Archinect - News 2017-08-17T13:41:41-04:00 The Neutra VDL House Celebrates its National Historic Landmark Status Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T18:04:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Built in 1932, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VDL Research House</a> designed by Richard Neutra is one of Southern California&rsquo;s modernist gems. Now it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior following the tireless work of its owners, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cal Poly Pomona</a> Foundation and, in particular, the VDL House director and chair of the architecture department at Cal Poly, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sarah Lorenzen</a>. The effort was assisted by Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff, who helped celebrate the designation last Sunday.</p><p>Neutra&rsquo;s third building in the United States, and his own private home, the House is said to encapsulate his ideas. For the famed Austrian-American architect, the role of contemporary architecture was to shape life in the modern world, marked by new technologies and new lifestyles. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the House is &ldquo;the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the nation...</p> Check out the newly-restored Neutra-designed Oasis Building in the Petrified National Forest Nicholas Korody 2017-04-14T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T15:15:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in the early &lsquo;60s, the National Park Service had a program dubbed Mission 66, dedicated to bringing modern facilities to the national parks. One of the earliest examples of this, the Painted Desert Community Complex designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander, has just been restored in a joint effort between the Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p><p>A 22-acre self-contained park community, the Complex is the last surviving Neutral-Designed structure in the Park Service system. It&rsquo;s design was inspired by Puebloan Native American buildings as well as the dramatic landscape of its site, the Petrified Forest National Park. Comprising 36 steel, glass and masonry buildings with flat roofs, low silhouettes, primary colors and native plantings.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The buildings have been in a state of depredation for some time, ravaged by neglect, a lack of maintenance funding and the harsh desert climate. The restoration mainly focused on the glass Oasis Building storefront, m...</p> Become the proud tenant of a Neutra-designed office space in Los Angeles Nicholas Korody 2016-08-09T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:20:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you&rsquo;re looking for some exceptional LA office space, you&rsquo;re in luck. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Neutra Institute Museum</a> in Silver Lake, Los Angeles&mdash;formerly known as the Neutra Office Building&mdash;is leasing 160 square feet in the front of the building for $1,200 a month to a &ldquo;sympathetic Neutra fan/tenant&rdquo;. The rest of the 1200 square feet space is intended to house a museum or gallery that would &ldquo;become a cultural center for Silverlake&rdquo;, among other programs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Currently, an attorney rents the space. Before being converted into an institute, Richard and Dion Neutra Architects and Associates occupied the site. The office space that&rsquo;s available for lease must be &ldquo;voice activity tolerant&rdquo; as it&rsquo;s adjacent to a conference room.</p><p>The newly-created Neutra Institute Museum will create an &ldquo;community room&rdquo;-cum-gallery for artists to display work; host exhibitions curated by local museums such as LACMA; display parts of the Neutra archive; and serve as a retail space. It will also develop support programming for the VD...</p> Meditating on the "Past Future Housing" of Los Angeles with Morgan Fisher and Karina Nimmerfall at the MAK Center Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T13:56:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;How can you morally and ethically justify in your own mind working on a project that would take people accustomed to living on the ground, of having their gardens, chickens, and their little animals in their yards, having space around them, having flowers, to live in these twenty-four thirteen-story-high buildings?&rdquo; The architecture critic asks the architect &ndash; modeled after <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> &ndash; in a play by the artist Karina Nimmerfall, part of her installation with Morgan Fisher at the Garage Top at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the MAK Center</a> in Los Angeles.</p><p>Entitled <em>Past Future Housing, </em>the exhibit comprises a painting by Fisher paired with a bare-if-not-quite-minimalist installation by Nimmerfall that includes a video and the play,&nbsp;printed out and stapled. An accompanying exhibit text clarifies the intention of the work as a meditation on historical, optimistic visions for public housing in the city, with some look towards the &ldquo;future&rdquo; implied if not readily evident.</p><p>More specifically, the show revolves around tw...</p> Updating a college campus, at the expense of Richard Neutra's legacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-10T14:24:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T00:19:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>College officials say 1950s-era buildings that are peppered across the Costa Mesa campus &mdash; many of them designed by renowned architect Richard Neutra &mdash; are no longer able to accommodate the school's rising population. [...] "We appreciate the Neutra buildings for what they were and what they meant to the campus, but times do change," trustee Mary Hornbuckle said. "We have to be responsive to the needs of the 21st century student."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Cal Poly Pomona, 2015 Neutra Award lecture Justine Testado 2015-10-23T16:53:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T22:13:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></strong></p><p>Our next featured poster is a special event from Cal Poly Pomona's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall '15 architecture lecture series</a>. Next Monday, Enrique Norten of TEN arquitectos will deliver the Neutra Award lecture in honor of receiving the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Neutra Award for Professional Excellence</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rutgers Business School by TEN arquitectos.</em></p><p>Established in 1980, the award is presented to distinguished architects, landscape architects, and individuals outside of the field who have made lasting contributions to environmental design and public policy.</p><p>The lecture takes place at the ...</p> Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler meet for one last time in new play, "The Princes of Kings Road" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T22:28:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="494" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Midcentury modernist architects Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler may have been good friends when they studied together in Vienna, but by the time they ran into one another one last time in a Los Angeles hospital in 1953, they were bitter enemies. Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A.'s production of&nbsp;The Princes of Kings Road, now playing at the Neutra Institute in Silver Lake, imagines what it might have been like in the hospital room they shared</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ‘The Princes of Kings Road’: Neutra and Schindler the subject of a new site-specific play Nicholas Korody 2015-06-10T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T21:11:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Next September, the historic&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutra Institute and Museum</a>&nbsp;in Silverlake will host a new play by&nbsp;Tom Lazarus entitled &lsquo;The Princes of Kings Road.&rsquo; Based on a true events, the production imagines a reunion between the two iconic figures of LA modernism, Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra.</p><p>The architects have a storied history, which was recounted in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanity Fair article</a> from 1999. After building his West Hollywood home (now the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAK Center</a>), Schindler and his partner invited Neutra and his wife to live with them. The house was originally intended as a communal living space for two couples, with open-air "sleeping baskets" rather than bedrooms. But after five years of&nbsp;cohabitation&nbsp;and professional partnership &nbsp;&ndash; the two architects collaborated on an entry for the&nbsp;the League of Nations palace in Geneva&nbsp;&ndash; their relationship turned sour, transforming into a bitter rivalry.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lazarus' play imagines Schindler and Neutra reunited in a room at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now the bright blue Scien...</p> Rev. Robert H. Schuller, patron of architecture, 1926-2015 Orhan Ayyüce 2015-04-03T00:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:31:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Come as you are in the family car"</p></em><br /><br /><p>"ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) &mdash; The Rev.&nbsp;Robert H. Schuller, a California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions of followers from his landmarkCrystal Cathedral&nbsp;only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88."</p><p>The Rev. Schuller known as the pastor who invented religious marketing and branding was also a patron of architecture. He started his congregation as a rented space from Orange Drive-inTtheatre. Later, Schuller hired modernist architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> who completed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Tower of Hope</a>&nbsp;in 1968 and in 1980 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crystal Cathedral</a> was dedicated as it was designed by Philip Johnson, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Prize</a>&nbsp;winning&nbsp;(its first in 1979)&nbsp;American architect. The latest addition was a <a href=",_back_of_bldg_with_towers-WEB_SIZE.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Visitor Center</a> designed by a New York architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richar Meier</a> in 2003 who also won a Pritzker Prize in 1984.</p> Editor's Picks #389 Nam Henderson 2014-10-17T14:02:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T19:52:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sean Smith</a>&nbsp;completed the third (and final?) in a series of articles about the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect</a>,&nbsp;in which <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jim Bogle</a> reflected on the best part of the of actually working in architecture</p><p>&nbsp;"<em>That's an easy one: meeting a deadline. Meeting a deadline is like taking a bite out of your favorite food after staring at it for 10 hours</em>".</p><p>Plus, for the latest installment &nbsp;of <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;</strong>Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Linda Bennett, co-founder of </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architact Collective</a>.&nbsp;Therein she explains "<em>What I took away from architecture school flowed immediately into the architecture industry before expanding, evolving and flowing into my current career as a jeweler&hellip;.Moving on (aka quitting my job in the architecture industry) is precisely what allows me to be where I am at this moment</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src=""><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect announced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Archinect Sessions", a new weekly podcast hosted by Archinect's founder and publisher, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and her. For the first episode they were j...</a></p> Petrified Forest buildings named national treasure Archinect 2014-10-14T11:55:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:04:04-04:00 <img src="" width="628" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spanning dozens of acres, the structures provided everything the park staff and visitors would need: a gas station, restaurant, community building, maintenance shop, housing, even a two-room elementary school. The National Park Service entrusted the design to prominent architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander ahead of the agency&rsquo;s 50th birthday, and it&rsquo;s the only project of theirs still standing within the Park Service.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> You Can Build a Brand New Richard Neutra Case Study House Archinect 2013-04-25T14:45:00-04:00 >2013-04-25T14:51:18-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the Neutra Office (and Neutra's son Dion, a partner) has teamed up with the California Architecture Conservancy to offer the architect's plans for license. According to a press release, "For the price of what one would customarily pay for an architect to design and render supervising architectural services, you can build one of the mid-century modernist master's works of art and have Dion Neutra and the Neutra Office supervise the construction."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Press release</a> from The Agency...</p> <p> <strong>Richard Neutra&rsquo;s Architectural Plans Available For First Time; Now Possible To Build Your Own &ldquo;Neutra&rdquo;</strong></p> <p> No longer are the architectural plans of mid-century master Richard Neutra merely curatorial elements of an architectural exhibition. Now, courtesy of a new partnership between Dion Neutra (Richard&rsquo;s long-time partner in the Neutra Office), California Architecture Conservancy (CAC) and the Neutra Office, those plans can serve as the basis for your new home.</p> <p> Neutra (1892-1970), who is perhaps the most important of the mid-century modernist architects, if not of the Twentieth Century as a whole, became famous for the simple geometries of his designs, which were often made of steel and glass, and the prefabricated elements that made them extremely easy to build with a modernist look. Several of his built designs were demolished or remodeled to the extent that they can no longer be considered true &ldquo;Neutras.&rdquo; And many more were drawn up, but neve...</p> Editor's Picks #298 Nam Henderson 2013-01-15T11:43:00-05:00 >2013-01-15T23:56:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 14-year battle over the fate of the modern structure at the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park is over, as the National Park Service will begin demolishing the Richard Neutra designed Cyclorama building as soon as February. A disappointed Donna Sink argued "How can destroying what is truly a unique piece of art while allowing KFC to be visible from the battleground furthering our appreciation of the tragedy of this battle?"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> Amy Worden explained that the 14-year battle over the fate of the modern structure at the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park is over, as the National Park Service will begin demolishing the Richard Neutra designed Cyclorama building as soon as February</a>.</p> <p> A disappointed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> argued "<em>I've said this elsewhere but I want to say it here too: Detractors claim that this building is insensitive because it was built on the actual battlefield where soldiers died.&nbsp; I can't disagree completely with that sentiment...How can destroying what is truly a unique piece of art while allowing KFC to be visible from the battleground furthering our appreciation of the tragedy of this battle?</em>".&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> reported <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the young Slovak firm, Nice Architects, has won the first prize in the architectural/urban design competition "Parkhill" aiming to transform the area of a former open air amphitheater in Bratislava, Slovakia</a>. Nice Architects' winning entry is a collaboration ...</p> Cyclorama building at Gettysburg will be demolished Archinect 2013-01-11T13:58:00-05:00 >2013-01-17T14:36:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Park Service said Thursday that it would begin demolishing the Cyclorama building as soon as February, clearing the site ahead of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the battle. The site will be restored to its 1863 appearance, complete with a period apple orchard and replicas of the wood fences that once crisscrossed the fields, park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said. The massive painting that the building once housed has been separately preserved.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect Dion Neutra To Take His Famous Father's Work To Raleigh, NC kimweiss 2012-10-30T19:19:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:32:53-05:00 <img src="" width="220" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong><i>Triangle Modernist Houses continues the 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series. </i></strong></p> <p> October 30, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) &ndash; In 1949, <i>Time</i> magazine named modern master <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a> (1892-1970) the second most important architect in America, second only to Frank Lloyd Wright. On Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m., <b>the master&rsquo;s son, architect Dion Neutra, AIA,</b> will discuss his father&rsquo;s celebrated work and philosophy when he presents &ldquo;Neutra Architecture: The View From Inside&rdquo; at the AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.</p> <p> Dion&rsquo;s lecture is the second half of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Triangle Modernist Houses</a>&rsquo; 2012 TalkModern Lecture Series this fall entitled &ldquo;A Fistful of Neutras.&rdquo; His brother Raymond spoke in October.&nbsp;</p> <p> A partner in his father&rsquo;s firm, Dion will share his personal and professional views of the sensitivity to the relationship of man and nature that he and his father called bio-realism.</p> <p> &ldquo;The Neutras sounded the environmental alarm in the 1950s many years before ecology, ...</p> Fight over Gettysburg’s Cyclorama building may be near end Archinect 2012-09-04T19:43:00-04:00 >2012-09-04T21:42:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Park Service, which first announced plans to demolish the Cyclorama in 1999, has complied with a judge's order to complete a comprehensive review of the building and possible alternative, and has again arrived at the same conclusion: Tear it down.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Save the only Neutra In Pakistan Zehra Ahmed 2012-04-12T15:05:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:41:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "In 1955, the US State Department commissioned Richard Neutra to design a new embassy in Karachi. Neutra's appointment was part of an ambitious program of architectural commissions to renowned architects, which included embassies by Walter Gropius in Athens, Edward Durrell Stone in New Delhi, Marcel Breuer in The Hague, Josep Lluis Sert in Baghdad and Eero Saarinen in London."&#8232;&#8232;</p> <p> Neutra referred to these other buildings as &ldquo;just pretty buildings&rdquo; and called his design as &ldquo;stripped for action&rdquo;. A slightly curved stately white rectangular slab punctuated with narrow rectangular windows suitable for Karachi&rsquo;s hot climate. A building which has seen a lot of activity, from International and State affairs to movie screenings, art openings and car bomb attacks in 2002 and 2006 which led to its eventual shut down to the public. It seems obvious that such a space be repurposed with the same energy it once had for local and international culture. Its demolition would not only mean the loss...</p> Newport Beach halts remodel of Richard Neutra building Archinect 2012-02-13T16:28:51-05:00 >2012-02-14T10:08:14-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Preservationist John Linnert, a Costa Mesa architect, noticed crews working on the upstairs interior in January and reported them to the city planning staff. He has kept a close watch on the building in recent years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sayonara Cyclorama? Nam Henderson 2012-01-05T09:02:43-05:00 >2012-01-06T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some have described the Cyclorama building on the Gettysburg battlefield as an eye sore and called for it to be demolished. But a group of architectural historians is organizing to preserve the building</p></em><br /><br /><p> Tim Prudente examines the fate of the modernist Cyclorama building in Ziegler's Grove, designed by architect Richard Neutra. The National Park Service is set to make a final decision on what to do with the building early this year. The Park Service wants to remove the building to restore important views of the battlefield, which could help visitors interpret the historic events. However, the Cyclorama building has been hailed by architects as one of the flagships of the "Mission 66" program, launched in the 1950s by President Eisenhower to modernize national parks and is one of the few still standing Neutra buildings. Therefore architectural preservationists and scholars have tried, without much success, to save the building.</p> Neutra's Kronish House gets a postponement on its demolishment Orhan Ayyüce 2011-08-03T18:19:30-04:00 >2011-08-14T11:19:58-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence. In a related and groundbreaking action, the Beverly Hills City Council early Wednesday asked the community's Planning Commission to devise a historic-preservation ordinance.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously.</a></p> 'nother Neutra slated to be demo'd Barry Lehrman 2011-07-25T14:55:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Kronish House]... has been "terribly neglected, but the bones are still there," said Dion Neutra, an architect who teamed up with his late father, Richard, on the project. "The new owner thinks it would be more valuable to tear it down and have empty land."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arts & Architecture, 1945-54: The Complete Reprint Paul Petrunia 2009-01-02T12:19:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T19:42:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The LA Times' Greg Goldin <a href=",0,4374984.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviews</a> the recently released <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arts &amp; Architecture, 1945-54: The Complete Reprint</a></p><p><br><em>Arts &amp; Architecture, which folded 41 years ago, is the most influential architecture magazine ever published. During the height of its run, from 1945 to 1967, it convinced the world that Los Angeles was at the vanguard of reinventing the single family home. John Entenza, the editor, quietly featured the work of Isamu Noguchi, Henry Moore, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, Richard Neutra, George Nelson, Charles Eames, George Nakashima and Bernard Rudofsky.</em></p>