Archinect - News 2014-09-01T10:30:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107657832/moca-announces-new-performance-festival-for-downtown-la MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T21:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zlrl4joyjcvc6bz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director,&nbsp;Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum &nbsp;to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/24/entertainment/la-et-cm-deitch-moca-20130725" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contended</a> that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/jeffrey-deitch-leaves-moca-jerry-saltz.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned</a> from the museum board.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yx2q2a5t6vcabu.jpg"></p><p>MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MOCATV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOCAtv</a> showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by <a href="http://thejogging.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jogging</a> or <a href="http://edfornieles.com/front2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed Fornieles</a>. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107559001/more-is-more-the-gaudy-genius-of-the-late-deborah-sussman More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T14:14:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00a676160925a9eeb275afa7c4114184.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107188591/hollywood-target-building-shut-down-during-construction-due-to-established-height-limits Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits Nicholas Korody 2014-08-22T19:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/muvfh5uk0dig5qpc.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T17:40:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/423268c3005cf63dbc320dc00da3ed98.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The study from&nbsp;UCLA's Ziman Center for Real Estate&nbsp;shows that the average renter in Los Angeles, which has the highest percentage of renters in the country, devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent. [...] It's the latest depressing news about L.A.'s rental market, and it comes with a twist: affordability is not a new post-recession problem, but one that has been getting worse for decades. &ldquo;Our studies show a severe housing burden among poor renters has existed since 1970</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107093782/rubber-duckie-you-make-globalization-so-much-fun Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:54:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fcc877b8a71ee702c831124ff3cbb65.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=197" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hofman's website</a>, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, S&atilde;o Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42b822e0c1117ec8010ae5bfe1338f75.jpg"></p><p>Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones&nbsp;&mdash; un...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106964423/zaha-hadid-joins-keynote-speaker-lineup-at-acadia-2014-design-agency-registration-now-open Zaha Hadid joins keynote speaker lineup at ACADIA 2014: DESIGN AGENCY – Registration now open Archinect 2014-08-19T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T17:28:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7whi0gvap6pznz0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in the Los Angeles area this fall, make sure not to miss this top notch event: the <a href="http://2014.acadia.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference</a>, to be held at the <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC School of Architecture</a> October 23-25, just confirmed that Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> will join the roster of high profile keynote speakers, including game designer Will Wright (creator of SimCity), programmer Casey Reas (creator of Processing), computational architect Marc Fornes (Principal of TheVeryMany) and structural engineer Greg Otto (Principal of Walter P. Moore).</p><p>Archinect and our sister site <a href="http://www.bustler.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to be media partners of ACADIA 2014, so be sure to learn more right here.</p><p>Read on for more details from the organizers.</p><p>"Co-chaired by Dr. David Jason Gerber (USC School of Architecture), Alvin Huang, AIA (Synthesis Design + Architecture/USC School of Architecture) and Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project/USC School of Architecture), this highly anticipated event will bring an international audience of innovative design e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106658484/why-artists-want-to-preserve-church-tied-to-l-a-s-chicano-movement Why artists want to preserve church tied to L.A.'s Chicano movement Justine Testado 2014-08-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:34:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agi2dqa357amkxgf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Certainly, it's a minor miracle that Epiphany wasn't gutted at some point in its long life to make way for late 20th-century design nightmares such as drop ceilings and wood paneling. But more significantly the church represents an interesting period in Southern California history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Church of the Epiphany was an iconic meeting spot for activist groups throughout the 20th century -- including Cesar Chavez, who gave talks there -- and continues to be a valuable community space today. After a 2011 art auction to preserve the aging church, a second benefit auction is currently being held by an Angeleno arts group in support of the Epiphany Conservation Trust until August 23 to raise more funds for additional restoration needs. Restoration will be done by L.A. architecture firm Escher GuneWardena.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T21:20:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106405526/john-lautner-s-silvertop-home-to-list-for-7-5-million John Lautner's Silvertop home to list for $7.5 Million Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T14:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T08:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c27c0c76ba89bbb4cd4982e5f13d4a3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been the setting for music videos, TV commercials and scenes from the '80s movie "Less Than Zero." Now, the unusual Los Angeles home by influential architect John Lautner is slated to go on the market for $7.5 million. Known as Silvertop, the house has a striking design: It is made up of a series of interlocking half-circles, with a massive, arched concrete roof over the living room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Can't get enough of that good Lautner stuff? Read Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's tale of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/52668208/lautner-s-concannon-residence-from-dust-to-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concannon Residence</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106402301/la-s-aging-infrastructure-will-cost-the-city-billions LA's Aging Infrastructure Will Cost the City Billions Nicholas Korody 2014-08-12T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T00:17:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjend77nyverlxt8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can&rsquo;t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds [Los Angeles] together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion [...] The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106098934/par-wins-the-2014-aia-los-angeles-emerging-practice-award PAR wins the 2014 AIA Los Angeles Emerging Practice Award Justine Testado 2014-08-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92adt9ima7ri7g61.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at PAR &mdash; or Platform for Architecture + Research &mdash; were announced as the 2014 recipient of the Presidential Emerging Practice Award from the AIA Los Angeles. In a constantly evolving setting like the City of Angels, the award is the highest honor that the AIA|LA Presidential Board presents to an emerging architecture firm in recognition of consistently creating innovative work. It also highlights individuals who take leadership roles in advancing the architectural profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An evening awards ceremony will take place at the Million Dollar Theatre &amp; Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on October 29, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl5eb3v1zr0cita5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4xqawdmujwjz23p.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAR</a> Founding Partner, Jennifer Marmon:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdyldyyk407mg4uq.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/par_wins_the_2014_aia_los_angeles_emerging_practice_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105943780/a-preview-of-the-vis-vis-performance-series-at-materials-applications-in-los-angeles A preview of the VIS-Á-VIS performance series at Materials & Applications in Los Angeles Justine Testado 2014-08-06T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T20:08:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8ruojljrnd39zr6q.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Materials &amp; Applications in Los Angeles has some fun social Saturday night events lined up for the entire month of August! The four-part VIS-&Aacute;-VIS performance series will include dance, music, a video and sound installations, and a film screening.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting August 9, all events will take place in the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6112758/materials-applications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a> space at the La Cage aux Folles, a 346-piece metal pipe temporary playground installation designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/wtarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warren Techentin Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgrtcbfoephnury3.jpg"></p><p><strong>August 9:</strong> LA Fort Presents:&nbsp;Daedelus (DJ set), Lawrence Lindell, Matt McGuire and Will Walden (StaG) - experimental + electronic music performance</p><p><strong>August 16</strong>: Tracy Abbott Szatan / IN/VISIBLE - video installation and performance</p><p><strong>August 23: </strong>bel-air / New York Memo - sound recording installation</p><p>AND Ear Cleaning Workshop with Greg Ruben, based on the teaching methodology by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer (spaces limited)</p><p><strong>August 30</strong><strong>: </strong>Eugene Kotlyarenko presents: "Nobody Wants to Play With Me" (Werner Herzog)+rare feature film - a film screening curated by L.A. filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_the_vis-a-vis_performance_series_at_materials_applications_in_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more about each event.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105571993/la-to-revamp-city-s-70-year-old-zoning-code LA to Revamp City's 70 Year Old Zoning Code Nicholas Korody 2014-08-01T19:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/pluq1siwaimkprln.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Countless contradictions [are] embedded in Los Angeles' zoning code, the 800-plus-page document that governs what can be built where in the city, and what it should look like [...] City planning officials are hoping to iron them out by rewriting the 70-year-old code, with an eye to making development here more predictable, less expensive and more in tune with the needs of a modern city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105412103/3-000-active-oil-wells-in-los-angeles 3,000+ Active Oil Wells in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbirss4jy0s119c6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are more than 3,000 active oil and gas wells in Los Angeles County. Almost 4,680 new wells were drilled in 2012 across the state, bringing the total number to 210,000, according to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation [...] Oil industry officials argue that drilling in California provides many economic benefits, and they downplay any potential health hazards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you want to explore the wells yourself, take a look at <a href="http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/doggr/index.html#close" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/mapping_all_3000_of_los_angeless_active_oil_wells.php#more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105411297/long-time-residents-worry-about-changes-to-los-angeles-art-district Long-time Residents Worry About Changes to Los Angeles Art District Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80dftum18wufgz0m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money [...] Then a decade ago, what started with a new restaurant on this block and then another up that street, turned into an avalanche of development [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105020034/can-better-design-save-lives-in-hospital-trauma-centers Can better design save lives in hospital trauma centers? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:48:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c99c1b6fd6af000406d353d2b0759c49.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles partnered with the Department of Defense to build out the OR360, a new innovation center where doctors and military personnel can simulate hypothetical scenarios in order to simplify and streamline trauma care. [...] Designed by CannonDesign, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is the hospital&rsquo;s answer to the big question of: How can you make trauma care, both in hospitals and in military situations, faster and more effective?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T12:39:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:39:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mb/mb0wj2marizq3iw6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As shocking as it is to look upon the rows and rows of makeshift encampments and thousands of roving, hopeless people, perhaps even more shocking is this: Los Angeles is the last major American city with a single district of anything approaching this magnitude of homelessness and extreme poverty [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104938794/can-a-frank-gehry-design-help-change-the-dynamic-of-watts Can a Frank Gehry design help change the dynamic of Watts? Alexander Walter 2014-07-24T13:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:47:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/099ea18cb84e2e383937b2ac9b2f2e4a.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Partners has signed on to design a campus for the Children's Institute, Inc. (CII), a social services not-for-profit that provides youth development and education programs, as well as other family support and clinical services. For the project, the firm is collaborating with (fer) studio of Inglewood. The new campus will occupy a 2-acre lot on East 102nd Street near its intersection with Compton Avenue. It is just a half-dozen block walk to the northwest of the Watts Towers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104246142/in-praise-of-lacma-s-vulgar-architecture In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbsut8kg1xlczd3b.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103801214/editor-s-picks-375 Editor's Picks #375 Nam Henderson 2014-07-09T19:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T13:37:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wk5amnthnglev6op.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Inspired by the 2014 Venice Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;penned the <strong>Op-Ed</strong> in which she argues that contemporary architecture must shift&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;In response <strong>Thayer-D</strong> wrote "<em>There's no rule that says architects can't stimulate both the senses and the intellect, as many great architects have done in the past, yet it's architecture's public nature that makes it imperative to not lose sight of how most people engage with it, and that is not through words</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the news,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid wins the </a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">esign Museum&rsquo;s Designs of the Year Award 2014</a>.&nbsp;Despite (or perhaps due to?) some critics, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;commented&nbsp;"<em>I think all the criticism Zaha is getting for her stance on human rights is totally appropriate and deserved. &nbsp;And I have very mixed feelings about her body of work. But I find this building in particular hard to resist - it's just gorgeous. Perfectly balanced</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h4/h40o089rxrlbf2yp.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/hy-fi-the-livings-local-sustainable-10000-brick-mushroom-tower-at-moma-ps1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Creators Project</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103170947/interview-with-david-benjamin-creator-of-moma-ps1-s-hy-fi-mushroom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> interviewed David Benjamin</a>, creator of MoMA PS1's...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102705026/peter-zumthor-pushes-lacma-redesign-to-the-curb-to-make-room-for-tar-pits Peter Zumthor pushes LACMA redesign to the curb to make room for tar pits Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-25T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T17:48:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c1e0d355389eeb45990c5de19e4348f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard. The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says Archinect 2014-06-19T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:05:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f6fd37cf6e223993d7971950fabf6b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The future &mdash; of a walkable, transit-friendly Los Angeles &mdash; is being built right now,&rdquo; the report says. &ldquo;It will allow people to drive everywhere they want, assuming they can put up with the traffic, and provide the option of walkable urbanism for those who want it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102033886/the-biggest-house-in-the-us-according-to-curbed-is-now-underway-in-bel-air The Biggest House in the US (according to Curbed) is Now Underway in Bel Air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-16T19:29:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:06:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f80b6c3c2fa27b21043e4d4ec7d7b9bb.jpg" width="500" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Work is already underway in Bel Air on a megacompound that will include the largest single-family house in the US. The enormous project, at the dead-end of Airole Way above the Bel-Air Hotel, comes from megamansion developer Nile Niami, and is slated to total 85,000 square feet with a 70,000-square-foot main house. [...] The [Los Angeles Business Journal] guesses America's newest mega-megamansion will be listed "in the $150 million-plus range."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101804306/old-bank-district-museum-in-downtown-la-to-snake-through-sub-basements-basements-ground-floors-mezzanines-and-roofs-of-3-buildings "Old Bank District Museum" in Downtown LA to snake through sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of 3 buildings Archinect 2014-06-13T19:54:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6ae3f552e5420119144424cbdf29e40.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Downtown Los Angeles&rsquo;s historic core is about to get its first major museum, if that&rsquo;s what you want to call it. Local developer Tom Gilmore and architect Tom Wiscombe are teaming up on the complex project, which they are calling the Old Bank District Museum. It will be dedicated to contemporary Los Angeles art and located in the sub-basements, basements, ground floors, mezzanines, and roofs of three interconnected buildings along Main and Fourth streets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101717557/kcrw-radio-station-breaks-ground-on-new-media-center-in-santa-monica KCRW radio station breaks ground on new Media Center in Santa Monica Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-12T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:41:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l66c6h05lh043877.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.kcrw.com/about" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCRW</a>, the NPR-affiliated public radio darling of Southern California, broke ground yesterday on its new 35,000 square-foot Media Center, located on <a href="http://www.smc.edu/Pages/default.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santa Monica College</a>'s Academy of Entertainment &amp; Technology campus. For the past thirty years, KCRW was run out of a basement underneath the campus, while producing top-notch music and journalism programming that balances local flavor with international news. Now they'll have much more room to breathe, with spaces devoted to community socializing and performance alongside expanded operations.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xm/xm9ei7ooel02ovox.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9gmwn9wfrefisz7.jpg"></p><p>Home to such popular podcasts as "<a href="http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/design-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DnA: Design and Architecture</a>" and news digest "<a href="http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To the Point</a>", KCRW also produces content outside of the studio, by hosting events around Los Angeles. With the Media Center, the station will have a homespace for its own events, to concretize its role in the local culture.</p><p>Designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the Media Center&nbsp;also meets LEED Silver Certification standards, and is slated to open by early 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq6p8qbvyfe8n757.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101246166/watch-los-angeles-s-road-network-grow-from-1888-to-2010 Watch Los Angeles's Road Network Grow, From 1888 to 2010 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-06T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5kchg45eu1qzbx7g.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new video by doctoral student and an associate professor at Arizona State University visualizes the expansion of LA's roads, starting in 1888 and running all the way up to 2010 [...] Variations in color denote the age of the thoroughfares, with green being the oldest roads and red being newest. Watch as the map blooms with color in the fifties and the trend carries on through the eighties to the present.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Growth of the Los Angeles Roadway Infrastructure, 1888 - &nbsp;2010", by Andrew M. Fraser and Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., of Arizona State University:</p><p></p><p>Compare with the following video of Los Angeles' overall growth as a city during the 20th century, from NYU's <a href="http://urbanizationproject.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stern Urbanization Project</a>:</p><p></p>