Archinect - News 2015-03-28T20:00:50-04:00 MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> Book Launch: "L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s" author in conversation with Aaron Betsky, Sylvia Lavin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-06T12:34:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T20:51:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Tuesday's book launch for <em>L.A. [TEN]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s</em> at the A+D Museum brought author Stephen Phillips in conversation with the book&rsquo;s publisher, Lars M&uuml;ller, and architecture critics (among other things) Aaron Betsky and Sylvia Lavin. The book is a collaborative effort, culling work from students in Cal Poly&rsquo;s L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, Wim de Wit and Christopher Alexander of the Getty Research Institute, and Phillips himself. As an initiative that pits students alongside practicing professionals, combining oral history with journalistic investigation, <em>L.A. [TEN]</em> is both the artifact of an educational performance and a signpost in the continuing attempt to historicize L.A.&rsquo;s messy architectural identity.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lavin and Betsky kicked off the launch with miniature lectures, riffing on L.A.&rsquo;s environmental and cultural context during the book&rsquo;s era. Lacking the institutional validation of a strong publishing culture, archite...</p> "Unbuilt SF" showcases past and future Bay Area architecture projects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-20T21:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T18:19:29-04:00 <img src="" width="398" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If San Franciscans like to describe their city as &ldquo;49 square miles surrounded by reality,&rdquo; the visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider remain some of the most fantastic designs for any city in the world. Imagine a grand casino on Alcatraz, the city wrapped in freeways and a subdivision covering flattened hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p> San Francisco is a small yet fierce city; its 7x7 mile girth is home to a rich history of social activism, tech start-ups, foodies, artists, composting programs and <a href=",0,7066358.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">absurdist housing rates</a>. Given its compact and hilly terrain, any addition or subtraction would drastically impact the city&rsquo;s image -- how do you regard a San Francisco without the Transamerica pyramid, or with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giant freeway at the Embarcadero</a>? As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the City Festival</a>, the &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unbuilt San Francisco</a>&rdquo; exhibition provokes citizens to consider their relationship to the city through its architecture, by examining designs for past and future landmarks.</p> <p> This exhibition may sound familiar -- down south in Los Angeles, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> is exhibiting similar themes of architectural potential with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built</a>&rdquo; show. As discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a> a few weeks ago, the unrealized plans featured in &ldquo;Never Built&rdquo; are all about past imaginations of a city trying to choose its path...</p> L.A. imagined: The city that isn't Paul Petrunia 2013-01-23T20:12:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:08:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It all leads one to ponder the what-if Los Angeles, to imagine the city that would exist today if the best proposals for remedying its ailments had been realized. Los Angeles would now include a ring of thousands of acres of urban and regional parks, a bold, space-age airport, a winged nature center for Griffith Park and hillside housing developments sculpted to the contours of the landscape rather than sitting on graded and terraced scars. We would be living in a very different city.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell talk about their co-curated show, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Never Built: Los Angeles</em></a>, which is currently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seeking funding on Kickstarter</a>.</p> Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City Archinect 2011-08-16T19:19:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> If you're in the Los Angeles area these days, we highly recommend to visit the excellent exhibition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethink LA: Perspectives on a Future City</a>, currently displayed at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> on Wilshire Boulevard.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <em>Images above: Rethink LA exhibition opening, August 4 (Photo courtesy of Rethink LA)</em></p> <p> Created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethink LA</a>, a collaboration of forward-thinking volunteers in the LA architecture, planning, motion graphics and design community, the interactive exhibit uses photographs and the technique of photomontage, alongside visual and audio narrations, and interactive installations to examine Los Angeles in the past, in the present, and projected forward fifty years to a post-oil future.</p> <p> Starting from the theory that Los Angeles undergoes a major shift every 50 years, the exhibition proposes that the next shift will start with the decisions made today; resulting in a reality that is portrayed by a range of invited local and global contributors. Understanding ...</p>