Archinect - News 2014-10-01T16:39:06-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110233666/mayor-vows-to-make-la-more-pedestrian-friendly Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T11:33:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xj93lm0x4nz1nm0.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling Los Angeles streets a &ldquo;front door to the world and the place where public life and private enterprise connect,&rdquo; Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Department of Transportation released a strategic plan Monday aimed at making them safer and more accessible by 2025. The 61-page report, titled &ldquo;Great Streets for Los Angeles,&rdquo; looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Included in the plan are initiatives to help the city become more bike-friendly, such as adding more bike corrals on the street and racks to city buses. This comes on the heels of new, state-wide legislation recently <a href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/09/22/governor-brown-signs-protected-bike-lane-bill-car-fee-for-bike-paths/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1193" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1183" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1183</a>&nbsp;will provide funding for bike lanes and bike infrastructure through a vehicle surcharge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bj277erxkn1fgbe.jpg"></p><p>While long considered an exclusively automobile-oriented city, LA has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Actually, USA Today recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/03/50-best-us-biking-cities/15017309/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ranked</a> the city #28 out of the 50 best cities for biking, right after Oakland (and before Miami). Part of the increase in bike riding in the city has been because of the new green bike lanes that have been put in place over the last few years. The bright green color, however, has received some criticism: an LA Times <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/opinion/la-ed-bikelane-20120214" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-09-29T18:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</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/109809212/under-the-radar-los-angeles-2 Under The Radar Los Angeles #2 Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-25T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-28T19:58:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ql/qlpl2y2zuozlc5k9.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>After it was built, some tenants pushed to have the building painted dark brown so it would look more "finished." Architect publicly protested this step, and the bank remained its simple, and quite effective, Brutalist self.</em></p><p>Take it for what it is. I think it is 10 stories too short.</p><p>Under The Radar Los Angeles&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79378410/under-the-radar-los-angeles-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#1</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109717512/wild-architecture-makes-german-cinema-come-alive-at-lacma Wild architecture makes German cinema come alive at LACMA Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T14:05:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa30a6fa1e80710db955a65ccaf39198.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Movies can be great. Art can be great. But put them together in a museum exhibition, and the combination can be not-so-great. [...] A new exhibition of early 20th-century cinema at the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA), however, rethinks that equation. [...] Designed by Amy Murphy, a professor of architecture at USC, and Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture, the exhibition design is the antithesis of the traditional framed-stuff-on-a-wall model.</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/109258234/the-getty-foundation-selects-the-first-10-modern-projects-to-receive-grants-in-worldwide-preservation-effort The Getty Foundation selects the first 10 modern projects to receive grants in worldwide preservation effort Justine Testado 2014-09-18T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-22T20:32:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s281l23n1qanmok1.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the sake of preserving the holy modern architectural canon (and some), The Getty Foundation officially announced today the first 10 projects to receive grants of their Keeping it Modern initiative. In a race against time among other challenging factors, the philanthropic effort aims to conserve the world's architectural landmarks of the 20th century.</p><p>The Foundation states Keeping it Modern will address the pressing issues involved with the conservation of modern architectural heritage through the support for key model projects. Each grant project was selected for its architectural significance and its potential to advance conservation practices relevant to modern architecture.</p><p>The first ten projects selected to receive funding are:</p><p>(Above) Louis Kahn&rsquo;s Salk Institute for Biological Studies</p><p>J&oslash;rn Utzon&rsquo;s Sydney Opera House<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du509lx90l79ljwu.jpg"></p><p>Hilario Candela&rsquo;s Miami Marine Stadium<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nuwhs0ap0vfodstg.jpg"></p><p>Alvar Aalto&rsquo;s Paimio Sanatorium<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee2u4suzfske6jhq.jpg"></p><p>Frank Lloyd Wright&rsquo;s Robie House<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz4g2n6bupzp44um.jpg"></p><p>Ray and Charles Eames&rsquo; residence &lsquo;The Eames House&rsquo;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4slo03ymxffsamkg.jpg"></p><p>I.M. Pei&rsquo;s Luc...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109174700/get-lectured-usc-fall-14 Get Lectured: USC, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-17T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-17T13:00:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rltykv5wizy68d0q.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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>Today's poster comes from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture. Events include lectures from David Baker, Andrea Cochran, Zaha Hadid, Marc Fornes, and the anticipated ACADIA 2014 conference.</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>Below are a selection of events. Events requiring reservations and/or admission fees are indicated with RSVP. All other events are free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p><p><em>Sept. 16-18</em><br>AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE<br>at Verle Annis Gallery, Harris Hall</p><p><em>Sept. 17</em><br>6 pm<br>DAVID BAKER, FAIA, LEED AP / Principal, David Baker Architects, San Francisco<br>ANDREA COCHRAN, FASLA&nbsp; / Andrea Cochran ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109028435/china-builds-its-dream-island-qatar-controversies-continue-the-internet-slows-down-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-7-2014 China builds its dream island; Qatar controversies continue; the internet slows down: Weekly News Round-Up for September 7, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T20:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:54:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9tcj8kfqm7lkll2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 12</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108807760/vincent-scully-prize-2014-awarded-to-journalist-and-tv-host-charlie-rose" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose</a>: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was distinguished by his interviews of leaders in urban design and development.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, September 11</em>:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108715362/toronto-set-to-unveil-first-museum-of-islamic-culture-in-north-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America</a>: The museum is backed by Aga Khan,&nbsp;a "lesser-known royal" and spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, approximately 100,000 of which now live in Canada. The museum is&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59363761/maki-to-design-muslim-cultural-centre-for-the-aga-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki</a>, and opens September 18.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, September 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108643850/the-long-lost-design-bible-of-the-new-york-subway-is-briefly-back-in-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print</a>: In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers&nbsp;Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to create a solution to the subway system's inconsistent and confusing identity. Th...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108787651/breaking-up-with-renzo Breaking up with Renzo... Gregory Walker 2014-09-12T12:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T11:50:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj7qe35xanopkebf.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"And so, you know, having named my son after him, what was I going to do? Of course I said yes."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architect's Newspaper has an insightful interview with Zoltan Pali about his firm's decision to "consciously uncouple" with Renzo Piano's firm on the design for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts museum project. It's not always easy when you get matched up with someone, even if you've named your son after them...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108635812/los-angeles-funds-213m-policy-to-end-chronic-homelessness Los Angeles funds $213M policy to end chronic homelessness Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-10T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:57:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc7e4a0a70bc39c4b1de6601aca121be.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The system, which was first tried in 2013 on skid row, was designed to identify the most vulnerable homeless people and get them off the streets. Long-term or chronically homeless people, who are often jailed or hospitalized, are a quarter of the homeless population but consume 75% of the county's resources [...] But the system, which has been described as match.com for homeless people, is also supposed to get families and others who fall into homelessness back in housing quickly</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous accounts of homelessness in LA County, particularly in Skid Row:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105013578/the-last-skid-row-in-america-faces-increasing-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Last Skid Row in America Faces Increasing Gentrification</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108636616/get-lectured-sci-arc-fall-14 Get Lectured: SCI-Arc, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-10T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-09-13T07:30:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vg/vgt0qvg5nehdrhcq.jpg" width="514" height="835" 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 midweek poster comes from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles. Along with SCI-Arc's notable lineup of award-winning speakers, the fall lecture series also include a SCI-Arc Gallery installation of experimental architectural drawings and a Library Gallery exhibition highlighting an architectural proposal for the future of the Nazi concentration camps in Poland.</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>Below are the most current event listings. Unless noted, events begin at 7 pm in W. M. Keck Lecture Hall. <strong>Lectures will be broadcast at <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/live" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.scia...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108565110/people-streets-link-small-l-a-neighborhood-and-325mm-shenzhen-transformation People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation RonH 2014-09-09T15:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/huv2fpuqrvcj6hzy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Giving the boulevard back to the people... makes the streets habitable again," says Sean O&rsquo;Malley of SWA.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How does a 10-block neighborhood intervention of volunteers in Highland Park, Los Angeles link to a $325 million streetscape and storm water infrastructure transformation in Shenzhen, China?&nbsp; &ldquo;This is about giving the street and the boulevard back to the people,&rdquo; says Sean O&rsquo;Malley, Managing Principal of SWA, the landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. Throughout history, China has been a country connected by the intimacy of village life: the chance encounter on the street, the smile of a passerby. Small streets that were once filled with people are now large boulevards of traffic, noise, and pollution. As China has grown rapidly, it has lost much of its connection to its past. &ldquo;We aim to make the streets habitable again,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Malley.</p><p>A major focus of the commission from the City of Shenzhen is the revision of a street system in the new urban core that was designed strictly for automobiles just a few decades ago. As part of a winning competition proposal, SWA stres...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108371541/before-and-afters-academy-museum-of-motion-pictures-renzo-piano Before and Afters: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Renzo Piano Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-07T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:27:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pe2871ioypxhxatr.jpg" width="500" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I really like it. I don't get the hate for the sphere. I think it will be a cool space to enjoy in person, vs. just looking at drawings. - reader comment (NeutraFilmmaker67)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not that LA is so pristine with its architecture, mainly <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98148220/design-tweaks-can-t-overcome-academy-museum-s-dramatic-flaws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disliked</a> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-academy-museum-design-20140415-story.html#axzz2z4cH20L3&amp;page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">condemned</a> by the form gendarmerie, the&nbsp;<a href="http://peter%20zumthor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy Museum of Motion Pictures</a> is looking better. It might be the ever so missing link which will tie-in all the disparate parts of LACMA from Fairfax eastward, even Zumthor's blot if ever.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107657832/moca-announces-new-performance-festival-for-downtown-la MOCA Announces New Performance Festival for Downtown LA Nicholas Korody 2014-08-28T21:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T21:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zlrl4joyjcvc6bz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This month, audiences will be able to check out the first program to emerge from Vergne's nascent administration: Step and Repeat, a multidisciplinary festival of performing arts, takes place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over four Saturday evenings, beginning Sept. 13 [...] Step and Repeat will feature a unique nightly lineup of poetry readings, noise/experimental music, performance art, stand-up comedy, live bands and deejays, all presented side by side.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The news that performance and other public programming will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a sign for some that the new director,&nbsp;Philippe Vergne, is already returning the embattled museum &nbsp;to its former strength. Vergne replaced the former director Jeffrey Deitch, whose stewarding of the institution provoked controversy and ended in his resignation. Some&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/24/entertainment/la-et-cm-deitch-moca-20130725" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contended</a> that Deitch oriented the museum too much around pop culture and celebrity, with exhibits like "Rebel" featuring the work of James France and "Art in the Streets" about graffiti. When he announced a show about disco, prestigious artists like Ed Ruscha and Barbara Kruger <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/jeffrey-deitch-leaves-moca-jerry-saltz.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">resigned</a> from the museum board.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yx2q2a5t6vcabu.jpg"></p><p>MOCA has a long history of being an "artist's museum," due to the active and experimental role of artists in its programming. For example, the ongoing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MOCATV" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOCAtv</a> showcases the works of artists who have not necessarily fully broken into the mainstream, such as the recent episodes by <a href="http://thejogging.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Jogging</a> or <a href="http://edfornieles.com/front2.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed Fornieles</a>. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107559001/more-is-more-the-gaudy-genius-of-the-late-deborah-sussman More is more: the gaudy genius of the late Deborah Sussman Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/00a676160925a9eeb275afa7c4114184.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;More is more,&rdquo; was the motto of Deborah Sussman, the graphic designer behind this brilliant visual riot, who died last week at the age of 82. Trained in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, she took their love of colour and pattern to new heights, establishing a studio with her husband, Paul Prejza, that would tackle everything from shop fit-outs to city wayfinding, sprinkling her distinctive brand, like sugary confetti, from Philadelphia to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One week ago: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Sussman, designer, has died at age 83</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107040762/lawsuits-legos-and-landmarks-weekly-news-round-up-for-august-18-2014 Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T13:15:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l9vl7n242h9ujwrt.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107169286/zaha-hadid-sues-architecture-critic-martin-filler-over-book-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/134029/2022-world-cup-in-qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107170089/the-demolition-of-5-pointz-has-begun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86311570/5-pointz-graffiti-mecca-in-long-island-city-faces-imminent-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107096998/lego-house-in-billund-denmark-begins-construction-by-laying-giant-lego-brick-shaped-foundation-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107097802/istanbul-s-illegal-towers-to-be-demolished-after-landmark-court-ruling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107188591/hollywood-target-building-shut-down-during-construction-due-to-established-height-limits Hollywood Target building shut down during construction due to established height limits Nicholas Korody 2014-08-22T19:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:15:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/muvfh5uk0dig5qpc.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107185375/study-confirms-la-is-least-affordable-city-for-rentals-in-us Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-22T17:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T17:40:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/423268c3005cf63dbc320dc00da3ed98.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The study from&nbsp;UCLA's Ziman Center for Real Estate&nbsp;shows that the average renter in Los Angeles, which has the highest percentage of renters in the country, devotes 47 percent of his or her paycheck to rent. [...] It's the latest depressing news about L.A.'s rental market, and it comes with a twist: affordability is not a new post-recession problem, but one that has been getting worse for decades. &ldquo;Our studies show a severe housing burden among poor renters has existed since 1970</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107093782/rubber-duckie-you-make-globalization-so-much-fun Rubber Duckie, you make globalization so much fun Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T14:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:54:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fcc877b8a71ee702c831124ff3cbb65.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A six-story-tall floating "Rubber Duck" is making its West Coast debut at the Port of Los Angeles, where it will lead more than a dozen battleships and sailboats in the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade [...] Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. "The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adorable? Certainly. Humorous? Obviously. Architecture? Maybe.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=197" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hofman's website</a>, the Rubber Duck "doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation... The Rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!" This description accounts for all rubber duckies ever. What distinguishes this Rubber Duck is where its been. The giant inflatable has appeared on the shores of Beijing, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Osaka, S&atilde;o Paulo and others, to delight folks around the world. The ocean is the globalized world's bathtub, and this giant duck its bath toy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/42b822e0c1117ec8010ae5bfe1338f75.jpg"></p><p>Hofman claims the duck "doesn't have a political connotation", but its difficult to not see it as a symbol for globalized commerce. With the same universal cuteness the world-over, it visits ports (such as in Los Angeles) that support global shipping infrastructures, networking economies and cultures with a universally accessible cuteness. The duck's path is paved by human, economic forces, not natural ocean ones&nbsp;&mdash; un...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106964423/zaha-hadid-joins-keynote-speaker-lineup-at-acadia-2014-design-agency-registration-now-open Zaha Hadid joins keynote speaker lineup at ACADIA 2014: DESIGN AGENCY – Registration now open Archinect 2014-08-19T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T17:28:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7whi0gvap6pznz0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're in the Los Angeles area this fall, make sure not to miss this top notch event: the <a href="http://2014.acadia.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014 Design Agency Conference</a>, to be held at the <a href="http://archinect.com/uscarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">USC School of Architecture</a> October 23-25, just confirmed that Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> will join the roster of high profile keynote speakers, including game designer Will Wright (creator of SimCity), programmer Casey Reas (creator of Processing), computational architect Marc Fornes (Principal of TheVeryMany) and structural engineer Greg Otto (Principal of Walter P. Moore).</p><p>Archinect and our sister site <a href="http://www.bustler.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> are proud to be media partners of ACADIA 2014, so be sure to learn more right here.</p><p>Read on for more details from the organizers.</p><p>"Co-chaired by Dr. David Jason Gerber (USC School of Architecture), Alvin Huang, AIA (Synthesis Design + Architecture/USC School of Architecture) and Jose Sanchez (Plethora Project/USC School of Architecture), this highly anticipated event will bring an international audience of innovative design e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/da/dac9246a29689fa9515554bb8f44b635.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways. It&rsquo;s an ambitious plan that will require coordination of the 88 cities and and dozens of public agencies in the L.A. Basin to achieve.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106658484/why-artists-want-to-preserve-church-tied-to-l-a-s-chicano-movement Why artists want to preserve church tied to L.A.'s Chicano movement Justine Testado 2014-08-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:34:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agi2dqa357amkxgf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Certainly, it's a minor miracle that Epiphany wasn't gutted at some point in its long life to make way for late 20th-century design nightmares such as drop ceilings and wood paneling. But more significantly the church represents an interesting period in Southern California history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Church of the Epiphany was an iconic meeting spot for activist groups throughout the 20th century -- including Cesar Chavez, who gave talks there -- and continues to be a valuable community space today. After a 2011 art auction to preserve the aging church, a second benefit auction is currently being held by an Angeleno arts group in support of the Epiphany Conservation Trust until August 23 to raise more funds for additional restoration needs. Restoration will be done by L.A. architecture firm Escher GuneWardena.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558894/l-a-landscape-architect-mia-lehrer-on-what-makes-a-successful-park L.A. landscape architect Mia Lehrer on what makes a successful park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T21:20:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b538fab694706e9f7d725cb66d8663b6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It relates to scale, who's going to be there, what reflects the culture and interests of the community. People's first notion about a park is Central Park &mdash; big, grassy, lush. So adjusting expectations about that aesthetic, we have a hard row to hoe in L.A. This is the era for our city to think about parks and the river and the urban forest as all one thing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106405526/john-lautner-s-silvertop-home-to-list-for-7-5-million John Lautner's Silvertop home to list for $7.5 Million Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T14:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T08:59:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6c27c0c76ba89bbb4cd4982e5f13d4a3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has been the setting for music videos, TV commercials and scenes from the '80s movie "Less Than Zero." Now, the unusual Los Angeles home by influential architect John Lautner is slated to go on the market for $7.5 million. Known as Silvertop, the house has a striking design: It is made up of a series of interlocking half-circles, with a massive, arched concrete roof over the living room.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Can't get enough of that good Lautner stuff? Read Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce's tale of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/52668208/lautner-s-concannon-residence-from-dust-to-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Concannon Residence</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106402301/la-s-aging-infrastructure-will-cost-the-city-billions LA's Aging Infrastructure Will Cost the City Billions Nicholas Korody 2014-08-12T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T00:17:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjend77nyverlxt8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can&rsquo;t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds [Los Angeles] together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion [...] The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106098934/par-wins-the-2014-aia-los-angeles-emerging-practice-award PAR wins the 2014 AIA Los Angeles Emerging Practice Award Justine Testado 2014-08-08T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:27:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92adt9ima7ri7g61.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our friends at PAR &mdash; or Platform for Architecture + Research &mdash; were announced as the 2014 recipient of the Presidential Emerging Practice Award from the AIA Los Angeles. In a constantly evolving setting like the City of Angels, the award is the highest honor that the AIA|LA Presidential Board presents to an emerging architecture firm in recognition of consistently creating innovative work. It also highlights individuals who take leadership roles in advancing the architectural profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p>An evening awards ceremony will take place at the Million Dollar Theatre &amp; Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on October 29, 2014.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl5eb3v1zr0cita5.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4xqawdmujwjz23p.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PAR</a> Founding Partner, Jennifer Marmon:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdyldyyk407mg4uq.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/par_wins_the_2014_aia_los_angeles_emerging_practice_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105943780/a-preview-of-the-vis-vis-performance-series-at-materials-applications-in-los-angeles A preview of the VIS-Á-VIS performance series at Materials & Applications in Los Angeles Justine Testado 2014-08-06T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T20:08:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8ruojljrnd39zr6q.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Materials &amp; Applications in Los Angeles has some fun social Saturday night events lined up for the entire month of August! The four-part VIS-&Aacute;-VIS performance series will include dance, music, a video and sound installations, and a film screening.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting August 9, all events will take place in the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6112758/materials-applications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Materials &amp; Applications</a> space at the La Cage aux Folles, a 346-piece metal pipe temporary playground installation designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/wtarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warren Techentin Architecture</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgrtcbfoephnury3.jpg"></p><p><strong>August 9:</strong> LA Fort Presents:&nbsp;Daedelus (DJ set), Lawrence Lindell, Matt McGuire and Will Walden (StaG) - experimental + electronic music performance</p><p><strong>August 16</strong>: Tracy Abbott Szatan / IN/VISIBLE - video installation and performance</p><p><strong>August 23: </strong>bel-air / New York Memo - sound recording installation</p><p>AND Ear Cleaning Workshop with Greg Ruben, based on the teaching methodology by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer (spaces limited)</p><p><strong>August 30</strong><strong>: </strong>Eugene Kotlyarenko presents: "Nobody Wants to Play With Me" (Werner Herzog)+rare feature film - a film screening curated by L.A. filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko.</p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_preview_of_the_vis-a-vis_performance_series_at_materials_applications_in_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to learn more about each event.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105571993/la-to-revamp-city-s-70-year-old-zoning-code LA to Revamp City's 70 Year Old Zoning Code Nicholas Korody 2014-08-01T19:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:43:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pl/pluq1siwaimkprln.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Countless contradictions [are] embedded in Los Angeles' zoning code, the 800-plus-page document that governs what can be built where in the city, and what it should look like [...] City planning officials are hoping to iron them out by rewriting the 70-year-old code, with an eye to making development here more predictable, less expensive and more in tune with the needs of a modern city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105412103/3-000-active-oil-wells-in-los-angeles 3,000+ Active Oil Wells in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vbirss4jy0s119c6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are more than 3,000 active oil and gas wells in Los Angeles County. Almost 4,680 new wells were drilled in 2012 across the state, bringing the total number to 210,000, according to the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources of the California Department of Conservation [...] Oil industry officials argue that drilling in California provides many economic benefits, and they downplay any potential health hazards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you want to explore the wells yourself, take a look at <a href="http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/doggr/index.html#close" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this map </a>by the California Department of Conservation (via <a href="http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/mapping_all_3000_of_los_angeless_active_oil_wells.php#more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CurbedLA</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105411297/long-time-residents-worry-about-changes-to-los-angeles-art-district Long-time Residents Worry About Changes to Los Angeles Art District Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T17:31:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/80dftum18wufgz0m.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...In the 1970s, the streets east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River made up a dingy district of hollowed-out warehouses that landlords rented to artists who needed a lot of space for little money [...] Then a decade ago, what started with a new restaurant on this block and then another up that street, turned into an avalanche of development [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>