Archinect - News 2015-02-01T19:30:02-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/119039951/frank-lloyd-wright-s-hollyhock-house-to-reopen-once-again-in-february Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February Justine Testado 2015-01-23T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T02:03:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/83wyyvc3mjsqg0vf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the heart of Hollywood's Barnsdall Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House will officially reopen on February 13, as recently announced by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, and the Barnsdall Park Art Foundation. This isn't the first time the iconic house has been restored, but the latest renovation focused on bringing back the house, and all its decorative details, to its original early 20th century state. The conservation effort took place from 2008 to 2014 and cost $4,359,000.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ij8bvobem7qdre3q.jpg"></p><p>The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright's first residence in Los Angeles. Pennsylvanian oil heiress and arts enthusiast Aline Barnsdall commissioned Wright to build the house -- which was named after her favorite flower -- as her own venue for producing avant-garde plays. It later became a performing arts complex including Barnsdall's private residence. Construction began in 1919 but came to a halt in 1921 when Barnsdall fired Wright, primarily due to costs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59e4ix3plz5f1fpl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jybvp9ywes8tbyvu.jpg"></p><p>Nonetheless, the hou...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqvd5benki7qbqyi.jpg" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>George Lucas said Friday that complications in his plan to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the Chicago lakefront may put Los Angeles back in the running. Last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a vigorous push to get the "Star Wars" creator to choose L.A., but the city lost out to Chicago. "We still have to get through some lawsuits and things in Chicago [...] But it's still a possibility that Chicago will be unable to do it," Lucas said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/480355/lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118449910/norm-s-coffee-shop-an-la-googie-icon-is-temporarily-saved-from-demolition Norm's Coffee Shop, an LA Googie icon, is temporarily saved from demolition Archinect 2015-01-15T21:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b77e125e04f1f620d84c7ccf18fbde41.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a hearing earlier today, Los Angeles&rsquo; Culture Heritage Commission voted to consider granting Historic-Cultural Monument status to Norms Coffee Shop on La Cienega. This would protect the iconic building in the Googie modern style until a final decision is made by the commission. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, the new owners of Norms were issued a demolition permit on January 5, triggering a wave of outrage from architectural preservationists.</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/118442689/moments-in-fast-food-urbanism-first-taco-bell-may-be-demolished Moments in Fast Food Urbanism: First Taco Bell may be demolished Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-15T19:20:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:54:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f74tndob5fbwgjqd.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building that housed the world&rsquo;s first Taco Bell is under &ldquo;imminent threat of demolition,&rdquo; according to the Downey Conservancy [...] Although Downey is more famously recognized as the site of the oldest operating location for [McDonald's], it is Taco Bell that built its very first location within the city. [...] &ldquo;The [Conservancy] recognizes that the building&rsquo;s current location may not be the best for its future and, as such, is also looking at opportunities to relocate"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Why does this matter? Not because Taco Bell is inherently newsworthy, but because fast food spots are arguably Downey's local urbanism icons. The city in southeast Los Angeles County is known for its Googie fast-food joints, historic McDonald's and drive-ins (as well as the birthplace of the Apollo space program) &ndash; so the Taco Bell is in good company. While not as iconic as a Googie structure, the Taco Bell is still emblematic of Downey's postwar California urban planning, awash in asphalt oceans where cars were king. Perhaps the chain's success in peddling drive-in fast food around the world may actually have perpetuated that kind of urbanism.</p><p>The building is currently vacant, leading Downey Conservancy to take up the preservation case, planning to possibly relocate it to &ldquo;another site within the city&rdquo;. Taco Bell has even joined the cause, despite not even being the building&rsquo;s most recent tenant, with the hashtag #SaveTacoBell. I wonder if <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114040210/saving-buildings-with-social-media-or-not" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a> is tracking this.</p><p>Meanwhile,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118346265/thom-mayne-razing-ray-bradbury-s-house-to-build-his-own Thom Mayne razing Ray Bradbury's house to build his own Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-14T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-25T18:05:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fa437243d061ad807295e5941435e5f.jpg" width="200" height="150" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ray Bradbury's] Cheviot Hills house ... hit the market last May, and sold in a little over a month for $1.765 million [...] the buyers were Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, of the firm Morphosis, and his wife, Blythe Alison-Mayne. [...] the new property owner's plan is to demolish Bradbury's house to put in a new house with three underground levels&mdash;one of which will hold a swimming pool&mdash;and two stories above ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p>CurbedLA also points out that, according to <a href="http://morphopedia.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphopedia</a>, this will be Mayne's first residential project in LA in more than ten years.</p><p>More photos via <a href="http://file770.com/?p=20397?michpun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">File 770</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118206417/get-lectured-ucla-ideas-series-2015 Get Lectured: UCLA IDEAS Series 2015 Justine Testado 2015-01-12T17:38:00-05:00 >2015-01-13T17:01:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u5/u5jcoczvts59yy7t.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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>The next featured poster comes from UCLA Architecture &amp; Urban Design with their 2015 IDEAS Lecture Series. IDEAS invites speakers working in a wide range of disciplines and explores topics from unexpected areas such as entertainment, aerospace, tech, and the automotive industries. The series also examines the role of Los Angeles in the evolution of architecture.</p><p>Unless noted, lectures will take place at 7:30 pm at the Hercules Campus: 5865 S. Campus Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094. Pre-lecture receptions: 6:45 pm</p><p><em>Jan 20</em><br>WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: THE FUTURE OF THEME PARKS<br>David Durham / Creative Designers Studio Lead / Blue Sky Program Lead</p><p><em>Feb 3</em><br>CITY OF LOS ANGELES: A C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72b1e15d9e7572164ae15fe02cada079.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<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></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T20:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:40:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/393c7c0eef2abf630804a04877dc4947.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The elevator doors snap shut behind Otto Solis and his fellow ironworkers. With a quick shudder, gears kick in for a rattling 90-second ascent through the concrete structure rising at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. The men huddle in the confined space. Wearing hard hats, bandannas, kneepads and gloves, they look like gladiators ready to fight.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<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></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T13:47:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sprueup6ugineij.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee seems ready to bid for the 2024 Summer Games. But the hard part is deciding which of the four finalists &mdash; Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco &mdash; has the best chance of being chosen by the International Olympic Committee. The U.S.O.C. could make its selection as soon as this week, so we asked New York Times reporters in each city to describe the view from each place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some tastier nuggets from each city's reporter:</p><p><strong><em>Boston:</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics. No venue would be more than a 10-minute walk from a subway stop or a commuter rail line."</p><p><strong><em>Los Angeles:</em></strong></p><p>"Imagine the opening ceremony Los Angeles could put together: Meryl Streep riding sidesaddle on a dolphin. Magic Johnson and Mama Kardashian carrying the torch. Fireworks sponsored by &ldquo;Star Wars: Episode Ad Nauseam: Does It Really Matter What We Subtitle These Anymore, Part 1.&rdquo;"</p><p><strong><em>San Francisco:</em></strong></p><p>"Picture a hilly marathon tracing up the crooked block of Lombard Street. Or mountain biking in Marin County, the birthplace of the sport. Or the triathlon off Alcatraz, beach volleyball at City Hall, rowing in McCovey Cove. And if the Olympics still insist on golf, there is the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach."</p><p><strong><em>Washi...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117731121/get-lectured-sci-arc-spring-15 Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-01-06T13:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T19:04:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/orqqr9ihdj5mq0nz.jpg" width="514" height="881" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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>The next featured poster comes from SCI-Arc. Their Spring '15 lecture series kicks off on January 14 with Todd Williams and Billie Tsien. Other speakers include Craig Dykers of Sn&oslash;hetta, CJ Lim, Henk Ovink, Henry N. Cobb, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank Gehry.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All events start at 7 p.m., unless noted. Lectures will take place at the W.M. Keck Lecture Hall. The lecture series will also be broadcast live on <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/live" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sciarc.edu/live</a>.</p><p><strong>JANUARY</strong></p><p><em>Jan 14</em><br>TOD WILLIAMS AND BILLIE TSIEN / Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects<br>"Being Specific"</p><p><em>Jan 21</em><br>JOSE SANCHEZ / Bloom Games<br>"Ga...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117649876/is-la-finally-going-to-get-a-football-stadium Is LA Finally Going to Get a Football Stadium? Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T12:19:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T13:35:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fed7d056d11c5224b773cebaf5c63679.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, which could pave the way for the league's return to Los Angeles...Owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres adjacent to the Forum a year ago, has joined forces with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. They plan to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to the already-massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space...</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The announcement is the latest in more than a dozen stadium proposals that have come and gone in the meandering, two-decade effort to bring an NFL franchise back to the nation's second-largest media market. But Kroenke's move marks the first time an existing team owner has controlled a local site large enough for a stadium and parking."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117424438/why-los-angeles-is-struggling-to-fix-thousands-of-miles-of-sidewalks Why Los Angeles is struggling to fix thousands of miles of sidewalks Alexander Walter 2015-01-02T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-09T13:31:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fyihl1jpb4ggdp0t.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city estimates that some 4,500 of its total 10,750 sidewalk miles are in disrepair. According to a 2007 USC study, the city repaired a grand total of 64 miles of sidewalks, or 1.4 percent of damaged sidewalks, improving the city&rsquo;s backlog to 72 years. The reasons for this civic embarrassment go back even longer than 72 years. They are twofold. One is political, the other arboreal.</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/116345045/downtown-la-fire-determined-to-be-arson-architecture-hate-crime Downtown LA fire determined to be arson... Architecture hate crime? Archinect 2014-12-19T13:18:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7f/7f052d629be835d46d9fbe9b834aad5c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ATF national response team, at the end of its investigation, reaches one of three conclusions &ndash; incendiary, accidental, or undetermined. Given Thursday&rsquo;s conclusion that the fire was determined to be "incendiary," or deliberately set, local authorities will probably launch an arson investigation to identify those responsible for the blaze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project</a></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition Justine Testado 2014-12-17T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T15:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c796m9hnoge74u3x.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <em>Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio</em> exhibition presents&nbsp; the design concepts behind the span of projects that British designer <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick </a>and his London-based studio have created worldwide. Currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas until January 4, <em>Provocations</em> will make its West Coast debut at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on February 20.</p><p>Presented as a "jack of all trades" and organized by Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayed, the upcoming L.A. exhibition will feature prototypes, photos, video footage, films, objects, and large-scale models.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxuiuef7r6mid2le.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition will include product designs like the "Spun" chair and the Longchamps Zip Bag as well as more recognizable icons like the Olympic Cauldron and the redesigned double decker buses from the London 2012 Olympic Games.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o68tuvpi273jzeu7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9xv34mhp8w7go5u.jpg"></p><p>"Provocations" will also highlight Heatherwick's large-scale projects like the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the Nanyang Technological University&nbsp;Learning ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T18:26:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91cd8e9a3ac7dad00793df53d26feda.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</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/116119506/will-la-finally-become-a-city-of-cabs Will LA Finally Become A City of Cabs? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-16T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dj753emyrk4sjgu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the terms of the proposed draft order, every taxi in Los Angeles would have to become accessible via a mobile application similar to the ones used by Uber and Lyft. These applications will require certification by the Taxi Commission, which can then specify things like pricing maximums and limits on hours worked in a single shift, and can perhaps even set up a rating and complaint system for passengers.</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/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood Activists “Evict” Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-10T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:22:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/7133dc7b5d6c2a511515f9bd1694c8c8.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On November 8th, a group called the North East L.A. Alliance (NELA Alliance) held a public art performance titled &ldquo;Procesion de Testimonios: Evicting Displacement,&rdquo; which sought to bring attention to changes in Highland Park. The procession began along the most visibly gentrifying corridor, York Boulevard, and the group served mock eviction notices to businesses the group didn&rsquo;t feel were &ldquo;culturally inviting, affordable and displaced long-time businesses,&rdquo; according to organizer Melissa Uribe.</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/115499717/architecture-s-expensive-taste-weekly-news-round-up-for-december-1-2014 Architecture's expensive taste: Weekly News Round-Up for December 1, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-08T17:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T13:02:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6qjqbfkfg3s56p4.jpg" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, December 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115267109/william-b-callaway-noted-bay-area-landscape-architect-at-swa-group-dies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies</a>: He is survived by his four children and wife,&nbsp;Barbara Meacham. A memorial will be held in January.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, December 4:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money</a>:&nbsp;<em>LA Times&nbsp;</em>architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne unpacks the changing style of residential architecture in southern-California's San Gabriel Valley, built to appeal to wealthy Chinese immigrants.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, December 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a>: Qualified, licensed architects from the U.S., Mexico or Canada can now apply for a credential to work within any of those countries. The so-called "Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice of Architecture" was born of the 1994 NAFTA Agreement.</li><li><a title="Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115117011/deborah-berke-s-design-for-new-cummins-distribution-hq-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled</a>: Berke beat out&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/SHoP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>&nbsp;when chosen fo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:36:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xukgpfzmx3b02bf2.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti&rsquo;s recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.</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/115499716/marines-to-conduct-training-in-downtown-la Marines To Conduct Training In Downtown LA Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T14:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:15:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iiz1a8uhfpjqdajc.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's not going to look like 'Apocalypse Now' by any stretch of the imagination. The Marine Corps has held similar training in recent years in Atlanta, Memphis and other cities. The military worked closely with the Los Angeles Police Department and notified property owners so no one will be caught off guard</p></em><br /><br /><p>Message and the purpose is clear. US Government is training for urban warfare and large cities are the training grounds. Once we are done with&nbsp;foreign urban centers&nbsp;perhaps the idea is to "bring it on home."</p><p>Of course, it's all under the disguise of fighting terrorism (or is it Ferguson?).</p><p>"There&rsquo;s no terrorism threat out there that would be the reason that these exercises are being conducted, this is something that&rsquo;s been kind of ongoing for a while. This is one location amongst many that the Marines are gonna be kind of exposing their people to.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115492470/huge-downtown-los-angeles-fire-burns-towering-apartment-project Huge downtown Los Angeles fire burns towering apartment project Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-08T12:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:22:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8j5n9so09ee2z40.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;When they came out of the quarters they could see it was fully engulfed,&rdquo; fire department spokeswoman Katherine Main told the paper. &ldquo;It was a building under construction in the framing phase. Almost 1 million square feet and a city block.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Freeway signs melt and windows in adjacent buildings burst in the intense heat. Two buildings near the burning construction site are damaged and freeways are closed for hours.</p><p><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=los+angeles+fire&amp;oq=los+angeles+fire&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4476j1j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;es_sm=122&amp;ie=UTF-8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The fire</a> which burned down an <a href="http://la.curbed.com/tags/geoff-palmer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular</a> (among the architects) apartment complex a 7 storey wood construction in its final stages of completion.&nbsp;</p><p>Social media users in the city have been quick to post pictures of the pillar of fire reaching up into the night sky, with some taking a more ominous interpretation of the blaze.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115038324/building-an-identity-immigration-and-architecture-in-southern-california Building an identity: Immigration and architecture in Southern California Alexander Walter 2014-12-02T14:25:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb3481550741ad98df2389c5c3976d5d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private.</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/114974068/l-a-ranks-as-one-of-the-most-expensive-american-cities-for-renters L.A. Ranks as One of the Most Expensive American Cities for Renters Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:06:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhmpgegrykoz0ggm.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The median per capita income in Los Angeles is $27,900. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment&mdash;and, frankly, this sounds low to us&mdash;is said to be about $1,400. You can do the math. It's very difficult to keep a roof over your head in this town. Yet another analysis has confirmed this. The folks at Rent.com&nbsp;looked at median rent and median income in America's largest cities and concluded that L.A. is one of the five worst places in the nation for renters.</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/114499218/michael-rotondi-in-studio-for-episode-8-of-archinect-sessions-a-sense-of-place Michael Rotondi in-studio for Episode 8 of Archinect Sessions, "A Sense of Place" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-26T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T18:56:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6vet5pu8l1ohna4.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6208/roto-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi</a> joins us in-studio this week, for a special conversation with <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> about architecture education and Rotondi's Los Angeles roots. <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/ameliath" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken</a> also discuss ol' fashioned southern contextualism in Charleston, South Carolina, in response to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114885/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson University's scrapped modern building</a> plans.</p><p>Listen to episode eight of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/47379/archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a> podcast, "A Sense of Place":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>: <a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>: <a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>: <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: <a href="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>: <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-8.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes:</strong></p><p><a href="https://events.gigaom.com/roadmap-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gigaom Roadmap conference</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/gallery/114114885/0/clemson-scraps-its-modern-building-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson scraps its modern building plan</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apdbilxlot39rsmp.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107481560/hearing-begins-for-modernist-north-carolina-home-threatened-with-demolition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Modern Oakwood&rdquo; lawsuit</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77141277/lawsuit-filed-against-architect-tom-kundig" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig case</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano will design the new Kum &amp; Go corporate HQ in Iowa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113982402/yaohua-wang-wins-2014-harvard-gsd-thesis-prize-with-salvaged-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang wins 2014 Harvard GSD thesis prize...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114577094/can-beautiful-architecture-inspire-americans-to-become-good-citizens Can beautiful architecture inspire Americans to become good citizens? Alexander Walter 2014-11-26T14:04:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T22:36:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rxuhi4mot67mdbh.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hundred and some years ago, an aesthetic force called the City Beautiful movement professed the theory that grand public buildings, lovely civic palaces, could inspire Americans to become good citizens. [...] Since the 1960s, though, it seems as if great civic architecture has become an embarrassment. Politicians who love to cut ribbons find it hard to justify paying for beautiful on top of functional. The result is a style I call Sunbelt Stalinism [...].</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/113955904/get-lectured-otis-college-of-art-and-design-14-15 Get Lectured: Otis College of Art and Design, '14-'15 Justine Testado 2014-11-18T13:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:14:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y1/y18xqjksjaxkseq7.jpg" width="514" height="1542" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/493828/fall-2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster comes from the Otis College of Art and Design, Architecture-Landscape-Interiors program in Los Angeles.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures free and open to the public. Note each event's time and location.</p><p><em>Nov. 20</em><br>7 p.m.<br>PATRICK TIGHE / Principal - Patrick Tighe Architecture | Santa Monica<br>at the Forum, Ground Floor - Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Goldsmith Campus - Otis</p><p><em>Dec. 4</em><br>7 p.m.<br>JULIA CZERNIAK / Principal - CLEAR; Associate Dean - Syracuse University<br>at the Forum, Ground Floor - Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, Goldsmith Campus - Otis</p><p><em>Feb. 18</em><br>7:30 p.m.<br>JAMES CORNER /...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113901320/winners-of-aia-los-angeles-2014-design-awards Winners of AIA Los Angeles’ 2014 Design Awards Justine Testado 2014-11-17T19:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:59:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tq/tqijdljr1mdzehzz.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA Los Angeles chapter hosted a festive night of celebrations for their 2014 Design Awards, which honors architectural excellence by L.A.-based architects. The eventful awards ceremony took place at the Bradbury Building, the Million Dollar Theater, and Grand Central Market &mdash; three historic landmarks in Downtown Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A total of 21 firms and 14 Presidential Honorees received awards. In addition to the Design Awards and Presidential Honorees, the awards program included the Next LA Awards (unbuilt work).</p><p><strong>DESIGN AWARDS + Presidential Honors</strong></p><p>Above: HONOR: Emerson College by Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles, CA.</p><p>MERIT: Santa Monica Public Parking Structure #6 by Behnisch Architekten &amp; Studio Jantzen in Santa Monica, CA.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4kx6y6kxka6glzfg.jpg"></p><p>MERIT: Tongva Park + Ken Gensler Square by Miriam Mulder, AIA - City of Santa Monica, James Corner Field Operations, and Frederick Fisher &amp; Partners in Santa Monica, CA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mq/mq8uk4pk1f08jtuv.jpg"></p><p>CITATION: Vault House by Johnston Marklee &amp; Associates in Oxnard, CA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eg/eghoqqpzlsodk5b2.jpg"></p><p><strong>NEXT LA</strong></p><p>NEXT LA - HONOR: Hearth by After Architecture in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/how9230czw7710hs.jpg"></p><p>NEXT LA - HONOR: Lexington Center Reinvention and Expansion by NBBJ in Lexington, Kentucky.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/911eviuk7r3i29b4.jpg"></p><p>NEXT LA - MERIT: Daegu Gosan Public Library by Synthesis Design + Architecture in Daegu, Korea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cru0f6h2fi81i8xv.jpg"></p><p>NEXT LA - CITATION: Liepaja Thermal Bath by Steven Christensen Architecture in Li...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113050259/garcetti-calls-for-100k-new-homes-in-los-angeles-by-2021 Garcetti Calls for 100K New Homes in Los Angeles by 2021 Nicholas Korody 2014-11-06T18:35:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T18:35:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/622e15108314be66b491e34cf0ad3ab7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles&rsquo; biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021. In a speech to business leaders at UCLA, the mayor outlined a plan to increase funding for affordable housing, subsidize development around transit stations and cut the red tape that many developers say drives up the cost of building in the 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/113033373/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-initial-funding-for-new-lacma-building L.A. County supervisors approve initial funding for new LACMA building Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:29:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fc0c95da4502d7ffaca4046cce4c09b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Board of Supervisors has approved a road map for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as it plans a $600-million makeover that would tear down and rebuild most of its Miracle Mile campus [...]. If there are no serious bumps in the road ahead, the plan would yield a streamlined, curving 410,000-square-foot new museum building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor that would open in 2023, spanning Wilshire Boulevard with an enclosed bridge that doubles as gallery space.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/524084/lacma-makeover" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112808383/schools-shuffle-and-museums-move-forward-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-27-2014 Schools shuffle and museums move forward: Weekly News Round-Up for October 27, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-03T20:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-03T20:30:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g9/g9344ae3jv5yf330.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 31:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112573293/new-plan-for-architecture-school-at-wright-foundation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Plan for Architecture School at Wright Foundation</a>: Facing the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107571089/spiralling-tensions-at-frank-lloyd-wright-architecture-school" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">loss of its accreditation</a> in 2017, the school is considering independent incorporation in order to continue operating.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 30:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Anthropocene&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Anthropocene"</a>: Recognizing that&nbsp;"Architecture notoriously appropriates and invents new language &ndash; sometimes to make appeals, sometimes to fill conceptual gaps, sometimes nonsensically", Archinect's new series will create a lexicon of (mostly new) discursive architectural terms.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 29:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112435990/relocation-or-adaptation-s-o-paulo-nears-collapse-as-drought-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: S&atilde;o Paulo Nears Collapse as Drought Continues</a>: Partially due to climate change and deforestation, major reservoirs are dangerously low and cities in S&atilde;o Paulo are beginning to go dry.</li><li><a title="Sn&oslash;hetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112435177/sn-hetta-to-take-over-sf-development-project-near-civic-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center</a>: The condo design originally was given to <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4912/richard-meier-partners-architects-llp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Meier</a>, and may involve relocating the adjacent subway stop at Civic Center in downtown San Francisco.</li><li><a title="The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an Opening Date: Fall 2015" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112418303/the-broad-kinda-sorta-has-an-opening-date-fall-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Broad Kinda Sorta Has an...</a></li></ul>