Archinect - News 2017-07-21T02:58:23-04:00 Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T13:40:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city's council&nbsp;voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation," with citizens "requesting a ride using their smartphone." The shuttles wouldn't replace public transportation, but augment it [...] Phase one of the city council's program includes reaching out to companies like Tesla and Google to explore "potential partnerships."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beverly Hills isn't the only city considering adding on-demand driverless vehicles to its transportation offerings &ndash; but given its small size, affluence, and well-maintained road infrastructure, it could be a prime zone for testing municipal adoption of autonomous vehicles.</p><p>As an on-demand public transit option, driverless vehicles could also be based on a different fare structure than the surrounding region's bus and train options, which use a fixed rate-per-ride fare, regardless of how far the trip. Theoretically, passenger rates for driverless car transit could be more directly proportional to the length of the trip, as they are for Uber and Lyft currently (although without the surge pricing).</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hit...</a></li></ul> Frank Gehry's unsolicited plan for Beverly Hills mixed-use campus awaits city council agreement Justine Testado 2016-03-02T15:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T14:33:12-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this month, developer Townscape Partners and Gehry Partners presented an unsolicited plan to the Beverly Hills City Council to build a huge mixed-use campus that would include hip office space, a five-star hotel, retail, and a three-acre public park on about seven acres of land...the council is expected to approve an agreement at their meeting tonight that should help this unexpected and enormous project take a big step forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find the full project staff report <a href=";clip_id=4712&amp;meta_id=283670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More recent news about Frank Gehry:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor Eric Garcetti on Frank Gehry's plans for the LA River: "a cooperative, collaborative, regional approach"</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry is the first architect to be awarded the Harvard Arts Medal</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry and Maya Lin find their ancestral roots on PBS</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></p> It's easier now to tear down "historic homes" in Beverly Hills than before – is this progress or folly? Nicholas Korody 2016-01-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2016-01-25T19:43:09-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last July, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to modify the city&rsquo;s historic preservation ordinance, thereby making it easier to demolish buildings that were at one point deemed &ldquo;historic.&rdquo; While the City Council understands this a mark of progress&mdash;allowing more real estate money, and therefore more revenue, to flow into the city&mdash;historically minded citizens believe the modification places architecturally and historically relevant buildings onto a very slippery slope...</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai" href="" target="_blank">Roam L.A.'s Westside with these travel tips from Ehrlich Architects' Takashi Yanai</a></p></li><li><p><a title="$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA" href="" target="_blank">$500,000,000 spec house under construction in LA</a></p></li><li><p><a title='MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills' href="" target="_blank">MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills</a></p></li></ul> John Lautner hits the silver screen Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T17:34:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T22:01:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1990 documentary "The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner" screens in Beverly Hills on January 2, and it includes not only dramatic images of the buildings, but also interviews and insights from the builders, owners, and the architect himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Like the fine wine of architecture, the work of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Lautner</a> only gets better with age. Whether experienced in exhibition form (the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hammer Museum's 2008 show</a> was a marvelous introduction for those unfamiliar with his canon) to documentary film, Lautner's fearless yet elegant exploration of space and material continues to captivate decades after his death in 1994. What better way to start off 2016?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> MAD unveils "hillside village" project for Beverly Hills Justine Testado 2015-06-21T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T22:38:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>MAD Architects is making their U.S. residential debut with the unveiling of 8600 Wilshire, which is scheduled to break ground along Wilshire Boulevard in the one and only Beverly Hills this October. Described by the architects like an oasis-like 'hillside village', the stark-white glass villas and lush greenery can easily appeal to the well-to-do 90210 crowd as California's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drought</a> persists.</p><p>With a site area of 25,900 sq.ft, the mixed-use project consists of a cluster of 18 residential units nestled above a lush green commercial building covered in a "living wall" of California-native succulents and vines. The project 'mimics a small sinuous white hill' so as to complement the rolling landscape of Beverly Hills.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From the street, the villas appear opaque but reveal a transparent fa&ccedil;ade that faces toward the private garden and neighboring residential units inside. Housing types include three townhouses, five villas, two studios, and eight condominiums, including individual balcony-patio...</p> SPF:a’s Wallis Annenberg Center recognized at California Preservation Design Awards Justine Testado 2014-10-09T18:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:21:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts by Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a) broke ground in 2010, the new arts building continues to gain recognition, most recently at the 31st California Preservation Design Awards. Situated in the heart of sunny Beverly Hills, California, the Wallis Annenberg Center complex also includes the restored and renovated historic 1934 Beverly Hills Post Office building.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More photos and project details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Fuksas chosen to redesign LA's Beverly Center Archinect 2012-06-07T13:19:00-04:00 >2012-06-19T18:52:45-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beating out shortlisted competition including John Friedman Alice Kimm and Brooks+Scarpa, Italian firm Studio Fuksas has been awarded the commission to revamp the Beverly Center, the legendary (not to mention, ahem, aesthetically challenging) high end shopping mall in Beverly Hills.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Beverly Hills adopts historic preservation ordinance Archinect 2012-01-12T12:00:00-05:00 >2012-01-13T06:57:20-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In response to the demolition of several famous buildings, the City Council approves rules for tearing down or altering structures older than 45 years and designed by important architects. It also establishes a Cultural Heritage Commission.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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>