Archinect - News 2016-05-05T20:05:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943937/a-telltale-sign-of-gentrification-in-los-angeles A telltale sign of gentrification in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-05T19:53:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T19:53:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/82420c9f58b01e7799525433fb7543e4.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not clear where or when this wooden slat revival started exactly, but it was roughly a decade or so ago and has been creeping through Los Angeles like kudzu ever since. In decades to come, it'll be a signifier for the exhaustive pace at which the city has changed in the past 5 to 10 years&mdash;for better or worse. And even though it can be spotted throughout the greater L.A. area or other markets entirely, architectural designer Marc Cucco finds the slat to be "specific to Eastside L.A."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on gentrification in Los Angeles:</p><ul><li><a title="How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification</a></li><li><a title="As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146736553/as-la-densifies-its-iconic-roadside-restaurants-disappear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As LA densifies, its iconic roadside restaurants disappear</a></li><li><a title="Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion" 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></li><li><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></li><li><a title="Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time How LA is changing, one rail line at a time Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-02T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T14:02:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ob/obukwrzxck4mt4dp.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A good part of any day in Los Angeles,&rdquo; Joan Didion wrote in 1989, &ldquo;is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.&rdquo; I quote this statement every chance I get; it is among the most trenchant ever written about the place. But all that is changing, or might be, if the promises implied by the Expo Line expansion can be kept.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On May 20, Los Angeles's Metro will open the expansion of its Expo Line, stretching from downtown past its current terminus in Culver City all the way to Santa Monica, blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The dream of "Broadway to the beach" by train in LA will soon become a reality, and stands to be a watershed moment in the city's transit development, as David Ulin reflects in the&nbsp;<em>New York Times:</em></p><p><em>Regardless of what the Expo Line ultimately does or doesn&rsquo;t do for traffic, this is, I think, the essence of what it offers: the notion of Los Angeles as a space we occupy together, collective and evolving, where in the act of getting lost, as I discovered on Venice Boulevard, we may also unexpectedly be found.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140423053/the-long-and-weirding-road-a-tour-through-los-angeles-urbanism-in-sidewalking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37391/david-l-ulin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David L. Ulin</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><li><a title="Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942840/take-a-peek-at-the-latest-pershing-square-renew-finalist-proposals Take a peek at the latest Pershing Square Renew finalist proposals Justine Testado 2016-04-28T19:14:00-04:00 >2016-04-30T01:10:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/il/ilft9wj046ddj93z.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of a broader vision to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles, City Councilmember Jose Huizar spearheaded the creation of the public-private partnership Pershing Square Renew, which aims to overhaul and redesign Pershing Square into a new town square...The finalist proposals have received plenty of scrutiny over the last few months, but the public will get to hear from the architects themselves tonight when they present their concepts at the Downtown Palace Theater in L.A.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&darr;&nbsp;James Corner Field Operations with Frederick Fisher &amp; Partners</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sx/sxcd1nd9zpmuy610.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4b/4bof7l7kgtcy6usl.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;Agence TER and Team</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/10/108swddf7dj2srvz.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z5/z51m7h6ujklq726r.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;SWA with Morphosis</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dj/djsozh0evcyrhk37.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4w/4wrihn02nyrmpzoh.jpg"></p><p>&darr;&nbsp;wHY with Civitas</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ep/epchi77h06a66z6u.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vb/vb4wgnz4pblb4o1h.jpg"></p><p>See more of each proposal <a href="http://bustler.net/news/4854/see-the-latest-pershing-square-renew-finalists-proposals-hear-from-the-teams-tonight-in-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942789/following-major-donations-peter-zumthor-s-lacma-redesign-moves-forward Following major donations, Peter Zumthor's LACMA redesign moves forward Nicholas Korody 2016-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-29T14:47:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g1/g1ncspkz7h9z2wqr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It once seemed like a herculean, if not insurmountable, challenge &ndash; raising $600 million or more for an ambitious modernist building to serve as the new home for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Skeptics abounded when plans were first announced three years ago. But momentum now seems to be shifting in LACMA's favor with the announcement this week of two major donations that will push the fundraising campaign near the halfway point.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The donations together amount to the largest the museum has ever received. Elaine Wynn, a major collector and co-chair of the museum, pledged $50 million.&nbsp;Former Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio has promised to give $25 million for the project.</p><p>Both donations hinge on the successful launch of the Zumthor project, which will begin environmental review in a few months. Construction would begin in 2018 and conclude in 2023 if everything goes according to plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xa/xala2d9cpvo1ugsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f40achyb0mo7re0k.jpg"></p><p>For more episodes from the saga of the Zumthor-LACMA project, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134507579/sunshine-and-noir-peter-zumthor-s-new-los-angeles-county-museum-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sunshine and noir: Peter Zumthor's new Los Angeles County Museum of Art</a></li><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><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125751245/peter-zumthor-at-lacma-a-preacher-in-the-wrong-church" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Zumthor at LACMA: A Preacher in the Wrong Church</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123916644/christopher-hawthorne-dissects-zumthor-s-inkblot-with-lacma-director-michael-govan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne dissects Zumthor's inkblot with LACMA Director Michael Govan</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123660296/lacma-latest-zumthor-reins-in-his-inkblot-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LACMA latest: Zumthor reins in his inkblot redesign</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942418/la-city-calls-for-proposals-for-the-old-lincoln-heights-jail LA City calls for proposals for the old Lincoln Heights jail Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:33:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T16:48:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5xwoio1zw25zu4r.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been more than 50 years since anyone has served time in the old Lincoln Heights Jail. The five-story building on San Fernando Road next to the L.A. River has been vacant for much of that time but now the city is launching its most recent effort to find new uses for the historic landmark as efforts are underway to restore the river and build new projects and parks along its banks. The city is seeking ideas and concepts for the 229,000-square-foot complex...</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a RFI, the city stipulates that there are a number of hurdles that will have to be removed before reuse, such as possible structural renovations and removal of toxic substances.</p><p>The city also put forth a list of new possible uses:</p><ul><li>Technology or creative office (e.g. biotechnology)</li><li>Clean tech or other manufacturing uses</li><li>Adaptive re-use (such as the Helms Bakery District or Anaheim Packing District)</li><li>Live / Work lofts, artist studios and/or other art production space</li><li>Urban agriculture</li><li>Hotel with meeting spaces and a restaurant</li><li>Institutional uses (such as a museum or charter school)</li><li>Nonprofit uses (such as nonprofit office or performance space)</li><li>Publicly accessible open space associated with the new development (such as a<br>river edge greenway or park.</li></ul><p>What would you do with the site? Concepts are due May 13. Find out more <a href="http://labavn.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=contract.opportunity_view&amp;recordid=26729&amp;CFID=5489319&amp;CFTOKEN=81f71188e16c42d5-B260CF43-5056-8E03-789A914476D2F9AB" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941806/take-a-look-at-these-installations-from-this-year-s-coachella-festival Take a look at these installations from this year's Coachella Festival Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T18:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:41:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhhfw9eui1btzgw0.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every April, music fans venture in droves to the High Desert outside of Los Angeles for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival &ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;a veritable rite of spring for the selfie era.</p><p>And, like with any good spring bacchanal, the musical experience is often enhanced through the consumption of substances, licit or otherwise. But while imbibing may help you maintain stamina for the dance floor, it can also ramp up your internal body temperature (likely already elevated by the grueling desert sun).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zf/zfg4z8p31y50bejn.jpg"></p><p>Enter the architects and artists responsible for the latter half of Coachella's proper name. Tasked with designing structures that both shade and visually-entertain, the selected designers are given one of the more unusual &ndash; and fun &ndash; prompts around.</p><p>Here's a look at some of the structures that adorned the Empire Polo Club this year:</p><p><strong>The Tower of Twelve Stories</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular)</em></a></p><p>Described in accompanying texts as a "a cartoonish metropolis of tiny bubble-like spaces populated by ecce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941745/as-housing-crisis-persists-l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-get-one-step-closer-to-legal As housing crisis persists, L.A.'s "bootlegged apartments" get one step closer to legal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T12:58:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lzhht0qlccq0de.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Under the new law, the city would be able to relax some of the rules that often stop such [bootlegged] apartments from being legalized, allowing more density and loosening parking requirements. In return, landlords who seek to legalize bootlegged units will have to provide some affordable apartments at those buildings &mdash; and guarantee that they remain affordable for at least 55 years, under a legal covenant documented with the county recorder.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></li><li><a title="Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a title="California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138954637/california-to-decrease-parking-requirements-for-affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California to decrease parking requirements for affordable housing</a></li><li><a title="Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129656013/developers-in-california-can-be-required-to-include-low-income-housing-courts-declare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developers in California can be required to include low-income housing, courts declare</a></li><li><a title="L.A.'s &quot;bootlegged&quot; apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129640690/l-a-s-bootlegged-apartments-might-receive-amnesty-from-city-under-new-proposal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A.'s "bootlegged" apartments might receive amnesty from city under new proposal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941499/how-a-group-of-boyle-heights-residents-are-fighting-gentrification How a group of Boyle Heights residents are fighting gentrification Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:00:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5cm7pbcvaewi9wcs.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A realtor who invited clients to tour the neighbourhood for bargain properties and enjoy &ldquo;artisanal treats&rdquo; felt the backlash within hours. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t help but hope that your 60-minute bike ride is a total disaster and that everyone who eats your artisanal treats pukes immediately,&rdquo; said one message. &ldquo;Stay outta my fucking hood,&rdquo; said another. Fearing violence, the realtor cancelled the event. [...] Welcome to Boyle Heights &ndash; or not, depending on how locals view you.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more from the front lines of urban gentrification, check out past Archinect articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/139482631/in-tempestuous-london-design-leads-the-evolution-archinect-s-report-from-the-front-lines-of-the-london-design-festival" target="_blank">In tempestuous London, design leads the evolution: Archinect's report from the front lines of the London Design Festival</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/113965543/invasion-a-first-hand-view-of-gentrification-in-san-francisco" target="_blank">Invasion: A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937221/luxury-uk-student-housing-is-on-the-rise-and-with-it-gentrification-fears" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T13:40:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/bybvfvkne1qmfj3n.jpg" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city's council&nbsp;voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation," with citizens "requesting a ride using their smartphone." The shuttles wouldn't replace public transportation, but augment it [...] Phase one of the city council's program includes reaching out to companies like Tesla and Google to explore "potential partnerships."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beverly Hills isn't the only city considering adding on-demand driverless vehicles to its transportation offerings &ndash; but given its small size, affluence, and well-maintained road infrastructure, it could be a prime zone for testing municipal adoption of autonomous vehicles.</p><p>As an on-demand public transit option, driverless vehicles could also be based on a different fare structure than the surrounding region's bus and train options, which use a fixed rate-per-ride fare, regardless of how far the trip. Theoretically, passenger rates for driverless car transit could be more directly proportional to the length of the trip, as they are for Uber and Lyft currently (although without the surge pricing).</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hit...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940810/la-officials-seek-sweeping-overhaul-of-neighborhood-plans LA officials seek sweeping overhaul of neighborhood plans Nicholas Korody 2016-04-14T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T15:20:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qkq30xsdp7oidzjf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a potentially bruising ballot fight over real estate development next year, Los Angeles' political leaders announced Wednesday that they will seek a sweeping update of the plans that govern the size and density of new buildings that go up in scores of neighborhoods. Mayor Eric Garcetti and several council members said they want the Planning Department to revise nearly three dozen &ldquo;community plans&rdquo; by 2026, a task that will require the hiring of 28 new employees at a cost of $4.2M a year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative</a></li><li><a href="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" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before &ndash; is this progress or folly?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940794/california-pledges-to-pick-up-some-of-the-cost-overruns-of-la-2024-olympic-bid California pledges to pick up (some of the) cost overruns of LA 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2016-04-14T18:19:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T18:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0k0io05gjagspi0g.jpg" width="400" height="807" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Associated Press reports a California legislative panel advanced a bill Tuesday committing the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles&rsquo; bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Senate Governmental Organization Committee approved the bill in a 7-0 vote after proponents said they&rsquo;re confident they can provide the Games without the serious deficits that have challenged other recent host cities. They pointed to Los Angeles&rsquo; profitable hosting of the 1984 Olympics.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148366519/la-2024-plays-up-a-sunny-disposition-in-their-logo-for-the-olympic-bid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA 2024 plays up a sunny disposition in their logo for the Olympic bid</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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134050412/la-mayor-garcetti-confident-that-2024-olympics-in-his-city-would-pay-for-themselves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA mayor Garcetti confident that 2024 Olympics in his city would pay for themselves</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940728/there-is-no-there-there-la-the-industrial-city-and-remembering-zaha-on-archinect-sessions-60-ft-special-guest-orhan-ayy-ce There is No There There – LA the Industrial City and remembering Zaha on Archinect Sessions #60, ft. special guest Orhan Ayyüce Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-14T16:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:30:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m3/m3pvw7lei8ndth9v.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We're joined by original 'Nector and senior editor&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> to discuss Zaha Hadid's legacy and his recent piece on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149940357/los-angeles-the-industrial-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's industrial urbanism</a>, part of our architectural <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623429/archinect-travel-guide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">travel guide</a> through cities worldwide. As a student at SCI-Arc, Ayy&uuml;ce was first taken aback by Hadid during a visiting lecture she gave in 1985, before she had completed any built work: "I was very impressed by her at that lecture and her strengths and vulnerabilities made a lasting place in my memory bank." We share the impressions she and her work had on us personally, as well as Archinect's memory bank.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 60 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "There Is No There There":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-60.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938425/get-lectured-east-los-angeles-college-spring-16 Get Lectured: East Los Angeles College, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-04-05T12:31:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T14:15:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ci/ciaeq9erhq790cy2.jpg" width="514" height="795" 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>Next up, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/15474190/east-los-angeles-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">East Los Angeles College</a>&nbsp;(ELAC), Department of Architecture has a few lectures coming up in their Spring '16.</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="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></strong></p><p>Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Architecture Department, Bldg E-7 Room 114, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Apr 22</strong><br>Bill Ferehawk</p><p><strong>May 6</strong><br>Ilaria Mazzoleni</p><p><strong>May 20</strong><br>Behn Samareh</p><p>Learn more about ELAC Architecture&nbsp;<a href="http://elarchitecture.weebly.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>Check out previous posters on the&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured&nbsp;</em></strong><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/archinect/get-lectured/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pinterest</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;page!</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937235/nation-s-first-combined-housing-complex-for-lgbt-youth-and-seniors-coming-to-hollywood Nation's first combined housing complex for LGBT youth and seniors coming to Hollywood Alexander Walter 2016-03-30T16:45:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T23:45:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2n7xd60wqar2yiw.jpg" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A first-in-the-nation complex to be built in Hollywood would house about 200 LGBT seniors and young adults on the same campus. Lorrie Jean, CEO of the the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is building the $100 million complex, calls the two generation groups "the two most vulnerable parts of our community."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934132/as-gayborhoods-gentrify-lgbtq-people-move-into-conservative-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As "gayborhoods" gentrify, LGBTQ people move into conservative America</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937012/wework-airbnb-podshare-new-live-work-space-emerges-in-los-angeles WeWork + Airbnb = PodShare? New live-work space emerges in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T01:48:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eda908977cc1994d73faa4696140696.jpg" width="514" height="205" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>PodShare's site is laden with millennial-friendly tech buzzwords, like the sharing economy, pod culture, nomadic freelancers, access not ownership, and even &ldquo;Podestrians,&rdquo; the company's name for guests, each of whom get profiles on its website. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re creating a social network with a physical address,&rdquo; said Beck. &ldquo;Our open-floor model offers the highest rate of collisions for social travelers. We do not identify with hostels&mdash;we are a co-living space or a live-work community.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935208/can-wework-re-engineer-the-spatial-dynamics-of-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a title="WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145729323/welive-wework-s-co-living-venture-opens-for-beta-testing-in-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WeLive, WeWork's co-living venture, opens for beta testing in New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133408596/the-rise-of-communal-living-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise of communal living in New York</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD Nicholas Korody 2016-03-23T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-03-24T11:59:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcuvsd0tscxgjk16.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The police had allowed me to fly with them so that I could see the world from their perspective. Through its aerial patrols, the division has uniquely unfettered access to a fundamentally different experience of Los Angeles, one in which the city must constantly be reinterpreted from above, in real time, with the intention of locating, tracking and interrupting criminal activity. This also means that the police are not only thinking about Los Angeles as it currently exists.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Their job is to anticipate things that have yet to occur &mdash; not just where criminals are, but where and when they might arrive next. They patrol time as well as space. In this sense, although it has been in continual operation for the past 60 years, the division has much to tell us about policing the cities of the future."</em></p><p>In a fascinating excerpt from his forthcoming book&nbsp;<em>A Burglar's Guide to the City</em>, Geoff Manaugh relates his experience with the LAPD on their helicopter patrols of the city. "Cities get the types of crime their design calls for," he writes. And the sprawl of Los Angeles demands, and facilitates, a policial gaze from above.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>For more from the author of BLDGBLOG, check out some articles from the archive:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/35223/david-maisel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interview with David Maisel</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/40512/eco-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46030/post-human-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Human London</a></li></ul><p>Or more recent content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135126798/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-geoff-manaugh-of-bldgblog" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139947528/geoff-manaugh-smout-allen-and-co-investigate-the-future-of-los-angeles-in-a-new-exhibition-at-the-usc-libraries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh, Smout Allen, and co. investigate the future of Los Angeles in a new exhibition at the USC Librar...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935716/editor-s-picks-443 Editor's Picks #443 Nam Henderson 2016-03-21T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T15:44:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v4/v453mxm5n6m1conu.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last month, as part of Archinect's special February theme, Furniture, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;profiled&nbsp;the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148987195/innovation-with-a-heart-guto-requena-s-technological-and-emotional-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">work</a> of Brazilian designer Guto Requena,&nbsp;who is interested in "<em>digital interactive technologies</em>" and the concept of "<em>affective sustainability</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d0/d0s6ajc98f5aq7uc.jpg"></p><p>Later he <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148822508/between-art-and-design-rethinking-function-with-hand-job-gallery-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chatted</a>&nbsp;with Zoe Fisher, founder and curator of the Brooklyn design shop-cum-gallery <a href="http://www.h-j-g-s.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hand Job Gallery Store</a> (HJGS), "<em>on the occasion of the HJGS&rsquo; Lamp Show opening</em>".&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> felt compelled to offer up some praise "<em>really enjoying Nicholas's posts</em>" and others agreed.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r67huvbd6ov0n455.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>Christopher Hawthorne <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considered</a> ambitious plans for two new public parks, in downtown LA. <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">j</a>la-x</strong><strong> </strong>observed <em>"The ones done by the landscape archs for the Pershing redo are really good...the arch firms doing the other are too form driven and clunky...poor urban design</em>". <strong>Justavisual</strong> felt "<em>Architects should stop being invited to Landscape competitions. LA's don't sit around designing buildings and don't pretend to know anything about them...There are several practitioners who ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934555/los-angeles-river-revitalization-prosperity-for-all-or-just-a-chosen-few Los Angeles River revitalization: prosperity for all or just a chosen few? Alexander Walter 2016-03-14T14:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T00:03:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fisdg1gmdl8cd9so.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&#65279;&ldquo;If we do it right,&rdquo; Gehry said at an event in September, &ldquo;we can really make the High Line look like a little pishy thing.&rdquo; Given that Manhattan&rsquo;s elevated park, at merely 1/35th the length of the river, has helped transform the surrounding neighborhood into a playground for the rich, residents of LA&rsquo;s river-adjacent communities are right to be concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The LA River development project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash; or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li><li><a 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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934236/a-populist-triumph-over-museum-elites-craig-hodgetts-takes-on-the-petersen-automotive-museum A populist triumph over museum elites? Craig Hodgetts takes on the Petersen Automotive Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-11T13:42:00-05:00 >2016-03-18T00:11:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pfu5d9ziyrhqu2ok.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That the skin is an exercise in advanced digital fabrication, applied with such &eacute;lan is, in itself, a proclamation, a sort of late-career renaissance, which thrusts the firm into a next generation spotlight. Whether naively assuming (wrongly) that Los Angeles was ready for a jolt of architectural electricity, or sincerely reflecting a populist genre (rightly), Kohn succeeded in outflanking its neighbors, and disrupting the conventions governing the museum establishment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Craig Hodgetts, leader of UCLA's 2015&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/124224194/designing-the-hyperspace-ucla-studio-imagines-hyperloop-s-future-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop Suprastudio</a>&nbsp;and former automotive designer, takes a contrarian view on the Petersen's widely critically-maligned redesign. We also spoke with Craig on the podcast about his views on transportation's future &ndash; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123222752/fast-forward-look-back-archinect-sessions-episode-21-featuring-craig-hodgetts-of-ucla-s-hyperloop-studio-and-remembering-michael-graves-with-colleague-patrick-burke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">take a listen</a> for some context alongside his thoughts on the Petersen.</p><p>Want more Googie goodness? Check out <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/143075812/urban-blight-a-review-of-the-petersen-automotive-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our review of the Petersen</a>, and more related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="LA's redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum: so bad the public will love it?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137491310/la-s-redesigned-petersen-automotive-museum-so-bad-the-public-will-love-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum: so bad the public will love it?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123222752/fast-forward-look-back-archinect-sessions-episode-21-featuring-craig-hodgetts-of-ucla-s-hyperloop-studio-and-remembering-michael-graves-with-colleague-patrick-burke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Fast Forward, Look Back": Archinect Sessions Episode #21, featuring Craig Hodgetts of UCLA's Hyperloop Studio, and remembering Michael Graves with colleague Patrick Burke</a></li><li><a title="Los Angeles' famously Googie Norms to become focal point in new &quot;community of shops&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052385/los-angeles-famously-googie-norms-to-become-focal-point-in-new-community-of-shops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles' famously Googie Norms to become focal point in new "community of shops"</a></li><li><a title="Googie: Architecture of the Space Age" 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/149934221/why-does-la-have-so-many-new-galleries Why does LA have so many new galleries? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T12:27:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:40:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvtf2fnwy7wuhme0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The grand openings of the Los Angeles branches of European galleries Spr&uuml;th Magers and Hauser &amp; Wirth (called Hauser Wirth &amp; Schimmel), on 23 February and 13 March respectively, are sure to generate even more buzz about the booming Los Angeles art scene [...] Some of the buzz is well earned, especially when it comes to cheaper downtown real estate and the great artists working and teaching here. But there is another strong incentive behind so many galleries making the move...</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the Art Newspaper, LA's new gallery boom reflects market competition to represent the disproportionately sizable population of impressive, well-established artists who, for a variety of reasons, lack gallery representation in their hometown. The article also notes that while opening an LA satellite serves a defensive, even necessary move, the city has yet to develop a real, sustainable collector base.</p><p>For more on LA's ever-growing art scene, check out some past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141826948/art-architecture-swipes-and-changeups-with-mike-nesbit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Swipes and Changeups with Mike Nesbit</a></li><li><a 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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/122742069/art-architecture-the-los-angeles-nomadic-division-sets-up-camp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: The Los Angeles Nomadic Division Sets Up Camp</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134506768/art-museums-are-more-popular-than-ever-but-what-about-the-art-inside" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art museums are more popular than ever &ndash; but what about the art inside?</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934102/explore-architecture-and-design-at-ucla-this-summer Explore architecture and design at UCLA this Summer Sponsor 2016-03-11T12:23:00-05:00 >2016-03-11T12:28:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jyg8opzahl91lel.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/programs/ucla_a_ud_summer_2016_11.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA A.UD</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Summer is almost here and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design are looking forward to an exciting four weeks packed with design, architecture and exploration! Individuals in the A.UD Summer Program spend their days investigating the world of Los Angeles architecture and design through two unique summer programs in architecture, design, and related fields: <strong>JumpStart</strong> (July 5-29) and <strong>Teen Arch Studio </strong>(July 11-22, with PLUS extension from July 24- July 29).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/ii7lok8oejjr0s3o.jpg"></p><p>Learning from the brightest of A.UD design instructors, individuals enrolled in JumpStart and TeenArch programs acquire new skills in digital software and 3D modeling while building up their own portfolio for future endeavors. Studio time is typically composed of lectures on conceptual themes related to assigned coursework, and technical tutorials in digital modeling and drawing. Students are divided into small sections of 9-12 students, and assigned to individual instructors and TA&rsquo;s for tutori...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-10T20:33:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:28:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30uny5pjv7lzpsl8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When City Manager Oliver Chi looks across Station Square next to the new Gold Line stop in Monrovia, he doesn't see a dilapidated train depot. He sees a bustling restaurant. Where an empty lot now sits, he sees a five-story apartment complex. That old lumber house? A bustling food hall. Los Angeles County's growing light-rail network plunges deeper than it ever has into suburbia this week with the opening of the Gold Line extension linking Pasadena to Azusa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Obsessed with infrastructure? Take a look at some related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934077/wilshire-grand-tower-the-west-coast-s-tallest-building-structurally-tops-out-in-la Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA Alexander Walter 2016-03-10T15:36:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:24:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o8/o8zniuliuxidvlwx.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Workers, architects and engineers gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate a milestone in the construction of Los Angeles&rsquo; most notable skyscraper at the corner of Figueroa Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The ceremony, known as the topping out, marks completion of the building&rsquo;s central core: a pillar of concrete that rises more than 892 feet from the foundation.[...] Upon completion, the Wilshire Grand will rise 1,100 feet and be the tallest building west of Chicago.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tn/tn4zve4gviry6njd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5n/5nxbijl1va5rnj8y.jpg"></p><p>LA's Wilshire Grand previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93501997/downtown-la-to-set-record-for-world-s-largest-concrete-pour" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown LA to set record for world's largest concrete pour</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge Justine Testado 2016-03-08T19:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T02:03:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f480o6nfnwxyaq84.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Space 134, the city's $150-million plan to build 24 acres of park space atop a trenched stretch of the 134 Freeway [is] slated for a .7 mile stretch between Central and Balboa Avenues, [and] would span from the city's Downtown district to adjacent residential neighborhoods to the east. Glendale officials have trumpeted the project's potential to improve public health, reduce pollution and strengthen transit connections to the rest of [L.A.] County.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about L.A. parks:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135818686/largest-wildlife-overpass-in-u-s-proposed-for-l-a-s-101-freeway-could-ease-area-s-roadkill-problem" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Largest wildlife overpass in U.S. proposed for L.A.'s 101 Freeway, could ease area's roadkill problem</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149888041/get-lectured-cal-poly-la-metro-16 Get Lectured: Cal Poly LA Metro '16 Justine Testado 2016-03-08T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-03-08T12:47:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3i/3i6w1o1b5upmeile.jpg" width="514" height="771" 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>Next up,&nbsp;The Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design &mdash; an off-campus multidisciplinary program of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/2668666/california-polytechnic-state-university-san-luis-obispo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly San Luis Obispo</a>&nbsp;&mdash; kicks off their 2016 Lecture Series today.</p><p>Free and open to the public. Lecture, reception, and discussion: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>Mar 8</strong><br><strong>Eric H&ouml;weler &amp; Meejin Yoon </strong>/&nbsp;H&ouml;weler + Yoon<br>at&nbsp;Helms Bakery District</p><p><strong>Mar 10</strong><br><strong>Antoine Picon&nbsp;</strong>/&nbsp;Harvard University, Graduate School of Design<br>at&nbsp;A+D Museum</p><p><strong>Apr 7&nbsp;</strong><br><strong>Michael Folonis&nbsp;</strong>/ Michael Folonis Architects<br>at Helms Bakery District</p><p><strong>Apr 21</strong><br><strong>Kevin Daly&nbsp;</strong>/ Kevin Daly Architects<br>at A+D...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149600766/top-7-reasons-to-oppose-the-los-angeles-neighborhood-integrity-initiative Top 7 Reasons to Oppose the Los Angeles Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Orhan Ayyüce 2016-03-04T19:12:00-05:00 >2016-03-24T10:52:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acjwlgjmrrhj2ro5.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since I think there are a lot of folks out there who genuinely haven't made up their minds about the initiative, or aren&rsquo;t familiar with it yet, I'd like to summarize some of the most important reasons to oppose it when it comes time to vote this November. -</p></em><br /><br /><p>The looming battle for the future of development in Los Angeles is becoming more&nbsp;and more pronounced. One wonders if the public will ever grasp the relevance to their lives and vote with reliable information in coming November for this crucial&nbsp;issue?</p><p>In this age of rapid&nbsp;commodification of the cities, what is happening in L.A. can easily come to your city.If it didn't already that is.</p><p>Previously in Archinect,<br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147290493/planning-war-zone-the-battle-for-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning War Zone: The Battle for L.A. </a><br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149429632/mayor-eric-garcetti-on-frank-gehry-s-plans-for-the-la-river-a-cooperative-collaborative-regional-approach Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-02T13:59:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:07:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gf/gfqkjdhx3zbikdp0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we finally see this river restored to its natural beauty, it&rsquo;ll be thanks to the work of thousands of people over decades. The work that Frank Gehry is doing builds upon this&mdash;looking at how we can stitch together these 88 cities of LA County, including the 15 different jurisdictions along the river&rsquo;s 51 miles&mdash;some of the most diverse and interesting communities that we&rsquo;ve ever known. [...] people have put aside their differences and said: This is an opportunity to move forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up with more news on Gehry's ongoing redevelopment strategy for the LA River:</p><ul><li><a title="A closer look at reasons why the Los Angeles River revitalization is taking so long" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142515403/a-closer-look-at-reasons-why-the-los-angeles-river-revitalization-is-taking-so-long" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at reasons why the Los Angeles River revitalization is taking so long</a></li><li><a title="Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139820567/does-frank-gehry-or-his-firm-have-what-it-takes-to-save-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Frank Gehry &ndash;&nbsp;or his firm &ndash; have what it takes to save the LA River?</a></li><li><a title='"They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River' 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">"They should grow up": Frank Gehry to critics of his involvement with the L.A. River</a></li><li><a title="Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133963543/gehry-to-prioritize-hydrology-in-la-river-revitalization-strategy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy</a></li><li><a title="Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133738813/gehry-enlisted-to-masterplan-la-river-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry enlisted to masterplan LA River redevelopment</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149373378/the-west-coast-s-tallest-tower-is-getting-a-glass-bottomed-slide-on-its-69th-floor The West Coast's tallest tower is getting a glass-bottomed slide on its 69th floor Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-01T20:37:00-05:00 >2016-03-15T23:15:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofkhugk2td9ehc2y.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bank Tower owners OUE Limited announced today a new addition to the Skyspace observation deck tourist attraction that's guaranteed to give it that "thrill factor": a 36-foot long glass slide that will allow brave souls to slide from the 70th floor to the 69th along the outside of the building. Called the Skyslide, the chute will be made of clear glass four inches thick [and] sit about 1,000 feet above the ground</p></em><br /><br /><p>Don't look down.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100632473/glass-cracks-below-tourists-in-chicago-skydeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck</a></li><li><a title="Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li><li><a title="China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137723119/china-opens-590-foot-high-glass-bottom-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a title="Survey: Why glass?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132959584/survey-why-glass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Survey: Why glass?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks Justine Testado 2016-02-26T21:24:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T13:45:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5709n87mu3hikjo.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One thing, though, is different this time around. These days the city and county are busy investing money and lavishing attention on public spaces across L.A. &mdash; and even producing some from scratch...In a range of ways, Southern California is beginning to make up for neglecting its public realm for the bulk of the postwar era.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With two park design competitions currently underway (linked below), Downtown L.A. is eager to boost its amount of green space. But will those ambitious plans pan out in a tricky cityscape?&nbsp;Christopher Hawthorne gives his two cents on the potential of each park.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148890761/take-a-look-at-these-bold-visions-for-downtown-la-s-next-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at these bold visions for Downtown LA's next park</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148962253/homes-of-the-homeless-seized-l-a-cracks-down-on-free-housing Homes of the homeless, seized: L.A. cracks down on free housing Julia Ingalls 2016-02-25T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:09:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/foplnscbxyqqoeh9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people living on freeway overpasses in South Los Angeles. Three of the gaily painted wooden houses, which come with solar-powered lights and American flags, were confiscated earlier this month and seven more are planned for impound Thursday, a Bureau of Sanitation spokeswoman said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Does providing homes for the homeless solve the problem? Studies would indicate that it does, based on our coverage of the development of programs across the globe to help provide permanent, individualized shelter for the homeless, including those in Utah, Seattle, and London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58x89us6bezn8fok.jpg"></p><p>Here's a sampling:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless&nbsp;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a></li></ul>