeles, was designed and built in 1939, with a budget of $9,000 (adjusted for inflation, that would be roughly $153,671 today). It was the first Usonian house to be built.</p><p>The bidding is estimated to begin at&nbsp;$2.5 to $3 million.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T12:52:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7x/7x5yvitfbb3v7dbf.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The freeway system, which Southern Californians once saw as a ticket to freedom, an emblem of L.A.'s love of individuality and movement, increasingly serves as a landscape of hard luck and a desperate sort of community &mdash; a place to hunker down. [...] As the homeless population grows in a city whose public realm is the haggard product of several decades of neglect, the freeway has taken on a crucial, if often dispiriting, neighborhood role despite itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The ranks of the chronically homeless in Los Angeles County have grown by more than 50% in the last two years, to more than 12,000 people, according to one study. If you count all the people who are homeless at least part of the time, the figure rises to an estimated 44,000."</em></p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137260707/los-angeles-to-declare-homelessness-in-the-city-an-emergency-and-pledge-100-million" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million</a></li><li><a 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 href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832288/low-income-housing-in-los-angeles-a-look-at-the-past-present-and-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams Justine Testado 2015-12-21T20:53:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T21:17:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6lc55cv5ffl94tb.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in October, the Pershing Square Renew non-profit group revealed 10 big-name semifinalist teams in a competition to redesign Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. City Councilmember Jose Huizar formed the Pershing Square Task Force in the summer of 2013 with the goal 'to re-envision Pershing Square' into a new town square with better public access, fresh landscaping and the like, to what they believe would further spruce up the evolving city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to PSR, the park has been constantly overlooked for redevelopment. Inevitably, <a href="https://www.change.org/p/mayor-garcetti-la-city-council-recreation-and-parks-don-t-re-envision-pershing-square-restore-pershing-square" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not everyone agrees</a> the historic park should be revamped.</p><p>Nearly two months later, the competition is now down to the final four proposals:</p><p><strong>Agence TER with SALT Landscape Architects</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/68/68jgks0ortpqmvyp.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4sidkljmk8zk6z0.jpg"></p><p><strong>SWA with Morphosis</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/od/odqy7talywbyz62j.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/by/byn7k0c3peq6cigr.jpg"></p><p><strong>James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher &amp; Partners</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ad/adpl2x4rq76v72hx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qn/qnb96vhlcmde8ozx.jpg"></p><p><strong>wHY with Civitas</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8a/8aq6i4ltsrsclp3t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3o/3oopua9npe70824l.jpg"></p><p>The teams will prepare for jury interviews and a public presentation in early 2016, and the public will also have the chance to give feedback before the jury selects the winning team. For now, the winning team will be announced next April.</p><p>Get a closer look of each proposal and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/get_a_glimpse_of_the_four_pershing_square_renew_finalist_proposals/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143597471/roam-l-a-s-westside-with-these-travel-tips-from-ehrlich-architects-takashi-yanai Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai Justine Testado 2015-12-18T19:41:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T01:29:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xuklui0pml56ss8y.jpg" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>Head westbound on the traffic-laden streets of Los Angeles and chances are that you'll find yourself in the aptly named&nbsp;<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westside_(Los_Angeles_County)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Westside</a>. This loosely bordered part of the city is a hodgepodge of districts that include the Hollywood set-like mansions of Beverly Hills, Miracle Mile in Mid-Wilshire, and quirky beachside Venice, to name a few. Aside from that, the Westside is home to a number of well-loved architectural landmarks, as well as where some of today's most famous architects established their careers decades ago.</p><p>Archinect got in touch with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118367994/talking-multicultural-modernism-with-ehrlich-architects-on-archinect-sessions-episode-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Takashi Yanai</a>, Partner and Director of the Residential Studio at <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12555/ehrlich-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Architects</a>, who shared a chockfull of must-see sites around his "neck of the L.A. woods", as he described. Check out Yanai's suggestions &mdash; and some of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/t_yanai/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his Instagram</a>&nbsp;shots &mdash; right below to rediscover old favorites or find something c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town Justine Testado 2015-12-11T14:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T14:27:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3rnc3ou1vhjvgdd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But if L.A. is going to remain a creative capital, its civic and cultural leaders are going to need to do more than offer really great talk about how great we are...This can start with the Otis Report on the Creative Economy...If this report is to be more than just a feel-good data dump, it could use some solid recommendations on how L.A. compares to other cities culturally and how we might improve the situation for artists and cultural organizations, both small and large.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about arts districts on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134055238/venice-beach-s-ongoing-grapple-with-the-tech-titan-invasion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125896734/downtown-la-s-vision-of-an-architecture-and-design-super-cluster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA's vision of an architecture and design super cluster</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132661925/with-a-little-compromise-illegal-urban-squats-like-ljubljana-s-metelkova-mesto-can-do-a-city-good" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With a little compromise, illegal urban squats like Ljubljana's Metelkova Mesto can do a city good</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108641438/how-many-artists-does-it-take-to-make-an-arts-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Many Artists Does It Take to Make an Arts District?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142922472/sci-arc-leaders-of-change SCI-Arc: Leaders of Change Sponsor 2015-12-09T11:57:00-05:00 >2015-12-09T12:06:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71h07eo36tifxuvr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://viewbook.sciarc.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>If you know architecture, or think you know architecture, you know SCI-Arc. You know SCI-Arc is a place for leaders &ndash; the leaders of change, the leaders of a new vision, the leaders of new technologies, the leaders of our rapidly-expanding field.<br><strong>SCI-Arc is architecture now.</strong></p><p><strong>Now,</strong> under the directorship of visionary architect, Hernan Diaz Alonso, SCI-Arc is entering its most exciting era to date. SCI-Arc has always been on the cutting edge of architecture &ndash; the passion for design/build in the 1970s, the era of public works in the 1980s, the critical period of the 1990s, and the coming of the digital in the early 2000s &ndash; but today, SCI-Arc is setting the edge. With the largest advanced fabrication lab on the West Coast &ndash; replete with an army of 3D printers, powder printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and casting equipment, at the ready for any enrolled student &ndash; students are encouraged to use materials...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142588473/its-skin-feels-hermetic-and-overwrought "Its skin feels hermetic and overwrought" Nam Henderson 2015-12-04T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T00:45:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tyun7qy6ez2vs9zu.jpg" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But overall the Broad is a disappointment, and the ways in which it fails are more than a little concerning. Its incoherence, its poor urbanism and its unoriginality suggest that the transition from critics to makers may have DS + R stumped...The Broad&rsquo;s failures of urban design are its biggest and most disappointing surprise.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sarah Williams Goldhagen pens a critique of&nbsp;Diller Scofidio + Renfro's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebroad.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The&nbsp;Broad</a>.</p>