Archinect - News 2015-10-10T07:04:22-04:00 Paris pulls off an (almost) car-free day Julia Ingalls 2015-10-01T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:39:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paris&rsquo;s car-free day was not without controversy, not least because it wasn&rsquo;t a totally carless day and was limited to only around one-third of the city. After a standoff with police, authorities were only able to make car-free certain parts of the city centre, stretching between Bastille and the Champs Elys&eacute;es, and the outer Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, and only between 11am and 6pm. In the rest of the city, cars were allowed but at 20km an hour.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paris, which had a mostly car-free day on Sunday, September 27th, experienced smog-free blue skies and a largely smiling populace, but it's not the first major metropolis to sort of go pedestrian. During a July weekend in 2011, famously car-centric Los Angeles shut down one of its main transit arteries, the 405 freeway, for infrastructural modification in what was nicknamed "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carmaggedon</a>." The stay-off-the-roads frenzy leading up to the closure was so successful that most people took a staycation in their homes, leading city officials to play down the threat the next time the 405 needed to be shut down. (People still needed to spend money to stimulate the local economy, after all.)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Get Lectured: Woodbury University, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-25T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-25T14:27:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="689" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&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>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woodbury University, School of Architecture</a>.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events. Free and open to the public.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Los Angeles campus </strong>- All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Main Space.</p><p><strong>Sept 29</strong><br>Patricia Rhee / Partner, Ehrlich Architects</p><p><strong>Nov 10</strong><br>Lois Weinthal / Chair, Ryerson School of Interior Design</p><p><strong>San Diego campus</strong> - All lectures start at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Lecture Space.</p><p><strong>Sept 29</strong><br>Minsuk Cho / Mass Studies</p><p><strong>Oct 16</strong><br>James Timberlake / Partner at KieranTimberlake</p><p><strong>Nov 3</strong><br>Jimenez Lai / Bureau Spectacular</p><p><strong>EXHIBITION...</strong></p> LA's redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum: so bad the public will love it? Alexander Walter 2015-09-25T13:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-01T15:24:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The scaffolding is off the Petersen Automotive Museum&nbsp;on Mid-Wilshire, and even though the building isn't yet open to the public, the reactions have been&nbsp;passionate. "The New Look of the Petersen Automotive Museum is Really Really Bad," trumpeted a headline in Curbed. (The story, by Marissa Gluck, went on to describe the building as "the Guy Fieri of buildings: obnoxious, loud, and, ultimately, sure to be inexplicably embraced by the public.")</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles is enjoying its fair share of museum-related news these days:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Museum opens its doors for a look beyond the veil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of LACMA's Frank Gehry exhibition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Los Angeles' Broad Museum</a></li></ul> A bicyclist's perspective on the dangers and joys of riding in L.A. Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:40:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While you&rsquo;re hypertensive in traffic listening to NPR, I have seen dolphins frolicking (and homeless men fighting over a shopping cart); I&rsquo;ve smelled the taco trucks and heard all the languages of kids playing at morning recess. I sweat and shiver; I feel elation and real fear. In short, I feel alive. And so I ride.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Despite its annoyances, difficulties, and outright dangers, Peter Flax's take on bicycle riding in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.</a>&mdash;prompted in part by the city's recent decision "to create hundreds of miles of new protected bike lanes, shrinking some streets in the process"&mdash;combines a reporter's clear-eyed sensibility with an enthusiast's joy. In what is apparently an all-too typical encounter, he describes an&nbsp;incident with&nbsp;a dangerous driver: "Once, on Curson near Pico, a black Mercedes swerved into my path and the side mirror grazed my hip. I rolled up to the guy&rsquo;s driver&rsquo;s side window at a red light; he had his phone on his lap, watching a video. Without saying a word, I just rode away, bewildered and angry."&nbsp;</p><p>Want to read more on bicycling developments in L.A.&nbsp;and beyond? Click below:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Gets its First Parking-Protected Bike Lanes</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></p>... Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-23T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T13:30:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="790" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&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>Our next poster comes from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Upcoming events are listed below. Unless noted otherwise, lectures start at 7 p.m. in the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. Free + open to the public. Lectures will also be broadcast on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Sept 25-26</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Right NOW</a> symposium<br>Live broadcast at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><strong>Oct 5</strong><br>Graham Harman: "Form and Its Rivals"</p><p><strong>Oct 7</strong><br>Michael Hansmeyer: "Out of Order"</p><p><strong>Oct 14</strong><br>Hashim Sarkis: "Premises for Practice"</p><p><strong>Oct 28</strong><br>Liam Young: "Tomorrows Thoughts Today &amp; Unknown Fields Division"</p><p><strong>Oct 30</strong><br>Ric...</p> L.A.'s urban heat island effect accounts for temperatures up to 19 degrees hotter Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-22T17:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the greater L.A. area sees more additional heat than any other region, in part because of how urbanized it is. [...] Solutions include planting more trees and bushes, painting roofs white so they don&rsquo;t absorb as much heat and using lighter colored concrete on streets and sidewalks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Los Angeles to declare homelessness in the city an 'emergency' and pledge $100 million Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-22T13:48:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles elected leaders announced Tuesday that they will declare a &ldquo;state of emergency&rdquo; on the growing homelessness problem in the city and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people. [...] "If we want to be a great city that hosts the Olympics and shows itself off to the world,&rdquo; Cedillo said, &ldquo;we shouldn't have 25,000 to 50,000 people sleeping on the streets.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Low-income housing in Los Angeles: A look at the past, present and future</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Los Angeles, homelessness is becoming more visible</a></li></ul> Look forward to the future in the Core77 Conference 2015: "DESIGNING HERE/NOW" this October Justine Testado 2015-09-21T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-19T00:10:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Core77 Conference</a> looks into the future of contemporary design in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DESIGNING HERE/NOW</a>. Happening at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles from October 22-24, the three-day event explores the ideas, relationships, and technologies that are pushing forward the boundaries of contemporary design.</p><p>During the three-day event, attendees can listen to and get inspired by a multitude of visionary speakers, connect with fellow members of the architecture and design community, and of course, enjoy great food and drinks with the insiders of L.A.'s design community.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>DESIGNING HERE/NOW gathers a diverse group of speakers from leading companies to share their own thought-provoking ideas and projects that are well ahead of their time. Their presentations demonstrate new ways of thinking that changed what we make, the way we collaborate, how we conduct business, and what the future has in store.</p><p>Confirmed Speakers &amp; Moderators include:</p><ul><li><strong>Tanya Aguiniga</strong> - Artist and Designer</li><li><strong>Gadi Amit</strong> - Founder and Pr...</li></ul> Frank Gehry-designed children's center planned for Watts neighborhood in L.A. Justine Testado 2015-09-14T19:48:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T10:46:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Gehry, whose firm provided the work free of charge, spelled out his vision for a piece of property that extends nearly two blocks. The two-story structures will fit the neighborhood... offering a scale and a 'body language' that is residential in nature...[The] Children's Institute project is one of several signs that new services and amenities are coming to the neighborhood, which recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil unrest that erupted in 1965.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent Frank Gehry-related news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's product designs to be honored by Museum of California Design</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry opens up about the emotional side of his architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry's renderings for L.A.'s Sunset Strip revealed</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to "Frank Gehry", after Paris but before Los Angeles</a></p> L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics Nicholas Korody 2015-09-10T15:10:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T15:49:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Citing L.A.'s quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles County transportation officials are seeking to fast-track two of Metro's most anticipated rail projects. In letters sent Tuesday and obtained by The Times, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally asked to join a Federal Transit Administration pilot program that could accelerate construction on a subway to the Westside and a rail connection to Los Angeles International Airport...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pending federal approval (and cash &ndash; $1 billion, to be precise), Metro hopes to pursue an "extremely aggressive" schedule, completing the Purple Line subway extension as well as the LAX "people-mover" by the potential opening of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2024 Los Angeles Olympics</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Currently, the Purple Line is scheduled to extend from its current terminus in Koreatown towards the Westside over the course of 16 years, and in three stages. According to the Times, the new plan would mean that all three stages would be worked concurrently: Koreatown to Mid-Wilshire, Mid-Wilshire to Century City, Century City to West LA.</p><p>The LAX "people-mover," a much-need and anticipated terminal train, is currently scheduled to start service by 2028. Under the accelerated timeline, that would be moved to 2024 as well. In addition, it would be linked to the currently-planned connection between the Green Line, which runs across the South Bay, and the Expo Line, which cuts across Mid-City.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Alongside the hoped-for $1-billion federa...</p> Ma Yansong of MAD Architects to speak at LACMA Nicholas Korody 2015-09-09T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T08:18:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On September 15,&nbsp;Ma Yansong, Founder and Principal Partner of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> (Beijing, Los Angeles), will speak at LACMA as part of their&nbsp;Distinguished Architects Lecture Series.</p><p>According to the press release, Yansong will discuss several forthcoming projects&nbsp;including the Harbin Cultural Island, as well as two recent projects for LA: the speculative project Cloud Corridor and 8600 Wilshire.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In addition, Yansong is slated to discuss "Shanshui City," described as&nbsp;"a conceptual vision" for balancing the environment, society, and the city through architecture.</p><p>For more information and tickets, visit LACMA's website&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on MAD Architects:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Finding "Shelter" in Los Angeles' housing chaos</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A brief history of twisted apartment buildings</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem Justine Testado 2015-09-03T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T08:07:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if [California] adopts a plan to build a [165-foot-wide, 200-foot-long] landscaped bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills...Urbanization has taken a toll on Southern California&rsquo;s mountain lion population, spurring battles over shrinking territory and a depletion of genetic diversity because of inbreeding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:<img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">33-story endangered species picture show</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese sinkhole develops its own eco-system</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our infrastructure is expanding to include animals</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics</a></p> Moscow, Russia voted world's unfriendliest city by travelers Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T14:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T14:33:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We suspect the city&rsquo;s notoriously bad traffic and general &ldquo;aloofness&rdquo; of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year&rsquo;s poll.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Travel + Leisure compiled a survey of the places its readers love to visit, it also collected data on the 30 locales they loathe. While Moscow, Russia tops the list of the world's unfriendliest cities, a significant number of the top 10 are located in the United States (including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baltimore</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and the world's #2 unfriendliest burg,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic City</a>).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Leading up to its September-20 opening, Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new Broad museum Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T14:21:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elements of the Broad that have been most closely scrutinized or most often reworked, in fact, are the most uneven. It is only in the relative shadows &mdash; in the peripheral or easily overlooked spaces, or in the rooms added or enlarged late in the design process &mdash; that the architecture of the museum really comes to life.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on <em>The Broad</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So what's new at the Broad?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's Broad Museum set to open on Sept. 20, with a Feb. 15 preview</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is The Broad Museum's newly unveiled facade living up to its renderings?</a></li></ul> Get Lectured: USC, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-08-31T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T15:07:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&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>Kicking off the new school year last Monday, our first featured poster comes from the University of Southern California School of Architecture for Fall 2015.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are selected upcoming events. Lectures are free and open to the public.</p><p>Sept 9<br><strong>Jose Sanchez</strong> /&nbsp;Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture</p><p>Sept 28-Oct 16&#8203;<br><strong>Midterm Presentations &amp; Reviews</strong></p><p>Oct 12<br><strong>Graduate Open House</strong></p><p>Oct 21<br><strong>Junya Ishigami Drawing Workshop</strong> / Junya Ishigami + Associates - Tokyo</p><p>&#8203;Oct 26-30<br><strong>&#8203;Architecture in Italy</strong><br>Exhibition from Global Studies Program</p><p>Nov 4<br><strong>Kelly Shannon, P...</strong></p> Organic kale for posh LA football fans: Newly unveiled stadium design sports a farmers' market and VVIP parking Alexander Walter 2015-08-18T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-08-19T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Manica, president of Manica Architecture, the firm designing the stadium, previously described the open-air venue as &ldquo;like a luxury sports car&rdquo; and &ldquo;very aerodynamic.&rdquo; A brief video released Monday to promote the project described the stadium as &ldquo;designed to be an instant classic.&rdquo; Narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, it touted an on-site campus for the NFL that would &ldquo;power every important league initiative for the next 50 years&rdquo; as well as a farmers' market [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>One must-have LA feature the <em>Times</em> article glanced over is the "VVIP In-Stadium Valet Parking for Premium Fans." After all, who wants to self-park their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">special-edition Lamborghini</a> next to a stinking Porsche Boxster and then schlep their personally-trained buttocks all the way to the friggin' sky box?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>James Dator at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>SBNation</em></a> got the caption right: "HAHAHAHAHA! Look at all those poor people staring through the glass.&nbsp;They'll never own a car that nice, and they know it!"</p><p>What's your take, LA Archinectors? Will we be able to take the 101 to the 110 to the 405 soon to see a live NFL game?</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEG scraps plans to bring an NFL football stadium to downtown LA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cities don't see much economic gain from sports stadiums, says Stanford economist</a></li></ul> Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T21:53:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many have challenged the logic of a Swiss building in Los Angeles [...] In a sense, all of the criticisms can be boiled down to a single accusation: quality architecture does not belong in Los Angeles. [...] Contextualism in Los Angeles requires more innovation than matching roof heights or aligning cornices; its ecology is one of large and oversized cultural objects that act as signposts amid sprawl.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Situating LACMA in "master builder" Peter Zumthor's career overall, architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (of the LA-based firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>) discuss what distinguishes his work in a city with a somewhat confused attitude towards icons and context.</p><p>More on Zumthor's LACMA:</p><ul><li><a title="Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Zumthor's inkblot the right size for LACMA's art?</a></li><li><a title="&quot;The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff&quot;: Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Erection, the Inkblot, and the RFRA Riff-Raff": Morphosis' Vals tower, Zumthor's LACMA, and Hoosier hospitality confronts RFRA on Archinect Sessions Episode #23</a></li><li><a title="Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church</a></li><li><a title="Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></li><li><a title="LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign</a></li></ul> From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T17:12:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"You have generations of people under the age of 35 &hellip; who are choosing to live car free and car-lite." &ndash; Westside Councilman Mike Bonin</p></em><br /><br /><p>From the newly installed <a href=";utm_source=app&amp;utm_campaign=digest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"protected" intersections</a> in Austin, Texas and Davis, California to additional proposed bus lanes and bike paths&nbsp;in Los Angeles, car culture is becoming less of a given and more of an expensive, perhaps even less desirable, option.&nbsp;Cities across the U.S. are starting to rethink their approach to large scale transportation infrastructure projects (i.e., freeways) as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">driving per capita</a> remains stagnant. Of course, this trend is somewhat complicated by the rise of cheap door-to-door transportation options such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a>, which make it easier for the car-less to get around without having to own a vehicle. For its part, Los Angeles is considering approving an initiative known as&nbsp;Mobility Plan 2035, which would redesign major boulevards and avenues to encourage people to get out of their cars and into the mass-transit dreams of city planners.<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Last week, Archinect highlighted Christopher Hawthorne's review of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">additional lane</a>&nbsp;on the 405 freeway, a project that bega...</p> How can diversity be quantified? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:44:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a macro level, Chicago is quite diverse. At a neighborhood level, it isn&rsquo;t.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How can a city be both diverse and segregated? In Chicago's case, the city is home to every major racial/ethnic group, but these groups rarely tend to live together in the same neighborhoods. In fact, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level, Chicago has one of the higher residential segregation rates of major metropolitan cities in the U.S. Even Los Angeles, long derided for being an archipelago of neighborhoods with no identifiable urban connective tissue or center, has a higher rate of residential integration than Chicago. Nate Silver's article asks us to question the metrics of diversity and segregation, especially in terms of urban planning: should those metrics be defined by where people live, where they work, or simply by the overarching boundaries of the city limits? Good question(s).</p><p>For more on this topic, do check out:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;Surprise! Architecture is still among&nbsp;the&nbsp;whitest professions in America</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the ...</a></p> Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T20:44:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Los Angeles moves closer to bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, officials said they can host the massive 17-day sporting event for $4.1 billion and offered to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns. [...] Garcetti and his team have proposed to spend $500 million less than what Boston had planned and expect to finish with a $150-million surplus by generating billions in broadcast and sponsorship revenue.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Olympic news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Rio's Olympic venues be ready in time for the 2016 Games?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto ventures into sixth bid to host Olympic Games</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash; Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T19:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T02:31:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry insists that he isn't interested in the river as the site for new landmarks. He says he told the Revitalization Corp. board members who first visited his office last year that he would take on the job only if he could look at the river primarily in terms of hydrology. [...] "I told them I'm not a landscape guy. I said I would only do it on the condition that they approached it as a water-reclamation project, to deal with all the water issues first."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following up on last week's news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry had been attached to the LA River redevelopment strategy</a>, a few more details have surfaced &ndash; no distinct plans yet, but an overall approach has emerged. Summed up by Christopher Hawthorne, the&nbsp;<em>LA Times'</em>&nbsp;architecture critic, the plan is: "Gehry thinks [the LA River] could be turned into an entirely different kind of machine, one that could store and even treat storm water."</p><p>In the 1930s, the riverbed was coated in concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers to manage stormwater flooding, and has since turned the river into a piece of civic infrastructure foremost, a public space second. With that traditional understanding of the river's utility,&nbsp;Gehry's approach "stresses how little sense it makes to prohibit the public from using the river or its banks when risk of flooding is low &mdash; which means the vast majority of the time."</p><p>At least by that note, it appears Gehry's plan for the river will not push waterfront residential development at the expe...</p> Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-07T19:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry's involvement is a potential turning point in the&nbsp;decades-long movement to&nbsp;transform the concrete-lined waterway that winds through the heart of the Los Angeles Basin. [...] it appears to be a broad reworking of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that L.A. city officials adopted in 2007 [...] the new plan is getting a cold reception from the community of activists who have helped draw attention over the years to what was once a forlorn environmental cause.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an exclusive published earlier today by the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>, Peter Jamison takes a hard look at Frank Gehry's newly-announced collaboration with city officials to revitalize the LA River. Details are still very scant at this time, and Gehry's office has been tight-lipped about what their plans actually look like, but reportedly they'll encompass the whole 52-mile stretch.</p><p>While not much of the plan is public yet, there isn't much to celebrate so far. Not only are critics suspicious of Gehry's secrecy, but also feel that any shift in river redevelopment plans now could compromise the amount of federal funding promised to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.4B revitalization plan already attached</a> to a portion of river. Nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) has chosen not to endorse the project, deriding Gehry's appointment as the same kind of top-down planning that led to the river being encased in concrete in the middle of the last century &ndash; "[turning] a meandering alluvial river into a notoriou...</p> LA Forum releases Summer Newsletter on Brutalism in Los Angeles Orhan Ayyüce 2015-08-05T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T20:45:06-04:00 <img src="" width="498" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Musings about a Brutalist building&rsquo;s friendliness quotient are a distraction&rdquo; - Anthony Carfello, artist</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Summer 2015 Newsletter surveys and critiques LA's own collection of high-quality brutalist buildings in a 'must be collected" issue that grew out of its own google map&nbsp;<a href=";hl=en_US" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Brutalism Los Angeles&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;and other resources.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Newsletter</a> features a collection of articles, interviews and an op-ed by architects, historians, and critics.</p><p>You can write to LA Forum and request your free copy with an optional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">membership</a> that goes a&nbsp;long way with many benefits and preferred access to events and publications.</p> Sculptor Larry Bell's influence on Frank Gehry Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:55:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has often talked about the influence artists have had on his building designs. [...] An early work from the 1960s by sculptor Larry Bell in the Frank Lloyd show offers a partial template for a Gehry design built three decades ago in Toluca Lake. Gehry's World Savings and Loan branch at Riverside Drive and Mariota Avenue is a sky-lighted, one-story hall framed by tall facades out front and in the back, as if a full second story had been planned but never built.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> Trust for Public Land initiative will soon bring greener alleys to L.A. Justine Testado 2015-07-03T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T00:43:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If the project is scaled up, it could have a substantial impact on the urban fabric: Los Angeles has a total of almost 900 miles of alleys, roughly the length of the coast of California. Proponents believe that on a citywide scale, green alleys could act as significant rainwater sponges, mitigate the heat island effect, and reduce vehicle use, as well as bring social and health benefits to nearby residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tori Kjer, a program director of the Trust for Public Land, and her colleagues won support from local South L.A. communities for their proposed Avalon Green Alley Network Plan, which will transform the city's alleyways into more community-friendly spaces for playing and for bike and walking routes. The plan will start with the renovation of two alleys early next year.</p> Ball-Nogues and other LA artists unveil public art commissions at LAX Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T19:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:21:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX debuted this week three new public art commissions designed to greet departing and arriving passengers and provide a measure of calm and reflection amid the chaos of air travel. The&nbsp;artists involved&nbsp;all have strong ties to Los Angeles -- Mark Bradford, Pae White and the Ball-Nogues studio each resides or works in the L.A. area.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A guerilla teahouse pops up in LA's Griffith Park Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T22:33:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The invitation was&nbsp;cryptic. A small piece of wood with a laser-burned message that read, "June 30, 2015. Please join us for tea and wishes overlooking the city. Sunrise, Griffith Park."&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's a rather charming story: an anonymous collective of artists have fashioned a Japanese-inspired teahouse out of charred wood reclaimed from the 2007 Griffith Park fire and offered it as a gift to the city. Surreptitiously assembled in parts, the teahouse was inaugurated yesterday morning for a select group of the artists' friends and associates.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The invited guests were sent clandestine notes that led them, as if on a scavenger hunt, to the wooden structure at dawn. There, green tea and cookies were offered and a ceremony was performed. An opera signer sang in the distance.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Apparently, this isn't the first time the group &ndash; who isn't named &ndash; have created a work of&nbsp;guerrilla&nbsp;architecture. And if the&nbsp;safety-and-regulations angel on your shoulder is balking at potential liabilities, rest easy. According to the LA Times report, the structure was designed with help from professional woodworkers. The artists pegged the wooden structure to an existing concrete and rebar foundation, which...</p>